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The Great King (The Long War Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Christian Cameron
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Awesome, both among the best of the author and of historical fiction in general...Great stuff begging volume 5 asap. (FANTASYBOOKCRITIC)

The characters as ever are some of the most rounded and real that you will read in any historical fiction novel, the action is probably the most realistic and authentic. What sets these tales apart is that while i get the cut and thrust of battle that i love in these ancient tales, I also get so much more... This truly ranks up there as my all-time favourite series. (PARMENION BOOKS)

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The heroic story of Arimnestos of Plataea continues in the fourth volume of Christian Cameron's Long War series, set amid the epic struggle between Greece and Persia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1664 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409114147
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0LUUMC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Plataean Hero and his author do it again 19 Jan 2014
By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This if Book four of Christian Cameron's series on the Long Wars against the Persian Empire and it continues the life story of Arimnestos, a historical character that the author has chosen as the ancestor of his later characters during the time of Alexander's Successors.

For those of you that have not followed Arimnestos through the previous episodes, the historical character did fight at Marathon. In the previous episode, the author makes him rather fictiously travel to west to Iberia and up the coast of France before reaching Cornwall from where he comes back with a most valuable cargo of tin. In this episode, however, you get it all: you still get the travelling but you also get the war against Persia as the King of Kings, after long preparations, comes at last with a huge army and a no less huge fleet.

As usual, Christian Cameron's three main ingredients are at play.

First, the historical context is described rather well. There are some liberties and bits and pieces which are clearly fiction - there was no "last chance" embassy to Persia, for instance, as far as we know - although this fiction is just about plausible. It is easy to understand why this embassy was inserted: the author simply could not resist describing the wonders of the East, in particular Babylon, Susa and the Persian Court. There are a couple of features that did not work very well with me here. One was the leader of the Babylonian rebellion, which I did not find terribly plausible and which seems to have been inserted to spice the story up. The rebellion in Babylonia really happened after the death of Darios the Great and it did buy time for the Greeks, as indicated in the book. However, I am not quite sure there were two rebellions, as the author makes it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 28 Jan 2014
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I find it more and more difficult to write a review of Christians books, it’s so expected to write how wonderful they are.
This book is no exception. The characters as ever are some of the most rounded and real that you will read in any historical fiction novel, the action is probably the most realistic and authentic (all driven by his passion for Re-enactment and trying to live the parts, to write about them). What sets these tales apart is that while i get the cut and thrust of battle that i love in these ancient tales, i also get so much more.

The Hero Arimenestos isn’t perfect, he is very flawed, he can be vain, arrogant, passionate, impulsive, heroic. But more than that, he is a family man, his family being more than just relations, his ship mates, his friends, Plataea and his fellow hero’s. So often he finds himself on opposing sides to people he cares about while fighting with of for those he is indifferent to, but country wins over personal loyalty. The tug of war for his soul played out on the page. It’s this emotional tug of war that Christian Cameron excels at in his writing, drawing on what i can only assume is personal experience in the armed forces, and his own innate kindness as a human being.

I can’t go into the history behind the novel in anywhere close to the depth of the author or even JPS (review on here) what i can say is that i felt the history, it felt real. I felt i was there for every battle, for every race, for every tear and every heartbreak and betrayal. The ending and the inevitable death of the Spartan king is heart-breaking and crushing for the reader, portraying a fraction of what the men of the time must have felt. all again showing the skill of the writing.

This truly ranks up there as my all-time favourite series.

(Parm)
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4.0 out of 5 stars good paced and thoughtful 7 Mar 2014
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I have enjoyed the series and this part has lived up to the rest .I enjoy the style of writing used and the not to heavy dialogue is a welcome change .All in all a good read .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing history to life! 6 Mar 2014
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Working at recreating historical characters in schools every day, and re-enacting as a Greek hoplite many weekends means I have a fair idea of what sounds right in historical novels. This book has that 'feel' I look for. Both the physical feel of the arms and armour, and the feel of the characters' views. A great series with this book the best so far. I look forward to the next.
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The story is about the battle between the Greeks and Persians made famous in the film the 300 but centres on the sea battle that prevented the Persians from landing behind the Spartans at Thermopylae. In true Cameron style the story takes you back to the times and I could almost believe that I was stood on the deck of a Greek ship as it went into battle against overwhelming forces a excellent read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read this book 27 Feb 2014
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Cameron is a great writer and the subject matter is extremely interesting fantastic series and an original way of telling a story. Brilliant. Read it and the others
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saga Continues 3 Jan 2014
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Another cracker in the Arimnestos series once again Mr Cameron is on top form, this time recounting the hero's adventures up to the battle of Artemesium.

One slight gripe, the kindle edition could have done with another proof read as there are a fair few annoying spelling grammar and punctuation mistakes, but even taking that into account this is a first class read and Mr Cameron continues to cement his reputation as one of top authors of historical fiction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too long
Published 1 day ago by Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars more of the same
I really enjoy this series, and this book continues in the same vein as those that came before it. Page-turning stuff rooted in good research and an understanding of war - loved... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Cynic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a very good follow on to a very good series(The Long War)
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Negus
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
better than his last book
Published 2 months ago by r f wilcox
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Excellent series; completely absorbing.
Published 3 months ago by P Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars whilst I felt he had lost that which I love the best about his work
I have incredible respect for this author and from his notes I understand that he feels he has brought a new skill to this series in this book, whilst I felt he had lost that which... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eve Barratt
5.0 out of 5 stars best of the four.
Killer of Men got me into the series, books two and three were OK but The Great King is best of them by far. I couldn't put it down and eagerly anticipate the fifth volume.
Published 3 months ago by R. MORTIMER
5.0 out of 5 stars Unable to put down.
Simply the best author out there in my opinion. This book just continues the series in fantastic fashion. A word of warning. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ... am yet to read it but if it's anything like the previous books in...
I bought this book a few weeks ago and am yet to read it but if it's anything like the previous books in the series it will be an excellent read.
Published 4 months ago by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read as were all the other books.
Published 4 months ago by Steven Slater
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