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Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. He has published over nine works of fiction, including the 'Alexander' trilogy, which has been translated into 24 languages in 38 countries. He has also written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world, and has written screenplays for cinema and television.
A man becomes a hero ...As a young boy in Ithaca, Odysseus listens in wonder to his grandfather Autolykos, a man feared by many across the land as a ruthless fighter. He learns of his heritage and a lifelong passion is sparked: to become an adventurer and warrior. In Mycenae, he meets King Eurystheus and learns the terrible story of Hercules - the man with god-like strength who slaughtered his family and punished by the King to undertake impossible tasks to earn absolution. But is Eurystheus the man he says he is? When a child comes to Odysseus in the middle of the night, with another, very disturbing, version of what happened that fateful night, Odysseus embarks on the first of his extraordinary quests ...So begins the epic story of Odysseus, the first of two volumes: an adventure of love, war, courage and heroism, weaving from a small rocky island in Greece, to the mighty fall of Troy.
This is quite different to his usual historical thrillers. A compelling novel telling of legendary Greek heroes with plenty of battle scenes and a colourful depiction of the ancient world. It's written in a manner intended to evoke the atmosphere of epic poetry. Worth a look.
In the near present day a British and an Italian researcher are offered more money than they can refuse to travel to Jordan and investigate some manuscripts that have gone missing along with the priest who was studying them all whilst the eponymous tower – the world’s tallest building that looms over the city – is nearing completion. Chapters alternate between the present and sixteenth century Rome where another tower is being constructed – St Peter’s Basilica – and the writer of the missing manuscripts’ story unfolds. This is a brilliantly gripping, clever thriller.
Terrific stuff with Persian, Roman and Chinese history in one great adventure. We are in AD260 with a Roman outpost close to the Persian Empire where betrayal, capture and slavery overtake us. On eventually, with an Arab trader, we enter China, learn about Tao and are part of a fabulous strategy. All in all a very good story indeed.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Steven Pressfield, Conn Iggulden, Wilbur Smith.
An epic adventure winding through the forests of India, the Himalayan mountains, the deserts of central Asia, all the way to the heart of China. From the author of the bestselling Alexander trilogy comes this enthralling historical tale of two great civilisations. Action-packed with battles, inhuman trials, and even a bit of passion; you'll be gripped the whole way though.
A prolific writer of ancient history adventures who always spins a good yarn (some a bit far-fetched, but hey, they are fun), sets his latest in Sicily in 412 BC. It is the story of Dionysius, this one steeped in historical fact as this complex Tyrant is sympathetically portrayed.Comparison: Christian Jacq, Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell.Similar this month: Steven Pressfield, Stel Pavlou.
Renowned for his excellent ancient historical thrillers, Manfredi changes gear a little and gives us a dual time tale, Greece 1983, an archaeological dig in 1973, and the ancient world of The Odyssey in the twist. He is an Italian history scholar so you know you are getting the genuine stuff. Personally I love to be educated and thrilled at the same time. He’s good. Comparison: Dan Brown, Wilbur Smith, Christian Jacq.Similar this month: Guy Walters, Jeffery Deaver.
Linking historical and mythical events, The Last Legion is a thrilling novel set around the collapse of the Roman empire. the Last Legion have the task to free Emperor Romulus Augustus. You won't want it to end. It has been adapted into a film which is coming out next year, starring Colin Firth.
Continuing the international bestselling saga of Alexander the Great, Valerio Massimo Manfredi's The Sands of Ammon brilliantly describes his quest to conquer Asia, the limitless domain ruled by the Great King of the Persians. In a seemingly impossible venture, the mighty Alexander and his men storm Persian fortresses and harbours, crippling King Darius's domain. Even the legendary Halicarnassus is defeated by the Macedonian armies. But there is danger ahead. The island city of Tyre and the towers of Gaza prove to be formidable obstacles. Embattled but undeterred, Alexander's army surges forth over land and sea to the mysterious deserts of Egypt. There, in the sands, lies the Oracle of Ammon, waiting to reveal an amazing truth to Alexander. One that will change his already astonishing life . . .
Continuing the epic saga of Alexander the Great, Alexander: The Sands of Ammon brilliantly describes Alexander's quest to conquer Asia, the limitless domain ruled by the Great King of the Persians. In a seemingly impossible venture, Alexander and his men storm Persian fortresses and harbours, crippling King Darius' domain of land and sea. Even the legendary Halicarnassus is defeated by the Macedonian armies. Ruthlessly, Alexander's war machine moves ever onward taking him up into the snow-covered Anatolian highlands. But there is danger ahead. Despite the defeat of Darius, the Island City of Tyre and the Towers of Gaza prove to be formidable obstacles. Undeterred, Alexander surges forth over land and sea to the mysterious land of Egypt. And there, in the sands, lies the Oracle of Ammon, waiting to reveal an amazing truth to Alexander. One that will change his already amazing life.