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Sword of Marathon by Jack England
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Oct 13, 2012

it was amazing

Sword of Marathon - Jack England

** Ancient history at its most entertaining **

Our two young Gothic heroes, Luke, a prince, and younger brother Hal, are ably supported (or thwarted, depending on your point of view) in their quest to secure vital trade routes, by a cast of equally believable and cunning seafarers, philosophers, soldiers, explorers, traitors and vagabonds. Let's not forget the occasional Amazon either (tip: if you ever meet one at a party, best avoid, especially if you're a bloke!).

Jack England serves up a brilliant mix of ancient history (as it should have been taught but never was), romance, bravery and rampant skulduggery, into a damn good yarn which makes for a great read - the style is informal, but achieves graphic, no-holds-barred, portrayals of the raw shock of combat and life during difficult and treacherous times. Watch your back....

He presents just enough historic tit-bits on the politics, economy, geography, seafaring, warmongering and survival during this volatile era, to paint his scenes all the more convincingly without overpowering the underlying story - nor forgetting that it is still just that - a 'damn good yarn'.

Clever stuff!

Roll on the next instalment....
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