Alexander, Vol 2 the Sands of Ammon Paperback – 25 Mar 2002
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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 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.
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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This Trilogy is the most gripping historical novel I have read, fascinating to realise how young Alexander was to achieve all he did and the breadth of distance covered.Published 18 months ago by John
i loved this book read on a beach in rodes and the beach in rodes i could see the costline of turkey which the book says alexander travelled down through loved itPublished on 25 July 2013 by paul o connor
Five starts out of five because this novel is simply fantastic. A joy to read. The consitions of the book were great too and fast delivery :)Published on 11 July 2013 by Francesca