Tis’ rare that I wax lyrical about a book. Rarer still that I would suggest an accolade of five stars.

Mr Pressfield has written many great novels and if you look back at my reviews you will notice that I have enjoyed many of them. Here, with “Alexander, the virtues of war” he has excelled himself. A difficult task methinks as he has already written many excellent novels but here he rises above the glory of his earlier work to new heights. This, I feel, a work of wonder. Worthy of university placement and much discussion. One of the best novels I have ever read. I rate this book with the likes of “Lord of the Flies”, “Iron in the Soul”, “Miss Smilla’s feeling for Snow” This is the epitome of historical fiction to my mind and Mr Pressfield is due a laurel for excellence in writing.

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The effect upon your consciousness of what you have read, heard or seen is truly dramatic. Each and every piece of what goes to make up YOU is complex. You never fully understand your own mind no matter what Yogi's medium's and psychologists may tell you. Often you just have to sit back and listen to your own thoughts. To this end I am going to attach a link here to Tangerine Dream's "Phaedra". Just sit back listen and think. It is surprising what you may discover.


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A cracking new fantasy, well written, well received by the critics as far as I could see. I found the novel easy to get into, neither well written nor badly, well conceived and was good reading but my big problem with it is; its just another fantasy tale.

It is good, I do not mean to run it down and I enjoyed reading it but am I panting, waiting for the next installment? Sadly no.

One day I will read the second and third installments and feel sure that I will enjoy them in the same way as I did the first. Will they propel me on, make me wish to read, make me hurry to see what will happen next? sadly no.

An enjoyable read for those who love epic fantasy. I really liked it.

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