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Poseidon's Spear (Long War 3) Hardcover – 13 Sep 2012

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409114112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409114116
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Arimnestos of Plataea] is transferred from land to water as he travels to Sicily, Rome, Etruria, Spain and even Britain, to come full circle as he prepares to return to Plataea and the never-ending war. The ending is as exciting as it is unexpected (GOOD BOOK GUIDE) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A gripping novel in the Long War series from the master of historical fiction.

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Christian Cameron is now starting to emerge as one of the leading historical novelists of the day. I first read 'Tyrant' some 5 years or so ago and loved the deep Hellenic flavour and character depth of the cast list but thought the style too slow to gain mainstream popularity. Then he seemed to swing to far over to the 'action packed' super hero stylee and I felt lost something as a result, though he seemed to gain mass appeal. Now he seems to have his writing absolutely spot on! Perfectly balanced between historic detail and action. His character's are flawed and believable, his story lines are random enough to keep you on your toes and his heroes though super tough are now fallible, and don't always get the girl.

All of which means I find myself giving him an unprecedented third 5 star award!

Plot synopsis (as unspoiling as possible)

This was a wonderful little greek Odyssey, seemingly inspired well by THE Odyssey. Arimnestos returns from Marathon to find trajedy waiting for him at home and decides to end it all by throwing himself off a cliff. He is pulled out of the waters and saved from probable death only to be lashed to an oar as a galley slave by his seeming saviours. This marks a two year voyage that will see him escape.. (come on it would have been a damn boring book otherwise) jion a brotherhood, indulge in a bit more piracy, brave the Atlantic, pop to Britian..... Look it's a huge adventure best not spoilt by the likes of me!

What Cameron can do better probably even than Cornwell and Robert Low now, is write a chaotic historical yarn that still gels as a story rather than feeling just like a random series of events.
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As a self-confessed addict of Christian Cameron's books I start to worry about the veracity of my reviews and opinions when a new book is due out, but as ever I will attempt, poorly, to describe his latest book.

Poseidon's Spear is not your normal historical fiction title (but none of his books are) this book goes even further. You don't get the steady build to a final battle, you don't even get a final battle, there are many small skirmishes that feel more real for their instant violence and then return to normality. You dont get the standard flawed man does good. You dont get hero and sidekick. You get something much more real, what you get is one persons personal journey through life, and in the case of Poseidon's Spear though hell and back.

Poseidon's Spear is one mans personal journey through a very dark period in his life. His battle against odds that would kill many a person, a journey through the bowels of the ancient world. A view of the depravity that men could inflict on other men in the ancient world (and lets face it still do).

We see this man, Arimnestos's journey back, we see what true friends are worth and how rich a man truly is with real friends.

We see a man who has regrets and deals with them the same as each and every one of us does.

We see the Resurrection of Arimnestos of Plataea.

I have said since it came out that God of War was the book of the year 2012. I have now been proved a liar.

Poseidon's Spear has now taken its place.
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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2012
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I was rather surprised by this book, although it was a very agreeable one. I was expecting, perhaps like others will have, that we would get treated to Arimnestos serving abroad as a mercenary captain, perhaps in Sicily, in the ten years or so that separate Marathon from the second phase of the Greco-Persian Wars. I got it entirely wrong, hence my surprise.

Instead, I found something much better and more original, with the hero attempting to commit suicide, picked up and ending up as an almost broken and tortured slave on a Carthaginian ship. He does manage to survive and get away, but more by luck - and almost miraculously - than by any heroic feat. He does get to Syracuse, but cannot get back to a normal life and leaves with some companions on a voyage that seems to be a bit of mix between Jason's quest for the golden fleece and Ulysses' peregrinations across the Mediterranean. Except that this is a rather different story. Arimnestos and his crew seek to discover from where the Carthaginians get their tin from, a secret that these seek to keep at all costs in order to continue to corner the market as they had been doing for so long.

As usual, Christian Cameron tells a superbly well-researched and well-structured story.

Arimnestos was, as the author mentions, a true character and did command the Plateans at Marathon. I think he also took part in the battle of Platea against the Persians. A number of the other characters that we come across in the book, such as Cimon, the son of Miltiades, or Aeschyle, who also fought at Marathon, are also historical. So is Gelon, the Tyrant of Syracuse, whose policies and personality in the book also reflect what can be found in the historical sources.
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