Strike Me Down Zeus
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In 431 B.C., Ancient Greece experienced its own "Pearl Harbor"—a treacherous sneak attack that would mark the start of the bloody war between the democracy of Athens and the tyranny of Sparta. Caught between these superpowers, the independent city-state of Plataea became the arena where their battle for control of all of Greece would begin. In Plataea, the young Greek warrior Nikias dreams of glory in the Olympic games as he trains for the pankration—the no-holds-barred ultimate fighting of the era—until an act of violence in defense of his beloved threatens to send him into exile. But before his trial can take place, a traitor opens the city gates to a surprise attack force. Suddenly trapped inside their own fortress, the Plataeans are fighting for their lives. As Nikias seeks to discover the identity of the man who betrayed the city, he makes a daring escape, gathers an army, and leads this ragtag band into a suicidal battle at the gates of the citadel—a battle that will decide the fates of his family, his friends, and the woman he loves. In the vein of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, and Steven Pressfield, Sons of Zeus marks the beginning of a richly detailed new action-adventure series.
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Electronic Content
Release Date: 2014-10-07
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
Author: J. L. Taylor
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Release Date: 2004
Before there was Islam, there was Alexander. Before there was Christianity, there was Alexander. This is the story of Alexander the Great's invasion of the Middle East and of his astonishing effort to unite the civilized world under a central government designed to promote peace and international trade. This is the story of one man's courageous determination to advance freedom of religion and racial equality in Egypt, Mesopotamia [Iraq today], Asia Minor [Turkey], Persia [Iran], and Bactria [Afghanistan]. Why let Bucehpalus, or Oxhead (the horse Alexander rode during the ten years of the conquest) tell this story? Because by using the famous stallion (or Bullheaded Black, as I call him) as the narrator, it allows me to cut the story to the bone, to cover the main facts of Alexander's life, but also to inject a little common sense, or horse sense, if you will, about the major influences upon Alexander's ideas and motivations: the obvious influence, for example, of his father and mother, and the less obvious influence of Aristotle, who was his personal tutor for three or four years when Alexander was a teenager. This is a basic story: basic biography, basic world history, and basic geography. This is also the story of Alexander's idea for a better world. His dream perished with him in Babylon, when he unexpectedly died in 323BC at the tender age of 33. In fact, a comprehensive dream like his, incorporating religious freedom and racial equality, did not flower profusely again until 1776 in America, and did not shoot promising tendrils forward again in Iraq and Afghanistan until the United States of America's preemptive strikes in the 21st Century. What would Alexander say to us today about disputes over religion and the various gods of the world's great faiths? Read this book! You will be surprised!