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Spartans at the Gates (The Warrior Trilogy #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The Peloponnesian War has begun. An army of merciless Spartan invaders have arrived at the gates of Plataea, bent on obliterating the independent city-state and its inhabitants. Plataea's oldest allies, the Athenians, are spread too thin in their own campaigns to send help. Cut off and alone, the Plataeans have dug in behind their high walls for the coming attack, while th ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Mar 17, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Advanced Copy
Shelves: romance, historical, war
"Spartans at the Gate" which I eagerly awaited and was delighted to receive as an advanced copy is the exciting, action-packed sequel to "Sons of Zeus". It begins with the Spartans entrenched in a Persian Fort awaiting word that Plataea will break their alliance with Athens and sign a treaty with Sparta. Waiting for word from their ambassadors in Athens and expecting little help, the Plataeans under the leadership Arkon Menesarkus are digging in for a long siege, knowing men and women will be c ...more
Mar 08, 2014 D.I. rated it it was amazing
I was stoked to receive an advance copy of this book.
If you enjoyed the first book of this trilogy (Sons of Zeus), you’re going to love Spartans at the Gates. The action picks up right where it left off.
Though it had been awhile since reading Son of Zeus, I didn’t have any trouble diving right back into this world. I feel a lot of that has to do with how it is written. Someone who has never read the first book won’t feel clueless at all if this is the first book they read in the trilogy.

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Nov 03, 2015 Erica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: greece
A tale of courage, love and sacrifice. Full of blood and gore. Great story and characters. Noble Smith is a talented writer. I was also impressed with the editing as I've read so many books lately full of mistakes. I wish there was a sequel. Could there be? Thank you Mr. Smith for this highly entertaining read. Kudos!
Conrad Andersen
Mar 16, 2014 Conrad Andersen rated it it was amazing
After awaiting its release for many months I was ecstatic to receive an advanced readers copy of Spartans at the Gates.
Reading through the book I had a recurring thought, Noble Smith may be an award winning playwright, but he is even more suited for writing historical fiction. The pace, the imagery, and the emotion that Noble conveyed through his writing is just not possible to capture in a performance, regardless of how good the playwright might be.
This book starts and ends with non-stop act
Mar 27, 2014 Shawn rated it it was amazing
Noble has done it again! This story has a plot that is so different from his first book, but yet just interesting, enjoyable, and even more mysterious and surprising! I will not go into details of the story so that I will not reveal any spoilers, and the book already has its own plot summery on the back, so instead I just plan on telling you what makes this story so enjoyable. There are so many twists and turns in the plot, some that you can see coming, or at least think you do, and others that ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Mariko rated it it was amazing
Having gotten a chance to read an advanced copy of Sons of Zeus, I was pretty excited to get my hands on the sequel, Spartans at the Gates. The bar was already high, but it does not disappoint. I really enjoyed Sons of Zeus, but because most of the action takes place in Plataea, it sometimes felt a bit static. Smith goes the opposite direction in Spartans by taking the action all over Greece and to Athens as Nikias desperately tries to find a way to save his family and city. And all the things t ...more
Sandy from Alaska Colón
This book is the second book in the The Warrior Trilogy which I received as an advanced copy from the author, Noble Smith. I loved the book every bit as much as I did the first book in the trilogy, Sons of Zeus.

The story takes place in several area of Greece as the Plataeans attempt to save their city from the Spartans who are camped outside of the city. The book is well written; I can visualize the actions of the characters as the story unfolds. I'm not sure why, but I adore the young Kolax who
Robin Carter
Jun 27, 2014 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing
I first discovered Noble last year when i stumbled across Sons of Zeus, The concept was the bit that intrigued me despite the cover being another unfortunate US cover (sorry guys, but US publishers have an amazing skill for awful covers, Spartans at the Gates isn't really an improvement...sorry Noble). In the last five years plus I have developed a real passion for books set in ancient Greece, something driven mainly by the awesome writing of Christian Cameron. Couple that with Nobles set
John Matsui
Oct 05, 2014 John Matsui rated it it was amazing
I was a bit afraid of a let down after the literary high that Noble Smith put me on in Sons Of Zeus, book one of his historical fiction trilogy set in ancient Greece. Spartans at the Gates delivers and in astonishing ways. Smith paints an amazingly detailed picture of the intricate politics, military drum beating and alliances among the Greek states at the start of the Peloponnesian War.
At the heart, however, is a truly human story of the nobility of his central characters' struggle against adv
Rebecca Hill
Apr 20, 2014 Rebecca Hill rated it really liked it
**I Won this book as an Advanced Read Copy**

Set in ancient Greece, one city is determined to survive no matter the costs. Nikias is the son of the leader of the Platean city where they dwell. After a brutal surprise attack left the city reeling and the threat of another attack on its way, Nikias makes his decision, against his grandfather's wishes, to travel to Athens to search for warriors to come and defend his city from the Spartan attack.

As the old addage goes, if you go in search of troubl
Apr 18, 2014 Randy rated it it was amazing

When I was a kid we used to go to the movies on Saturday. One of the features were the Saturday morning serials with a hero like Flash Gordon. These were cliffhangers where, at the end of each episode, Flash found himself in a predicament that seemed inescapable. Yet, he would always escape in imaginative and surprising ways.

Nikias, the hero of The Warrior Trilogy (Sons of Zeus was part one and Spartans at the Gates is part two) takes cliffhangers to a new level and does it in an historical sett
Sep 17, 2015 Steph rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book, series
If you liked HOB's "Rome", you'll love this book!

I didn't know . it was part of a series until the very end, but it would have been a great stand alone book nonetheless. The sex scenes were a bit graphic for my taste & could have been left out in my opinion, but the rest of the story was great! I'll definitely be going back to read or listen to the previous books as well as the next one(s). The only audiobook complaint I have is that the reader unnecessarily pronounced silent H's (whip, whir
Paul Lunger
Feb 10, 2015 Paul Lunger rated it it was amazing
Noble Smith has done it yet again with the 2nd installment in his "Warrior Trilogy", "Spartans at the Gates". In this 2nd installment we the reader have a three-fold story going with Nikias headed to Athens to try to recruit some mercenaries to help defend Platea along with his friend Kolax who ends up looking for his father. There's also Chusor along for the ride as he tries to locate a former conquest in Athens. Each harrowing step of the way Smith keeps us in a page-turner that has us back in ...more
May 03, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
There's no downtime in this rollicking adventure, a follow-up to Smith's Sons of Zeus. Spartans picks up where Zeus left off, with our young Greek hero, Nikias, racing to Athens to recruit mercenary forces to protect his besieged home city of Plataea. Nikias takes a veritable smorgasbord of beatings at the hands of many gruesome, ruthless enemies, but dude's like a Timex-- he takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

I loved how the stories of some of the secondary characters were further developed
Jim Todd
Wow. Started Sons of Zeus last night, and finished before noon today. Could not put it down....very compelling. As someone once said, "A good book invites you in, but a great book gives you no choice." Headed out to find the next book in the trilogy now. Compelling non-stop action. Move over Tom Clancey, Vince Flynn,and John Birmingham. Going out to find Spartans at the Gates now.
Andrew Mulnix
Apr 16, 2014 Andrew Mulnix rated it did not like it
Shelves: firsts-arc
The story was okay, but it was predictable and the characters needed more depth.
Bart Smith
Sep 07, 2015 Bart Smith rated it it was amazing
Loved this series. It has a cliff hanger ending. When does book 4 arrive?
Aug 30, 2014 Sydney rated it it was amazing
Fantastic continuation of the Warrior Trilogy. Brilliantly written!
Apr 08, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
ARC Giveaway... I was a bit thrown off because I am unsure if I should have started with the 1st book of the trilogy to have better understood the storyline. But I will give this book another try later this summer.
Jeff Nolin
Jul 03, 2014 Jeff Nolin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice follow up to Sons of Zeus. Very excited to see how this turns out.
John Warren
Jul 05, 2014 John Warren rated it really liked it
very good book very quick read cant wait for the third one to come out
May 30, 2014 Madeleine rated it really liked it
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I am an award winning playwright, author, documentary film producer and interactive writer.

My book The Wisdom of the Shire is published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, and has been translated into 8 languages. Kirkus Reviews praised it as "A life-affirming, must-have morsel for Tolkien's colossal fan base."

My historical fiction action/adventure Sons of Zeus is published by Thomas Dunne B
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  • Sons of Zeus (The Warrior Trilogy, #1)
  • Sword of Apollo: A Novel (The Warrior Trilogy, #3)

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