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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752883933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752883939
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christian Cameron (Also Miles Cameron, author of the 'Red Knight' and 'Fell Sword') was born in the US, in Pittsburg PA, in 1962 and grew up in Rochester, NY and Iowa City, Iowa, as well as Rockport MA. He attended high school at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester NY and got an honors BA in Medieval History at the University of Rochester. After University, Mr. Cameron joined the United States Navy as an Ensign, serving in VS 31 as an air intelligence officer and gaining his Air Observer wings before going to spend the rest of his military career as a humint officer, first with NCIS and later with DHS, serving in the first Gulf War, Somalia, and central Africa on numerous occasions. Mr. Cameron left the US military in 2000 as a Lieutenant Commander.

While still serving in the Navy, Mr. Cameron proposed his first novel with his father (Kenneth Cameron, American novelist and playwright) to Harper Collins UK, which was published in 1996 as 'Night Trap" in the UK and "Rules of Engagement" in the United States. In 2002, Mr. Cameron wrote his first solo novel, "Washington and Caesar," published by Harper Collins in the UK and Random House in the US. Also in 2002, Mr. Cameron moved to Canada and married his wife, Sarah. They have one child, Beatrice. They live in Toronto.

Mr. Cameron is a passionate historical reenactor, with interests in the American Revolution (www.csmid.com) and the Persian wars (www.plataians.org) and the Middle Ages. His author website is www.hippeis.com. His author website at Miles Cameron is www.traitorson.com

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In the epic clash of Greece and Persia, a hero is forged - a monumental novel from the author of the Tyrant series.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. I. Harrison on 19 Aug. 2010
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I'll get the very few and minor flaws of this book out of the way early on. The hero Arimnestos or Doru (spear) as he is later to become, sails very close, at times, to the 'too good to be true' trap. And the author's preoccupation with the blushes of young girls was a little irritating. However, despite the above I have been the complete prisoner of this book for the last 4 evenings, with the need for eating, sleeping and working being really annoying distractions from Camerons completely absorbing Greek world.

I read the first of Cameron's Tyrant series and really enjoyed it though found it a little slow. There is nothing slow about this book.

The story is of a Greek warrior who is telling his life story to his daughter and her young maid (she of the blushes). So the action is all in the first person perspective and it is a tale of ups and downs as Doru discovers his gift as a warrior but also has to come to terms with the darker parts of his soul, he is after all a killer of men!
His fortunes swing backwards and forwards and see him become a hero, a slave, outcast and shamed and then struggle to recover his pride and fortune again.

The book has plenty of action but I was as equally gripped by Doru's time as a slave and by the petty politics and power struggles of the warlords and tyrants. Also the historical content is fascinating and a much under visited time period.
It put me very much in mind of another master story teller Steven Pressfield. And whilst it did not actually reduce me to tears as 'Gates of Fire' did, I was very much caught up in this emotional roller coaster of a book.

It seems this (I'm guessing) trilogy is going to climax with the battle of Marathon but I would guess there is a lot more mayhem to come on the way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2010
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The best way to sum this novel up is OMG. Its definitely my must buy recommendation to all fans of the historical fiction genre and one that I'm also recommending to a number of fantasy fans who've also enjoyed offerings in the Greek world by people like David Gemmell.

Add to this mix a tale of war, of slavery and of course the events of the ancient world as seen by a warrior in hindsight and its definitely something special. Christian adds great storytelling in an almost campfire tradition backed up with almost unparalleled dialogue and characters that step from the past to the reader of today's imagination and I suspect that it could inspire many a future classical historian.
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This fantastic book by Christian Cameron is the 1st volume of the "Killer of Men" series.
As this has been my very first encounter with this author I have to admit that I'm truly fascinated now, simply because his way of writing is absolutely tremendous about the ancient history of the Greeks, the wars between the Greek states themselves as well as their struggles and brutal battles against their ferocious enemy, the Persians.
The book has a lot of historical details, an expansive glossary, an informative piece of note with names and personages as well as interesting maps.
The story itself is about a man called Arimnestos, who's from Plataea, when war breaks out against their strong neighbours, Thebes, and while they achieve an unexpected victory against Thebes, he's betrayed by his cousin, and so he finds himself now a slave of a citizen of Ephesus, a city under the rule of the Persian king.
When Arimnestos begins his perilous journey to freedom he finds himself in a world where an epic confrontation is on the cards between the Greeks and the Persians.
While this is happening Arimnestos finds out that he has a special talent, and that that talent will pay well in this world of violence and death, and so he will turn into and become a "Killer of Men", and thus finds his place in a world full of war and death, democracy and tyranny, and freedom or slavery.
Highly recommended, because this book is a tremendous tale about the ancient Greeks, and for me this story has been a "Captivating Killer Opener"!
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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2010
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A great read. Couldn't putting down until I reached the end, just like the Tyrant series. If you loved those, then you will also like this one. Once again, Chris Cameron has picked a very interesting and somewhat original background. Rather that having yet another novel built around the Second Greco-Persian war, Thermopylae (hardly possible to do better than Pressfield's "Gates of fire" anyway!) and Salamis, he builds it around the little known revolt of the Greek cities of Asia Minor against the Persians and their first invasion of Greece (battle of Marathon).

As usual, the characters come to life. Miltiades and Aristides, the two Athenian nobles (and generals) are especially good. Aristagoras, the former tyrant generally portrayed as a heroic "freedom-fighter" is in fact shown to be rather base and a coward: quite original and done in a such a way that it is credible.

I even liked the way the story was told by the hero to his children and their friends (or was it his grandchildren?), once he had become an old man. Quite different from the Tyrant series. The author's research is excellent, as usual.

A few things, however:
- I cannot fully agree when the author compares hoplites to medieval knights or implies that hoplites were the higher class. Hoplites in Classical Greece were more like an equivalent of the "middle class". The equivalent of knights would have the nobles which made up the cavalry in most cities, meaning that they were wealthy ebough to afford to maintain horses AND the full hoplite outfit and, depending on circumstances, could fight either on fought, as hoplites, or as cavalry. Miltiade or Arisride would have been such Hippeis (a bit like Kineas and his friends in the Tyrant series a century and a half latter).
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