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Timothy Bowden | 4 comments Hello
I love historical fiction and alternate history fiction - especially set in the ancient world. I love to read it - and to write it. I enjoy the challenge of taking a known set of events and injecting a fictional storyline that still makes sense...

And thus, "Freaks and Greeks" was born.

It is a retelling of Herodotus' The Histories with a focus on Miltiades and the Battle of Marathon. But in this version, a terrible plague is sweeping the ancient world, unleashed by the Egyptian pharaoh's in their hunger for immortality and fanned by the Persian kings in their desire for empire.

It's kind of 300 meets The Walking Dead... but is also an exploration of the infectious nature of power.

And it has a rabbit in it.

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Ellis Knox (sknox) | 14 comments Have you published this, Timothy? I could not spot a link.

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Timothy Bowden | 4 comments Hi Ellis
Yes, it is live. You should be able to find it on Amazon, Book Depository etc. They do often default to "Freaks and GEEKS" (the very good TV series), so you need to watch for that.
It is in the Ingrams catalogue as well.

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Timothy Bowden | 4 comments Ah, links weren't working - now corrected.

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Ellis Knox (sknox) | 14 comments Thanks.

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Timothy Bowden | 4 comments Very pleased to receive this review on Amazon from Fred E Ray, author of a number of texts dealing with warfare in Classical Greece!

Exciting and terrifying!

ByFred E. Rayon June 28, 2017

Format: Paperback
Verified Purchase

I truly enjoyed Freaks and Greeks! It's quite rare to find something so entertaining and informative at the same time. While the story line includes what might seem a way-out premise, with ancient warriors facing a zombie plague, that sole fantasy element is so well tied into factual reality that never once does it seem strained. You can virtually see, hear, and (most of all) smell those terrifying creatures, experiencing the gut-level horror and disgust they inspire right along with the book's human cast. And the author certainly knows his Herodotus and Nepos, drawing on those and other sources to inject a vast store of excellent historical information into his tale. Yet he does this so cleverly that what might otherwise be pedantic melds seamlessly in service of what is in the end simply a great, ripping yarn. There's also a lot of heart here, with characters drawn from history and the writer's imagination alike that ring true in their dialogue and actions to reveal deep, multiple dimensions. They make you care about them for better or worse at an emotional level - at least that's what happened to me, with feelings often welling up unbidden as I read.

I want to make particular mention here of the book's action sequences. These are quite marvelous set pieces that give the reader a visceral feel for the strange mixture of surrounding chaos and individual focus that must have characterized this (or any other) era's battles for a sane person caught up in their inherent madness. As a writer myself of military history in this period (late 6th - early 5th century BC) and an avid consumer of its literature, both academic and fictional, I can honestly say that I've never come across anything more simultaneously thrilling and terrifying in the brutally realistic depiction of men in the grip of mortal combat. And that comes in spite of contributions from flesh-eating zombies! So skillfully has the author woven those undead monstrosities into events that it's actually hard to believe they never existed.

Bottom line: If you like either brilliantly written ancient history or truly imaginative dark fiction, then this is the book for you! And you should also check out Timothy Bowden's previous novel, Undead Kelly, which is equally well crafted.

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