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Strategos: Island in the Storm (Strategos 3) [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Doherty
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The storm is upon us, Haga. The answers you seek dance within its wrath . . .

1071 AD. Emperor Romanus Diogenes has rekindled the guttering flame of Byzantium. Yet in the eastern borderlands, two vital strongholds hang in the balance. Manzikert and Chliat must be won to secure the empire’s fragile frontiers and vanquish the would-be usurpers who covet the imperial throne. But Sultan Alp Arslan and his vast Seljuk armies look to those twin fortress-towns also, resolute on seizing them first.

Apion rides by the emperor’s side as they march east, marshalling Byzantium’s armies for the conflict that is to come. He knows only too well that the threat posed by the Sultan’s hordes is well-matched by malevolent forces within the Byzantine ranks. Thus, the road to war is a savage one, but one he cannot refuse. For at its end, Fate beckons, taunting him with a choice of two futures.

On the plains of Manzikert, one great power will rise and another will fall. On the plains of Manzikert, Apion will face the storm.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 832 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500101729
  • Publisher: www.gordondoherty.co.uk; 1 edition (4 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LJVW61U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. There is something quite special about the metamorphosis from late antiquity into the 'dark ages' and the medieval period.

While historical fiction is my passion, I enjoy writing comedy and sci-fi too. Perhaps one day I'll find a way to combine all three!

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is the third and final part of Doherty's 11th century Byzantium trilogy, largely revolving around the preparations for and eventually the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. Romanos Diogenes needs a resounding victory in the battlefield, if he is to secure his tenuous hold on the throne and thwart the Doukid line, who are constantly plotting for his downfall and their return. And the capture of the two fortresses next to Lake Van is the task, as this would allow for a much better control of all further Seljuk incursions.

Into this background the story from the first two books (Strategos: Born in the Borderlands (Strategos 1) and Strategos: Rise of the Golden Heart (Strategos 2)) continues, with Apion as the loyal Strategos and protagonist, Michael Psellos as the nemesis within, and Alp Arslan as the Seljuk challenger. The book is similarly full of plotting, assassination attempts and the like, where the author perhaps takes ever more liberty with historically known fact in order to make the story more compelling. And he certainly succeeds in making it an interesting read, even if more and more elements deviate quite a bit from accepted historical fact.

In spite of this, the book is a fitting end to the trilogy and well worth a read for people interested in Byzantium, as the author manages to bring the period to life quite nicely, requiring none of the hard work necessary, when reading books from the period (such as Anna Komnena's The Alexiad (Penguin Classics)).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resounding Success 3 Aug 2014
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The latest, and concluding chapter in the Strategos series is in my opinion, the author's finest book to date. Here's why:

Plot/Storyline - an intricate yet seamless blend of fact and fiction that covers the conflict between two great empires and their power struggles from within. Written from varying POV's., it offers a balanced view of the world during those dangerous times.

Writing style - The language is varied, yet understated, the writing mature and immersive. you can almost smell the wood-smoke, hear the clash of battle, taste the desert sands. This is a major strength of the author - He shows rather than tells the story and understands how to really connect with his reader.

Characters - With skillful use of POV, the author offers insight into the hopes and aspirations of his central characters. His protagonists/antagonists have depth and feelings - they become real, and as a reader I began to empathise with them.
For me, a story is only as good as its characters and those in 'Strategos' are as good as they get.

Editing - Extremely well edited with no smelling pistakes that I could spot. also had some nice additional information - Maps, glossary of terms, structural diagram of Byzantine Thema - all quite useful when you're unfamiliar with the region/era.

So, overall a resounding success. My only gripe is that this is the last in the Strategos series, and I can only hope Gordon Doherty can bring something as enthralling as this to the table next time round.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good 30 July 2014
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This is the last book of « the Haga’s » trilogy, and for me at least, it was the best of the three.

The main reason for this is the author’s remarkable treatment of the battle of Mantzikert, with the whole novel, and the whole trilogy to a lesser extent, being built around this climatic event. The author has taken great care to show that the Byzantine defeat did NOT entail the total destruction of their army. Moreover, he clearly shows that the battle was far from being entirely one-sided and that the Seljuks suffered heavy losses before they managed to destroy the center of the Byzantine first line.

As shown in the book, however, both wings (although with heavy losses) and the entire second line managed to escape. What made this battle into a disaster was the capture of the Emperor, largely through the treason of Andronikos Doukas who could have saved the day had he come to the help of the beleaguered Emperor Romanus IV Diogenes. Instead, he retreated back to Constantinople and supported his father’s coup, ushering in a civil war (the first of several over the next decade) which must have been even more damageable than Mantzikert itself, as the author also mentions in his historical note.

Also mostly well told and closely following the historical sources are the narratives for the two years preceding 1071, with these events, and the lack of any clear victory, building pressure on the Emperor Romanos and making him increasingly desperate to secure such a victory in order to shore up his legitimacy.

This is where I had a bit of a problem with the author’s choice to ascribe to treachery just about everything that went wrong on the Byzantine side both during the Mantzikert campaign and before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive read!
As with the whole series, a story well told. The style of writing is captivating. The characters are fully formed. Sufficient detail to inform without being overbearing. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mr. J. Lynch
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excellent !!!! very good ending to an enjoyable trilogy,
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5.0 out of 5 stars another greatread from doherty good story lines with a few twists and...
another greatread from doherty good story lines with a few twists and turns great book i would recomend this book to all readers of historical fiction
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really great
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Worth reading, excellent
Published 21 days ago by Shirleyc
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All three books are a good read.
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine ending to the series
Doherty's storytelling powers were strong in the first installment, and have only gotten better. The historical details are well-researched, the battle scenes are realistically... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Pierre Whalon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good conclusion
Really enjoyed this trilogy especially the historical context. Will be looking out for your next work. Many the for all your work
Published 27 days ago by S. C. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great series
The series goes from strength to strength. Gordon Doherty`s style is engaging and easy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this and it gave me an insight to a time that I have not... Read more
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