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World on Fire

(Spoils of Olympus #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  13 reviews
318 BC. The Macedonian Empire remains in chaos after the unexpected death of Alexander the Great five years earlier.

Andrikos and Vettias continue the work of the King’s Hand as the fate of their beleaguered army hangs in the balance at the mountain fortress of Nora. They receive orders to embark on a new clandestine mission that could reverse the fortunes of their army and
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 21st 2016 by Endeavour Press
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I was so impressed with book one in this series, the author's debut book, and had given it such a glowing review that when it came to reading book two, World on Fire, I had unfairly attached too much baggage to the book. It was one of the reasons that it took me so long to actually read it, when I should have been reading it soon after the release.

Book one in the Spoils of Olympus series had its flaws. It was, after all and as mentioned, a debut, and you have to forgive debuts their training wh
Christian Kachel
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
More characters, more questions answered
Katie Kachel
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such an interesting time period and captivating story line. You really get a sense of how spy networks operated in Ancient Greece and the relationship dynamics between the high-born men and women and the working and fighting class, while at the same time taking the reader on a wild ride. Strikes the right balance for the intellectually curious and the thrill seeking audiences.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review was done for Historical Novel Review.

It’s five years after the death of Alexander the Great, and his empire is in turmoil. Alexander’s generals and family vie for the throne of the splintering realm. Andrikos, still working alongside his mentor, Vettias, continues with the King’s Hand to secure the throne for Alexander’s heirs. They must leave the army in its mountain fastness of Nora in a desperate effort to save all they’ve fought for. And somehow, in the midst of it all, Andrikos
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘The man I rode with was different from the man left for dead at the hands of Orontes the previous year.’

Handsome young author Christian Kachel has gathered his expertise for his debut novel SPOILS OF OLYMPUS from both training and education (University of Maryland- College Park and three Master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the Department of Defense) and from his three terms of US Army service in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to writing he works as a Program Manager in the Def
Christopher Frost
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A worthy sequel and an enjoyable read.

In this book we get to follow Andrikos and Vettias, the spymaster, as they work to protect the legacy of Alexander the Great. This was a more enjoyable read than the first book that, to me, introduced the characters and their motivations. In this book we get to follow along as they go out and use their new skills, in the case of Andrikos, to get things done. Wine and women for all. This book deserves a celebration!
quite good parts here and there towards the end of the book (hence two stars), otherwise I think it is not a good match with me as a reader in terms of the level at which the story is told - quite a bit of intrigues etc., but psychology of characters is almost entirely absent.
Paul Bennett
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Hand, a shadowy, secretive group of Alexander's most loyal followers, are tasked with protecting and promoting Alexander's son by Rhoxane. A task that takes Andrikos across the breadth of the Great one's crumbling empire. Crumbling at the hands of Alexander's generals, each of whom want the most territory, and who do not want Alexander IV to claim his father's throne. Filled with cunning plans, intrigue, danger and even love, the author has done a splendid job in book 2 of this series. Andri ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this more than the first novel in the series (not sure how many are planned!)

The young Andrikos has grown up and is serving almost as an equal to his mentor Vettias. There is plenty of action and endless intrigue as Alexander's generals scrap like hyenas over the empire that the god-King created. These ego-driven megalomaniacs will stop at nothing to place themselves at the top of the food chain and cause war and slaughter of fellow Greeks in order to become top dog. Ridiculous really.
John Warren
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
excellent book love how it goes through all the successors of Alexander and love the story. The greeks were my first love in reading historical fiction and historical books the author reminds me a lot of Christian Cameron and he is one of my favorite authors cant wait for the next book in the series
Richard Myers
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book

This book is as good as the first book in the series. The descriptions of geography and towns enabled me to see the locations in my mind's eye. I highly recommend this book.
Allan Quinn
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great Novel! could not put it down
This book is one of the best historical fiction i have ever read.
It tells the story of the successor war but in such a way that it stands out from the pack.
The characters personality are so vivid that you can actually imagining being there.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic sequel and well worth reading to follow on with the story of Andrikos. What a man of espionage he has become! The writing is getting better too, so kudos to the author. I'm really hoping for another one :) ...more
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