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Free read È The Pillars of Hercules Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » [PDF / Epub] ✩ The Pillars of Hercules ☉ David Constantine – Alexander Prince of Macedon is the terror of the world Persia Egypt Athens one after another mighty nations are falling before the fearsome conScientist mage known as Aristotle Greek fire mechanical golems and gigantic siege engines lay waste The Pillars PDF or to Alexander's enemies as his armies march relentlessly west toward the very edge of the worldBeyond the Pillars of Hercules past the gateway to the outer ocean lies the rud remnants of Atlantis ancient artifacts of such tremendous power that they may be all that stands between Alexander and conuest of the entire world Al. The Pillars of Hercules is a very fun read and takes a serious stab at something I haven't really seen before and is very much up my alley For lack of a better term bronze punkWhat we have — for at least the first two thirds — is a combination alternate history and speculative technology book set in 330 BC Now this is a fun and tumultuous period that of Alexander the Great and one which was to see in real life immense changes in the euro Asian political scene which shaped the world we know At the political level David Constatine is clearly knowledgable and very fond of the period He speculates on a number of specific deviances from real history The success of Athens' disastrous in real history Sicilican campaign giving rise to a stronger Athenian Empire And the survival of both Phillip and Alexander past their fated dates I found this play out fascinating and entirely reasonableTo this he adds a rather extreme amount of extended technology based both on secret discoveries from previous read Atlantian civilizations and real ancient tech amplified by geniuses such as Aristotle who are astoundingly practical in the vein of Tony Stark x 1000 then their real life counterparts Most of these inventions are weapons and war machines Plenty of this tech does have precedents in the ancient world such as steam engines But in a society where the cost of labor was nearly zero slavery being the rule than the exception there was no impetuous for mechanization That would take the depopulating effect of the middle ages and the plague to bring about I found this stuff fantastic fun But Constantine does take it a bit far for little purpose in the form of semi sentient gear work golems and the like not that I don't have clockwork men if my own in Untimed The almost magic tech of the gods was also a little much But it was good funAgainst this rather magnificent backdrop we have an adventure and war story of lightning pace and heroic proportions Point of view wise about two thirds of the story is told by a Gaulic mercenary who is along for the ride with a Persian noblewoman in the know about some of this extreme tech in her uest to stop Alexander from taking over the world The big political scope of the book involves Alexander having survived his in real life fatal illnesspoisoning and who goes on to try and conuer the Western Mediterranean from the Athenian Empire In the other third of the narrative we see Akexander's plots and conuests through the eyes of a couple of his generals and foes One of these his right hand man gets a good number of pages and has a developed POV Most of the others serve as human camerasThe first two thirds of the book is therefore mostly glorious and very fun high swashbuckling action on the part of the merc or generals in the midst of a near continuous series of huge battles sieges daring breakins escapes and naval chases There isn't much focus here on emotions of character arcs The characters aren't cardboard either just fun and free of internal serious flaws that need resolving And the action is often so grand as to completely stretch the reality factor But it is good fun and reminds me of some of the best Philip Jose FarmerThen at about the 70% mark most of the threads pass west of the titular Pillars of Hercules and things get weirder Not that the pace of action lets up but instead of being set in the likes of Alexandria Athens Syracuse or Carthage literally descends into a sort of mechanized Hades filled with machines of the gods While well executed and providing the book with a larger mythic framework I personally can't help but think Constantine went too far That the overall effect would have been a little satisfying sticking to this fantastic world closer to our ownStill highly highly recommendedFor book reviews click hereOr read about my own historical fantasy novel here

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Alexander Prince of Macedon is the terror of the world Persia Egypt Athens one after another mighty nations are falling before the fearsome conueror Some say Alexander is actually the son of Zeus king of the gods and the living incarnation of Hercules himself Worse yet some say Alexander believes thisThe ambitious prince is aided in his conuest by unstoppable war machines based on the forbidden knowledge of his former tutor the legendary. ‘Imagine Alexander the Great meets steampunk’ I was toldWell it’s a nice selling pitch but the I thought about it the I was intrigued What an idea Could it workThe story starts straightforwardly Lugorix is a Gaulish soldier with a sword called Skullseeker His best friend is Grecian Matthias an archer The story begins by the two being hired to protect and travel with Barsine a mystic witch on her journey from Athens with her retainer DamitraIn another storyline we have Alexander and his relationship with Philip his father as told through Eumenes one of Alexander’s officers and Aristotle And of course we also have the increasingly paranoid Alexander who kills previously trusted friends whilst trying to overthrow his fatherOnce the characters are introduced then we have the key concept of the tale Here David takes the events of ancient times and sets them up in an interesting tale but then takes a left turn into alternate history by allowing Athens to win the Peloponnesian War and Alexander to travel West to Europe Though you don’t need to know all this before reading the story it is interesting stuff and explained by David at the back of the novelMuch of Alexander’s march west into Europe is for complex reasons It is at least in part to please his father taking lands in his name but Alexander also wishes to discover the truth about whether he is not just a man but a god reborn The tale continues with battles at Athens and then in Syracuse Matthias and Lugorix are sent to rescue Aristotle who has fled from Alexander but is now incarcerated in Syracuse When they get there they find that Aristotle has died yet his also captured daughter Eurydice is there They free her and then set off to the Pillars of Hercules and the ancient place supposedly the site of the lost AtlantisThe Ancient World is a rich tapestry of resources that is ripe for the use of Fantasy novels However this is not without its complications Trying to explain the complications of Macedonian and Grecian politics from a standing start isn’t easy and then getting accustomed to the names can take a while knowing your Diocles and Xanthippus from your Hephaestion is uite important Unfortunately here there’s a lot of characters who all speak with similar voices and it was at times difficult to differentiate between them even those we are meant to care aboutOf the main characters I found Alexander makes an interesting debut as a self obsessed and increasingly paranoid dictator but after being introduced early into the tale then spends most of the tale offstage with his part of the story instead being told through his officers until by the end his presence is barely registered Other characters are used and then seemingly forgottenWhilst some of the dialogue between Matthias and Lugorix is fun and reflects a bickering and long standing relationship some of the other dialogue is rather stilted Macedonians are often referred to as Macks for example Strangely the unnaturalness of this speech is emphasised for me as the language used is decidedly contemporary Whilst this ensures the reader understands what is going on it can be off putting and it is one of the things that most often causes my sense of disbelief to be destroyed whilst reading It’s not very often I read characters of the Ancient World say “Yikes” or “Periscope up” or even “Fck me” though I do here Others may have less of a problem with itOn the positive side the battle scenes are done well and are uite exciting although at times a little repetitive there’s an awful lot of head decapitating going on What is also interesting is the use of new weapons such as Greek fire golems and gunpowder steamships torpedoes and submarines as Aristotle’s latest inventions are brought into play Interestingly whereas it might seem that some of the inventions seem out of time much of the technology herein is based upon actual weapons at about that time and it is clear that David has done his homework although it is off putting to find ancient world characters talking about guns and bombsThere are elements of magic here though it seems to be about the magic of science in the end Aristotle is seen as a sorcerer and his inventions magic This isn’t necessarily a bad thing although it’s an idea that on the whole seems rather undeveloped What begins as a great idea slowly unravels until the finale where it all comes crashing down The ending involving a rather cosmic descent into “Hell” explains about the origin of gods through a rather scientific rationaleThere’s a lot of plus points but in the end sadly it doesn’t uite work as well as I would have hoped A great effort but for me it doesn’t uite come off

David Constantine ☆ 4 review

The Pillars of HerculesExander desires that power for himself but an unlikely band of fugitives including a Gaulish barbarian a cynical Greek archer a cunning Persian princess and a sorcerer's daughter must find it first before Alexander unleashes godlike forces that will shatter civilization The Pillars of Hercules is an epic adventure that captures the grandeur and mystery of the ancient world as it might have been where science and magic are one and the same. Over the top gearpunk military adventure set in an alternative ancient Greece This is an imaginative and entertaining read full of real technology from the ancient world but taken to the extremes of the imagination There are many historical characters referenced throughout the book and the story travels through the ancient Mediterranean but a knowledge of Bronze Age Greece and Egypt and Persia is not necessary to the enjoyment of the storyI see in reading other reviews some found the language jarring the presence of curse words and conversation that sounded like soldiers of the 20th or 21st century as opposed to those of the past This did not bother me at all some of the graffiti found at places like Pompei is uite crude and while Athenian hoplites may not have said mother fucker they probably had a word or two in Greek that meant the same thingMy only complaint was that the final few chapters took the characters out of their well imagined alternative world and into a much traditional SF setting that was too incongruous for my tastes