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Empire of Ashes: A Novel of Alexander the Great

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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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Jenny Demonic
Oct 04, 2014 Jenny Demonic rated it liked it
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
Jan 25, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story.....Different approach to telling the story of a legendary leader.
Jul 04, 2012 Jassy rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 09, 2010 Tamara rated it did not like it
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.
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.
Steven Raszewski
Dec 29, 2013 Steven Raszewski rated it really liked it
More good stuff.
Jeffrey Rasley
Nov 28, 2011 Jeffrey Rasley rated it it was ok
A waste of time, but needed a book to read crossing the Pacific by plane. Bad history & bad sex.
Mar 30, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Book kind of went on and on and on. I found it boring after awhile.
Apr 26, 2008 Marita rated it it was ok
Interesting tale, too bad it is so R rated.
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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 ...more
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