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Killer of Men

The Long War, Book 1
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Arimnestos is a farm boy when war breaks out between the citizens of his native Plataea and their overbearing neighbours, Thebes. Standing in the battle line for the first time, alongside his father and brother, he shares in a famous and unlikely victory. But after being knocked unconscious in the melee, he awakes not a hero but a slave.  

Betrayed by his jealous and cowardly cousin, the freedom he fought for has now vanished, and he becomes the property of a rich citizen. So begins an epic journey out of slavery that takes the young Arimnestos through a world poised on the brink of an epic confrontation, as the emerging civilisation of the Greeks starts to flex its muscles against the established empire of the Persians.   

As he tries to make his fortune and revenge himself on the man who disinherited him, Arimnestos discovers that he has a talent that pays well in this new, violent world - for like his hero, Achilles, he is 'a killer of men'.

©2019 Christian Cameron (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Epic

Great story with liberal violence heroes and cunning villains. Highly recommend and looking forward to the next book in the series👍

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Narrator needs much work

Couldn't finish. Couldn't stand the narration. The guy sounded like a cross between a drunk David Attenborough & a 3 pkt a day chainsmoker

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Rousing

Mr Cameron knows how to put a reader right in among the action. Thoroughly enjoyed my time in the storm of bronze. Peter Noble's narration is on point too.

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  • William K
  • 17-07-2019

Absolutely fantastic

I love historical fiction, but I've been spoiled by the likes of George MacDonald Fraser, Bernard Cornwell, Gary Jennings, and the like. Long books with fascinating characters, intriguing historical detail, unbelievable worldbuilding, plots and schemes and wars so thick and fast you can't bear to stop reading (or listening) even for an instant.

I have tried many other authors and series, but am consistently disappointed. I thought I had found all the good historical novels that are out there.

I was wrong. This book is a work of staggering skill and talent; all I said above, about Cornwell and Fraser, applies here. The tale rings true and never slackens in its relentless, addictive, interesting action and character and detail. 5 stars for sure.

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  • DGE 2020
  • 08-06-2019

Mixing adventure and philosophy

I felt this book started a bit slow, however, about 1/4 of the way through it really picked up. After that, it was a constant treat to listen.

The story is one of struggle, growth, mastery and wisdom. As the protagonist suffers and deals with his injustice, he processes his rage, first through fury and ultimately through submission to law. It is a good story with excellent themes and I will certainly but the second work and continue.

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  • Rick Hancox
  • 08-08-2019

enthralling

I was glued to every word. straight on to the next next book. great narrator.

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  • Brinton
  • 02-06-2019

yep

one of the best books I have heard so far. great story. great delivery. just all around great

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  • ryan
  • 13-09-2019

wow

I can't believe how hooked I was on this fantastic book. do yourself a favor. give this a listen

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  • jj
  • 18-07-2019

Honey.

Honey. Good story. Except for the parts where he constantly refers to his daughter as Honey. Honey. Also the words blushing blush and blushed are used way too much. Oh, Honey, and the strange scenes where he says something like "Honey, that woman gave me a massive chubby, quit blushing." " Honey she rode it like a monkey" and other weird strange things you would never speak to your daughter about. I know those quotes are nowhere near what was said they are just there as examples. Honey.

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  • Simon
  • 01-05-2019

Killer of a Book!

An old man tells the story of his incredible life to the young, I've been here before, most recently with Angus Donald's most excellent Robin Hood series and I have to say this is right up there. This time, it's a venerable Arimnestos, once a young farm boy who becomes a very young warrior only to find himself enslaved. What unfolds is an incredibly vivid tale of war, destruction, forbidden love and one man's journey within a truly epic ancient conflict. I found the slavery part particularly engaging as it took a quite unexpected direction compared to the norm for novels of this type.

Like a lot of old men, the old Arimnestos is guilty of a bit of repetition and possibly Cameron was let down a little by his editors as the brief sequences where we come out of the story and back to the storyteller and his young listeners are a tad grating as he says the same thing time after time. This might annoy some but really it's more a wrinkle on an old, handsome face than some massive, hair-sprouting mole sprouting from an ugly story's nose.

Peter Noble gives a genuinely fabulous performance. He has a beautifully posh rasp that suits the elder Arimnestos as a story-teller, a throaty growl for the warriors as he gets into the action scenes and wonderfully he is able to chisel it all instantaneously to a mirror-like smoothness when he switches to a young female character. He brings real life to the tale and is never phased by the tricky place and character names.

This is obviously going to be a seriously epic series with battles on land and sea, betrayals, politics and tragic loves. If Cameron can keep up this level of intensity then it's going to be a bit of a classic!

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 28-04-2019

pure brilliance

I love historical fiction, started with I claudius in late70s ish, since forced retirement in 2003 I've read all of bernard cornwell Simon scarrow and many many more, I read this on release and now revisit on Audible.
The detail in Christian Camerons' work, the almost minute by minute of a characters' life, is the closest of any work to being them, the empathy touches the soul with real joy despair love hate tiredness adrenaline grief and every emotion, how can it be improved? By the raw performance worthy of an oscar in the superb narration of Peter Noble.
Ah and this isn't even my favourite novel of the narrator. Thankyou Christian

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  • Paul Duncan
  • 31-07-2019

I changed my mind

I didn't like the format of the narration at first but about a third of the way though I released I was gripped ans really like it by then.
geart story .. the end

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  • Dan
  • 29-07-2019

The best historical fiction author

A great series, superb writing, thrilling story, evocative setting, bone-crunching action. The narrator was absolutely fantastic.

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  • Joe
  • 19-06-2019

Great story

Very good book
Long which I like looking forward to the next one. I recommend

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  • Uhtredson
  • 02-05-2019

brilliant series

excellent listen .. great story , excellent lead character and good performance by the narrator .. Can't wait for the next one

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