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Parthian Dawn (Parthian Chronicles Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Darman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Book Description

‘Parthian Dawn’ is the second volume of the adventures of Pacorus the Parthian and his companions – the fierce and proud Gallia, the ex-Roman centurion Domitus, the scout Byrd and the sorceress Dobbai – as they battle for their lives against the backdrop of the clash between the ancient world's two greatest empires.
After three years fighting by the side of Spartacus, Pacorus and his followers have escaped from Italy in the aftermath of the defeat of the slave rebellion. Made a king by the ruler of the Parthian Empire on his return, he has married his beloved Gallia and made the city of Dura Europos on the banks of the Euphrates his home. But his new kingdom is seething with discontent and surrounded by hostile desert nomads who are the sworn enemies of the Parthians. The aged King of Kings, the man who has united the Parthians for decades, then dies to cast a shadow of uncertainty over the empire, which erupts into full-scale civil war as one of the empire’s most powerful men, Narses, attempts to seize the high crown by force.
Pacorus is forced to fight both Narses and his scheming ally, Prince Mithridates, to preserve the realm and his own crown. And then the Romans, taking advantage of Parthia’s internal troubles, launch their own invasion of the empire. Will Pacorus and indeed the Parthian Empire survive the conflict that engulfs them on all sides?

A map of the Parthian Empire at the time of Pacorus (the 1st Century BC) can be found on the maps page of my website:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 502 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491049898
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YCZ6MU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in the great county of Lincolnshire and educated at the King's School in Grantham (where Sir Isaac Newton was also educated, though not at the same time!), I began writing over 20 years ago. You can find out all about me and my books by taking a look at my website;

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good, if not better than the first one 23 Feb. 2012
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I find it hard to believe I am the first to review this great book!

Without giving too much of the plot away, the second book in this series is based around the main characters exploit against the Roman army and a Parthian rebel army back in the surrounding area of his home city Hatra.

For me this book is interesting due to the tactics he deploys against both Parthian and foreign aggressors (read the Romans). Building up a core 'legion' based around the Roman organization of the army that he picked up during his time in Rome under Spartacus, the main character blends this with local cataphracts and horse archers - drilling them until the two work together in perfect unison and creating a devestatingly lethal army.

If you feel that you have read a lot about Roman tactics and warfare in the growing multitude of books on this subject available, this story helps understand a different side of the coin.

Definitely worth a read, but if you haven't yet, I would recommend reading the first book in this series first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Parthian Dawn is a great read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. It is the second book in the series, the first being The Parthian which is also excellent - get both and read "The Parthian" first.

Parthian Dawn is an action packed story which takes place in the ancient empires of Rome and Parthia but offers a fresh perspective in that it is seen from the Parthian perspective.

If you enjoy the books of Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow, Ben Cane, Douglas Jackson and Harry Sidebottom then you will definately love this series from Peter Darman.

i am looking forward to the next book in the series!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Having read the author's first novel, The Parthian which I thoroughly enjoyed I was looking forward to the follow up book. Parthian Dawn arrived, and I hoped that it, at least would be as good as his first. I have to say that this book has exceeded all my expectations and the story moves on at a rollicking pace, full of intrigue, deceptions, great battles, heroics, friendships once again won and lost. I can only urge those of you that have an interest in historical facts interlaced with a great story told by the author who obviously has a great knowledge and passion for his subject to purchase this book. It is a small price to pay for such a pleasurable read, but, if you have not done so you should read The Parthian first. I have no hesitation in recommending this book and will be one of the first in line to purchase the third installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tired 26 May 2013
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I had looked forward to reading this novel ,it starts off with style ,but ends up going round and round and losing itself somewhere in the plot ,the author keeps referring to the bow that the Parthians used in battle more than once saying that its power outshot the Romans type bow,and also kept referring to gallia's outstanding beauty ????
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5.0 out of 5 stars parthian Dawn 26 Jun. 2012
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Having read the previous books, this one is well up to standard, and follows the story line,I found the book quiet funny in places but a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Parthian Dawn 28 May 2012
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I found this book very absorbng.Unable to put it down and very historical correct.I would like to see more books from this author.A great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read. 23 Mar. 2012
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After having read the first book, The Parthian, I was really looking forward to book number two, and I was not disappointed !
Very interesting reading about these ancient cities and the rivalry between their kings. Add the Romans to the mixture and it's all set for some great action.
I can't wait for book number three.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it 27 May 2015
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The writing style is easy to read and at rare times pleasant. The novel needs editing.

Female characters are well described. Fictional and historic characters are poorly developed. Some characters do not contribute to the plot.

The story could have been written in half its length. The chapters were that infrequent and long that they were exhaustive.

Creative imagery is lacking. Action is generic and uninventive.

Research is extremely limited. The facts could have been copied and pasted from Wikipedia in an hour.

I sense that Peter Darman is strongly interested in ancient Parthia and Rome, but is not inspired and passionate. He does not have a thorough understanding of the events, personalities and societies in ancient Parthia and Rome.

I bought the "Parthian Chronicles" to assist my research, but they did not help.
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