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The Hittite

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This is thetale of Lukka, the Hittite soldier who traveled across Greece in searchof the vicious slave traders whokidnapped his wife and sons. He tracks them all the way to war-torn Troy.Therehe proves himself a warrior to rank with noble Hector and swift Achilles. Lukka is the man who builtthe Trojan horse for crafty Odysseus, who toppled the walls of Jericho for the Isre...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Forge Books (first published April 1st 2010)
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Isis
I know Ben Bova best as a science fiction author. Years ago I picked up his book Mars as the perfect present for my father, and ended up reading it myself. The following year I offered Venus and Return to Mars as gifts and ended up reading those too, and over the years I helped my father amass a Ben Bova collection of his Grand Tour of the Solar System series – though I’ve not yet got round to reading the last couple of entries. Naturally I would intrigued when I discovered that Bova, whose sci-...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘How can one person be willing to die so that another could
live?’

Returning home from a long and brutal campaign against the Armenians, the Hittite soldier Lukka finds the Hatti Empire in chaos. The capital city, Hattusa, is in flames. Lukka’s family home is destroyed, his father mortally wounded and his wife and young sons have been taken by slave traders.

Lukka and his small band of soldiers track the slavers across Greece to war-torn Troy. Here, as Lukka tries to recover his wife and sons, he...more
Carrie Slager
I wasn’t really sure what I expected of The Hittite, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. The opening scene takes place amidst the chaos of the sack of Hattusas where Lukka is desperately trying to keep discipline in the garrison while finding his family. The once mighty Hittite empire has been thrown into chaos by a bloody civil war and once Lukka learns that his wife and sons are bound for Troy as slaves, there’s only one place he can go. Except when he gets there, not all is as it seems.

The th...more
Debbie
This book retells the story of the Trojan War, with the title character, The Hittite Lukka, being involved by fighting as part of the forces of Odysseus. Lukka has a group of 20 Hittite soldiers under his command that have stayed together after their home kingdom is destroyed. Lukka finds out his wife and sons have been taken as captive slaves by Agamemnon and is determined to find them. He follows their journey to the camps outside the city of Troy, and offers himself and his men to aid Odysseu...more
Abbe
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Bova is best known as a prolific writer of works of science fiction. Here he tries his hand at supposedly historical fiction, with interesting, enjoyable, but uneven results. Lukka, a Hittite warrior, returns to the Hittite capital city to find it engulfed in civil war, his father murdered, and his wife and two young sons taken away by slavers. Along with a small cadre of soldiers under his command, Lukka launches an epic search for his family, which leads him to the gates of Troy as it is

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Phil Giunta
After a long, exhausting battle far from home, Hittite commander Lukka returns with his squad only to find his once proud empire in ruins after a civil war. The emperor himself is dead, his palace burned to the ground. The city has been overrun by looters, murderers, rapists, and bandits.

In a desperate search for his wife and toddler sons, Lukka learns from his dying father that they have been taken by slave traders. Lukka fears that his sons will be murdered as slavers have no use for toddlers....more
Joan Lloyd
I read this book several months ago but I wanted to recommend it to others. I know there are folks who didn't like it - but I loved it. Rich in background and plot with great, real, wart covered characters with a background of the Trojan War, Helen of Troy and all those Greeks you've read about. Bova seldom disappoints.
Justin Robinson
If you think you have read this book you have. This is the same exact story of "Vengeance of Orion". Without the Orion character. I still liked it but the book is not that creative. All he does is but Lukka (who was an supporting character is the Orion books) in the place of Orion himself.
Dyana
This was certainly an interesting take on the siege of Troy, Helen of Troy, and the famous Trojan horse. This was a fast historial novel with some interesting takes on history and what actually happened. The book is written in 1st person by Lukka, a Hatti soldier, who is the one who builds the Trojan horse. He is scouring the countryside searching for his wife and two small sons after the capital city Hattusa has been ransacked and the city is engulfed in fire and being terrorized by marauding g...more
Lee
Retelling of the siege and fall of Troy, from the point of view of a Hittite soldier, shocked by the amateurism and barbarism displayed by the Greeks compared to his own people. Trying to rescue his wife and sons, brought there by slave traders, he finds himself thrust into key parts of the action. Although the characters in the story believe in the gods, the narrated action is entirely natural. I like the way Bova deals with implausibilities such as Achilles' single weakness, or the notion the...more
Eric Wright
Bova is an author I haven't read before. I just happened to pick up the book from one of those bargain tables at a local bookstore. The story of a Hittite warrior returning home to find the Hatti empire in chaos and his town burning and his wife and family taken captive moves along easily. It is set in the time of Troy with Greek armies beseiging the city to recapture the beautiful Helen who had been stolen from her husband.

Lukka, the hero, and leader of a ragtag band of hatti warriors sets out...more
Flint
I've heard of Bova's work before and contemplated reading some of his scifi work, so it's kind of funny that I ended reading, "The Hittite." There's not much to say about this book. Bova gives readers his take on the Trojan War thru the perspective of a Hittite soldier who ends up at Agamemnon's enemy camp looking for his wife and two son who have been sold into slavery. My biggest issue with this book is the fact that it was so difficult to relate with the main character. I realize that Bova is...more
Diana Nelson
Historical fiction: there's nothing like it to help me remember details about history that I once learned and then forgot. I've got to give this book credit for sucking me into the Trojan war and reminding me who was on which side. I also really liked the way the author explained Achilles' heel and the Trojan horse as well as the entire section on what was going on inside Helen's head. For those reasons, I'd say read the book. However, the romance part of the book fell flat - not that this book...more
Joan
Lukka, a trained soldier with his trained men, is trying to find his wife and children after the fall of his king. He finds out Agamemnon, who is fighting at Troy, has his wife and children. Agamemnon will not free his family. He fights with Agamemnon to defeat Troy. The historical facts of the book are not true, but it makes a good story.
Mike Lam
Easy and enjoyable read.
Bruce
For those familiar with the Trojan War, this book basically walks the reader through the events of the Illiad, as told from the POV of the Hittite warrior, Lukka. Conveniently enough, Lukka happens to be at the right place at the right time for all of the major events leading to the fall of Troy. Lucky him. There are a few twists to the story, including the origin of the Trojan Horse and the fate of Lukka's Greek slave/story-teller. Oh, and Helen's secret infatuation. It's nothing special, but i...more
Liviu
A fast and furious historical fiction from sf author Bova, featuring the siege of Troy, brutality, a good but conventional take on the Greek heroes and a great main lead, the Hittite officer Lukka, but Helen steals the show mostly and Odysseus has a great role, while Agamemnon and Menelaus make great villains and the making of Homer is also detailed

The beginning of a series has our heroes stopping at a way point after Troy - would not say more not to spoil the novel - and I am definitely in for...more
William Russeth
Fast paced adventure set in Ancient Troy. A remarkably true to the tale tale, yet told in a pausible, realistic manner. The story zips along and Mr. Bova manages to entwine our hero with enough subplots and heroes of Greece and Troy to keep you hanging on every page, even if you are familiar with the Iliad. Ben Bova, known mostly for science fiction, jumps into historical fantasy with ease and competence.

Simon Gosden
Splendid historical novel about the siege of Troy told through the eyes of Lukka the Hittite. After the fall of the Hittite empire he finds his wife and sons sold into slavery so he follows them with a loyal band of soldiers to the plains outside Troy. He is involved in the intrigues of the seige and the gorgeous Helen of Troy.
David Ward
The Hittite by Ben Bova (Forge 2010)(fiction - historical): This is an overwrought historical drama starring some of Homer's characters (Odysseus, Achilles, Helen, Agamemnon). My interest ran out long before the book did. DNF. My rating: 3.0, finished 1/11/12.
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"Convincing and gripping." � Orson Scott Card, New York Times best-selling author of Ender's Game

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Dan Morris
Clever idea: retell the story of Troy from the perspective of a much more minor character than the usual lot. Execution good but not great; felt like a standard action novel. Probably a 5 without the clever historical fiction angle.
Judy
Women really were nothing but propertyand male children only children of worth. It makes one wonder when that came to be in ancient civilizations.

A new version of the Trojan War.
Bryan Bonhorst
i had high hopes here but became a cliched look at the battle of Troy quickly, though takes a unique perspective on it.
Lois
Nice retelling of the whole Helen of Troy situation, from the perspective of a soldier on the ground.
Jane Clark
Entertaining and a more realistic way of looking at Helen of Troy than we were taught in high school.
Amy Osterholm
Solid retelling of the last days of the Trojan War. Part of an unfinished series? Looking forward to more.
Gwen
pretty good historical fiction. definitely from a man's point of view.
Margareth8537
Quite liked Lukka, but not sure about the way the story was worked through
J.
A very interesting retelling of the Iliad. Very much enjoyed this.
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Ben Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, while attending Temple University, he married Rosa Cucinotta, they had a son and a daughter. He would later divorce Rosa in 1974. In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose.

Bova is an avid fencer and organized Avco Everett's fencing club. He is an environmentalist, but rejects Luddism.

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