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5.0 out of 5 stars Strategos: Rise of the Golden Heart by Gordon Doherty, 15 Aug 2013
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"Strategos “Rise of the Golden Heart”, a real treat for lovers of historical fiction, it sees the return of Apion in his 2nd exciting romp through the wastelands along the borders of the Byzantine Empire and the sometimes surreal landscape of 1068 AD Anatolia.

Apion is a real Mans Man. He is a true Hero! Honorable, honest, loyal, trustworthy, a true leader of men. Yet he is also a ruthless, merciless, and bloodthirsty bringer of death on the battlefield. A warrior who hacks his way through the enemy line in battle bringing pure slaughter to those who wish to defy his presence by standing in his way! So much fun to read!

The battle scenes are brutally realistic, fascinatingly described in a way that you can see the battlefield in your mind and picture exactly what is happening. The battle scenes are some of the best I have ever read. The battles are an apocalypse of chaos!

This book starts off exciting, and it is truly captivating all the way through, but before you know it, you are done and begging for more!

There is one torture scene that is truly memorable, even though it is brutally disturbing. This scene of unimaginable cruelty makes you hate the villain of the book with a real passion. (So much fun!)

The Emperor Romanus IV Diogenes is portrayed in this book for his military determination and desire to return Byzantium to its former glory. Emperor Romanus IV Diogenes does what it takes for a leader to push back the armies of the Seljuk Sultanate and to regain the borders lost by weaker, more corrupt leaders, who foolishly plundered Byzantium’s wealth while allowing her military power to decay into a state of dependence.

With this Emperor, and his strongest supporter “Apion”, no matter how outnumbered the
Byzantines are, they rise to the occasion, pull together under strong leadership, and crush all that face them, destroying everything in their path no matter what the odds.

Emperor Romanus IV Diogenes along with Apion and his trusted men, bring back pride, honor, respect, and determination, to the body and soul of the Byzantine army! Returning the Byzantines to a temporary state of their former dominance.

It is a great book! This is one of the few books which I plan on reading again. I highly recommend it as a
Must Read! It is thoroughly entertaining!
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