'...an engrossing tale in which graphic scenes of battle are interwoven with moments of reflection and passion.' -- Daily Express
'I've waited ages for something this good to come along, and this debut brings to mind one name - Mary Renault.' -- Sue Baker, Publishing News
'Naomi Mitchison, Mary Renault, Rosemary Sutclif, William Golding - and classicist Paul Waters deserves to be mentioned in the same breath' -- Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History, Cambridge University
'This is a delight to read, beautifully plotted masterpiece, and deserves to become one of the classics of historical fiction.'
-- Manda Scott
'Waters tells a fast-moving tale with conviction.' -- Mail on Sunday
'an absolutely engrossing tale in which the graphically described battle scenes are leavened by moments of passion and tenderness.'
`A thrilling tale of revenge which grips from the start and doesn't let go'. -- James Delingpole author of Thinly Disguised Autobiography
`A wonderful debut novel.'
-- New Books Magazine
`With its restrained, elegant and poetic tone, Of Merchants & Heroes brings to mind Mary Renault.'
-- Margaret George, author of Helen of Troy
`a superior example of the sword-and-sandals ethos.' -- Dorset Echo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
At the end of the third century BC, as Republican Rome's long war with Carthage in Africa draws to a close, a new danger is arising in the east – the ruthless and ambitious King of Macedon, Philip the Fifth, is moving against the independent city-states of Greece and threatening Rome itself.
Against this background, Marcus, a young Roman, embarks on a sea crossing from Italy to Corfu with his father. Pirates, led by the wild corsair Dikaiarchos, ambush the ship and Marcus's father sacrifices his own life in order to save his son.
Marcus vows to avenge his father's death, setting him on a voyage of spiritual and emotional growth that will forge his character. He becomes the confidant of generals and politicians, and is cast into the midst of the rising conflict, travelling among the cities of Greece and Italy during a time of political turmoil and cultural upheaval. It is a journey that will bring him at last to his unexpected destiny.
In the tradition of Mary Renault and Robert Graves, Of Merchants & Heroes is a remarkable, beautifully written novel of love, loss and redemption. It is not only a historical adventure; it explores timeless questions of freedom, right and duty.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
Set around 200BC in Rome and Greece, Paul Waters’ first novel is a well-written and intelligent tale. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Douglas Kemp
Paul Waters has written 3 books that are on his own web site. I have read all 3 books with great enjoyment. Read morePublished on 19 May 2013 by Ralph
'The Republic of Vengeance' by Paul Waters, apparently published in 2011 by Overlook is actually just a rebranding of an earlier novel called 'Of Merchants and Heroes' published in... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2011 by Sam M
Thank-you. The book arrived in good condition and on time. The author obviousy has a passion about what he writes.Published on 20 Oct. 2011 by Dee
I would like to start off by saying that the author writes beautifully and his description of events and places is first rate but I have to compare it with an earlier work : Frank... Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2010 by Jack Everett
I bought this on the back of recommendations from others in the community.
I have to say, it wasn't for me, but if you are into a pretty long and drawn out story that... Read more
This was one of the best books I've read in recent years.
The author develops his characters with gentle subtlety and conveys strong philosophical messages throughout... Read more
I like faction but this wasn't the best. Character development was shallow and too simplistic to be very thought provoking. It is easy to read though. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2010 by Yo Landa Hoy
A simple, fast moving and beautifally writen book that challenges how you look at what life throws at you and helps you to search for the best in everything and everyone! Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2009 by K. D. Maynard