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Tyrant: Force of Kings [Hardcover]

Christian Cameron
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28 Aug 2014 Tyrant

Twin monarchs Satyrus and Melitta have worked hard, seen much blood shed and many good friends die to secure their fertile kingdom on the Black Sea. But as the colossal conflict between Alexander the Great's former generals to inherit his empire rages from one end of the known world to the other, sitting on the sidelines is not an option. If their kingdom is to have a future, Satyrus and Melitta must join forces with one of the contenders, knowing that making the wrong choice could mean disaster.

And with Ptolemy, Antigonus One-Eye and his son Demetrius 'the Besieger', Lysimachus and Seleucus all massing their forces for one last battle, the stakes could not be higher. But with the wily Athenian schemer Stratokles, the courtesan-spy Phiale and Satyrus' lover, the power-hungry Briseis, daughter of the Tyrant of Syracuse, also determined to secure the spoils of victory for themselves, the twins find themselves caught in a deadly web of intrigue that could cost them everything.


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (28 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409104605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409104605
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,807 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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Gripping and compulsively readable, the ancient world springs to life in these pages (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

The more Cameron's 700-page story progresses the more impressive it becomes. Detail is piled upon detail to reconstruct the Alexandrian world... the battles that punctuated Alexander's journey with his armies from Greece to the Indus valley are described with enormous verve and power. The ruthless intrigue and politicking that dominate his court are also brilliantly evoked. And, as fate and his own insatiable desire for conquest and glory drive Alexander towards death in Babylon at the age of 32, a genuine sense of an extraordinary personality emerges. Cameron has risen to the challenge of creating a portrait of Alexander that matches - and often eclipses - those of earlier novelists (SUNDAY TIMES)

The saga of daring, heroism, vanity and monumental battles reveals a man who believed himself invincible (CHOICE)

It's wonderfully descriptive, the characters are fascinating and above all else it's the story of Alexander that everyone should read... Finally add to this Christian's wonderful writing style, with a cracking prose, a wonderful sense of pace and when backed with an instantly identifiable writing style, it's a book that is going to take a hell of a lot to beat this year especially in the award season, and let's face it, that's saying something considering how early this one's out (FALCATA TIMES) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The triumphant action-packed final volume in the epic Tyrant series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end to a great great series 31 Aug 2014
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I makes no bones about the fact that I’m a Christian Cameron fan, his books top my annual must read list every year, and are often competing for my book of the year award. This latest book Force of Kings is no different, although its a bitter sweet experience, the final book in a series going back to 2008 and the debut book in this series, a series that has helped give me a deeper love of ancient Greek culture, respect for that culture and respect for the author as one of the smartest most driven, nicest guys i know.

None of that tells you about force of Kings, as ever i hate to and wont give away the plot of a book in a review. What i will cover is: the totally immerse history, so well researched and written the reader is sucked back in time to live, breath fight and die hand in hand with Satyrus and his friends and enemies. My favorite underlying part of all Christians books is that there is no real good guy/ bad guy dynamic, he paints the shades of grey, weaving reality into the plot but without losing the wonder of the age.

The history is romantic and idealised, at times poetic, but that comes across as the authors love of the location and the period. None of it corrupts the plot, the woven intricacies of Stratokles, the machinations of “the doctor”, the self assured megalomania of Demetrius ‘the Besieger’ and the quiet self assured nature of Satyrus, always searching to be a better man, and running headlong into any fire going to do the right thing.

I love the way the author plays out his script, and at the same time makes the reader explore their own inner self, own decisions and the reasons behind them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting climax 20 Sep 2014
By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is volume 6 of the Tyrant series, and I must confess that I was expecting more of the same about Satyrus and Militta the fictitious twins, respectively King of the Bosporus, Queen of the Western Scythes and successors to their long dead Athenian mercenary captain father and Scythian warlord mother.

In plain English, I was expecting this book to be a good yarn and a good adventure story more or less grounded (and generally more than less!) in the history and endless wars of Alexander's Successors, but perhaps no more than that. I was also expecting to see Satyrus in particular, rushing around, getting bashed about to the extent that you wonder who he survives, and making a difference single-handed, since he so much wants to be a hero like his father. I was finally expecting Melitta to be her usual free, fierce, bloodthirsty and strutting warrior-Queen.

In other words, I was expecting to like this book, to find it a good read and a "page-turner" but to end up by being slightly disappointed, despite all of this volume's other qualities, because the two main heroes were somewhat hard to believe and at times came across as stereotypes. However, I ended up by being most agreeably surprised: I loved this book despite my initial preventions and prejudices. My general (and very subjective!) impression was that the author has been much more careful with this volume than he had perhaps been with the two previous ones in the series. .

Essentially, I felt that the features above, which I had somehow found hard to believe (and at times annoying) in "King of the Bosporus" and "Destroyer of Cities", were somewhat toned down here, while the usual strongpoints were still on display and even emphasised. Two additional elements worked particularly well (at least for me!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars but it is a great read once you get into 1 Oct 2014
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If you have not read the other books or have not read the last one recently, the plot is difficult to follow at first, but it is a great read once you get into it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 Sep 2014
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Brilliant as usual puts most of the completion to shame.hope this isn't the last in the series. A tour Dr force.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK 21 Sep 2014
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Yet another great book from Mr Cameron,roll on the next one.
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