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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409114147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409114147
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2014
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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 By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2014
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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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Amazon does not show that I have this book but I have the exact same hardcover but it was gifted to me for Christmas as a gift. I have also read the Ill-made knight and the writing format are very much the same. The depth and detail with the progression of the story which can be shared to the reader is astounding as in just a couple of pages many different locations can be discovered and many months and even years could pass. Firstly the amount of detail that has gone into this book is astounding and would take me If I tried to write in the same style, many years to complete, more likely more than 3-4 years.

There are also many new characters and old characters introduced and I found this to be a book I very much liked and would recommend to anyone a fan of this Authors books, however I would think twice before recommending to readers who dislike the long readings and depth or detail. The way this format is written is on-par with Robert Jordan's style however I find Cameron's style more immersing and presented differently. Whereas Jordan's was a story where the characters themselves were from a view of themselves in the exact moment like watching a movie, Cameron has a older self of the character tell the story to you and his friends and family sat around him telling them of the good old times!

It is like a journal of a great ancient Greek man who lived to tell his tales to his children's children of great adventures and places so far away and exotic.
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