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Empire of Ashes: A Novel of Alexander the Great
323 B.C. The great Alexander is dead. Machon-the late emperor's renowned friend and ally-is being scapegoated for his downfall. An outsider on trial for his life, Machon will tell his Greek accusers the stunning, tragic truth behind the meteoric rise and fall of a peerless military leader who proclaimed himself a god-and lost his humanity.
Mass Market Paperback, 364 pages
Published December 2004 by Signet
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I have had this book sitting on my shelves for the last four years, and I've made as many attempts in the past to read it, but was always distracted by something else. While it is a novel of Alexander's reign, there is a realness to it in that it sticks to what we know of the real man, while as always taking a novelist's liberty. We cannot know for sure the true life of Alexander or who was ultimately responsible for his death, but we can recognize him as one of the greatest figures to emerge fr ...more
Anybody who reviews this book based on the sex hasn't read beyond the first 10 pages, because there isn't any beyond that! The book isn't about Alexander the great, it's about the LEGEND of Alexander the great. Who invented it? Based on what? For what purpose? It's a fascinating story, about history itself as the stories we like to believe about history. Don't be fooled by the paperback format and the subject. It's a serious book taht shouldn't be taken the same way as airport pap.
At the risk of repeating myself, let me just say again how much I HATE entire chapters (or large sections of chapters) in italic type. If that's the only way the author can figure out to differentiate speakers/time changes in the book, he/she is not a very good writer of character voice/sequencing.
Jun 09, 2016 Megan rated it liked it
Took too long to get started, had some historical inaccuracies, was unkind to some good historical figures, but did tell the story fairly concisely once it got going. I didn't hate it but didn't really enjoy it.
Nicholas Nicastro was born in Astoria, New York in 1963. Since that time his primary preoccupation has been in accumulating capital letters behind his given name, including a B.A. in English from Cornell University (1985), an M.F.A. in filmmaking from New York University (1991), an M.A. in archaeology and a Ph.D in psychology from Cornell (1996 and 2003). He has also worked as a film critic, a hos ...moreMore about Nicholas Nicastro...