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Athenian Steel (The Hellennium Book 1) by [P.K. Lentz]

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A few highlights from ★★★★★ customer reviews:
  • "It is the best book I have read in the last 15 years and easily makes it in my top 10 of all time (most of which are Hugo or Nebula award winners)."​​
  • "I've read many F & SF books over the past 50 years. This is right among the best... Can't wait for the next one!"
  • "Only work and family activities allowed me to put this book aside."
  • "...the characterization is flawless. The detail of the period, the actions and motivations are well captured... A grown up's book - and something to make a classicist think."
  • "Excellent period setting with good historical detail overlaid with a great science fiction story and very, very good characters."
  • "An intriguing, addictive book crafted by a master."
  • "Stunning is not an exaggeration."

From the Author

ATHENIAN STEEL is a unique, violent, and sexy blend of gritty historical fiction and cosmic SF set during the Peloponnesian War. The story is rich in historical detail, featuring bloody and brutal battles, but at its heart is the complex, dysfunctional, and ever-evolving anti-romance between Demosthenes and his star-born ally Thalassia. The book and series will appeal to fans of the classic SF and Science Fantasy of the 70's to 90's written by the likes of Gene Wolfe, David Gemmell, David Drake, Michael Moorcock, & more--or anyone looking for something that's edgy and a bit off the well-worn paths of SF/F while sticking to a classic style of epic storytelling.

The first volume of
The Hellennium, ATHENIAN STEEL begins a saga of altered history that will span centuries.

Unique. Twisted. Bloody. Epic. Iron Age Sci-Fi.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B016PV1SLW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ IronAge (October 15, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 15, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2699 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 444 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 299 ratings

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After growing up on a steady diet of classic SF and Fantasy paperbacks, as an adult I started dreaming up worlds of my own. My very first ‘real’ SF novel, Interim, written around the dawn of the millennium, won me the $2,000 First Prize in a magazine contest.

You can probably get INTERIM free, if not at Amazon then from my website, If you like it, as of 2021, there is finally a sequel, SECOND INTERIM!

In 2009, my manuscript Athenian Steel won the heart of the very first literary agent I sent it to, an A-lister responsible for the careers of bestselling authors whose names you definitely know. He agreed to represent me in pitching my book to publishers.

For better or worse, the Big Five publishing houses (are there still 5 left?) passed because the book didn’t have broad commercial appeal. But, by then, Things Had Changed. Technology made it possible for authors to bypass the Gatekeepers and put our books directly in front of readers.

So that’s what I do. I still owe a lot to that A-list agent who said Yes. If my work could win hyperbolic praise from an industry veteran who believed I deserved a place alongside clients who had made him millions, that probably meant I knew how to tell a story. He was right. I'm glad to say readers have liked my books. Going indie means I don’t have an elite New York office behind me, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for reading my author page. I hope now you’ll go check out one of my books!

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