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Killer of Men (Long War #1)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  550 ratings  ·  37 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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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...more
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...more
David Graham
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Michael Da Silva
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...more
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.
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...more
Predrag Djokic
Let's say it's 3.75 stars. Entertaining read, slightly boring on few occasions.
Tom Lloyd
excellent historical fiction - nicely absorbing and despite the narrator bugging me a bit to start with I came to greatly enjoy him too. Perfect holiday read for me, swept me up but never got the heart pounding quite enough to merit a five star rating. Having read his fantasy, The Red Knight, the setting was understandably far better here and the scope broad and assured, but the combat and battle scenes never hit the heights of Red Knight. Still, this is a more satisfactory book overall and high...more
Abraham Salas
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
Matt Heppe
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...more

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...more
Robin Carter
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...more
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
Ben Tune
this is a good entertaining read. so much so I immediately downloaded the second book in the series and have started that. it must be said though that unless you have a doctorate in ancient Greece you are constantly going back and forth between the page you are reading and the page of terminology to understand what is being read. this does get frustrating for the first book but now I'm on the second I have a pretty good grasp of the terminology being used. who said reading for pleasure couldn't...more
Entertaining read and nice work of historical fiction.
I greatly enjoyed the perspective of a man who is not only skilled fighter but enjoys the art of killing.
As Cameron states, he spend a lot of time through his career with elite professional soldiers. However, only some are true "killers".
The man character is an interesting and thought provoking study of a mind set and emotional state of such men.
The narrative is easy and the story line is engaging.
Looking forward to reading the second book "...more
Patrick Lehane
no character development, the worst narrator and a nothing of a plot. I can't believe how highly rated this book is.
This series is titled the Long War and man, that is the truth! It took me a long time to read this book but I finally finished it. I couldn't tell you why I finished it though. It is one of those books you start to read and it is not really what you expect and you keep hoping it will get better, but it never does so you plod on through it and you are left wondering why you didn't put it in the bookstore trade box after the first 50 pages. That is just my opinion and I am sticking to it.
Very good. I'm glad I gave it another chance. It was a bit slow moving at the beginning, but certainly once the betrayal happened to Arimnestos I was thoroughly sucked in. Now for the sequel!
The first 90 pages were interesting but really not that exciting. I always found something else I rather read and it took me almost 6 months to get through the first 90 pages. Then the books pace (and killing) picked up and I just could not stop reading. I read the next 400 pages within 2 days and started immediately the next book in the series. Even with the slow start, I had to go with 5 stars.
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.
Love reading about this era, and this was a compelling tale. Enjoyed the warfare, the craftsmen, the politics, the characters, and more... Will be reading the next book with high expectations...
At first I was not enamored with the first person narrative but before too long I was completely engrossed with this excellent novel. This is a must read for fans of Ancient Greece.
John Gwynne
A great read. Loved the balance between character, pace and plot, with a complete sense of place. It read somewhere in between Bernard Cornwell and David Gemmell.
Loved it.
Epic is probably the correct description for this series of novels - ever since I found out about it, I bought them the day they were published (and finished reading soon after).
Chris F
I finished this book a couple of dys ago, took me a bit longer due to Olympics viewing. it is a really good read, with lots of action and very little that's not interesting.
The Aegean, the Greeks, the Pershians and the Phoenicians. Skirmishes, battles and wars. The bloody history told through the eyes of Arimnestos of Plataea.
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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...more
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