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Empire Rising [Paperback]

Sam Barone
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5 Mar 2009

3157 B.C. At the eastern edge of the great southern desert in Mesopotamia, men are at war. Roaming bandits desperate for food, water, women, and slaves ravage vulnerable town. Yet one thing eludes them: gold. A rogue named Ariamus has joined forces with Korthac, a fierce bandit who saved his life, and together they set their sights on the impenetrable walled city of of Akkad, ruled by the former barbarian Eskkar and his enchanting wife Trella.

Korthac devises a brilliant plan to conquer the city from within. Slipping into Akkad in disguise, he will gradually win the trust of Trella. While Eskkar is away, bringing other towns into his burgeoning empire, Korthac and Ariamus will strike, wreaking havoc on the city in a way it never expects.

Told with rich historical detail and full of violence, sex, passion, and battles reminiscent of the best of Bernard Cornwell, The Road to Empire is a marvelous trip into the past.

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099498553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099498551
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in New York, Sam Barone attended Manhattan College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965, with a major in Psychology. After a hitch in the Marine Corps, he became a software developer and manager. After spending nearly 30 years in the software development game, he retired in 1999 to start working on his second career: writing. Sam Barone is the author of Dawn of Empire and Empire Rising.

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"Beautifully imagined and researched adventure, with terrific action!" (Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

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Sweeping Historical Saga in the tradition of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell and Jean Auel

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining hack and slash historical fiction 11 May 2008
This is a sequel, but I read it without having read the first novel and it did not stop my enjoyment of this.
Ruler of Akkad is out sorting local bandits with his young but astute wife in charge of things when sneaky Egyptian Korthac sneaks in and stages a bold take-over.
This is a very well written historical novel which is fast moving and fun. Violent at times with the odd bit of rape and pillage chucked in, this is a great read. Characters are well defined and, surprisingly, there are some very strong female characters all of whom help as the story whip along at a pace.
Mr Barone sits well amongst those who write this kind of stuff and will be one to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read,even better than the first. 24 Feb 2009
This is the second in what promises to be an amazing historical series.Sam Barone has vividly brought back to life a world and a time lost to history, his story is brilliantly written and the characters vivid and the back drops are second to none. The reader can through the author experience what it would have been like at the time of the birth of civilization, when some small villages were being transformed into towns and then walled cities like Akkad who had thousands of people living there. We also see what people of vision and power could achieve through intelligence and force of arms in not just building countries and empires but laws that would benefit all of their people and new way to communicate like through the written word or with mathematics. This also brought clashes and wars between these people of vision who sort more land, wealth and power and would do anything to achieve their goals.

In this latest chapter in Barone's series we see Eskkar traveling the lands bringing other villages and towns under Akkads influence. While away his pregnant wife Trella must rule in his place but unknown to her a new threat is on the horizon. Korthac is an Egyptian warlord on the run after his armies are destroyed while fighting for the throne, with the last of his loyal men he crosses the desert where he find the newly made city of Akkad, fresh from their victory against the horse tribes, Korthac senses an opportunity to realize his own dreams of empire. The only thing stand in his way is the pregnant wife of the ruler of Akkad, but will she be enough to save their civilization and if not will Eskker arrive in time to save the day?

If you like your Historical Fiction then both of Barones books are for you, they're action packed thrill rides that will leave you wanting more.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable sequel to Dawn of Empire 25 May 2008
I recently bought and read both Dawn of Empire and Empire Rising after finding them recommended by Amazon and was not at all disappointed. This is a great follow up book to Dawn of Empire, again well written and difficult to put down. The characters from Dawn of Empire are also vividly fleshed out in this sequel helping to bring to life the Bronze Age. Like Bernard Cornwell, Barone's battle scenes are very well decribed and the subject has been researched thoroughly.

Really enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Although written by a new author, it is difficult to believe that these books are not more popular than they are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic sequal to the superb 'Dawn of Empire' 6 Oct 2008
Having read Sam Barone's superb 'Dawn of Empire' I couldn't wait to lay my hands on the sequal 'Empire Rising.

Once again, Sam Barone brings ancient times vividly to life, this time focusing on Eskkar & Trella's struggle to build a fledgling empire and fight unseen enemies from within Orak. The characters were truly believable and the story fast paced and exciting.
Again, as with the intial book in the series I found myself captivated from page one and the story was so well written as to immerse the reader fully into those brutal times creating a whirlwind of emotions. I often put the book down breathless, but totally captivated.

As an avid reader of historical fiction ( Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow etc.)I rate Sam Barone up there with the very best !

If you love historical fiction then buy this will not be disapointed !

And the great news ? Sam Barone is currently working on the third book in the series that should be out in 2009...I, amongst many of his fans cannot wait !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Next, please 5 May 2009
parts one & two are excellent, both cannot put down reads.
Q, when are we to expect the next one ???
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN AWSOME READ !!! 20 Feb 2009
I came across Sam Barone's works at Gatwick Airport a few weeks ago and attracted by the cover I picked up this copy and the previous novel Dawn of Empire. And I have to say that I was so pleased with the results.

Not since Wilbur Smith with his novels of Africa has a writer grabbed and propeled me into such well writen and wonderful adventures. We have had countless books about Roman heroes and the such that the market place seems to be over populated with them untill they all seem to blur into one over long story.

Not so in the case of Mr Barone! Well written and researched I am amazed that he is not at the top of the bestseller lists with these novels. If you enjoy the works of such scribes as Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden and the mighty Mr Smith then books will most certainly for you.

Epic battles, well plotted story lines these books will not fail to miss the spot!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, sort of book you look forward too ...
Excellent read, sort of book you look forward too picking up as I found it got started in the first few pages and kept on going.
Published 8 days ago by david inge
5.0 out of 5 stars well written
I enjoyed from start to finish, I just wish there were more books on kindle form this sam barone he write a very good story
Published 6 months ago by victor mutten
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel
I really enjoyed "Dawn of Empire" without realising it was the start of a series. This sequel has lived up to its predecessor. I have hardly been able to put it down.
Published 7 months ago by C Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars The growth of Akkad and survival of their rulers
It follows suit of the previous book. A compelling story that shows how a small village became an important settlement for that region. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ricardo Faria
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The entire series is well worth reading. I would recommend it to anyone and I am looking forward to more from this author.
Published 14 months ago by Brian Keniry
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
loved the first book and this one is just as great, an epic series of books which i can't priaise highly enough
Published 18 months ago by richard davis
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
Great read, I would definitely recommend this book to any historical fiction fan. I would put him up there with Scarrow and Cornwall. Thanks
Published 19 months ago by S. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Empire series
A really good read so far, it is keeping me entertained so I will read the series right the way through from start to finish. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Mel
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel.
Empire Rising continues on from where the previous book ended. The ruler of Akkad, Eskkar, is scouring the area around Akkad, trying to wipe out any remaining bandits, and hoping... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2011 by J.Flood
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up.
This book continues very closely after the events in Dawn of Empire. Was a bit slow at first but picks up pace quickly and keeps you engaged with the main plot and sub stories off... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2011 by Jacks
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