By the Sword (Spoils of Olympus, #1)

By the Sword (Spoils of Olympus, #1) 322 B.C The Macedonian Empire Is On The Verge Of Civil War Following The Sudden Death Of Alexander The Great As A Boy Andrikos Watched As Alexander S Army Marched Through His Homeland Of Greek Ionia After Defeating The Persians At The Granicus River Soon He Will Be Embroiled In Their World And Forced To Flee His Old Life Thrust Into The Army, Andrikos Struggles To Cope With The Brutal Training, As Alexander S Surviving Generals Seek To Divide And Conquer The Spoils Of Olympus But Andrikos Is Not Destined To Be A Nameless Soldier By Chance He Is Chosen For A Clandestine Mission And Is Immersed In A World Of Intrigue, Violence And Brotherhood The Path That Lies Ahead Of Andrikos Requires Him To Shed His Immaturity And Take On The Responsibilities And Emotions Of A Man Beyond His Years The Spoils Of Olympus By The Sword Is A Historical Epic Which Follows The Advancements Of One Soldier From Boy To Man During A Time Of Increasing Political And Military Unrest For Greece And Macedonia Christian Kachel Lives In Washington D.C Spoils Of Olympus By The Sword Is His First Novel. I have read a lot of historical fiction over a lot of years There might be times, as I trudge through it all, that I nearly forget why I read historical fiction in the first place Especially in those stretches of time where I find myself reading so manyuninspiring books than I do fantastic ones.Historical Fiction has changed noticeably in the last five or six years And there has been this danger of being bashed dumb by a pulp fiction tsunami containing sloppily written books haemorrhag I have read a lot of historical fiction over a lot of years There might be times, as I trudge through it all, that I nearly forget why I read historical fiction in the first place Especially in those stretches of time where I find myself reading so manyuninspiring books than I do fantastic ones.Historical Fiction has changed noticeably in the last five or six years And there has been this danger of being bashed dumb by a pulp fiction tsunami containing sloppily written books haemorrhaging weak, passive verb laden prose.I have often found myself wondering..where have all the potential Classics of the Ancient History sub genre of Hist Fic gone The Gates of Fire
Even after trusting a very effusive review of someone whose opinion I respect, and though I m excited at reading anything on the ancient world, I found this one was not my cup of tea Basically a Bildungsroman, a young man, Andrikos, an Ionian Greek, falls in with a bad bunch of companions and because of a crime he commits, has to leave town So he joins the army Alexander the Great has died, leaving no clear successor and heir to his empire Andrikos has joined the faction supporting Alexand Even after trusting a very effusive review of someone whose opinion I respect, and though I m excited at reading anything on the ancient world, I found this one was not my cup of tea Basically a Bildungsroman, a young man, Andrikos, an Ionian Greek, falls in with a bad bunch of companions and because of a crime he commits, has to leave town So he joins the army Alexander the Great has died, leaving no clear successor and heir to his empire Andrikos has joined the faction supporting Alexander s infant son We see his brutal basic training Then he is blooded in his first battle but killing prisoners is distasteful to him A spymaster sees something in him that he feels will be valuable his naivet and recruits him for an espionage mission I enjoyed his training to be an effective spy Most of the novel follows that intrigue A mature Andrikos emerges and we are left with not exactly a cliffhanger, but room for a new adventure, possibly incorporating hi
I originally reviewed this for the Historical Novel Review.It is 322 BC and the Macedonian Empire is reeling in the wake of Alexander s death Civil war looms as his generals and heirs position themselves to replace their God King or tear off a piece of the empire for themselves.Andrikos, a young, fatherless man, faces troubles of his own He is lured into the seedy underworld of his Ionian hometown, and in his first foray into criminal life he finds himself in far deeper waters than he ever e I originally reviewed this for the Historical Novel Review.It is 322 BC and the Macedonian Empire is
BY THE SWORD SPOILS OF OLYMPUS frustrated me From the three book awards it has won, I expected a high quality, well told story per the back cover blurb about a young Greek warrior s experiences following the death of Alexander the Great But within the first few chapters, SWORD reveals itself to be the kind of book that gives indie publishing a bad name.First, a disclaimer the story may well be as terrific as the award judges thought But I couldn t get past the first couple of dozen pages BY THE SWORD SPOILS OF OLYMPUS frustrated me From the three book awards it has won, I expected a high quality, well told story per the back cover blurb about a young Greek warrior s experiences following the death of Alexander the Great But within the first few chapters, SWORD reveals itself to be the kind of book that gives indie publishing a bad name.First, a disclaimer the story may w
I recommend this book to readers who like historical fiction Knowing how this piece of history finally plays out did not deter my reading pleasure, but the author needs a good editor Repeatedly, but not consistently, the author used the nominative form of personal pronouns where the objective forms should have been used The killer name pronoun proximity rules were brea
An unusual era is tackled well by a new author in this engaging read Set in an era about which I have some knowledge but am far from knowledgeable , this is a tale of the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great and the jostling for position of his varied successors, told from the point of view of a young recruit Andrikos is forced to flee his small Anatolian town after a run in with some lowlifes leaves him in trouble, and he heads off to join the army and get away for a while.Cue the m An unusual era is tackled well by a new author in this engaging read Set in an era about which I have some knowledge but am far from knowledgeable , this is a tale of the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great and the jostling for position of his varied successors, told from the point of view of a young recruit Andrikos is forced to flee his small Anatolian town after a run in with some lowlifes leaves him in trouble, and he heads off to join the army and get away for a while.Cue the meat of the story, which is a military saga set amid battles, raids and individual secret missions of which Andrikos finds himself part For those of you who l
The afterlife puts the concept of time in perspective Handsome young new author Christian Kachel has gathered his expertise for this debut novel SPOILS OF OLYMPUS from both training and education University of Maryland College Park and three Master s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the Department of Defense and from his three terms of US Army service in Iraq and Afghanistan In addition to writing he works as a Program Manager in the Defense industry He has stated, The Spoils of The afterlife puts the concept of time in perspective Handsome young new author Christian Kachel has gathered his expertise for this debu
I was sent a message by the author asking if I would be willing to review his work based on my interest in Historical fiction, specifically based on the Conn Iggulden Empire Series I was told that if I liked this series I would thoroughly enjoy Mr Kachel s book as well.Per his promise, I was not disappointed in the story whatsoever While this was not an action packed suspense thriller, the characters are built so well that you actually began to think of them as friends of your own There is a I was sent a message by the author asking if I would be willing to review his work based on my interest in Historical fiction, sp
This is probably one of theoriginal books I have read in awhile It is set in a time not long after Alexander the Great dies He names his heirs, but his Macedonian generals have other ideas, each out for themselves Of course this starts a civil war in his short lived Empire.This story is told from the viewpoint of a unlikely protagonist named Andrikos He is a young man, who s life seems to be drifting He is a man with low self confidence, who has trouble looking people he feels are bet This is probably one of theoriginal books I have read in awhile It is set in a time not long after Alexander the Great dies He names his heirs, but his Macedonian generals have other ideas, each out for themselves Of course this starts a civil war in his short lived Empire.This story is told from the viewpoint of a unlikely protagonist named Andrikos He is a young man, who s life seems to be drifting He is a man with low self confidence, who has trouble looking people he feels are better then him in the eye, is friends with guys like himself who are d
Where do i start Wow This book was great I m a fan of the genre anyway but i was surprised just how much i enjoyed it.This book follows Andrikos as he turns from a boy into a man.The story starts slow but quickly Andrikos is thrust into the army after he and his friends get into a bit of bother with some local lowlifes We following him as he leaves his family behind and undergoes basic endurance training while marching to join the army where he makes and looses friends along the way.You find Where do i start Wow This book was great I m a fan of the genre anyway but i was surprised just how much i enjoyed it.This book follows Andrikos as he turns from a boy into a man.The story starts slow but quickly Andrikos is thrust into the army after he and his friends get into a bit of bother with some local lowlifes We following him as he leaves his family behind and undergoes basic endurance training while marching to join the army where he makes and looses friends along the way.You find out a lot about his position in the army and how the structure works and there is great detail in the clashes between the warring armies The best bit about this book comes next, i won t give too much away but h