“The Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece” by Michael Curtis Ford (Thomas Dunne, 2001)

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It is 400 BC in the realm of the eastern Mediterranean.  Athens is in pieces after a devastating war, while Sparta stands triumphant.  But our journey does not begin within the rich tapestry of ancient Greece, but further east into unknown Persia.  In the town of Sardis, within the satrapy of Lydia, the young philosopher-warrior Xenophon is about to embark on a most historic mission.

Under the orders of the young prince Cyrus of Persia, Xenophon is to travel into the harsh deserts with ten thousand men in an effort to take over all of Persia, giving Cyrus full reign over this arid land.  What Xenophon does not know is that the journey will take many lives, covering a thousand miles, and involve a momentous battle.  As to who will win, you will have to read the book to find out.

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Originally published on December 3rd 2001.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.

4/10 On the Bookshelf . . . “Rides a Dread Legion” & “At the Gates of Dawn”

Rides a Dread Legion At the Gates of Darkness

Received the first two books in Raymond E. Feist’s new Demonwar Saga series.  I’ve actually never got round to reading Feist; started Magician: Apprentice and it didn’t immediately grab me and switched to something else.  Will be interesting to see what this Demonwar Saga is like.