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4.0 out of 5 stars Right up there with the best..., 29 May 2011
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I'll not paraphrase the praise that has been heaped on A. Riches for Fortress of Spears but will only make a few comments. First, it is relatively rare for the third installement in a series to be as good as the first two. For me at least, only Scarrow, Cornwell and Cameron have managed to do this. Second, one of the author's forte - which he almost overdoes at times - is his very realistic descriptions of the horrors of war. Somebody has compared him to the lamented Pressfield and there is something to it, although Gates of Fire - for me at least - is still a notch above. Nevertheless, it is superbly written but with a few cliches (the blue-eyed hero fighting gladiator-style with the two swords etc...), although these may be difficult to avoid. As another commentator mentioned, the frumentarii (a mix of secret service and imperial assassins) are depicted as having little choice than to carry out their orders and do their job. However, this is not entirely true since they also seem to take great pleasure in it...
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Initial post: 30 May 2011 19:48:32 BDT
A. C. Riches says:
Hi J, kind comments thanks. I'm with you on 'Gates of Fire' - just head and shoulders above anything else in the genre from my admittedly narrow perspective - quite literally the book that fired me up to get Wounds of Honour published when I re-read it back in 2006. As for Excingus and Rapax, the latter loves his job and everything about it, while the latter is not so much reluctant as resigned to the things expected of him.

Best regards,

Tony.
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