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4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarn Against backcloth of Ancient Conquest
This is a very ambitious series. The scale of coverage is vast, and a lot must follow the adventures of Alexander and narration in the sources. Its very ably written. The militiary aspects are well covered. Negatively, a little too rational and human an Alexander. In that sense, the author does try to deal with Alexander's darker side but could he ever succeed? What of...
Published on 28 Feb 2002

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2.0 out of 5 stars Two volumes too much
This series suffers badly from "trilogy syndrome". An interesting start, but gradually slipping downhill as the author attempts to pad it out to three volumes, becoming ever less believable as it goes on.
If you want something long and easy going for the beach, then you might consider this. At least you won't feel guilty about not packing it in your suitcase when...
Published on 3 Aug 2004 by M. Moreton


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarn Against backcloth of Ancient Conquest, 28 Feb 2002
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This is a very ambitious series. The scale of coverage is vast, and a lot must follow the adventures of Alexander and narration in the sources. Its very ably written. The militiary aspects are well covered. Negatively, a little too rational and human an Alexander. In that sense, the author does try to deal with Alexander's darker side but could he ever succeed? What of the alcoholism and homosexuality. Still a ripping yarn, and one which will have you staying the course through the 3 volumes. Nobody has turned this material into a novel format with such rigour.
S.Sheard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Enjoyable Read, 13 Jan 2007
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J. Chippindale (England) - See all my reviews
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Few authors can be better equipped to write about the history of ancient Greece and Rome than Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Professor of archaeology at the university of Milan, he has carried out many excavations and expeditions in the Mediterranean region. He has produced many factual books on historical matters, mainly military and has still found the time to write several novels and this is one of the best of them.

This book is the last of a triology about probably the greatest warrior and general who has ever lived, bearing in mind that Alexander died at an age when most men are only just starting to make their mark in life. Alexander is of course one of histories most colourful and well know character. Even people with little or not interest in ancient history will have heard of Alexander, a charismatic and larger than life figure.

The final chapter in the life of Alexander sees his military might making their way into the heart of Asia and ever onwards towards the Indian sub continent. The Macedonian army is the mightiest force that has ever been seen and sweeps all before it. Virtually nobody and nothing can put any resistance in the way of its unrelenting advance.

Alexander is not just a destroyer, he has a fine brain and has an ambitious project to unite the people of the empire. This project becomes an obsession with him and he can think of nothing else, until he meets the beauty of Queen Roxanna and this gives him the strength he needs to begin to fulfil his destiny . . .

The author has produced a trilogy of books that will be read for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander: The Ends of the Earth, 24 Oct 2011
The product arrived swiftly and on time. This was a fantastic read, fast-paced and action filled whilst also focusing on Alexander as a person. I would recommend this series to anyone, not just people with a particular interest in Alexander the Great or classical warfare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the journey of a lifetime, 15 Oct 2010
The author takes you on the perilous journey taken by Alexander and his vast army.
There are many many unexpected twists and turns to alexanders reign and this book along with the others in the trilogy explains why...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, 22 Oct 2008
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chuckles "barnie884" (Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This book concludes the series excellently. This really gives you an insight into the end of an amazing but sadly short life. As a historical fiction fan, I think these are an amazing set of books, second only to Iggulden's Emperor series. An excellent read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, 29 April 2009
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Tom Crowley - See all my reviews
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THis is an excellent book. One of the best I've read. Unfortunately the rest of the authors books do not match up to the greatness of this trilogy, with the possible exception of the lost legion.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two volumes too much, 3 Aug 2004
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M. Moreton (Marlborough, UK) - See all my reviews
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This series suffers badly from "trilogy syndrome". An interesting start, but gradually slipping downhill as the author attempts to pad it out to three volumes, becoming ever less believable as it goes on.
If you want something long and easy going for the beach, then you might consider this. At least you won't feel guilty about not packing it in your suitcase when you return...
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