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Tyrant (Tyrant #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,084 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Introducing Kineas, Srayanka, and their world—a world that Alexander is busy conquering

A well-born Athenian cavalry officer, Kineas fought shoulder to shoulder with Alexander in his epic battles against the Persian hordes. Butwhen hereturnsto his native city, he finds not glory but shame—and exile. With nothing to his name but his military skills, Kineas agrees to lead a b
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 10th 2008 by Orion (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mr. Matt
Aug 01, 2014 Mr. Matt rated it liked it
Kineas is an Athenian mercenary back from fighting with Alexander in Asia Minor and Persia. He is hired by the Tyrant of Olbia, a city on the Black Sea. On the surface it looks as if he is to train the city's cavalry to better defend against the Steppe nomads. Instead, Kineas and his companions find themselves webbed in a net of plots where their fate is poised on the edge as they cope with treachery in Olbia and an invasion of a Macedonian army.

This book started out too slowly for my taste. I t
Ben Kane
Aug 01, 2013 Ben Kane rated it it was amazing
I bought this book when it came out in 2008. It's the story of my life that I buy more books than I can read, and it languished in the 'To Be Read' pile for 4 years. More and more people began to tell me how good an author Cameron was, however, so I tackled it in the summer of 2012. I was astonished by how good it was, and devoured it in 3 or 4 days. To say that it's well written is an understatement of the greatest kind.

Cameron is a reenactor, and has therefore spent many an hour, and day, wear

Very entertaining novel set on the Black Sea cca 330 BC; it is less of a "blood and guts" novel than I expected though it has its fair share of battles, but it has intrigue, strange cultures, discussions on the nature and meaning of war and it reads very "classical", no real discordant (ie modern sensibility) notes that are encountered so often in historical fiction today.

Bought and started to read the sequel too and book 3 is an asap when it will be published; I plan to do a full review of th
Apr 21, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's all the indication you need of your feelings on a book when you have to repeatedly convince yourself to cast your apathy aside and continue reading.

This is very much a soldiers book, or more specifically an officers book. By that, I mean it feels very much written by a former soldier for soldiers and anyone else will just have toe the line.
Normally this approach can sometimes work, if the characterisation is rich enough to make you see each character as a real human being first and a soldie
Oct 26, 2012 Lucinda rated it it was amazing
Bloodthirsty, atmospheric and impressive I was astonished by how spectacular Tyrant was.

Christian Cameron’s series begins with book one Tyrant, about a well-born officer of the Athenian cavalry called Kineas. Kineas fought shoulder to shoulder with Alexander in his epic battles against the Persian hordes, but when he returns to his native city he soon finds not glory but ignominy. All veterans of the Boy King's campaigns have been sent into exile. With nothing to his name but his military skill
Feb 16, 2013 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
c2008:FWFTB: heroism, Persia, cavalry, mercenaries, Scythian. Extraordinarily well written battle scenes. I felt, at times, that I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. Some really stirring passages and characters and Kineas is now a firm favourite. But, where was a map and a glossary, when I needed it? Not only has this book whetted my appetite for the next one in the series but I have been spurred on to do some further investigation on the period and places of the era (ie 333BC). Ev ...more
José Miguel
Sep 30, 2014 José Miguel rated it really liked it
Christian Cameron sabe mezclar en su justa medida la información rigurosa sobre la época con la acción y aventura que hacen progresar a la historia y enganchar al lector. Nada especial que no encontremos en otras obras similares, una prosa sencilla, pero que cumple con el objetivo, unos personajes interesantes, que podrían estar más desarrollado pero que también llenan con suficiencia la novela, una historia clásica, sin muchas sorpresas y unas batallas muy bien descritas. Todo ello hace que ent ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Kevin rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for ancient history, especially around the Mediterranean, so yeah. The author seems to have done some solid research on the Greeks and neighboring cultures of that time, and it shows. I'm a total fanboy for the Greeks but the depiction of the 'barbarian' nomadic tribes was just as interesting and cool, especially the role of women like Srayanka and of shamanic beliefs. Oh yeah, and it was a solid story that held my attention. I think I read all three books of the trilogy one after t ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Stefan rated it really liked it
Tyrant was a surprisingly good historical novel about the ancient world, which was gripping and historically interesting. I have not read much historical fiction set in ancient Greece and so this novel was pleasantly different. The battle sequences were exciting, vivid, and interesting. The author did a good job at weaving tragedy, triumph, happiness, and friendship together with the interesting setting and well-developed characters. A excellent novel, and one that makes me look forward to readi ...more
Becky Fenner anderson
Mar 29, 2016 Becky Fenner anderson rated it it was amazing
A author/friend has been talking about Miss Frazier's books for a long time so I thought I'd check it out and I was NOT disappointed.

Alone and lost, with no memory of who she is, Doe latches on to the only "friend" she has, a strung out junkie named Nikki. Hoping to find a way off the streets the venture to a Biker party where she meets King.

King is the ultimate alpha male who's been dealt his own fair share of trouble and disappointments. Fresh out of prison and fighting to find his own way he
Guille  Puerto
Jun 12, 2012 Guille Puerto rated it liked it
To me a piece of fine historical fiction. Great detail, a touch of fantasy, and vivid description of the battles.
But it lacks a bit in the character development area, and the rythm was not of my liking. I would have definitely liked it better if it was a bit longer, as it has a three month jump to a fast conclusion at the end.
Also I kind of hoped for a shocking gay love scene that never came.
Sep 03, 2013 Jerome rated it liked it
This book took me a really long time to get into. It wasn't until about half-way that I really started liking it. Up to that point it was OK; I kept reading more because of the subject matter of a time period that really interests me. In the end, I stuck to it until the end and I'm glad I did. So, I liked it but not enough to give it more than 3 stars.
Fenella Miller
Mar 22, 2014 Fenella Miller rated it it was amazing
I have just discovered Christian Cameron and can't believe I didn't know about him before this. Tyrant is superbly crafted, perfectly researched with well drawn characters that I really cared about.I read it in two evenings – it's the sort of book you just can't put down even when it's after midnight.
Jun 04, 2014 Carlton rated it really liked it
This book brought the 4th century BC Scythians alive in my mind. Sort of like an advanced Native American Plains Culture, one that allowed women to become warriors and chiefs. The depiction of the Euxine Greeks, and their Sythian allies, standing against the Macedonian conquest,was unique.
María Olvera
Como fanática de la novela histórica este libro tenía que gustarme. Y tengo entendido que Christian Cameron es un experto en la milicia de la época, osea que leí Tirano con muchas ansias.

En algunas partes se notó que el autor ha investigado sobre lo que escribe, no me consta que todo sea verídico, pero se sentía así. Sólo noté un par de cosas que me parecieron muy modernas.
En cuanto a la escritura, fue muy ligera, si bien la primera parte de la historia fue mucho más lenta que el resto del libro
Thomas Boyd
Aug 02, 2012 Thomas Boyd rated it really liked it
Well researched, well written, interesting take on the Scythians. I liked it enough to purchase his Tyrant II: Storm of Arrows.
Ireney Berezniak
I have been looking forward to sink my teeth into this series, Tyrant being the first book of six. I liked it, but I did not fall in love with it as I had hoped would be the case, considering the favourable ratings this installment has received.

The first half or so was interesting enough; Cameron's style is smooth, and the setting is fairly original. Fiction set in the time of Alexander the Great is certainly nothing new, but fiction where Scythians or Sarmatians play a major role seems a littl
I read this book years ago, and had rated it (by memory) with 1 star on Goodreads. Having recently re-read it, I now think that might be a bit harsh.

On the other hand, 2 stars might be a bit generous.

I found this heavy going, slow to start, and not really all that exciting. It's unusual in that it is set in the time of Alexander (the Great), but this Alexander - or more particularly - his army, are actually the villains of the piece, with Kineas and his band of Mercenaries fighting against the i
Mar 08, 2009 David rated it really liked it
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Paul Bennett
Jul 29, 2013 Paul Bennett rated it really liked it
The book Tyrant by Cameron Christian transported me back to my first love in ancient history, The Greeks. This story takes place during the time of Alexander toward the end of his flaming career. The main character is Kineas, an Athenian who once fought under Alexander but who is now an exile from Athens and has become the leader of a mercenary band of warriors. Kineas is an interesting fellow, an Athenian noble brought up as a gentleman able to hold his own in symposium settings as well as the ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Joan rated it liked it
El libro esta bien escrito, me lo encontre bueno, lleva buen ritmo y Cameron logra transportarte a los lugares con buenas y sencillas descripciones. Lo considero una lectura bien suave y excelente para cuando terminas un libro muy demandante y complejo. La historia es un poco previsible, pero creo que se debe a señales muy claras que nos da el escritor. No llegue a compenetrarme ni a querer a ninguno de los personajes, pero si encontrarme uno en particular excelente, dado lo chistoso y original ...more
Dec 06, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. It introduced me into a world from which I knew very little. The scythian world and the greek colonies life are very vell related and detailed. The plot was complex but at the same time easy to follow due to an easy writing.
I have read this book three times already and never got tired of it.
I recommend its reading and all of the following 5 books.

Raymond Walker
For a fan of heroic fiction this was good even though it was badly edited. The characters were fine and brought to life well, and mr Cameron made a good job of them. I have quite enjoyed this trilogy as it is set in a time period that i love. If you are a fan of heroic fiction, particularly athenian or spartan, these are well worth a read.
L.M. Mountford
Jul 22, 2014 L.M. Mountford rated it did not like it
I tried to read it, but could only get to page 20 before giving up. The writing just didn't hook me, it felt dull and listless without detail or emotion, a opinion hammered home by the fact it opens with a cavalry battle that only had me hooked for two seconds and lacked any real feeling for the fight.
Aug 21, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read and an interesting view into the part of history not often presented in literature.

Hellenistic presence in the land of Sythians (what not would be the shores of Black sea in Ukraine).

Very nice presentation of the cultural and philosophical differences between Greeks and Sythians.

Battle scenes are powerful and engaging. Kenias' adventures and tribulations provide a beautiful insight into the complexities of Hellenistic politics, social structure and interactions of the Greek world wit
May 24, 2015 Chuck rated it liked it
This novel starts out badly. The characters are wooden, and much of the dialog is stilted. However, about halfway through Cameron hits his stride, and it gets better, a lot better. The battle scene at the end is outstanding.
Farhana Faruq
May 19, 2015 Farhana Faruq rated it liked it
This is well written, so much so that you won't notice most of the pages aren't about much. It's not boring, it's erm...well written..haha

I didn't like it as much as I expected, only because I've read similar books by Conn Iggulden which are fast paced and full of action.

Overall it's okay. The history is interesting enough and the characters are great.
Matt Todd
Apr 18, 2015 Matt Todd rated it liked it
A well written story of tactics and battle in the anciant Greek world. Somewhat scant of authentic detail regarding equipment or political intrigue.
Kosta Alexis
Feb 22, 2016 Kosta Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done

As good as everything he writes. Another book that kept me up until the morning and I hated finishing it!
Oct 04, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it
I don't know if it was because I was TV binging or working at night from home, etc etc, but I could not get completely immersed in the story. That being said, it is a well written and different take on the years of Alexander the Great's time in Asia. It is definitely worth reading if you are a historical fiction nut like myself.
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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.

After the longest undergraduate
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