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Killer of Men (The Long War Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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"!
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).Read more ›
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Great new series. Christian Cameron's books are always excellentPublished 14 months ago by J. R. Vine
A pile of absolute s***e
This guy is recounting to one of his family and calling her honey,please I almost cringed
I put off too long starting The Long War series by Christian Cameron. Killer of Men is the first installment of the epic story of East vs West, pitting the Greek city-states... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paul Bennett
To begin at the beginning… How many series have you read where you pick up the first book to find an iron-hard, three-dimensional, experienced and world-weary hero awaiting you? Read morePublished 23 months ago by SJATurney
the first of the marathon series. Christian Cameron knows his period and the detail is excellent. The story has tremendous sweep and narrative power that carries it along... Read morePublished on 18 July 2015 by lady jane grey