Tyrant author Christian Cameron review õ 109

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Wn citizens and the dread military might of Macedon Caught between his duty to the Tyrant his loyalty to his men and a forbidden love affair with a charismatic Scythian noblewoman Kineas must call on all his Athenian guile his flair on the battlefield and even he is convinced the intervention of the gods to survive Includes a glossary. For six years Kineas an Athenian aristocrat had fought alongside the boy king Alexander as one of his most valorous officers as they made their way through the Persian Empire; but after he was dismissed his skills no longer needed he returned back home to Athens only to find exileYet with nothing left in his name but his military reputation when he accepts a proposition from the Archon of Olbia agreeing to travel with his veterans to the city and to train its cavalry he and his men will find themselves soon enough entangled between a tyrant's schemes a barbarian tribe and the might of Macedon Tyrant is the first book in the series of the same name and takes place in the city of Olbia a Greek trading centre on the Euxine today's Black Sea during the time of Macedon's dominion and their dealings with Scythian tribesAlthough mainly a military adventure the book focuses on the bond between brothers in arms as Christian Cameron – he himself a military veteran – explores the machinery of war glory honour and virtue as well as the culture of the time from politics to philosophy to sports and setting it all up in a corner of an ancient world which – blending fiction with history – makes the story not only gripping and engaging but also vivid and vibrant as if it was real

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Tyrant author Christian CamerIntroducing Kineas Srayanka and their world a world that Alexander is busy conueringA well born Athenian cavalry officer Kineas fought shoulder to shoulder with Alexander in his epic battles against the Persian hordes But when he returns to his native city he finds not glory but shame and exile With nothing to his name but his mili. No one writes epic battle scenes better than Mr Cameron In any genre And thank the fucking gods for Tums 😊

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Tyrant author Christian Cameron review õ 109 Ü Introducing Kineas Srayanka and their world—a world that Alexander is busy conueringA well born Athenian cavalry officer Kineas fought shoulder to shoulder with Alexander in his epic battles against the Persian hordes But when he returns to his native city he finds not glory but shameTary skills Kineas agrees to lead a band of veterans to the city of Olbia where the Tyrant is offering good money to train the city's elite cavalry But soon Kineas and his men find they have stumbled into a deadly maze of intrigue and conspiracy as the Tyrant plots to use them as pawns in increasingly complex power games between his o. It's all the indication you need of your feelings on a book when you have to repeatedly convince yourself to cast your apathy aside and continue readingThis is very much a soldiers book or specifically an officers book By that I mean it feels very much written by a former soldier for soldiers and anyone else will just have toe the lineNormally this approach can sometimes work if the characterisation is rich enough to make you see each character as a real human being first and a soldier second as in say Anthony Riches' booksIn this book however and from what I've seen of Cameron's work in his other books too the emphasis is very much on the structured regimental aspect of life often at the cost of the human sideIt's this lack of depth to human side of the characterisation that leaves you apathetic to what happens to any of the charactersStrangely a number of the barbariansslaves seem to talk either like Borat or like some strange Yosemite Sam style prospectorAnother way in which the potential of this book is stifled is the logistical side The author has a seeming love of using obscure terms that you are just automatically assumed to know The glossary only serves the bare minimum and doesn't cover the majority of the random terms the author smugly inserts every so often for no reason On top of which there are no maps or information beyond the authors note right at the end of the book on the land in which the main story takes place In a book where the location geography are fairly important and there is a key siege at the hub of the story this is a sad oversightI've heard numerous positive things around this series and author from various other lovers of historical fiction but frankly his other books will have to seriously up their game for me to try again