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Child of a Dream: Child of a Dream (Alexander Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Valerio Massimo Manfredi
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'And you, Alexander, sleepless in the dead of night:


Where do your eyes roam?


Where does your heart wander?


Yours is a quest for far off lands


Where the constellations set,


Where the last waves of an ocean die.'



A huge international bestseller, this is the first in Valerio Massimo Manfredi's outstanding trilogy of brutal passion and grand adventure in ancient Greece.



Who could have been born to conquer the world other than a god? A boy, born to a great king - Philip of Macedon - and his sensuous queen, Olympias. Shaped by the disciplines and passions of his parents' court, Alexander became a young man of immense, unfathomable potential. Under the tutelage of the famed Aristotle, and with the friendship of Ptolemy and revered tactician Hephaiston, he became the mightiest and most charismatic warrior, capable of subjugating the known world to his power.



Alexander: Child of a Dream is the magnificent story of one of history's greatest characters and his quest to conquer the civilized world.


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In a seemingly impossible venture, Alexander and his men storm Persian fortresses and harbours, crippling King Dariuis’s domination of land and sea. Even the legendary Halicarnassus is defeated by the Macedinoan armies. Ruthlessly, Alexander’s war machine moves ever onward taking him up into the snow-covered Anatolian highlands, and ever closer to his destiny. But there is much danger ahead. Despite the defeat of Darius, the Island City of Tyre and the Towers of Gaza prove to be formidable obstacles. Undeterred, Alexander surges forth over land and sea to the mysterious land of Egypt. And there, in the sands, lies the Oracle of Ammon, waiting to reveal an amazing truth to Alexander. One that will change his already amazing life.

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Valerio Massimo Manfredi's best selling fictional series baed on the life of Alexander the Great has sold over 700,000 copies in Italy and over 1.5 million in the rest of Europe and South America. This trilogy has sat in the best seller lists across the world for months and months. Now for the first time it is translated into English. After GLADIATOR, the movie, read this wonderful tale of battles, honour and heroism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1818 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Edit/Cover edition (17 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKLXRE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. Further to numerous academic publications, he has published thirteen works of fiction, including the Alexander trilogy which has been translated into thirty-four languages in fifty-five countries. His novel The Last Legion was released as a major motion picture. He has written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world and has penned screenplays for cinema and television.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical action thriller 21 Aug. 2004
Format:Audio CD
This audiobook of Valerio Massimo Manfredi's "Alexander: Child of a Dream" was abridged by Keith Darvill to a 3 hour story recorded on 3 CDs and it's read by Derek Jacobi. It's the first volume of a trilogy: 1) Child of a Dream, 2) The Sands of Ammon, 3) The Ends of the Earth. I enjoyed Derek Jacobi's reading of 'Child of a Dream' so much that I intend to buy the rest of the trilogy.
The young Alexander, privileged product of a mating between a rich and powerful king, a beautiful and clever queen and (the queen believed) a god, seemed a very pleasant and caring youth, considering all the slaughter and mayhem he ordered and participated in as he grew and matured. His mother, Olympias, was an ambitious, ruthless dabbler in ritual and magic. His father, Philip, was King of Macedon, wise in military matters, a great warrior and leader of his people - fighting to unite all the Greek nations. His sister, Cleopatra, married her mother's brother (another Alexander). His tutor, Aristotle, later became the detective and, with the help of his nephew, investigated the murder of King Philip.
The satisfying thing about this sort of novel is that you can learn something at the same time as you're being entertained. I had to get out an atlas to find out where the characters were marching and where the action was taking place. It would have been better if a map of the area had been included with the audiobook. There was a map of Middle Earth in the BBC's Lord of the Rings radio play CD box, so I know it sometimes happens. In any case, I had an atlas fortunately and was able to follow the action across page 38.
I started listening to stories almost by accident about 2 years ago when I got a virus that put me in bed and made it hard to focus my eyes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical Fiction 4 April 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Few authors can be better equipped to write about the history of ancient Greece and Rome than Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Professor of archaeology at the the university of Milan, he has carried out many excavations and expeditions in the Mediterranean region. He has produced many factual books on historical matters, mainly military and has still found the time to write several novels and this is one of the best of them.

This book is the first of a triology about probably the greatest warrior and general who has ever lived, bearing in mind that Alexander died at an age when most men are only just starting to make their mark in life. Alexander is of course one of histories most colourful and well know character. Even people with little or not interest in ancient history will have heard of Alexander, a charismatic and larger than life figure.

This first book is the story of a boy born to royal parents. His father, Philip of Macedon, a great warrior and king in his own right and his mother, Philip's alluring queen, Olympias. Alexander was a handsome boy with a quick and ready wit and great intelligence that was nurtured by his tutor, Aristotle and with friends like Ptolemy and Hephaiston Alexander was moulded into a man who was going to conquer the then known world.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very poor recapitulation. 30 Sept. 2002
Format:Paperback
I found the writing very stilted, though (as has been said) this could be the fault of the translator. I had the impression of a historian wanting to show off his knowledge, and found no real enjoyment in the tone or phraseology of the book. Fortunately, this doesn't matter, as a good trilogy on Alexander has already been written. If you don't know the books, do read Mary Renault's 'Fire From Heaven', 'The Persian Boy' and 'Funeral Games'. (Gore Vidal called them something like 'a magnificent creation and re-creation of the life of Alexander'.) I am currently reading 'The Persian Boy' for the umpteenth time - in it, I think Renault found her most mature voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic tale of a great king 17 Jun. 2001
Format:Paperback
I have read all three volumes of the book. Once you start to read the first one you can't stop reading it day and night. A finely crafted book, when finished reading the first two volumes I slowed myself down because the most brilliant story I have ever read was coming to an end..such a brilliant vision and power of imagination of the author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy book 13 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having an interest in the ancient world I looked for a novel that would satisfy my curiosity and at the same time offer a stimulating, brutal adventure of a story. Having read the novel several times I can honestly say that this novel satisfies all the aforementioned criteria. What impressed me about this novel was the historical accuracy of events in Alexander's life portrayed so vividly and colourfully in the novel. From his close relationship with his mother, Olympias to his passionate affairs with Leptine, Hephaiston and most unforgetably Pancaspe, the ancient beauty, whose bewitching ways led a thousand men to stray.
Hail, to Pancaspe! Hail, to Philip, King of Macedon! Hail, to Alexander!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Internationally Acclaimed Novel 4 April 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Few authors can be better equipped to write about the history of ancient Greece and Rome than Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Professor of archaeology at the the university of Milan, he has carried out many excavations and expeditions in the Mediterranean region. He has produced many factual books on historical matters, mainly military and has still found the time to write several novels and this is one of the best of them.

This book is the first of a triology about probably the greatest warrior and general who has ever lived, bearing in mind that Alexander died at an age when most men are only just starting to make their mark in life. Alexander is of course one of histories most colourful and well know character. Even people with little or not interest in ancient history will have heard of Alexander, a charismatic and larger than life figure.

This first book is the story of a boy born to royal parents. His father, Philip of Macedon, a great warrior and king in his own right and his mother, Philip's alluring queen, Olympias. Alexander was a handsome boy with a quick and ready wit and great intelligence that was nurtured by his tutor, Aristotle and with friends like Ptolemy and Hephaiston Alexander was moulded into a man who was going to conquer the then known world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly written triumvirate
The third instalment keeps the reader as rapt as the first 2, brilliantly written triumvirate.
Published 2 months ago by THOMAS FRAIL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Fantastic read!
Published 4 months ago by RetiredYoung
5.0 out of 5 stars alexander book 1
Well written full of historical fact and some lience taken with other parts of story , follows alexander from birth to becoming king after fathers death , if you like historical... Read more
Published 5 months ago by finner57
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This Trilogy is the most gripping historical novel I have read, fascinating to realise how young Alexander was to achieve all he did and the breadth of distance covered.
Published 5 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 6 months ago by sheila larkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read
Published 6 months ago by william campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read
Great read,..read all in this series..will read again as thoroughly enjoyed.
Published 6 months ago by Judie G
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Published 7 months ago by Samuel C. Graham
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Excellent service and a great author/ J reed
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Liz Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A very good start to a story, could be read as a story on it's own. But I must say it's better as a three part series. If like me your into European history. Read more
Published 20 months ago by jeff
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