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- File Size: 2595 KB
- Publisher: Penguin (7 Mar. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BLU01Z2
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 150 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Imagine my surprise to realise just what a massive and long-lived empire it was. The story line gripped me - always a prerequisite for enjoying a lengthy novel! Indeed, a week after finishing it I took it with me on holiday to read again! Well I needed something to interest me while waiting to download Bernard Cornwell's new Warrior Chronicle on it's release... Reading it a second time brought me better understanding of the story, as did reading the authors own notes about his extended residence in one of the locations important to the tale - Egypt, at a rather delicate period in that nation's history following the 'Arab Spring' and Musharraf's downfall.
Overall I would rate the novel as very good and the author's efforts as outstanding. I will look forward to a follow-up novel from his word processor!
According to the blurb, James had a "highly successful career at the English Bar". Is this anything like the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel? Does it mean he likes his drink or was he a lawyer? One thing is for sure, he can certainly write and I look forward to more - much more - from Andrew James.
This is a book to enjoy and fits with many of its genre - Try Parthian and its follow-ups for a similar read.
I would certainly buy more from the same author. The book is a very entertaining account of Darius coming to power. I'm no expert, but it seems to be well-researched. It's fast-paced and well-described. Once the story has finished, there is also an interesting chapter about the author's own travels in the area, which some might skip over, but I enjoyed.
The few flaws I referred to in the title are places where the writing seems rather amateurish. Phrases such as "It was the last time he ever saw him alive" are presumably supposed to set up a cliff-hanger and make the book unputdownable, but I found them a bit cringe-inducing. Fortunately, they don't come up very often, and they don't spoil the story.
A fascinating time in history and a writing-style that is usually very good make this is a great purchase if you are waiting for the next Conn Iggulden book.
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