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Four sons. One throne. A world on the precipice. 

1315 BC: Tensions soar between the great powers of the Late Bronze Age. The Hittites stand toe-to-toe with Egypt, Assyria and Mycenaean Ahhiyawa, and war seems inevitable. More, the fierce Kaskan tribes - age-old enemies of the Hittites - amass at the northern borders. 

When Prince Hattu is born, it should be a rare joyous moment for all the Hittite people. But when the Goddess Ishtar comes to King Mursili in a dream, she warns that the boy is no blessing, telling of a dark future where he will stain Mursili’s throne with blood and bring destruction upon the world. 

Thus, Hattu endures a solitary boyhood in the shadow of his siblings, spurned by his father and shunned by the Hittite people. But when the Kaskans invade, Hattu is drawn into the fray. It is a savage journey in which he strives to show his worth and valour. Yet with his every step, the shadow of Ishtar’s prophecy darkens.... 

©2017 Gordon Doherty (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Worth every word.

Really enjoyable story that mixes fantasy and history. As someone who is not a big reader, I was enthralled with this well written story. It reminded me a bit of GoT. Highly recommend

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Quality!

Keeble is brilliant! Interesting period and a thoroughly good plot, characterisation and pace. Had me hooked.

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  • David Stansbury
  • 24-09-2019

Great story!! Cant wait for book two!

I am really glad I got this book. Well written and excellent narration. More books in this series asap and hopefully more books set in this time period. Fascinating stuff.

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  • Nickolas
  • 10-01-2021

Fresh air for historical fiction.

Tired of generic Greco-Roman settings? Want something fresh and rarely done? Then BOY do I have a story for you. What we have here in Empire's of Bronze is a story that revolves around the ancient Hittite empire of bronze age Anatolia and revolves around the life of the Hittite prince Hattusili III (Hattu) as he comes of age in this violent and uncertain time. Enemies assail the Hittite empire on all sides even from within. And the very stability of the world cracks as we near the Collapse of the bronze age. Solid characters with believable goals against the backdrop of a world on the brink of catastrophe makes for good coming of age story with plenty of war, intrigue, romance and suspense. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves history and action adventures all together.

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  • Royal Buff
  • 18-11-2020

Too much gore

I love historical fiction. I thought this would start me on an understanding of the Hittites. Instead this book glories on hand to hand combat descriptions which grew tedious especially given the narrators over enthusiasm. Would pass for a better time.

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  • Lionkeon
  • 16-10-2020

Fantastic narrator, decent story

Empires of Bronze is a solid bit of historical fantasy, but struggles to rise beyond being just above average. Jonathan Keeble elevates the entire experience.

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  • Tiberius
  • 08-10-2020

great well researched book

I can't wait to read the next one. This book was well researched and well written I've been reading about the bronze age for sometime and this really captured the spirit. Sort of works well as a sequel to I, The Sun.

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  • Dean
  • 10-07-2020

A fantastic story.

A magnificent story brought to life Keeble. Nidway through this book, I purchased the next book in the series. From start to finish this book had me spellbound.

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  • CR
  • 17-01-2020

Excellent!

Loved this! The writing is very fine, the characters memorable. Some of the best fighting/combat scenes I've encountered. Match that with the stellar narration, and the fight scenes are remarkably tense. I really appreciate the research that has gone into the book, as well. This might seem like a small thing, but I loved, for example, the explanation of the construction/engineering method of the Hittite chariots. And I will repeat my praise for narrator Jonathan Keeble - this book wasn't simply read, it was lived. Excellent work by all involved. I don't often read historical fiction, but I was really happy with the wonderful storytelling here. I found the Hittite world fascinating, and I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 27-06-2019

excellent

delve into the bronze age overlooked by historical fiction writers. a wonderfully written story of a people forgotten to history before amazing archeological finds in modern Turkey. the story follows a young prince from child to young adult, with intrigue battles love friendship and enemies well worked in and totally believable. plus the bonus of Johnathan keeble amongst audible top narrators, thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to the next in saga.

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  • Charles Bessent
  • 09-01-2020

Outstanding

Absolutely outstanding read, very excited for the next installment. Gut-wrenching emotions felt and such excitement and tension in the battles. Beautifully written and such an interesting insight into a people I know next to nothing about. Wonderfully brought to life by Jonathan Keeble as always. Can't recommend this enough!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-08-2020

Fantastic read!!!

Incredible story telling and absolutely enjoyable listening!!! Looking forward to starting the next book. Five stars all through!!!

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  • David Connolly
  • 22-06-2020

excellent tale

fabulous story of a lost people.. well researched. the Hittites and the time period are brought to life

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  • Nahid hajialikhani
  • 18-12-2019

2 stars and I feel generous

What disappointed me the most was the use of modern rather old fashion English. The plot was confusing and the end was dragging.

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