A Place Called Armageddon: Constantinople 1453
Gregoras had vowed never to return to Constantinople, the cursed home that had betrayed and scarred not only his mind, but his face, for all to see. But now with 100,000 Muslim soldiers outside its walls, he can hear its desperate calls for his help, as it can only be held by men and mercenaries as skilled in battle as Gregoras, of which few remain.
His return home, though
I do not expect anyone to share my love for this book, but I just want to give credit to C.C. Humphreys for writing what is arguably the best chapter I have read in my life.
For those of you who do not understand why I am so whiny about this. As a historian, I have a passionate love for the Byzanti ...more
Moram da priznam da dugo nisam uživala u ovako lepom, pripovedačkom stilu pisanja, a ovaj roman me je podsetio zašto sam zavolela istoriju.
Prolog na svega četiri stranice je verovatno najbolji uvod u neku knjigu koji sam pročitala u poslednjih nekoliko godina (toliko je dobar da sam morala da ga dva puta pročitam).
I pored toga što ...more
C.C. Humphreys is pretty good at historical facts, but a bit predictable when it comes to relations and characters. My only complain is about love scenes... they are embarrassingly s ...more
In this new book "A Place Called Armageddon" brings us a climactic end and a new beginning, it is the Siege of 1453 of Constantinople, and as usual Chris Humphreys writes so well on the epic scale, but when doing so always manages to keep the ...more
I will write the FBC review and c/p it here
INTRODUCTION: C.C. Humphreys came to my attention with “Vlad: The Last Confession”; despite my deep misgivings about it being another stupid rehashing of the myth of Dracula, th ...more
It’s 1453, and the Byzantine Empire is an empire only in name. Its last bastion is Constantinople and the brilliant, arrogant young sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmet II, has his sights set on it, set on completing his father Murad ...more
The author jumps between charac ...more
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, Illinois
Review source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Kathy Davie
It's the battle in 1453 that sees the end of an era in Constantinople.
Oh man, Humphreys has me by the first page of the prologue! I'm tense with fear at the description he provides of the Turk flowing to the walls of Constantinople. Heck, I wanna just open the gates and tell 'em to have at it. How can he possibly fight against a mass of men like this? And yet the men fighting to save ...more
Although it might seem there’s a lot of characters it does focus on a select few so it’s easily memorable. There’s various story arcs to follow, but what I liked abo ...more
This historical novel about the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453 was one that I did not know a lot about. The Muslims had literally surrounded Christian Constantinople by 1453 and its fall was all but inevitable. Th ...more
It is a graphic tale of attack and repulsion, privation and despair until after 53 days of seige using horrific guns and overwhelming fo ...more
This is a deep story with a lot of action -- when you open the book and you're given a "Dramatis Personae" before you start. It's a deep list which even includes a cat (which does factor into the story at the end). Many historical figures, suc ...more
...And so begins C.C. Humphreys' take on the Turk siege of the (mostly) Greek-held Constantinople in 1453.
This is actually a very good book. The attractive, ...more
By 1453, the walled city of Constantinople is all that remains of the once magnificent Byzantine Empire. One hundred thousand Ottoman (Turkish) soldiers, led by Sultan Mehmet II, want to take Constantinople from the Byzantines. Possession of the city the Ottomans refer to as the Red Apple will serve as a sign of supremacy over the Christian infidels.
As the Byzantine Empire has crumbled, so have Constantinople’s walls. Defending the city will not be easy for the ...more
Yes, this is a war story but there is so much more to it than that. As the book synop ...more
This novel, though is a tale o ...more
In particular, the heroics of the defenders at Constantinople.
This was a well balanced book, giving the viewpoint of both belligerents, that seems to be very popular from modern authors like Cornwell, Kane, Napier and so on.
Indeed I found myself making comparisons here as this book elbows for room alongside thise auspicious shelf fellows. It's not a subject that I seen too much fiction on, so I was looking to be not only entert ...more
Rather than make the story about heroic Greeks, outnumbered by savage Turks, or Turks gloriously taking over a Greek city, we get a good view of both sides. From the scarred and disgraced Gregoras, to the treacherous and intelligent Theon, to the cocky and ...more
The story centers on twin Greek brothers from Constantinople, the woman they both loved ...more
From there, it begins to fall apart. The siege itself is overlooked for the plot revolving around the major characters which is unwieldy and improbable at best. The story is ...more
C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Los Angeles and London. A third generation actor and writer on both sides of his family, he returned to Canada in the nineties and there his writing career began. He won the inaugural playwriting competition of the New Play Centre, Vancouver with his first play, 'A Cage Without Bars' which was produced in Vancouver and L ...more