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THE ALEXANDER CHRONICLES. Book I. A WIND FROM THE WEST [Kindle Edition]

Brent Smith
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Brent Smith's remarkable and intuitive trilogy tells the bittersweet story of the young Prince of Macedon on his journey from boy to man.
This is a tale of honour, treachery, bravery, and a love that would last a lifetime, told against a background of the constant wars in Greece and the ever-present threat of the mighty Persian Empire.
Alexander, believing himself to be the son of Zeus, came to the throne of Macedon unprepared at the age of twenty and set about turning his assassinated father's dreams into a reality that still speaks to us down the ages. Inseparable from his boyhood friend and lover Hephaestion, he became ruler of the known world by his brilliant generalship and the love of his army. His vision was the unity of peoples under the sublime harmony of Greek civilisation, but it was the doomed vision of a demi-god, and it cost him his life as, like his ancestor Achilles before him, he traded the length of his years for eternal glory, to become Megas Alexandros --- Alexander the Great.
This is the start of his story.


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About the Author

Brent Smith studied Law at Warwick University before embarking on a career in business. He has always had a fascination with history, particularly the history of classical Greece and Rome, without whose civilisations we would now live in a different and less enlightened world. Brent lives with his partner of thirty-eight years whom he met when he was twenty, in Yorkshire, England.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 873 KB
  • Print Length: 571 pages
  • Publisher: Brent Smith (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099OJSQA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brent Smith studied Law at Warwick University then lived for several years in London. Now he has a property business but delegates the running of it so he can devote his days to writing. He says: 'All my life I have been writing, honing the craft as best I can'. He also says: 'I have found there is only one apprenticeship that matters, and that is to read and never lose one's curiosity.' He has been published by Pan Books on unrelated subjects before starting on the quest for Alexander when he felt the time was right, hoping he would be equal to the task.
Brent's overriding interest is in the worlds of Classical Greece and Ancient Rome, and the great upheaval that was the Renaissance, coupled with his conviction that whatever the time or place, human nature and emotions never change. He seeks in A Wind From The West and the forthcoming books in the Alexander Chronicles series to tell the story from a different perspective and to remind the reader that Alexander had his share of all the feelings, ecstatic and despairing, that Man is heir to; that although he became a Divine Hero, he was flawed and vulnerable too.
Brent now lives in Yorkshire, with the partner he met when he was twenty.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star reading 27 Mar. 2014
By topaz
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very well-written l would recommend it for a avid alexander the great fan
good historical content and will go in my top five of. alexander. books I have read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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New you could do it Brent even all those years ago when you dabbled here and there when running our Insurance brokerage. Well done, Mark
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Julaka
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I've read several versions of Alexander's live and conquests- but this one was certainly the best. I would have rated this story 5 stars but the Kindle version is littered with spelling and grammatical errors which I found very off-putting.
I will nevertheless be looking out for Brent Smith's sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something borrowed 6 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Mr Smith should hope the Mary Renault copyright holder never reads this as, at times, it's basically a re-write, sometimes verbatim, of Fire From Heaven, with a few twiddles and characters thrown in to keep it honest -there could be lawyers! Because of this, especially if you know FfH it's difficult to review in its own right. It follows Alexander from birth to Philip's death and his accession, generally adhering to the usual storyline with its accepted goodies and baddies, though Leonidas is not the mean, sadistic tutor who Alexander never forgave or forgot while a rejuvenated Kleitos is given a place at Mieza. The other characters are given their recognised Latinised names but for some reason, Alexander is given his Greek form, Alexandros. (no problem but Alexandros the Great doesn't have quite the same ring!) It is also a love story. The intense physical and emotional love affair between Alexander and his lifelong companion hephaistion features heavily but whereas this relationship is the main focus of FfH, Mr Smith weaves it skilfully into the story without diminishing its passion. I wonder why he felt the need to rely on Renault because when he forsakes her and writes for himself, the narrative flows well and it is, in fact, a very good read that I would recommend. This is the first book in the series and part two,The Son of Ammon, follows immediately on. I look forward to more but hope the author does his own thing because I really didn't like The Persian Boy!
Regarding Alexander in fiction, my heart wants him to the one of Lord of the Two Lands (Judth Tarr) but I suspect, combining Fiction with historical accuracy, John McLeod's trilogy comes closest to the real Alexander (but that's another story!).
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