Arimnestos relates his part in the Battle of Marathon and it is quite a story!
As with the previous book in the series, this is simply a father telling his daughter the story of his life as she records it. Unlike the first book, this installment concentrates on the Battle of Marathon. It does start out slow and I had to push through that. There are also a few places where the pacing slows and again I found myself having to push through. But these slow points are well worth the read. There a
It's strange. With historical fiction, you know the outcome, but Christian Cameron brought the battle of Marathon to life. Between the action of the battle itself and the personal dramas surrounding Arimnestos I was on the edge of my seat. Great read. I highly recommend.
Dropping to four stars after some reflection. ...more
As I say..... a slow start.... slow as in our hero revists a lot of characters & places from Killer of Men, some I get, others its almost like he's namedropping them in, jus in case we've forgotten about them & in truth its almost like hes searching for the story or perhaps hes just (in a way) tying up some unloose ends from Killer Of Men... ...more
The first book of the Long War told of how Arimnestos became a Killer of Men. Through hard labour, unexpected fights, slavery, piracy and brutal war, the young Plataean became a great hero and killer whose name alone made Greeks and Persians quake. But while those events changed Arimnestos the man, they did not change his path. For at the end of them ...more
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
Sadly, the author gave – if there was any – justice to what might have been an amazing novel about an epic battle in history. Only on that last quarter did I see a hint about Marathon and only on that last chapter did the actual battle happened.
The author made his char ...more
Again this book contains a lot of great historical details, along with a very informative glossary and a wonderful general note on Names and Personages, and not to forget maps.
The storytelling is bloody marvellous, and all the characters come vividly to life within this story, and the famous battle scenes a greatly pictured in this fantastic book.
The book tells us the story of two great ancient bat ...more
In ‘Marathon; Freedom or death’ I felt like I was brought into contact with those larger than life people I’d learned about at school when growing up: Miltiades, Aristides, even Themistocles. All the threads culminating with a battle that changed the course of history.
Christian Cameron was able to instil that se ...more
It's very hard for me to put into words exactly what I didn't like. It started off strong, with the main character's time at home and then the time in Athens with the trial, but then there were a lot of boring chapters on boats and unintere ...more
History comes to life and it is brutal in one of the greatest wars man has ever seen. Don't take my word for it, you really need to experience this for yourself and be immersed in Christian Cameron's stories and be guided by an amazing narraror.
Over the last few years I have become an admitted fan of Christian Cameron's writing. His first book in the Long War series "Killer of Men" was my book of the year when it was published. Since then we the readers have been fortunate enough to have been given the excellent "Tyrant King of the Bosporus", and each and every time Christan Cameron releases a book my expectation grows and my desire more just that bit more is met.
Now with Marathon I was almost drooling with anticipation at the th ...more
In my review of Killer of Men I stated that I wouldn't take too long before reading Marathon. Where does the time go? Three months? My only excuse is that I have read some really good books in the interval. :-) Now that I've finished Marathon, I make the same prediction regarding the next book in the series, Poseidon's Spear...well, we'll see how that pans out. Anyway, Marathon...is just another example of the author's remarkable storytelling. I was continually amazed ...more
Arimnestos of Plataea has to face these battles along with his fellow countrymen in the hope of defeating the Persians at Marathon after the Greeks suffered defeat at Lade at the hands of these same Persians.
Apart from the bloody battles between the Greeks and the Persians; the story is full of ...more
Apart from that, it's an interesting read, engrossing and well-researched as far as it can be. As the author admits, it is difficult to reconstruct ancient battles from the few surviving Classical sources, but it all sounds plausible enough. Again, the psychological aspects are brought to ...more
For anyone who enjoys history and wants an insight into what life (and death) was like before even the Roman Empire, read Christian Cameron's book, it won't disappoin ...more
Alot of time trying to tie in the political side of getting the seperate independant states of Greece to work together against a common enemy and not a great deal of time actually detailing the battle of Marathon, which was a huge turning point in the long war.
Book one was definately a better read as this felt a little drawn out, so I am therefor interested to see how book 3 turns out - although I may have a rest from this series for a little whil ...more
Mr Cameron has the rare ability in storytelling whereby the reader is able to digest the complexity of battle, marvel at the courage displayed by anyone willing to join battle with a foe and be thoroughly entertained along the way. I greatly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next instalment
Wonderful from start to finish. The ending was a tad heartbreaking, however.
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