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Alexander, Vol 2 the Sands of Ammon Paperback – 25 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Original ed. edition (25 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743434374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743434379
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Valerio Massimo Manfredi is an Italian historian, archaeologist, and journalist. The professor of archaeology in the "Luigi Bocconi" University in Milan and a familiar face on European television, he has published a number of scientific articles and essays as well as thirteen novels, including the "Alexander" trilogy and "The Last Legion. Alexander" was published in thirty-six languages in fifty-five countries and was sold for a major film production in the U.S., and "The Last Legion" is soon to be a major motion picture starring Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley. Dr. Manfredi is married with two children and lives in a small town near Bologna.


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This is the second book in the trilogy telling of the life of Alexander the Great - I've bought them all! I bought the first book (Child of a Dream), somewhat by accident. I wasn't sure if this would appeal to me - action books are more my scene. I was blown away, stacks of action, but with a historic context and with plenty of human insight and intrigue.
This book continues where the first left off, Alexander starts his quest to conquer Asia, ruled by the Persians, and we follow his progress all the way to Egypt. In the process, we learn about his most respected adversary Memnon, and Memnon's wife Barsine - later to become Alexander's lover. The story unfolds at breath-taking pace; this is truly a book you won't be able to put down.
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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2006
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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 second 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.

In this second novel the author turns his attention to Alexander's Persian campaigns focussing on the battles between Alexander's forces and the rival general Memnon of Rhodes. Alexander knows in his heart that his superior troops will carry the battle but he can't help feeling admiration for his opponents courage.

The sudden death of Memnon from a mystery illness makes for an anticlimactic end to their battles but allows the conqueror to claim Barsine, the beautiful wife of Memnon. Alexander's next challenge is to face the Tyrian navy as they attempt to block his advance into Egypt . . .
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Disappointed with the trilogy of Alexander - something missing -A huge history and history novel fan but books lacked - not sure what, although Ides of March was very good - if you want good history novels go for Conn Iggulden - Emperor and Conquerer series are EPIC!
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Excellent narrative of Alexander's completion of the conquest of Asia Minor and march to Egypt. It is a mix of historical fact and writers imagination which does manage to conjure up some drama and an impression of what it was like in Alexander's inner circle. There is one large siege and another large battle against the Persians as the large set pieces which underpin the narrative.
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An excellent 2nd part to the Alexander trilogy. The author succeeds in entwining excellent narrative with history. It is an easy read, gripping story and effortlessly transprts you into Alexander's era.
Very enjoyable
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After reading the first book in the Alexander trilogy I found this a little harder going but once past the first 50 pages really got into it. This book looks at the lengths Alexander was prepared to go to in order to exoand his already vast empire but also shows us his extrordianarily compassionate side towards those he wanted to lead.
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I have always been a fan of Manfredi's work and this book is Manfredi at his best. The characters are portrayed in a most magnificent manner and the battle scenes are very detailed without overdoing it. A most enjoyable read.
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