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The Pillars of HerculesEr 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 sa 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

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Endary scientist mage known as Aristotle Greek fire mechanical golems and gigantic siege engines lay waste 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 Alexand Got this from the library which was just as well because I stopped after about a hundred pages This book has some great concepts how technology like greek fire and steam engines can look indistinguishable from magic a sprawling war saga that stretches around the Mediterranean I don't know much about Alexander the Great but he seems like a fascinating figure and I like military history I liked the idea of industrial technology in the ancient world tooBut the concept was better than the execution I think the author would have benefited by tightening up the story We start off with a Gaulish mercenary and his Greek archer buddy who are recruited to help a mysterious Persian beauty and her servant escape the sack of a city by the Macedonians We know the archer likes our Persian princess but they hardly ever actually speak in the book we know this mostly through second hand thoughts from the Gaul All these characters could have been fleshed out and it would have added to the storyBut the other half of the book is from the point of view of a bureaucrat in Alexander's army We get a uick rundown of a bunch of political players but many of those men exit the stage before anything is really done other than naming them We're given a sense of gravitas but again it's mostly backstory rather than exposition within the bookSplitting the story between the Macedonians and the mercenaries makes each plot line a bit too thin We're asked to take too much for granted with regard to characterization I never really got settled into either story and that made the book easy to put down and not pick up after a hundred pages The setting? Really cool It's just difficult to access it through this book

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The Pillars of Hercules Mobi À 396 pages Download Õ [PDF / Epub] ✩ The Pillars of Hercules ☉ David Constantine – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 aAlexander 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 leg ‘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 work?The 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