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Killer of Men (Long War #1)

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  1,170 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Arimnestos is a farm boy when war breaks out between the citizens of his native Plataea and and their overbearing neighbours, Thebes. Standing in the battle line - the wall of bronze - for the first time, alongside his father and brother, he shares in a famous and unlikely victory. But after being knocked unconscious in the melee, he awakes not a hero, but a slave. Betraye ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 8th 2010 by Orion (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jun 20, 2016 Ivan rated it it was amazing
I was planing on writing about this book for long time but I simply can't way to properly share fascination with this book so this review might be edited when I find a way do this book justice.

After finishing Red knight I wanted to see authors other work and this book caught my eye right away.

Killer of men is historical fiction but I can't help being reminded of fantasy book, most of all grimdark and military fantasy. We got gifted protagonist in his coming of age story who grows to be flawed (a
One of the best books I've read lately, highly recommended!!!
S.J.A. Turney
Aug 10, 2015 S.J.A. Turney rated it it was amazing
To begin at the beginning… How many series have you read where you pick up the first book to find an iron-hard, three-dimensional, experienced and world-weary hero awaiting you? They are, barring the anti-hero, the best characters to both read and write. But how often do you get to see that hero created?

That is what Killer of Men is. In terms of superhero movies, this is a great hero’s ‘origin story’. It is the very creation of a hero. Or possibly not quite a hero. After all, an instinctive kill
Jul 22, 2012 Bell rated it it was ok
I have heard a ton of praise for Christian Cameron and had high hopes when I started to read "Killer of Men", my first novel by this ex-military aviator and intelligence officer.

Too bad it pretty much sucks. And it sucks in very particular way, it could have been kick-ass awesome "Men in Miniskirts" -novel with a lot bloody action and both land and sea battles. But the author does his damnest to irritate the hell out of you while reading this otherwise pretty cool story about a young farmer who
Another excellent novel from the author after the 3 Tyrant books which i enjoyed all; a first person narration from Arimnestos of Plataea as told to his young daughter and companions, in the hero's old age when he seems to be a noble of some sort in Thrace

It covers his young years, training under an old soldier and killer of men himself and later his begging soldiering in the week of 3 battles when the Athenians and the Plateans face 3 enemy armies and defeat all

However young Arimnestos is wound
Tudor Ciocarlie
Probably the best historical-fiction novel I have ever read. I've loved how Cameron managed to create interesting female characters, with powerful agendas, even in that male dominated era. This should be a lesson for an important part of the epic-fantasy writers that uses the realism of the past as a stupid excuse to write atrocious acts and poor developed female characters.
David Graham
Apr 08, 2014 David Graham rated it it was amazing
I’d had ‘Killer of Men’ on my ‘to read’ shelf for quite some time. I like historical fiction, I’d say at a rough guess it constitutes between 10% and 20% of my total reading. When the genre is at its best in such books as Falls the Shadow, Shakespeare's Rebel (see my review or Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae to name a few, it transports the reader to a different time and a totally different existence than modern day. ‘Killer of ...more
Paul Bennett
Dec 01, 2015 Paul Bennett rated it it was amazing
I put off too long starting The Long War series by Christian Cameron. Killer of Men is the first installment of the epic story of East vs West, pitting the Greek city-states against the might of the Persian King of Kings. That is the backdrop to this thoroughly entertaining tale of one man's journey from his home in Plataea becoming a feared warrior, a killer of men. The author deftly constructs the world of Miltiades of Athens and Darius the Persian; the descriptions of everyday life, the detai ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
The Style is that of an old storyteller - in this case the hero, who interjects every so oft into the story.

His story starts as a boy in Plataea, his father being a renowned Bronze Smith where after a period of scene setting of a peaceable life as a farmboy they encounter Miltiados & war soon looms as they ally with the Athenians.

There is plenty more to tell but wont spoil for you & will leave it to say that Spartans, phalanx warfare, slavery & servitude, Persians (Medes empire), Pho
Jun 23, 2013 Patremagne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Killer of Men is the first in Christian Cameron's The Long War series, which outlines the conflict between the Greeks and the Persians around the 5th century BC. Killer of Men is centered primarily around the Ionian Revolt, and it makes for a great story.

The story is told in the first person, though it's one where the protagonist narrates from old age. There seems to be an influx of novels that do this and it can be very hit or miss as to whether they turn
May 27, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it it was amazing
The story is told by an old warrior to his grandchild-so we know he makes it. Real old soldier's story. Battles, defeat, slavery and hopefully he gets his own back.
Very well written and nice to know there is another one available so you can move on.
Apr 08, 2014 Vaelin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Christian Cameron book, will definitely read the next in the series as well as his other HF series!
Last month I had myself a real hankering for some historical fiction so after looking at the Toronto Public Library's website and I came across Killer of Men by Christian Cameron and thought why not? I love books written during this time period and it wasn't too long of a novel either.

So, despite having a multitude of other novels that had to be read first I couldn't resist the appeal of this book for long and I ended up starting it the same day I brought it home. Right away I was drawn into Arm
Matt Heppe
Aug 24, 2011 Matt Heppe rated it it was amazing
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Killer of Men and Marathon Review

Characters: Killer of Men and Marathon are both first person accounts of the life of Arimnestos, the son of a Greek blacksmith who grows up to be a fearsome warrior-- a killer of men. The book takes the form of a story being recited to Arimnestos’ daughter by him. As such, we know that 1) he survives and 2) he becomes a great man. What we are left to discover are the trials and tribulations of his strife-torn life. I’ll leave it to say Arimnestos does not have an
Michael Da Silva
Jul 21, 2014 Michael Da Silva rated it it was amazing
Killer of Men was a book that caught me by surprise. I did not expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did, so I was pleasantly taken aback when I reached the end.

The story is a pretty typical hero's journey, with young Arimnestos, a farmer turned warrior-god, fighting, sexing and generally fluking his way through the beginnings of the Greco-Persian war.

I would liken this book to the Kingkiller Chronicles or the Gentlemen Bastards series in that it follows a very capable, but utterly flawed pro
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing
This review is from: Killer of Men (Hardcover)
When i started this book i was a little taken aback with the style, it was not what i had come to expect from Chris, that's not to say it was bad, it was just different, it was enough of a change to give me slight pause to think has the man lost it? should he have stuck with a winning formula like the tyrant series?
None of this should make you stop reading, because as you carry on reading you suddenly find your self being pulled into the world or Ari
Killer of Men is the first installment of Long War series by a military historian Christian Cameron, some of you may know him as Miles Cameron.

Narrated from old age by the protagonist Arimnestos of Plataea to his daughter and her friends. The story started at Boeotia when he was still a boy, dreaming of becoming a bronzesmith like his father but was instead educated with swords and spears and letters. He was betrayed and sold into slavery, but his masters were rich and treated him well, he got t
Apr 22, 2012 Hazel rated it liked it
I don't know why I chose this from an e-book collection. I'd never heard of it or its author and was clueless as to content. Didn't see the cover either. Perhaps it was the title's contrast with 'fisher of men'? But I'm loving it so far. I read the first 23% steadily last night, before deciding I should come up for air.

I am far from blood-thirsty and war stories are not my thing. But I am interested in human behaviour, and the reasons that we do what we do. So I am interested in war (human beha
Apr 13, 2015 Carlos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was not OK in the first pages but It got better the more I read. So my advice to You is just this: Keep on reading!
What I have in favor of this book: I love Herodotus, The best book I have ever read (and I have read hundreds of 'em) It's The Illiad of Homer and this guy knows his stuff.
Against: It could have been better written (It is confusing at times), There's to much resemblance of this hero to Uhtred of The Last Kingdom.
I will keep reading the saga. I love ancient Greece as much as
Jan 03, 2013 Becci rated it did not like it
I love stories with an ancient setting, and I know quite a lot about the period...
The setting was interesting and the plot was fairly well thought out.
Having said that... I didn't like this book.
Perhaps it was just the "review" edition that I was given, but I found the grammar uneven - too many slips into modern language, which I suppose was more for the readers benefit rather than actual errors. Some of the Greek terms were applied incorrectly and kept throwing me out of the story - I didn't mi
Jul 17, 2012 Terri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On paper this looked like the kind of book I would eat up. Ancient setting, battles, swords and sandals type historical fiction. Yet, I couldn't finish it. In truth I barely started it having only reached page 120 (plus a flick through the next 100 pages to see if it improved).
I'm not going to hold anything against this book. It is written okay, but the author's 'storyteller' style was not compatible with me. I simply couldn't connect and it was disorienting.
Jul 10, 2015 Ira rated it it was amazing
Немно-ожечко затянуто в конце, когда сюжет распадается на совсем уж драку героическую битву и герой становится чересчур непобедимым даже для меня (он был молод, это был период, я понимаю), но очень классно! И греки такие греки.
P.S. And everyone is historically gay. :D
Patrick Lehane
Jul 28, 2014 Patrick Lehane rated it did not like it
no character development, the worst narrator and a nothing of a plot. I can't believe how highly rated this book is.
Predrag Djokic
Let's say it's 3.75 stars. Entertaining read, slightly boring on few occasions.
Oct 07, 2016 Monique rated it it was ok
Really 2 and a half and will probably receive higher from fans of the genre.
This reads like a historical textbook in parts but with 'story-like' narration- I'm sure there are far better technical terms to describe the prose but that's the way it "feels".
Really this is fiction for those who like ancient and military history. Be prepared for frank and unforgiving description of ancient Greek daily life including commonplace discussions about pedestry and blunt descriptions of the gore in battl
Theodore Sanchez
Sep 18, 2016 Theodore Sanchez rated it it was amazing
A historically accurate depiction of Ancient Greece, not so unlike Zack Snyder's film 300 Spartans That are Actually Aided by 7,000 Other Greeks, where in that film, the Persians tried to bomb the Spartan phalanx with a weapon that only existed in Ancient China at the time a.k.a. gunpowder.

The book is indeed a must read. Trust me, you'll be surprised to find out that Spartans don't actually go to battle naked.
John Margaritsanakis
Having recently finished reading the author's first two books in the Traitor Son series (albeit under a different name) I was curious about his earlier works. I picked up Killer of Men and despite some flaws I was pretty satisfied with it.

I won't go much into the plot. It follows the first stirrings of the Ionian Rebellion which was itself the prelude of the famous and well documented wars of ancient Greece's classic era; the protagonist is a young boy, the son of a talented blacksmith, who sees
Abraham Salas
Jan 20, 2014 Abraham Salas rated it really liked it
Disfrutable lo descriptivo que es el autor sobre las costumbres, las vestimentas y armas de la antigua Grecia, Persia y otras civilizaciones. Si buscaba el autor que uno no se pusiera en los zapatos del protagonista, en mi caso personal lo logró en cierta medida. Yo no me conecté completamente con Arímnestos, ni sentí angustia cuando le iba mal, ni me alegré cuando le fue bien. En todo caso lo percibí algo arrogante y me pongo de pie, repito, si esa fue la intencion. Seguramente me daré cuenta s ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Nathan rated it really liked it
FUN. Rough-and-tumble bumpkin from Plataea learns to master his body, the sword and shield, and eventually his mind. This is book one in the series, and I loved it. The author's a recreator, an enthusiastic amateur historian who sails the Aegean in replica craft and fights with home-made recreations of weaponry. Whether because of this or a natural talent, the story comes alive in a simple but vivid way that other historical novels often fail. At its heart the protagonist is a likable (sometimes ...more
Martin Rea
Sep 11, 2016 Martin Rea rated it really liked it
A good book, but felt a little confusing in the middle. still enjoyable though. Just starting book 2 now.
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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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