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The Hittite

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  242 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
This is the tale of Lukka, the Hittite soldier who traveled across Greece in search of the vicious slave traders who kidnapped his wife and sons. He tracks them all the way to war-torn Troy. There he proves himself a warrior to rank with noble Hector and swift Achilles. Lukka is the man who built the Trojan horse for crafty Odysseus, who toppled the walls of Jericho for th ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Forge Books (first published April 1st 2010)
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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
Pamela (slytherpuff)
I love the premise of The Hittite, but the execution left me frustrated for two reasons:

1. Helen of Troy is beautiful. She's a beauty. She's lovely. With fair hair and blue eyes. She's beautiful. And beautiful. She has golden hair and light eyes. And she's beautiful. Sick of hearing that beautiful Helen is a beautiful woman? Yeah, so am I.

2. Women are property. They belong to their husbands. Women are third-class citizens. Women? Oh, they're not important. Baby girls are worth nothing; only boy
Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-bought
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
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘How can one person be willing to die so that another could

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
May 05, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kevin Futers
Lukka is a Hittite warrior returning to Hattusas as it falls into anarchy following the death of the last Hittite king. There is nothing left to fight for, so he takes his squad or a personal mission to rescue his two sons. Oh, and his wife if she happens to be alive.
They end up at Troy, where the professionalism of his squad have an impact on the outcome of the siege.
So how do you include a fictional character into a fictitious account of a war? Do whatever you please of course! The drawn-out d
Phillip McCollum
Jan 14, 2015 Phillip McCollum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"War stories grow larger with each telling, and this one was already becoming overblown, scarcely an hour after it happened."

The Hittite opens on a soldier of the Hittite (Hatti) Empire, Lukka, returning home from a campaign in Armenia, only to find the once-mighty empire in disarray and his family kidnapped by slavers. Along with a few soldiers who have nowhere left to call home, Lukka treks westward, his sights set on the city of Troy, where he learns his wife and two sons have been taken.

So b
Oct 07, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is historical fiction, a gritty retelling of the siege of Troy without the poetry and glamour of the Iliad. The protagonist is a man of his era, so he is not altogether likable by today's standard. Nor should he be. Maybe that is one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. It does not try to rewrite history based on PC standards. It was a cruel world, men were hard and mistreated women. Women used what they had to deal with that male dominated world where they were treated as chattel. P ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient
While certainly entertaining, Bova's new book is hardly earth-shattering. Despite the fact that it contains many things I like to see in books - varied cultures, historical settings, retellings of well-known events - I was never deeply engaged in the book.

The story starts with Lukka the Hittite leaving the ravaged Hittite capital of Hattusas in search of Lukka's enslaved wife and sons. Their search takes them to beseiged Troy, near the end of the Trojan War.

This is supposedly a 'reimagining' of
Berry Muhl
Feb 14, 2016 Berry Muhl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good foray into ancient legend. I picked this one up, thinking it was sci-fi, because Bova. It isn't, of course, but that's fine. If you've read the Iliad, or even seen the movie "Troy," you're familiar with the basic outline. But it's told here from a quite different point of view, and doesn't take liberties with the technology or spiritual agencies. It's probably the most authentic version of the tale of Troy you'll ever read. I can't give it five stars because it's told so tersely--one ...more
Steven Allen
Oct 29, 2015 Steven Allen rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-go, not-kept
This was a good read. I like the story of Troy told from another point of view, that from a common Hittite soldier. The ending of the book left it wide open for a sequel, which I wonder if the author plans. There is not a whole lot of action in this book unlike Bova's Orion books which I also enjoy. The battle scenes between the Trojans and the forces of Ilios is well told, but I was sorry there was not more action which this author is famous for writing. I like the different take on the Trojan ...more

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

Phil Giunta
Sep 12, 2012 Phil Giunta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joan Lloyd
Jun 01, 2014 Joan Lloyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 05, 2015 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good book that shows you what it must have been like if you were in that war. It also tells in a very interesting way the story of Helen of Troy. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who likes a good history story and doesn't mind a bit of blood and gore.
Sep 01, 2010 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Decent but not remarkable. I liked the grounding of the legends and myths, but didn't feel that this story added much to them. Some nice touches, like high-voiced Agamemnon and ugly Achilles, but not much else memorable.
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
Sparrow Alden
Oct 10, 2015 Sparrow Alden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second BB book I started and had to put down within three chapters. Sorry, Mr. B, your trigger-filled writing is simply not to my tastes.
Sep 30, 2010 Flint rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2015 Dmack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
was a really neat take on a classical story; i would have liked to see some of the Biblical references to the Hittites worked in somehow but a good story none the less
Jun 18, 2015 Queenproserpina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So refreshing and interesting to read! It really gave me a perspective on Helen.
Millie Taylor
May 21, 2016 Millie Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting retelling of the tale of the Trojan Horse. I've liked Ben Bova's science fiction books and was intrigued by this one. He does a good job of telling Lukka's story, while giving you an insight into the lives of such characters as Helen, Achilles, Odysseos, and Paris. Part of me cringed at the treatment of people (women, slaves, children) but I had to remind myself that it was actually how things were. To people of that time period, that sort of thing (women were property) was normal ...more
Jan 09, 2014 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Deborah Necessary
A different telling of the story of Helen of Troy.
Mike Lam
Aug 01, 2014 Mike Lam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy and enjoyable read.
Apr 13, 2012 Bruce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
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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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