About the Author
Christian Cameron was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962. He grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts, Iowa City, Iowa, and Rochester, New York, where he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School and later graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in history.
After the longest undergraduate degree on record (1980-87), he joined the United States Navy, where he served as an intelligence officer and as a backseater in S-3 Vikings in the First Gulf War, in Somalia, and elsewhere. After a dozen years of service, he became a full time writer in 2000. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife Sarah and their daughter Beatrice.
(and all round bloomin nice guy)
Demetrius, son of Alexander’s former comrade, Antigonus One-Eye, was perhaps the most dashing and
charismatic of the Successors, the Macedonian generals who fought a bitter war for the spoils of Alexander’s short-lived empire. Still smarting from his epic defeat at the hands of Ptolemy, Demetrius has his eye on one of the richest
prizes in the ancient world – the naval superpower of Rhodes. But the Rhodians know that defeat will mean annihilation, and Demetrius’s campaign will entail five separate naval battles over several years before he can begin to breach the city walls – leading him to employ an array of fantastic war machines: ancient super-weapons like his gigantic lens of polished bronze used to focus on the city’s wooden ramparts and set them ablaze. If she is to survive against such a merciless assault, Rhodes will need the help of every ally she can muster – including the newly crowned King of the Bosporus, Satyrus, and his fiery twin, Melitta…
Cards on the table I’m a big fan of the writing of Christian Cameron, that said i approach every book by every author with the same open expectation of “wow me”.
Tyrant Destroyer of Cities was like having old friends come to visit fr a symposium, with wild tales of exploits and adventure … Simply brilliant.
Reading Tyrant Destroyer of Cities definatly has had that WOW factor, it is a fantastic tale broad in scope, both for stand out Historical moments and also Great names from Greek history and yet its still written and characterised in such detail that you live eat sleep and breathe the ancient Greek world.
Being the 5th book in the Tyrant series reading it was like donning my favourite slippers, slumping in my favourite armchair, with a nice cuppa. For a voracious reader this is a lovely comfortable feeling of returning to some well know and well loved characters set in a period chock full of emotion, action and historical turning points.
Im never sure if Christians writing style by design is to have you wanting to step into the line of battle and save some of those wonderful characters, to weep at the waste of life, and to hug your comrades in words and arms. Its a wondeful style and leaves me emotionally drained and almost physically exhaused at the end of each book, but oh so satisfied as a reader.
As ever Christians attention to detail and history is second to none. Add to that the fact that his sea borne stories get better and more detailed with every one, putting him up there with the greats of the waves like O’Brian, it almost feels as if he wrote the book whilst riding the waves.
Another personal like is that there is yet another link to the Long War series and Satyrus’s ancestor Arimnestos of Plataea coupled with the demi god Herakles, it adds that extra dimension bringing the whole Cameron world together.
You can read this as a stand alone tale, but i would say dive in at book one and follow the journey of the whole family… and then get the long war series and follow the tales of Arimnestos of Plataea. There is no finer writer of Historical Fiction and adventure.
Im worried that there is officially only one book left in the series: Force of Kings, due out in 2014. I will be doing my best to convince Christian that the series should just carry on endlessly following the family. Even if we have to wait a while between books, because the man is writing so many books in so many series at present (see below). I deeply appreciate his prolific nature.
Very Highly Recommended
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