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Marathon (Long War 2)
Marathon (Long War 2)
by Christian Cameron
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch sequel to "Killer of men", 18 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Marathon (Long War 2) (Hardcover)
If you want to read historical fiction set in the ancient world you can do no better than read Christian Cameron's books. Excellent yearn, great character development, fantastic attention to detail and the very best battle scenes set in the ancient world. If you have an even passing interest in the ancient world, don't hesitate and buy this book.
I would recommend reading "Killer of men" first as it sets the stage for the dramatic events of Marathon and in order to fully understand Arimnestos and the world he lives in.
I can't wait for the next book in this series!


Killer of Men
Killer of Men
by Christian Cameron
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it!, 28 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Killer of Men (Hardcover)
If you are a fan of historical fiction set in the ancient world you cannot buy a better book.
Cameron's yarn is smooth and though detailed always a pleasure to read; the characters are interesting and believable. The battle scenes are absolutely outstanding and far better then any other book I have read. I have always been a Cameron fan and with this new series I am looking forward to many hours of great reading.


Tyrant: Funeral Games
Tyrant: Funeral Games
by Christian Cameron
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 17 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Tyrant: Funeral Games (Hardcover)
Buy it. This a great historical novel that will appeal both to the general public and also to those interested in military history.
The author's interest in the period flows through the book in all sorts of details and the recreation of the final battle is tremendous with the hoplite "push of shields" as a centrepiece.
A great addition to an excellent series of books.


October Skies
October Skies
by Alex Scarrow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good page turner, 17 Aug. 2010
This review is from: October Skies (Paperback)
An excellent page turner that will not let you go until you've read it all.
While I agree that some of the present day parts of the story are a bit odd (Carl is a veteran killer type of character at the beginning and a bit of a bumbling fool at the end) the story is interesting and the atmosphere creepy and really catching.
Well done to Mr. Scarrow.


Wounds of Honour (Empire)
Wounds of Honour (Empire)
by Anthony Riches
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good debut, 21 Dec. 2009
Four stars only because Marcus's story is a bit tough to believe (see other reviews); however the book is fast paced, full of excellent historical detail and the action (especially the last battle) absolutely super.
The focus on auxiliary troops is original and interesting.
Am waiting in anticipation for other books in the series.
Well done Mr. Riches!


Give Me Back My Legions!
Give Me Back My Legions!
by Harry Turtledove
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book, 4 May 2009
In recalling the fateful events of the ambush and destruction of three roman legions in Germany, Turtledove chooses to focus mainly on Varus - the Roman governor of supposedly subdued Germany - and Arminius, the leader of the German revolt.

Good attention to historical detail, an interesting father/son relationship between Varus and Arminius deftly exploited by Arminius (not historically based but something "must" have happened to convince Varus to rely so much on Arminius)and the usual smooth and relible writing on Turtledove's part makes this a good addition to anyone's historical fiction library.

I didn't rate it 5 stars because I found the author's other historical fiction (Menedemos & Sostratos series, Justinian and also Household Gods) somewhat more interesting and featuring less trodden paths.

Next time I hope Mr. Turtledove will give us an alternative history ending to the events of 2.000 years ago: what would have happened if Rome had conquered Germany?


Tyrant
Tyrant
by Christian Cameron
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well researched, great insight into the ancient world, 9 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Tyrant (Paperback)
Historical fiction at its very best. A gripping read with well rounded, interesting characters made of real flesh and blood. This is a book which readers of Mary Renault's books or Sundell's "Bloodline of Kings" will love: an action paced adventure which gives you a glimpse of times and lands far remote from our own.

The author has done a great job of researching the details of a cavalryman's life during the times of Alexander (check his website, its packed with interesting stuff) and I very much look forward to reading the second book in the series.


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