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Gordon Doherty
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24 Nov 2011
When the falcon has flown, the mountain lion will charge from the east, and all Byzantium will quake. Only one man can save the empire . . . the Haga! 1046 AD. The Byzantine Empire teeters on full-blown war with the Seljuk Sultanate. In the borderlands of Eastern Anatolia, a land riven with bloodshed and doubt, young Apion's life is shattered in one swift and brutal Seljuk night raid. Only the benevolence of Mansur, a Seljuk farmer, offers him a second chance of happiness. Yet a hunger for revenge burns in Apion's soul, and he is drawn down a dark path that leads him right into the heart of a conflict that will echo through the ages.

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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: FeedaRead (24 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908603224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908603227
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a Scottish writer, addicted to reading and writing historical fiction.

My love of history was piqued during spells living and working close to both Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall, sites of rich history winding back through thousands of years. The later Roman Empire and Byzantium hold a particular fascination for me.

I list many fine authors amongst my influences, including: Simon Scarrow, David Gemmell, Sam Barone, Conn Iggulden, Simon Turney, Bernard Cornwell, Ben Kane & Valerio Massimo Manfredi. I also enjoy reading and writing sci-fi and black comedy.

My Legionary series is set in the Eastern Roman Empire circa 376 AD and follows the adventures of the border legions as the empire begins to waver under the relentless crush of barbarians from the east and the north.

My Strategos trilogy is set around the build up to the Battle of Manzikert in 1071 AD and follows the dark and troubled life of a Byzantine general in a land riven with bloodshed and doubt.

All of my novels are available from good online stores in paperback and eBook format.

Happy reading!

www.gordondoherty.co.uk

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About the Author

I'm a Scottish writer, addicted to reading and writing historical fiction. My love of history was piqued during spells living and working close to both Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall, sites of rich history winding back through thousands of years. The later Roman Empire and Byzantium hold a particular fascination for me. My Legionary series is set in the Eastern Roman Empire circa 376 AD and follows the adventures of the border legions as the empire begins to waver under the relentless crush of barbarians from the east and the north. My Strategos trilogy is set around the build up to the Battle of Manzikert in 1071 AD and follows the dark and troubled life of a Byzantine general in a land riven with bloodshed and doubt. All of my novels are available from good online stores in paperback and eBook format. Happy reading! www.gordondoherty.co.uk --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 7 Jan 2012
By Bluej
Format:Kindle Edition
Another great read from the author of Legionary. As an avid reader I read a wide variety of books - probably 100+ over a year and I always welcome a new author and look forward to reading more of Gordon Docherty's work in the future. Strategos offered a well woven blend of the brutalities of war and the lives of those waging it. For me the strength of the relationships that the main character, Apion, has with those he encounters is a key factor in making the book such a riveting read. Even characters of little importance have been well considered so that each contributes to the clarity of the story as a whole. I look forward to reading more by this author in the near future. A great book!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strategos: Born in the Borderlands 3 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading Legionary I was hoping for another brilliant book and boy I was not disappointed, this book brings you deeper into the scenarios and characters than any book I have ever read. Gordon brings the characters of Apion, Mansur, Vadim, Bracchus and many many mpre to life and you get to feel an emotional tie with Apion. The build up to the final battle is awesome with the haunting noise of the moaning of the Seljuk battle horns coursing through my head. Bravo to Gordon for writing one of the best books I have read for years and I cannot wait for thenext episodes of Legionary and Strategos, many more happy hours of reading to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tale of Apion 19 April 2013
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I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical drama. It is well written with interesting twists & sub-plots. As well written as some of the best genre writers. Well done!! I look forward to the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 26 Jan 2012
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I enjoyed this book immensely.

The author does seem to choose periods of Imperial history which are not obvious choices for the setting of heroic fiction. Similarly his heroes tend to be disadvantaged, almost fatally flawed, when we first encounter them, but they come through in the end.
There are things that a reader might criticise, for example I am not a great fan of flashbacks or the repeated phrases/voices in his head, that appeared all too frequently at times of crisis, but this is a personal thing. I disliked it in Bernard Cornwell's Agincourt as well, so he is in good company.

If you want an absorbing plot driven read, that will keep you turning the pages, then you could do far worse than this book.

As I said in the title of this review, it is indeed well worth reading and I look forward to his next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon breaks his own record 22 May 2012
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I'll state for the record that Gordon emerged from the same writing-feedback site as I (and a few others), and have since come to know him through Twitter too. But this fact in no way influences the following review, as nepotism does not float my boat. Feel free to simply disregard it if you must, but you do so at your peril.

I gave Gordon's first book 5 stars. I honestly thought it was that good. Reading it just made me jealous over the relative quality of my own work. Now that I've read Strategos, I wish I'd given it 4 stars, as this book is significantly better and I can't reflect that in the ratings, so there you go. Both fab books, but this is better.

Strategos seems to be the work where Gordon's writing has matured into a solid style that is easily the challenge of most established Histfic authors. I feel you will find it hard to tell that this is not a traditionally published novel. Even the shaky editing and typos that are a regrettable feature of self-published work are suspiciously absent. I think I found three or four typos in the whole book, which is a number I expect to find in any work. And the editing? Well it's tight and on-track all the way through.

The story is complex and deep, involving a twisting tale of intrigue and revenge that entwines the protagonist's path all against the background of a great and tumultuous time of desperate military actions to preserve a dying empire. What impressed me particularly is that there is no Good guy/Bad guy black-and-white attitude in Strategos. It is hard not to find likeable and appreciable traits in the bad guys. Not all the good guys are that good. Indeed the main antagonists are ostensibly on the same side as the hero.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of something new and very different 11 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Being an avid reader of Roman novels I came accross this book. It has the air of something nasty is brewing from the East and it's only going to be a matter of time before it hits. This novel is a great page turner bringing the Byzantium empire to the fore against a ever growing and menacing Seljuk empire wanting to spread it's wings. An early Christian vs Muslim struggle. I do hope this book is the first of many. I can highly recommend it . More please! By the way if you like playing chess this book will be of interest to you....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Read! 23 Mar 2012
By Rkell
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I was pleasantly surprised by and enjoyed this book evan though its not a time period or based in a part of the world I know alot about. I know the Byzantines of this period for arrogance and the over confidence of being Romes sucessor. This book says they were hanging on by the skin of their teeth (which makes for better reading). The book itself is very fast paced. I'd hate to be a character in Gordons books as they always have a hideous time of it. The thing I liked about this book is that it was'nt just a blood bath in a vacuum with all other considerations laid aside untill the glorious victory, The soldiers actions had consequences on the people around them. The author also avoided my pet hate, modern western morality and behavior just grafted onto some people with swords and sandals with a bit of research thrown in so it doesnt sound too implausable. Good stuff, Will be looking for th next installment!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strategist 1
This has been a very good read, I'm now gong to read the next book in the series
I am looking forward to reading the Rise of the Golden Heart.

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Published 13 days ago by Danny
4.0 out of 5 stars good entertainment
good story line. byzantium military organisation well researched. however the transition of the hero from cripple to invincible warrior is not possible in the period of little... Read more
Published 1 month ago by anthony raven
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Found this book a great read, the more I read the less I wanted to put it down. Away to start the next book in the series.
Published 1 month ago by D. Howie
4.0 out of 5 stars a gripping read
Good character building, strong story line which keeps you guessing and exciting battle and fighting scenes.
Full of intrigue as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by peeps
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I was intrested to read this book as I you don't often come across many historical /fiction books covering this period (11th century Byzantium) and I must say I am really glad I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Mr Doherty is one of my favourite authors, I actually read the Legionary trilogy first which prompted me to buy Strategos, it has political intrigue along with some good battle... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dean waters
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read.....Great first book of the Strategos series
I've been looking for my next adventure for some time after reading all Simon Scarrow and Conn Iggulden books and the like. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stuart Harland
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic history made real
Loved this book from start to finish. History that came alive. Can't wait to read the next book. Well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
The heading of this review says it all. I look forward to reading part 2. Would recommend this book to all who enjoy well crafted historical fiction.
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