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  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Eskkar Enterprises (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985162627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985162627
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Sam Barone graduated from Manhattan College with a BS degree. After a hitch in the Marine Corps, he entered the world of technology. In 1999, after thirty years developing software in management, Sam retired from Western Union International, as VP of International Systems. He moved to Scottsdale Arizona, to take up his second career as a writer. Seven years later, the author’s first Eskkar story, Dawn of Empire, was published in the USA and UK. It has since been released worldwide. Sam’s sixth book in the Eskkar saga, Clash of Empires, will be published in spring 2013. History and reading have always been two of Sam’s favorite interests, and considers himself more of a storyteller than a writer. “I write stories that I would enjoy reading, and it’s a true blessing that others have found these tales interesting, informative, and entertaining.” Sam and his wife Linda, and their two cats (Minga and Norton) enjoy life in beautiful Prescott Arizona. Sam’s books have been published in nine languages and he has over 200,000 readers. He receives correspondence from all over the world. Sam enjoys hearing from his readers, and invites them to visit www.sambarone.com


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This is the fourth book in the Trella & Eskkar saga with the coming of age of their son Saragon and the unification of the people's of the Steppes a lovely my paced book full of the action and adventure you have come to expect from Sam Barone this was essentially two tales in one and leading up to an exciting climax in the next book. looking forward to the conclusion.
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Few historical fiction books are written about other empires or people's other than the Roman, Saxon, Viking, Norman and Mongol empires. Here is a series about the rise of the Mesopotamian civilization, and is both exciting, well written and informative
A great read.
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Continuing the Eska stories in a way that captivates you the moment you start reading these books is amazing, Sam Barone is an accomplished author who is able to grasp the reader in the first few lines of his writing, as he leads you through the main book interlaced with intrigue, subterfuge , mystery and stunning fights as the story unfolds before your eyes, mixed with romance and history, I love this story and cant wait for the next book in the series.
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Another great story in this excellent series. Sam Barone knows how to bring ancient history to life with believable characters, authentic background and fine action sequences. He matches or surpasses any of the other historical novelists, and deals with a time and place (ancient Mesopotamia) which receives far less attention than ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. The quality of writing has never dropped - highly recommended for anyone interested in the ancient world. Each book is self-contained, but it's probably best to start with "Dawn of Empire" and work through the books in sequence.
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After the disappointment of the prequel novel, which i found a little episodic, Sam Barone returns to form with a novel which equals the best in the series. The plotting is tight throughout, and the battles are intensely realistic. Barone introduces Esskar and Trella's son and successfully takes the series into the next generation. I can't wait for the next episode.
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This is yet another well-written and engaging story in the Eskkar saga. The plot primarily focuses on Eskkar's wayward son, Sargon, and develops the story of the years following Akkad's rise. The storytelling is well paced and yet doesn't feel rushed, and it's an easy and enjoyable read.

My one complaint with the book is that it opens with one storyline which then leads immediately into a retrospective retelling of Sargon's early life, which forms the basis of the entire book. The last chapter / epilogue then returns to the original plot line which opened the book, but without having made any real progress.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but was left feeling that it was tangential to the Eskkar/Akkad storyline, as if the author became distracted after the first chapter and ended up writing a totally different book to the one intended, and only remembered in time for the epilogue.

This essentially means that the original storyline is not just undeveloped, but in fact it feels like the whole book is just a lead up to the next book, instead of simply being valued as a standalone story about Sargon. Unfortunately that has left me feeling like the first and last chapters were hastily tacked on to try and justify this book in the continuing series about Eskkar / Akkad, which is a shame as it's a good story on its own.
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By rilla on 20 Jan. 2013
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having read all the books in the series this one is faster paced than the rest and left me wanting more cant wait for the next installment
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Every book I have read in the series of 5 books has been brilliant. I couldn't put these books down once I had started to read them.
Sam Barone is a fantastic writer and keeps the characters strong and interesting through out the book with really exciting story lines. These books are about the warring tribes of the Steppes people who just took what they wanted from other tribes. I have sent Mr Barone a couple of E Mails to congratulate him on his work and both time he took the time to reply and thank me for reading his books. A true gentleman.
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