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Spartan Paperback – 3 Feb 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (3 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330491024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330491020
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Curtis Ford

Author of "The Ten Thousand, Gods and Legions," and "The Last King"

The Persian Wars, the Battle of Thermopylae, the revolt of the Helots -- history is replete with astonishing feats and riveting heroism, and Manfredi's novel does his material proud. With the vivid characterization and heart-stopping action he showed us in his Alexander trilogy, Manfredi brings us back once again to the beauty and brutality, the nobility and cruelty of ancient Greece, and in the process gives us a thought-provoking look at the roots of our own civilization.



Bernard Cornwell

"New York Times" bestselling author of "Heretic" and the Sharpe series

"Spartan" is an intelligent, knowledgeable, and entertaining story, as much an education as an entertainment.



Dino DeLaurentiis

Producer of "Red Dragon"

Valerio Massimo Manfredi is a uniquely great writer who, like the celebrated masters of the past, can create important historical novels while still making them easy and exciting to read. Once you start reading books like "Spartan" or the Alexander trilogy, you simply can t put them down.



"Manfredi is a masterful storyteller."

-- "Publishers Weekly"



"Entertaining and historically informed."

-- "San Jose Mercury News"



"Manfredi is a masterful storyteller." -- Publishers Weekly

"Entertaining and historically informed." -- San Jose Mercury News

"Entertaining and historically informed."

-- "San Jose Mercury News"

"Manfredi is a masterful storyteller."

-- "Publishers Weekly"

"Entertaining and historically informed."

-- "San Jose Mercury News"

"Manfredi is a masterful storyteller."

-- "Publishers Weekly"

"An intelligent, knowledgeable and entertaining story, as much an education as an entertainment."
-- Bernard Cornwell, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Heretic"

"Entertaining and historically informed."
-- "San Jose Mercury News"

"Plenty of action, passion, and drama underscore this authentically detailed historical adventure."
-- "Booklist"

"Manfredi is a masterful storyteller."
-- "Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

An epic story of passion, courage and adventure in ancient Sparta, by the author of the Alexander trilogy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 23 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have literally just finished this book and I am sorry to have done so ... the pleasure that this book brought me is so great that I could easily pick it up again from the beginning.
Altough I suspect that the Italian original must be better than the English translation, as is usually the case, I found no fault in either the language or the story. It is like a breath of fresh air.
I found the way that the story is told so close to how real life is, that the unavoidable historical dicrepancies fade into insignificance. And after all who is there to know exactly how close this story is to the reality of the Ancient world? The pictures it paints are clearly believable and the life messages conveyed are valuable lessons about honesty, loyality, true love and fairness. Thus I highly recommend it to young people.
Its interesting story and the narrative flow keep your interest keen at all times and makes learning about life and customs in Ancient Greece a pleasure!
I look forward to reading the Alexander trilogy and any other book by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.
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Format: Paperback
A fantastic read. I read Manfredi's tyrant before this and enjoyed that book but this one outstripped it totally. A fantastic portrayal of the Spartan customs and life, with a gripping plot that half way through I thought it was good enough to be a book in it's self and left in tears, the second half equally as good. WELL WORTH THE READ
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By A Customer on 9 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I must say that I found this book hard to put down. I read 'The Last Legion' (same author) prior to reading 'Spartan' and was suprised by the difference in the two styles the author had used, Spartan was the better book and kept rolling along in such a way it was painful to put it down.
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Format: Paperback
It has been a long time coming, but finally I have found a book I really enjoyed. From reading the first page right up until the end I was fascinated by the period in time that this book was set. The story is one to keep you hooked, needing to know what happens to the characters next! Velerio has done well with this one, and now I go forth to read his Alexander trilogy.
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This is a well written book from a man evidently knowledgable about the period concerned. It lacks the pace and battle detail of Pressfield's Gates of Fire but covers a longer period of Spartan history.
We follow the life Talos from his birth and subsequent abandonment by his Spartan family to his upbringing as a Helot (slave)and his battle with his competing loyalties of blood and adoptive family.
This covers Thermopylae, famous for its sacrifice of 300 Spartan men, and onto the Helot uprising that followed. More could have been made of the battles fought by the Spartans but Talos' life brushes past this and I think that's where the story is let down.
Everyone knows about the Spartans reputation as "gods of battle" and any story of theirs makes you wish to hear about their exploits. However what we do get here is a better understanding of Spartan society, its strength and terminal weakness.
For those who are not aware of the end of Spartan society we find that their rigid rules and desire for "pure" blood led to their eventual extinction as a people.
This story is interesting but ultimately could have been something far greater.
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Format: Hardcover
Not a-par with the Alexander trilogy. Historical facts and fiction are much more "convoluted" here. But unlike the Alexander series, the extra fiction doesn't add to the readabillity of the book... A lot of "weaknesses" in the main character, probably due to its fictitius origins. This is also transfered in the central story where the author tries to "marry" Spartan and Helots lifes. The book is misleadingly called "Spartan". "Helot" would have been a more appropriate name.
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Wonderfully written, hugely evocative tale of heroism, war and betrayal. Focusing on the savage, martial Spartans (by far the most facinating of the ancient Greeks), Manfredi weaves his tale with great humanity and a fierce knowledge of the period.
While not matching Steven Pressfield's now classic 'Gates of Fire', and prone to bouts of portentousness (with a slightly elliptical ending), this remains a fascinating and compelling read.
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By chuckles VINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
Manfredi can be a bit up and down on his books, but this along with the Alexander series is one of the best. As usualy the seamless blend of fact and fiction draw you into a past world in a gripping and entertaining way. This was out before the 300 and is much more history based than that film. Well worth a read, even if you are not necessarily a historical fiction fan
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