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God of War

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  446 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
The fictionalised story of how Alexander the Great conquered the world: first crushing Greek resistance to Macedonian rule, then destroying the Persian Empire in three monumental battles, before marching into the unknown and final victory in India.
Hardcover, 773 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Orion (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mr. Matt
Aug 13, 2014 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always leery of historical fiction that focuses too closely on a single historical person or event - especially one who is so prominent. Too tight of a focus on a single significant person or event can squeeze the tension out of the story. It becomes a quasi-historical narrative rather than a unique story that follows its own unique path. My own preference is to read historical fiction focusing on smaller events and people working (and making possible) in the shadows of great people/events. ...more
twelvejan [Alexandria]
 To DNF or TBC this? 


He shook his head"Don't be an ass," he (Alexander) said.

...I felt a little like a pimp, to be sure.

Seriously? In a historical fiction? I would have accepted an italicised Greek equivalent to ass and pimp. This I cannot. And I'm only 7% into the book. It's a total turn off if a historical fiction tries to disguise it's modern writing style by throwing Greek nouns all over the place. That Glossary page promised so much more.


I am a big fan of Christian Cameron "Classical Greek World" novels - there are two duologies so far in the Tyrant series of which I reviewed King of the Bosporus (the fourth novel and second dealing with the children of Kineas who is the main hero of the first two books) and two novels in the Killer of Men series that take place some 150-200 years earlier and feature Arimnestos of Plataea, hero of Marathon and ancestor of Kineas and his twins, Satyrus and Melitta.

So while expecting the fifth Tyr
Jul 29, 2016 Kareem rated it it was amazing
Utterly brilliant!

This book takes you all the way through Alexander's life through the telling of his lifelong companion Ptolemy.

Firstly I feel the need to congratulate Mr Cameron on undertaking such a herculean (appropriate!) task. Truly, when I consider the research, time, differing opinions, and popularity of Alexander, and the many impressive people he was involved with, the enormity of the challenge would have me fleeing as if I stood against a Macedonian phalanx by myself.

It is not the b
Chris F
Dec 18, 2012 Chris F rated it it was amazing
This is a great interpretation of the life to Alexander from a writer at the top of his game. Like any version of the life of someone from the ancient world there are many things that can be debated. Some won't like the high number of battle scenes and the amount of gore, but my answer to that is how can you possibly write an even slightly realistic account of the life of a man whose whole adult life revolved around war and conquest without out it? It would be like writing about the life of a f ...more
Robin Carter
May 04, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing

Reading this book put me in mind of the Jean-Paul Sartre quote

"I have crossed the seas, I have left cities behind me,
and I have followed the source of rivers towards their
source or plunged into forests, always making for other
cities. I have had women, I have fought with men ; and
I could never turn back any more than a record can spin
in reverse. And all that was leading me where ?
To this very moment..."

Because in this book I have crossed seas, I have climbed mountains forded rivers in flood
Excerpt from random review for God of War: "I am glad that the author did not join the cheap stream that pictures him as very feminine and gay. I think that the narcissism, related ability to manipulate people around him, and god-like megalomania fits the character much better."

Because being gay and femininity are basically synonyms.
Because it's cheap and bad taste to portray Alexander as gay.
Because a gay Alexander would probably be too busy doing his hair and stuff to concern himself with conq
IMHO so far the best picture of Alexander I have seen. Cameron shows a great understanding of the whole cultural setting, and it makes whole world of difference. He also obviously spent a great time thinking about Alexander's personality. I am glad that he did not join the cheap stream that pictures him as very feminine and gay. I think that the narcissism, related ability to manipulate people around him, and god-like megalomania fits the character much better.
Jul 22, 2013 Rob rated it liked it
This is my first Christian Cameron novel, and I come to new historical fiction authors with a great deal of wariness. There's too much shlock out there in the genre - from hack war porn to anachronistic romanticism. However, Cameron really knows his stuff, and makes few concessions to modern sensibilities in this thorough account of the military exploits and obsessions of Alexander the Great, told as the reminiscences of Ptolemy, one of his childhood Macedonian friends, and later the founder of ...more
May 19, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favourites, read-2012
The life of Alexander the Great, in all the many different interpretations offered by different writers and historians, has been a topic of intense fascination for me for a long time. This novel was engaging, brilliantly written and absolutely epic - a great piece of historical fiction that I surely haven't read for the last time.
Peter Ryan
Sep 09, 2012 Peter Ryan rated it really liked it
Although there are as many differing opinions about Alexander as there are centuries since his death, I find this book both capable of bringing that era alive and, alas, an opinion of Alexander that I disagree with.
This made my appreciation of a superb novel somewhat marred, but nevertheless I recommend it highly.
Jul 17, 2012 Chris added it
The hardest book I ever wrote.
Lance Watson
Sep 17, 2015 Lance Watson rated it it was amazing
Fantastic interpretation of Alexander's life that does a great job of telling us what life might have been like, taking all the stuff we do know and filling in the gaps of stuff we don't. Taking artistic license in places but always remaining true to the style of the time. Want to know what the conquest of Asia might have been like? This is the book for you.
Bryn Hammond
On pause at p.430. I found a lot of interest in the account of their youth--with a real sense of excitement as the young guns take over their fathers' world. Have to confess though there isn't enough psychology for my likes, and won't be. And I'm afraid I'm going off the voice of our first-person Ptolemy, to whom I used to be sympathetic. In short I liked their youth, but I knew this was never the style for me.
Jan 16, 2015 Bree rated it it was amazing
It was long, exhaustive, and brilliant - much like Alexander's own campaigns! Seriously one of the best books I've read that novelizes ancient history in a way that both educates and entertains. I really enjoyed it!
Sep 03, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Can a book about Alexander the Great get less than 5 stars? No, in my opinion, it's not possible. Cameron writes an amazing book. Ptolemy, one of Alexander's childhood friend and companions tells his story of campaigning with the Great Macedonian. Seen through the eyes of the future king of Egypt, Alexander comes across something much more than a man, and much less. The book's only faults are Alexander's. in God of War, Alexander's successes seem more like happy accidents than tactical successes ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Daryl rated it liked it
Promised much. 500 pages too long for me.
Nov 03, 2013 Asif rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, history
Overall, a very good book but with flaws. It kept me gripped for two weeks which is great and for 2/3 of the novel I would have given it 5 stars. The book is about 750 pages long and the first 400 odd pages deal with Alexander's youth and early campaigns in Greece. The rest of his conquests take up the remainder of the book. Yet I get the impression that after a while the author just wanted it finished and the book is thus uneven and the last couple of 100 pages or so feel rushed. Also this book ...more
Mina MacLeod
Dec 15, 2013 Mina MacLeod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Both the first-person and modern slant to the narrative were originally marks against it, as I strongly dislike the former and the latter perplexed me more than once. That said, this is a wonderful story--meticulously researched and obviously penned by one who is familiar with military history. It was refreshing to see Alexander through the eyes of Ptolemy, and even if I disagreed with some of what was said, I always wanted to argue with PTOLEMY, not the author. I felt engaged with the character ...more
Lyndsay MacDonald
Feb 03, 2015 Lyndsay MacDonald rated it really liked it
Man, that was a LONG book!

There were some spelling errors, which I attribute to the editors being overwhelmed by the sheer number of pages (766), and the plot dragged on in some places... but overall a really interesting glimpse into the personal life of Alexander "the Great", who is actually quite the tyrant. I did find the plot a little uneven -- I feel like some pieces of the story take a really long time, whereas others are rushed. But I definitely recommend to any history buff who is willin
Michelle Feist
May 07, 2014 Michelle Feist rated it it was ok
To be honest, I didn't finish this book...I may come back to it, but it just isn't grabbing me. I can't seem to care about any of the characters and the narrative style is slightly annoying. I may give it another few chapters, but life is too short, and there are too many good books waiting, for me to waste time struggling to read a book that doesn't enrapture me.
Martin Hernandez
Aunque al principio me pareció interesante, terminé aburriéndome. La historia de Alejandro Magno, narrada desde la óptica de Tolomeo, uno de sus generales y posterior Faraón de Egipto, (fundador de la dinastía Ptolemaica de la que la célebre Cleopatra fue la última gobernante), termina siendo la historia del mismo Tolomeo y sus aventuras junto a Alejandro. La narrativa es lineal, y se centra en los hechos de armas, dejando de lado aspectos de la vida de el mayor de los Generales, que podrían ser ...more
Feb 21, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it
a tough read, I kept getting stuck on the war terminology and names (I have to be able to say something in order to move on...)but other than that, I enjoyed the story
Andrew Smith
Mar 07, 2015 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing
This novel is a quite stunning achievement. It's a staggering, thrilling, sprawling 760 page military epic which paints a fascinating picture of one of the most famous, mythologised generals in history. An absolute must for any fans of Ancient Greek history.
Sir Percey  Blackney
Jan 18, 2015 Sir Percey Blackney rated it it was amazing
Another breath-taking book by Christian Cameron. Captivating, interesting to the last page and a decent link to learn History.
Dec 01, 2014 Aravind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long story, presenting the life and the wars of Alexander through the eyes of his associate since childhood, Ptolemy.
Feb 22, 2015 Carlton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic epic tale of Alexander the Great told by his childhood friend and general Ptolomy.
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it liked it
Stunning takedown of one of the pillars of history.
Jan 15, 2013 Damir rated it it was amazing
Great book. A Little long but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only do you get the insight of Alexander the Great but you olso get to know one of his best friends Ptolemy who becomes the king of Egypt. It’s like you get to read 2 books about 2 very extraordinary people. The story is told by Ptolemy who talks about his and Alexanders life. From childhood to conquering days to death of Alexander.
Great book but some people would find it long and drawn out but considering its only one book that tells it
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Aka Miles Cameron. Also publishes as Gordon Kent with his father Kenneth M. Cameron.

Christian Cameron was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962. He grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts, Iowa City, Iowa,Christian Cameron and Rochester, New York, where he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School and later graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in history.

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