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Two and a half thousand years ago, the Greeks and the Persians fought an epic battle to decide the future of the world.... 

Arimnestos of Plataea grew up wanting to be a bronzesmith, like his father. Then, in the chaos of war, he was taken to a city in the Persian empire and sold as a slave. To win his freedom he had to show that he could fight and kill. Now, to preserve that freedom, he must kill again.  

For the Persians are coming. A vast army sent by King Darius to put down the rebellious Greeks and burn the city of Athens to the ground. Standing against them on the plain of Marathon is a much smaller force of Athenians, alongside their Plataean allies. To defeat such overwhelming force seems impossible. And yet to yield would mean the destruction of everything the Greeks have dreamed of.    

In the dust and heat of Marathon, in the clash of shields and the rush of spears, amid the thunder of hooves and the screams of the dying, those dreams will undergo their fiercest test - and Arimnestos and his Greek comrades will discover the true price of freedom.

©2019 Christian Cameron (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Matches the monumental battle!

I would say any author who takes on such a well known story as found here - the battle of Marathon - is very game. That said, Christian Cameron has done just that and proven up to the task. Supremely complex (..there must be 50+ characters mentioned psudo regularly) and supremely intense. A real gem! 10/10 narration too. Loved it!

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historical fiction

loved it. I enjoyed listening to story being told as a narration to his daughter. loving Greek history as I enjoy Roman and Carthaginian historical fiction.

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  • Austin G.
  • 09-11-2020

Fantastic Narration

The narrator makes this already epic story all the more epic. I found myself constantly listening to very chance I got. This is a fantastic story of adventure that is based somewhat in historical precedent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-04-2021

Thoroughly captivating

I listen to audiobooks when I work out in the gym. Christian Cameron‘s writing keeps me engaged and I always work harder and I’m completely engrossed in his amazing storytelling.

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  • Jeffrey Ammenti
  • 10-03-2021

top tier history fiction

some of the best historical fiction around im going to buy the whole series. Great characters with a solid mix of day to day life and epic sagas.

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  • Daniel P. Fradl
  • 21-03-2020

another winner

Loved this. And bought third book. I had small-ish issue in first book w narrator losing volume at times, but narration here was perfect. Great stuff, easily as good as Cornwell & Ben Kane.

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  • Erik Anderson
  • 01-11-2019

I love this series

Typically I listen to epic fantasy series. But here with the touch of history it brings the storylines to life, as my mind weaves in what I remember from history class. My suggestion a solid read and I strongly suggest the series.

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  • Joshua Addison
  • 13-10-2019

Arimnestos continues his epic tale...

Again a must for any fans of Bernard Cornwell or Steven Pressfield. In this book, Arimnestos parallels the end of the Ionian revolt, the fall of Miletus, and ultimately the battle of Marathon(obviously). The narration and story are excellent, some of the historical facts are a bit off as is often the case with these sort of books, but he's all in all fairly true to the ancient Greek world and does a good job of capturing what could have been the ancient Hellenic mindset. I thoroughly enjoy his works.

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  • Gustavo
  • 05-08-2019

Excelente trabajo

Si te gustan las novelas históricas con mucha acción, te va a encantar, muy bien narrada.

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  • Ry Young
  • 29-07-2019

perfect

this was probably the best horrible experience I have ever had and that includes hundreds of titles. The story of course was great but the writing and the narration were just planned superb.

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  • Simon
  • 06-07-2019

The Ancient Mariner

There's already something comforting and familiar about joining old Arimnestos as he relates the tales of his extraordinary life as a warrior, blacksmith and as a man in turbulent times. Peter Noble voices him extremely well and you can almost hear the crackle of a fire in the background. He's telling his story to his young son and his friends though this really isn't in any way a children's tale. It's as bloody and vicious as you would expect from this genre across this period. There are many excellent battle and combat scenes and Cameron does not give anyone an easy ride. The body count is high giving a real feel for the sheer mortality of the people of the period.

In short, this is high quality historical military fiction and I will definitely be joining Arimnestos in front of his fire again in the not too distant future!

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  • M West
  • 18-10-2019

beautiful book , I cried . extremely emotive.

superb pictures built of the Greeks and the love and brotherhood in war . please read

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  • Sam butler
  • 20-06-2019

Amazing

If you're into historical fiction or not pick this series up. The world, the characters and the dialogue are all great. The way the main character tells the story in 1st person as an old man and interjects with comments now and then is beatiful.

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  • Rich VandeVelde
  • 07-10-2020

superb story telling

second part as good as the first, great narration what a pleasure to listen to.

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  • June Howley
  • 10-07-2021

Sleepless Nights

I often find an audible narration at bedtime will send me to sleep. This second book in the series, like the first were exceptions - and indeed they are exceptional stories, well narrated. Five stars for everything, the story line and the telling. The narrator in my opinion managed most of the Greek pronunciation very well - the only mistake that bothered me was his mispronunciation of the two Greek letters 'oi' which should sound like 'ee' not 'oy'. Still if you didn't know, you wouldn't mind.
His battles are exciting bloody and detailed, the main characters you get to know well and there's more than a few lines that made me laugh out loud.
My adult son has flown through the whole series and I'm just about to start the third - no doubt more insomnia on the way.

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  • justin ford
  • 12-01-2020

Very boring

I tried as hard as i could.
I find the series boring, and the narration poor.
And silly me kept hoping it was building into an epic.
Unfortunately it was not.
Gave up on the third book.

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