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Killer of Men (The Long War Book 1) by [Cameron, Christian]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in The Long War (6 Book Series)

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In the epic clash of Greece and Persia, a hero is forged - a monumental novel from the author of the Tyrant series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1550 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I8WQEI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This fantastic book by Christian Cameron is the 1st volume of the "Killer of Men" series.
As this has been my very first encounter with this author I have to admit that I'm truly fascinated now, simply because his way of writing is absolutely tremendous about the ancient history of the Greeks, the wars between the Greek states themselves as well as their struggles and brutal battles against their ferocious enemy, the Persians.
The book has a lot of historical details, an expansive glossary, an informative piece of note with names and personages as well as interesting maps.
The story itself is about a man called Arimnestos, who's from Plataea, when war breaks out against their strong neighbours, Thebes, and while they achieve an unexpected victory against Thebes, he's betrayed by his cousin, and so he finds himself now a slave of a citizen of Ephesus, a city under the rule of the Persian king.
When Arimnestos begins his perilous journey to freedom he finds himself in a world where an epic confrontation is on the cards between the Greeks and the Persians.
While this is happening Arimnestos finds out that he has a special talent, and that that talent will pay well in this world of violence and death, and so he will turn into and become a "Killer of Men", and thus finds his place in a world full of war and death, democracy and tyranny, and freedom or slavery.
Highly recommended, because this book is a tremendous tale about the ancient Greeks, and for me this story has been a "Captivating Killer Opener"!
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Cameron is my favourite author at the moment and so it came as no surprise that when I picked up Killer of Men I couldn't put it back down. A really magnificent read. Cameron's theory is that amongst any given group of warriors there will be those particularly treat warriors and amongst those will be an even smaller number of true born killers, men with a gift for death, in this series Cameron explores the making of one such man and for me really does capture it. What I particularly love about Camerons work is the presence his characters have, love them or hate them they are all so real and his leading men all have that vulnerability that allows them to seem so much more human, so much like us.
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By JPS TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2010
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A great read. Couldn't putting down until I reached the end, just like the Tyrant series. If you loved those, then you will also like this one. Once again, Chris Cameron has picked a very interesting and somewhat original background. Rather that having yet another novel built around the Second Greco-Persian war, Thermopylae (hardly possible to do better than Pressfield's "Gates of fire" anyway!) and Salamis, he builds it around the little known revolt of the Greek cities of Asia Minor against the Persians and their first invasion of Greece (battle of Marathon).

As usual, the characters come to life. Miltiades and Aristides, the two Athenian nobles (and generals) are especially good. Aristagoras, the former tyrant generally portrayed as a heroic "freedom-fighter" is in fact shown to be rather base and a coward: quite original and done in a such a way that it is credible.

I even liked the way the story was told by the hero to his children and their friends (or was it his grandchildren?), once he had become an old man. Quite different from the Tyrant series. The author's research is excellent, as usual.

A few things, however:
- I cannot fully agree when the author compares hoplites to medieval knights or implies that hoplites were the higher class. Hoplites in Classical Greece were more like an equivalent of the "middle class". The equivalent of knights would have the nobles which made up the cavalry in most cities, meaning that they were wealthy ebough to afford to maintain horses AND the full hoplite outfit and, depending on circumstances, could fight either on fought, as hoplites, or as cavalry. Miltiade or Arisride would have been such Hippeis (a bit like Kineas and his friends in the Tyrant series a century and a half latter).
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I was over a chapter into the book before I really started to enjoy it, after that I could not put it down,really good.
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There is nothing more that I can really say. The first person perspective lets you know the main character survives so there is a loss of tension there. Although that's not where the crux of the narrative lies, instead it's about the journey - the rise and fall and rise again of a great man.
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Very good book
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Good quality book
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Great read. Finished the book in two days! Felt like everything else just got in the way.

Book 2 next.
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