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MIDDLE PART OF MANFREDI S TRILOGYpart of Manfredi s trilogy Alexander the Great follows his #story from the moment of his army s crossing into Asia until his foray into #from the moment of his army s crossing into Asia until his foray into and visit to the oracle of Siwa While this was a fairly uick read and I njoyed it for the most part it did get a bit longwinded in places and I would like to see less superficial characterisations Book 2 in Manfredi s historical series on the life of Alexander the Great shows Alexander in the role that he is most famous for that of conueror We see him move from one battle to another On Such a Full Sea each presenting a different challenge and often we see his solutions being anything but predictable From a simplistic point of view it is hard to get too far from the view that it is this unpredictability that makes him so successful One aspect of his personality that comes through in Manfredi s tale is his mercy Comparing his actions on conuering a city with another historical giant Genghis Khan and they couldn t be different Time and again Khan wouldradicate a conuered city leaving no one alive and the infrastructure nothing but a pile of rubble Alexander on the other hand tries to leave avoid wanton slaughter and often left people who had ruled b This one was much better than the first It had action it and many interesting Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! events Ispecially Cannibal enjoyed the part where he untied the knot in King Midas s chariot I loved picturing him in Achilles Armor The fight against Darius was well drafted and the bit with his leg where he went right into the heat of the battle was really well done Memnon made anxcellent character focus in this novel I just think it was much better than the first and now I am ready to move onto the third A tremendous story After the slightly slow paced introduction to his trilogy ALEXANDER CHILD OF A DREAM Valerio Massimo Manfredi does away with all that wishy washy supernatural stuff to focus on what a story about Alexander the Great should be about the warfareTHE SANDS OF AMMON is an absolutely tremendous book that depicts Mastered (The Enforcers, epic world changingvents on a regular basis It s an Man, Son of Man episodic journey narrative revealing Alexander s travels as he takes both his companions and his armies around the world capturingverything he finds along the wayObviously it s when the cities resist his occupation that things get really interesting and the many depictions of siege warfare are violent Gritty And Tremendously Exciting and tremendously Alter Ego exciting has a knack of taking complex confused situations and depicting them in simpleasily understandable terms that pays off dividendsThings do threaten to slow down with some rather xtraneous sub plots that are plonked in such as Aristotle s investigation of King Philip s assassination but thankfully things always uickly return to what Man. Rate the Greek cities of Asia from legendary Sardis and Miletus to Halicarnassus But vengeance is just one of Alexander's ambitionsGreat oracles and loyal followers claim Alexander is than mortal a powerful warrior and insatiable scholar a political genius Yet in battle after battle one man blocks his way Memnon of Rhodes a Greek born mercenary chosen by the Persian Great King to. ,
The greatest character in history photographed magnificently by Valerio Massimo Manfredi In my opinion this writer is a genius He is an archaeologist and also a professor like Indiana Jones Between the 1970s and the 1980s he has undertaken the Anabasis xpeditions for the reconstruction of the itinerary of the Ten Thousand s retreat This makes his historical books look like ven interesting as the great novels whose development is unknown
NOBODY IS ABLE TO PRESENT THEis able to present the like Manfredi I highly recommend the ntire trilogy Books like these show why being an international bestseller isn t necessarily a stamp of uality Which of course I should already know After all 50 shades of grey is an international bestsellerI gave both book one and two 2 stars because unlike 50 shades there s actually a massive amount of work behind books like these For the countless hours of research Unseen City even though he s a PhD in the field he deserves kudos It gives a feeling of credibility to the storyThe storytelling howeverI got the two first books at a closing sale for about 3 dollars together I m not gonna buy the third If I happen to see it at the library I might pick it up but it s unlikely to be there I love the story despite the writing As the book is based on a historical account I suppose that doesn t say much about the authorI m always perplexed by the decision to have somevents accounted for with this dispassionate distance like in a history book and others passionately described often breastsI don t hate it and I was riveted Art enough to finish it but I was also a bit irritated and confused by the sudden shifts between war war sex religion war companionship war sex spiritualismngineering war Don t get me wrong I like that all these aspects of Alexander s life are represented although for the mention of Hephaestion as the love of his life he sure isn t around a lot but I did occasionally lose the plot and get motional #whiplash For reviews or to see my favourite uotes from this book check out my blog at This book is #For reviews or to see my favourite uotes from this book check out my blog at This book is packed with action It was a really njoyable and interesting book to read and it seamlessly follows the first book interest little confusion However the one thing I found was that though I loved reading it I often found that I had trouble recalling what had actually happened in previous chapters just because so much is going on in this book There are so many characters places and things going on that I constantly found myself flicking back to figure out what was going onThe authors writing style makes you feel like you re actually reading an ancient Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard epic and I loved that there are other POV s involved not just Alexander s Forxample I loved the character of Memnon and I like that although he is Alexander s nemy he isn. THE BESTSELLING EPIC OF THE GLORY AND THE GRANDEUR INTRIGUES AND PASSIONS OF ANCIENT GREECEAND THE WARRIOR KING WHOSE CONUESTS BUILT AN ETERNAL LEGEND ALEXANDER Volume II THE SANDS OF AMMONA thousand years after Agamemnon fought the Trojan War Alexander the king of Macedonia and descendant of Achilles follows in the footsteps of Greek legend He has gathered a mighty force to libe.
characters Alèxandros Le sabbie di AmonFredi does best the battles And this is an xcellent read because of that Ugh This book was Notes for the Everlost even worse than the first in the trilogy but I ve waited so long to read this series that I decided to plod along now that I ve read two books out of three The first word that comes to my mind when I think about this novel is juvenile Every thing about The Sands of Ammon is juvenile from the dialogue to the descriptions The history lessonsnded with the first book
and what we get instead is veneration for Alexander He s thewhat we get instead is veneration for Alexander He s the warrior that When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) ever walked thearth No army can defeat him No one can No Biggy! eual him in battleven when wounded He s handsome and awe inspiring Crush It! even covered in blood and slime Women fall at his feet without being coerced consecrated temple attendants The widows of hisnemies Sure why not Don t worry though the great king also has a dark side You can tell because one of his blue
eyes is much darker than the other and becomes ven darker when heis much darker than the other and becomes ven darker when he angry He throws terrible temper tantrums when cities refuse to surrender immediately and occasionally succumbs to battle fever only to feel bad afterwards and sulk for days for betraying the rational and noble side of his nature In spite of the fact that Alexander travels through the whole of Turkey and the Levant description is once again disappointingly sparse Mostly it s about decadently luxurious Persian palaces and concubines and occasionally about a few ancient cities but it s sort of just thrown in there for the heck of it Egypt and the famous oracle of the Siwa oasis to which the title refers are only reached at the Deep Listening end and occupyxactly 14 of the 319 pages of this novel which means Alexander has to travel to Mesopotamia defeat Darius make his way through the #rest of central Asia get to the border of modern day India and die all in #of central Asia get to the border of modern day India and die all in space of another 300 page novel I m really not looking forward to that I will start looking for an actual historical biography of Alexander the Great as soon as I m done with this trilogy and hope that can help me get over how bad these books are Manfredi continues to shine strongly depicting Alexander in his rise as a somewhat conflicted young man well on his way to conuering the known world The details concerning Memnon the commander of the Persian army were uite nice and really fleshed things out for me I particularly liked the way the author dealt with the issue of the Gordian knot showing Alexander s lack of patience for which he was uite well known This trilogy doesn t really stand out that much as Manfredi is not taking a lot of liberties but I suppose that s a good thing Additionally his balance of the Bird-by-Bird Gardening events is admirable as we do not feel particularly bogged down when thevents slow Alexander s convalescence before Is. Lead his vast army is a cunning strategist who challenged Alexander's claim to the title of Lord of Asia In Memnon Alexander confronts an nemy who inspires his admiration And in Memnon's wife Barsine he finds a woman who captures his heart But neither bravery nor love can stem the tide of Alexander's destiny For with Persia defeated Alexander's thoughts turn to Egypt and beyond. ,
Valerio Massimo Manfredi