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The Journeys of Socrates [Kindle Edition]

Dan Millman
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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“Millman’s fluid storytelling makes this an easy read.”
— Publishers Weekly

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The Way Begins . . .

Sergei was three when the soldiers took him. At fifteen he fled into the wilderness, with nothing to cling to but the memories of a grandfather who called him Socrates and the promise of a gift buried near St. Petersburg. Thus begins The Journeys of Socrates -- an odyssey that forged the character of Sergei Ivanov, whose story would one day change the lives of millions of readers worldwide. This saga of courage and faith, of love and loss, reveals the arts of war and the path to peace. Ultimately, it speaks to the quest we all share for a meaningful life in a challenging world.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060750235
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (13 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK3DW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those books 28 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
By reading this book you have most probably read Way of the Peacfull Warrior or have been recommended it. If you are one who looks to read both for inspiration and joy then read this.. although i would say that you would have to be a reader who thinks tiltles such as

1) Jonothan Livingston Seagull

2) Illusions

3) The Alchemist

4) The Hobbit!

5) Way of the peacefull Warrior

6) In Search of Captain Zero

7) and possibly Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior

amongst others. This book is special, i loved every page and reference, i could see the story in my mind and imagine the scenes as they unfolded (such as you do with Tolkien) In places i laughed and sometimes a tear!

In my view this is a great follow up and a wonderful book. I loved every page and although i wanted to read to the end i didnt want it to end.

(please excuse any spelling.... im an artist!)

Benjamin
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Epic story - Easy read 6 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
This book was an easy and enjoyable read, sprinkled with universal life advices.
It is the epic story of a young warrior called Serguei (or Socrates) who is put to a very severe test. On his path, he will be trained by several wise men like Razin or father Seraphin. While learning to fight, he will also learn to live.

On top of an entertaining story, the author shares with us some life guidelines:
While learning to fight, Serguei learns to relax under pressure and responds freshly to each moment, without plans or expectations.
He also learns to find peace and forgive.
"Those who appear in your life_whether to help or to harm_ are all given by God". "Meet all of them with a peaceful heart".
"Surrender to God's will, to the life you were given, moment by moment."
"Faith does not rely on knowing anything with certainty. It requires only the courage to accept whatever happens, wether it brings pleasure or pain, is for the highest good."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth 11 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
Where WPW shows the magic and mystic adventure, JoS shows a much more real story, it shows what Soc went through and how he learned the things he taught Dan. The realism of how Soc learned to be a Peaceful Warrior has made me feel like its possible for me to do it as well - without having to find some magic man to help me. The book is wonderfully written in my opinion and while I was suprised by the turnout of some events, I never felt lost as to what was going on. And like most great reads it was nearly impossible to put down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 14 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
As someone who found WPW an amazingly enlightenting book it was nice to get the 'back ground info' on, what i myself consider to be, the main character in the book. Learning about Socrates' boyhood and how he become the original (well, actually not the real original!) peaceful warrior. I thought well written, although some people say simply written. Great storey - action, romance and educational if you think it through.
Was surprised to read some negative reviews on this site but everyone is different i suppose. Highly recommended if you are a fan of WPW, but expect more of a 'storey' book then WPW.
Peace and love, Danny J
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Super 1 Jun 2008
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a book that I loved until the very end. The end and notes will cause all joy of the story to be lost. This book was long awaited by fans around the world. The first book in this trilogy came out 25 years ago; The Way of the Peaceful Warrior has been an international bestseller since it came out. It was released this month as a movie starring Nick Nolte and Scott Mechlowicz. Both that first book and the sequel Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior are part biographical and part allegory. Millman has, since the beginning, answered questions about what parts of those two books are truth and what parts are story.

Now, here in the third book in the series, he blows that whole tradition out of the water. The story is supposed to be the life story of Socrates, Dan's mentor in the first two books.

This is an amazing story of a young man born of mixed blood in Russia. He is part Cossack and part Jewish. He is being raised at a Cossack military school after the death of both of his parents. He later learns about his Jewish blood. During the pogroms against the Jews he leaves the school to go in search of treasure his grandfather has left him.

He suffers loss., the loss of a pregnant wife to an old enemy. He vow's revenge on their grave. He studies under many martial arts masters in order to learn how to seek that revenge. He studies first with a sword master, and then with a master of all of the art's who tries to teach him to choose life, and be a master of self. For the loss of his wife who was with child. He journeys all over Asia, while studying with these teachers, then in pursuit of revenge that he has studied for years to be ready to exact. Then he eventually to the new world, in search of a long hoped for new life.

The story is great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This novel, though written later, is a prequel to Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior. As with those novels, there is much debate on what is fact and what is fiction. From my perspective, that debate doesn't matter...this is an enjoyable read, which echoes the leanings and lessons of the first two novels.

For pure reading enjoyment, I would rank this one with the Way of the Peaceful Warrior. The Journeys of Socrates is a better story, with less lecturing/preachiness of the original Peaceful Warrior, while the Way novel laid out Millman's personal philosophies in more detail.

I also enjoyed the Russian history and culture included in this novel. Insights into both Russian Jewish plight and livings and Cossacks are provided.

Sergei/Socrates experiences enormous heartache and challenges, some violently so, mainly to drive home the point of Mr. Millman's "peaceful warrior" teachings: martial artists/warriors train not to fight, but to gain peace through self-control and deeper internal understanding. By having half Jewish/half Cossasck Sergei experience and witness loss, feel revenge and work at overcoming those violent feelings, Millman drives home this point in a way that the setting of the first two books would not allow.

I also enjoyed the views into the Russian "martial arts", without mentioning Systema. The concept of "bracing" (dousing yourself with cold water everyday to build up strength and immunities) and breathing methods are well weaved into the fabric of the story of Sergei's training.

I would have enjoyed more detail on the "world council of martial artists" that is mentioned a few times towards the end of the book. A potential fourth novel, Mr. Millman?

Final note: there is a certain amount of violence and loss in this novel, some scenes which may bother some readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
My Dad recommended me this book and I wasn`t disappointed. Once I started reading it, I just couldn`t put it down. Adventure, love, action all perfectly balanced together.
Published 3 months ago by Adam Borbas
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
really not a writer myself the star rating should be enough to say that I personally think this book like the others I have read are great
Published 5 months ago by peter leslie benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant!
Oh my where do start? I have read all of the peaceful warrior series now and this is the perfect book to end with. Can not recommend enough, read them all!
Published 5 months ago by samantha crank
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional
This story will stay with me forever and is possibly now my favourite book although I read Way of the peaceful warrior first, then Sacred journey and then this, Journey of Soc and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars book review
took this away on holidays and spent a happy week reading it. passed it on to my partner who also enjoyed it. so good for both genders.
Published 8 months ago by N. Dungey
5.0 out of 5 stars one of those books that get under your skin and live in your memory...
Extraordinary book,especially if you've read The Way of a Peaceful Warrior,you don't just read it but live its life and feel it's emotions like your own
Published 12 months ago by Natalie Aad
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I didn't get this really - his other books are mazing but this did not hook me at all. But try other by him.
Published 12 months ago by miss N Tharraleos
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality book true to life
very good writer Dan millman although its a fiction it has strong links life. And is comparable in a multitude of ways.
Published 15 months ago by adrian dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book, another must read by Dan Millman
From start to finish this book is fantastic, a must read.
Make sure to read the two books that come before this one to appreciate the complexity and the on going story. Read more
Published on 22 May 2011 by Faith
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficially enjoyable read
People seem to be really taken by Dan Millman's "peaceful warrior" franchise , but this book departs from what I understand the other books are in that it is a novel, albeit one... Read more
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