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Marathon

(Long War #2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,444 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The Battle of Marathon in 490 BC was one of history's great turning points - the first time the Greeks managed to defeat the Persians in a pitched battle, it enabled the rise of classical Greek civilization. As John Stuart Mill famously put it, 'The Battle of Marathon, even as an event in British history, is more important than the Battle of Hastings.' Without it, the mode ...more
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Published August 18th 2011 by Orion
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Kyle
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

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

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Mr. Matt
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I was disappointed in the book. It was slower to build than the prior volume, Killer of Men, but at its end, wow, what a great read.

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.
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Freakout
... nothing to see here ... just another five star read from Christian Cameron ...
Andy
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good 4.25 stars overall, if it wasn't for the slow start & the rehash of some parts of the first tale it would be a clear 5 as it finishes in a right rush!

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...
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Ned Lud
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: During reading this masterpiece of war and love I frequently became dizzy. It was only at the end that I realized I had been holding my breath. Yea, that good!
Jane
Interesting concept of Greco-Persian War, following history as far as possible in the decisive Battle on the Marathon Plain and immediate aftermath. Not really outstanding, but a rousing action/adventure as told by the protagonist, Arimnestos of Plataea, as an old man, looking back 40 years or more, as told to a group: his family?Household? Other Plataeans? He doesn't just reminisce and dwell on his triumphs; we see interaction with his audience--at least his remarks are given, odd as some of th ...more
S.J.A. Turney
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How does a writer possibly follow the scale and originality of a book like Killer of Men? Well, follow me through this review, and I’ll explain how.

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
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Matt Heppe
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ron
When you see a book with a title ‘Marathon’ set in ancient Greece, only one thing comes to mind, and that is the Battle of Marathon. The battle that ended the first Persian invasion of Greece under the great king Darius in 490 B.C.

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
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Clemens Schoonderwoert
This 2nd volume of the "Killer of Men" series by Christian Cameron is an absolutely fantastic book.
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
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Sam
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This instalment in Christian Cameron’s ‘Long war’ series, was filled with as much heart pounding, character driven action, historical world building and adventure as the previous novel.

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
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Patremagne
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Cameron is easily one of the best in modern historical fiction.
John Gwynne
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent - an emotionally gripping telling of the events leading up to and including the battle of Marathon. Fast paced, action packed with an emotional punch. I'm ordering book 3 immediately! ...more
Shannon
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't really work for me but I can't put my finger on exactly why, so take all my criticisms with a grain of salt. The book just didn't jive with me and I can't say how much was my reception of the book or any poor writing, etc on the author's part.

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
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Tara
Oct 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book I've read from this author. I liked the story of this book more than others so I was willing to ignore things I normally hate in books: that there were no female characters who had any sort of development or plot; that the word effeminate was used as an insult against male characters as a shorthand for weak; the creepy asides the narrator makes about how attractive he finds his daughter's friend. But then there was a part where the narrator raises his hand to hit his wife. ...more
Chappy
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goal-1000-books, 2019
I love love love this series. Battles are a plenty, enemies are living next door and the enemy has come in force; one of the worlds largest forces.
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.
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Robin Carter
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Liviu
I finished Marathon after a complete rereading of Killer of Men to get in the spirit of the series and while I liked it a lot, it stopped a little short of blowing me away and I think that Killer of Men is a better book overall; trying to think why - since the writing is very good, the atmosphere pitch perfect as usual and the voice still the same Arimnestos of the series debut with the powerful cast from there - I think that the main reason is that Killer of men was structured after the hero, w ...more
Paul Bennett
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my....full review coming.

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
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Mark Redman
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marathon is the second book in the "Long War series.” It tells the story of two great ancient battles between the Greeks and the Persians, the Battle of Lade of 494 BC and the Battle of Marathon of 490 BC.

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
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Rebecca
Second book in the series and I found it an improvement on the first. Although I'm not sure there was any need for a character to drop the c-word... I can handle f-words, but the c-word just seemed unnecessary.

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
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Marcus
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the first book in this series seemed a bit slow and didn't suck me in the way I expected it would for a book by Christian Cameron, this one got me back on track. While there are some slower portions of the book between the two main battles, I still really enjoy the political drama and the interplay between Arminestos and his friends and enemies. I'm officially in for the rest of the long war. ...more
John
Another epic in the Killer of Men series that follows Arminestos into battles in the Greco-Persian War. It covers the Greek defeat at Lades through triumph at Marathon. Lots of interesting tidbits and side stories are intermixed in this book, sure to please lovers of antiquity and historical fiction alike.
Alan
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent historical fiction
Jeannie
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brings ancient history to life - wonderful!
Chris Wray
I was pretty disappointed with this, and like the first book in the series it was just ok. It didn't really grab me, as I neither particularly cared about any of the characters nor did I find the wider story compelling. The battle of Marathon was seen at the time as an existential crisis for the Greek city states, but it doesn't feel like that when reading this. Christian Cameron's take is that Persia wouldn't have been such a bad ruler after all and, unfortunately, reflecting on that assertion ...more
Bill Christoforou
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great read, a real pleasure to read, greatly enjoyed reading about those ancient heroes. Who knows what the world would be like today if the Persian Empire wasn't pushed back. Maybe it wouldn't have been any worse or any better than what it is now, but certainly there would be influences of that world on our western culture.
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
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Daniel
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a while to get the going but ended strong.

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
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F R Park
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Compulsive reading

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
Carl Phillips
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A slower pace initially than the first book, that allowed the reader to immerse themselves in the world of ancient Greece in-depth, while the plot built inexorably towards Marathon and the climax of the first Persian invasion of Greece.

Wonderful from start to finish. The ending was a tad heartbreaking, however.
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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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