Killer of Men
I was planing on writing about this book for long time but I simply can't way to properly share fascination with this book so this review might be edited when I find a way do this book justice.
After finishing Red knight I wanted to see authors other work and this book caught my eye right away.
Killer of men is historical fiction but I can't help being reminded of fantasy book, most of all grimdark and military fant ...more
From the way it started, I didn't think I'd enjoy it but it ended up being a really good story.
So the whole book is this father telling his daughter about his life as she writes it down. At first, I thought, "No way is this going to be interesting," but very quickly it drew me in and had me hooked. Even though there are a couple of places where the story loses a bit of momentum they didn't last long. The main character, Arimnestos, is tremendously interesting. Growing from a small boy to a you
That is what Killer of Men is. In terms of superhero movies, this is a great hero’s ‘origin story’. It is the very creation of a hero. Or possibly not quite a hero. After all, an instinctive kill ...more
It covers his young years, training under an old soldier and killer of men himself and later his begging soldiering in the week of 3 battles when the Athenians and the Plateans face 3 enemy armies and defeat all
However young Arimnestos is wound ...more
Too bad it pretty much sucks. And it sucks in very particular way, it could have been kick-ass awesome "Men in Miniskirts" -novel with a lot bloody action and both land and sea battles. But the author does his damnest to irritate the hell out of you while reading this otherwise pretty cool story about a young farmer who ...more
His story starts as a boy in Plataea, his father being a renowned Bronze Smith where after a period of scene setting of a peaceable life as a farmboy they encounter Miltiados & war soon looms as they ally with the Athenians.
There is plenty more to tell but wont spoil for you & will leave it to say that Spartans, phalanx warfare, slavery & servitude, Persians (Medes empire), Pho ...more
Killer of Men is the first in Christian Cameron's The Long War series, which outlines the conflict between the Greeks and the Persians around the 5th century BC. Killer of Men is centered primarily around the Ionian Revolt, and it makes for a great story.
The story is told in the first person, though it's one where the protagonist narrates from old age. There seems to be an influx of novels that do this and it can be very hit or miss as to whether they turn ...more
I'm not going to hold anything against this book. It is written okay, but the author's 'storyteller' style was not compatible with me. I simply couldn't connect and it was disorienting.
So, despite having a multitude of other novels that had to be read first I couldn't resist the appeal of this book for long and I ended up starting it the same day I brought it home. Right away I was drawn into Ar ...more
When i started this book i was a little taken aback with the style, it was not what i had come to expect from Chris, that's not to say it was bad, it was just different, it was enough of a change to give me slight pause to think has the man lost it? should he have stuck with a winning formula like the tyrant series?
None of this should make you stop reading, because as you carry on reading you suddenly find your self being pulled into the world or Ari ...more
As with God of War and The Traitor Son Cycle I was impressed with how vividly his worlds come off the page. For me, there is no one who writes a battle quite like this man, but I am equally impressed with how committed I am to his main characters through their early development.
Arimnestos has many qualities ordinary people would not consider good, or even likable, but through Cameron's engaging story ...more
Very well written and nice to know there is another one available so you can move on.
In spite of the immersive atmosphere and the vivid battle scenes I soured on it about halfway through, however. Arimnestos became such a cunt after a while that I almost lost interest in going on, I felt as if ...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
The story is a pretty typical hero's journey, with young Arimnestos, a farmer turned warrior-god, fighting, sexing and generally fluking his way through the beginnings of the Greco-Persian war.
I would liken this book to the Kingkiller Chronicles or the Gentlemen Bastards series in that it follows a very capable, but utterly flawed pro ...more
Cameron does medieval combat reenactments professionally, and his hallmark has always been a real knowledge of what medieval combat and tactics were actually like. Dude knows what it's like to fight in armor because it's literally his day job. Killer of Men brings the same authenticity, but this time to the Bronze Age Greco-Persian Wars.
So the battles and all were really qui ...more
As this has been my very first encounter with this author I have to admit that I'm truly fascinated now, simply because his way of writing is absolutely tremendous about the ancient history of the Greeks, the wars between the Greek states themselves as well as their struggles and brutal battles against their ferocious enemy, the Persians.
The book has a lot of historical details, an expansive glossary, an inf ...more
Narrated from old age by the protagonist Arimnestos of Plataea to his daughter and her friends. The story started at Boeotia when he was still a boy, dreaming of becoming a bronzesmith like his father but was instead educated with swords and spears and letters. He was betrayed and sold into slavery, but his masters were rich and treated him well, he got t ...more
I've read mostly Fantasy and Science Fiction in my life, but the Long War saga has shown me something I didn't even know existed. I liked those genres because I thought the real world wasn't enough, but i ...more
I am far from blood-thirsty and war stories are not my thing. But I am interested in human behaviour, and the reasons that we do what we do. So I am interested in war (human beha ...more
What I have in favor of this book: I love Herodotus, The best book I have ever read (and I have read hundreds of 'em) It's The Illiad of Homer and this guy knows his stuff.
Against: It could have been better written (It is confusing at times), There's to much resemblance of this hero to Uhtred of The Last Kingdom.
I will keep reading the saga. I love ancient Greece as much as ...more
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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