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Parthian Vengeance (Parthian Chronicles Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Darman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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‘Parthian Vengeance’ is the third instalment in the Parthian Chronicles, the adventures of King Pacorus of Dura, and follows on from ‘Parthian Dawn’.

The brooding peace that hangs over Parthia is shattered by a murder that triggers the final confrontation that will decide who rules the empire. Pacorus leads his veteran army east to destroy once and for all the forces of his implacable enemies, Mithridates and Narses. But his foes have been waiting for this moment and what Pacorus believes will be a short campaign will turn into a long war that will culminate in the bloodiest battle in the history of the Parthian Empire.

Once again Pacorus gathers his faithful companions around him for the life-or-death struggle with the treacherous Mithridates and the ambitious Narses – Domitus, the ex-Roman centurion and now general of Dura’s army; Gallia, his fierce warrior queen; Orodes, the landless prince; Prince Malik of the Agraci; and Surena, destined to become one of the greatest Parthian commanders of all time.

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: www.peterdarman.com

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1485 KB
    • Print Length: 490 pages
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008QBZ5IM
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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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;

    www.peterdarman.com

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as could have been 26 Aug. 2012
    By mrogers
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I really enjoyed the previous two books in this series and was really looking forward to reading this one. The first few chapters start off at a great pace and if the rest of the book had carried on like that, it would have been a terrific read.

    For me, I found there were too many annoying issues that effected my enjoyment of the book. First was the author's insistence on reintroducing the background of various characters from previous books to the reader - this happens on two or three occasions with some characters and is really unnecessary - if you're writing books in a series then the majority, if not all, of the readers will be familiar with who who's and their link to the main character, Pacorus. This author is not alone in doing this but for me it gets in the way of the natural flow and seems like an attempt to fill the pages, and tell the story to those that haven't read the preceding books.

    The repetitive story lines/roles for certain characters also wear thin - on several occasions Dobbai, the feared sorceress from the previous books who has now been reduced to the role of nanny for Pacorus's children, tells Pacorus what dangers lie ahead and what to be mindful of, yet he ignores her and low & behold events transpire as she predicted. And then the next time she warns him of something he still ignores her. This as a story line shows the King to be slightly ignorant and to use it several times over shows a lack of imagination.

    My final issue was the complete focus of the story on Pacorus - without giving too much away, in this book Pacorus and the Parthians are fighting a civil war, whilst facing the constant threat & interference of the Romans on the borders of Dura (Pacorus's Kingdom) and the dangers from the encroaching Armenians.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but... 22 Dec. 2013
    By MIJ6689
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    I've enjoyed all of the Parthian series - some more than most - but this one I did find a little frustrating. Without trying to spoil the plot, it is clear from very early on that the chief 'baddie' and his minions need sorting out, and I found myself just wishing that Pacorus would get on with it.

    We do move from battle to battle, and then on to another and another one, and after a while, these tend to take over at the expense of any real story development in terms of what is going on elsewhere in the empire - away from Pacorus. The entire plot revolves around what is happening where he is at, and even though mention is made of other actions, we get very little detail of what went on during these. For example, Surena is sent off on his first campaign in authority, and is for a long time believed to be dead. We discover nothing of what happened on his ultimate return, and little of how and why he was delayed for so long.

    The development of the main protagonists is a little predictable too, but I do like how the author arrives at and uses historical occurrences, and his storytelling around these.

    Plenty of blood and guts for those of that persuasion, and detailed, compelling descriptions of how battles were conducted tactically, along with several subplots involving romances new and old, treachery, various alliances, and the ever present threat of a Roman incursion.

    As I said, overall an enjoyable read, but the weakest in the series for me.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The story of the Prthian a empire continues 25 Dec. 2013
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    The 4th in a series of books giving a snapshot of the Parthian Empire and it's internal and external troubles and stifles. Well written interesting and a great insight into the life in that section of the world, the lead character is a good but hard man who struggles to hold all together for the greater good. Will look for more from this author who mixes Historic fact with fiction to tell of lives as they were.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Parthian Vengeance 11 Sept. 2012
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series and was looking forward to this latest one. I have to say,although quite an enjoyable read, I have to agree with a previous reviewer that the author could have written a truly great epic if only he had cut out all the needless repetitive references to characters and events... and I mean repetitive! It interrupted the flow of the storyline and I found myself skipping over them to find where the actual story continued! Again I find myself agreeing with the same reviewer that the author could have expanded the whole book into a great read by giving life to Mithridates and Narses... their lives... their thoughts. Instead they appear to be no more that one dimensional literary cardboard cut-outs there just to be foes of the main character. My comments may be seen as a little unfair but it could have been a truly amazing book instead of just a decent one.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it 27 May 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition
    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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