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A student quizzes his grandfather to recall the story of a soldier/assassin who fought with Alcebiades. This is Historical Fiction, it centers around Alcebiades and the war, and the democracy. Well researched, somewhat compelling if you have an interest in this period. Told through this prism of a companion of Alcebiades we track the events of this fratricidal war, it's an interesting and digestible way to learn the history of the characters.
I don't really *do* fiction so can't comment on it as a novel. But it's great as history, it made these historical characters relatable for me.
I think you need a decent understanding of the war already, to follow the narrative of this story. For example the author takes no time to explain the city states, if you are not already aware of terms like Lacedaemonian, Thrace, or Hellespont then much of this book might pass you by you will be wondering what is going on. So my recommendation: download first the audio book for "The Peloponnesian War" by "the Great Courses" it's on Audible , or listen to Donald Kegan's Yale lecture series which is on YouTube.
Very enjoyable if you want to go deeper into this interesting period of history of war and democracy.
Fabulous storytelling evocative of the politics, intrigue and drama of a bygone era steeped in the eternal conflict of personal loyalty and acting in the interests of the greater good. Thoroughly enjoyed it and David Jacobi's voice adds an air of gravitas and dignity that such a tale warrants and deserves.
This book was not as good as Gates of Fire (AWESOME!) but still another terrific story. The narrator should win an award of some kind. His voice transitions for the characters and inflection is flawless.
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Another excellent book by Steven Pressfield. But this time instead of dealing with the the themes of might and valor, Tides of War deals with betrayal, redemption, and forgiveness, and not just of others, but of one's self.
As the narration bounces from sources at the beginning, the story is a little hard to follow. But this only lasts for a short period of time. Then the story takes off.
The cascading effects of the wrongs people do against one another is at the forefront of this whole story. It's a vicious cycle that no one can stop.
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