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The Falcon of Sparta de Conn Iggulden
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The Falcon of Sparta (2018 original; edició 2019)

de Conn Iggulden (Autor)

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401 BC. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India. As many as fifty million people are his subjects. His rule is absolute. The sons of Sparta, those whose fathers and grandfathers fell at Thermopylae and perished in the Peloponnesian Wars, work as mercenaries for Persian princes eager to play the game of thrones. When Cyrus the younger, brother to the Great King, lays claim to his father's crown, he does so with an elite army of Spartans at his side. Yet battles can be won - or lost - with a single blow. Princes fall. And when the dust of civil war settles, the Spartans are left stranded in the heart of an enemy's empire, without support, without food and without water. Far from home, surrounded by foes, it falls to the young soldier Xenophon to lead the survivors against Artaxerxes' legendary Persian warriors. Drawing on one of history's most epic stories of adventure, The Falcon of Sparta masterfully depicts the ferocity, heroism, and savage bloodshed that was the ancient World.… (més)
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Títol:The Falcon of Sparta
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The Falcon of Sparta de Conn Iggulden (2018)

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DNF at p. 110. I found this too easy to put down and I really wasn't hooked. I might try reading one of his other books. ( )
  pacbox | Jul 9, 2022 |
To me , historical fiction carries more weight when it ties to something I care about ... or at least heard of. This is a book about about a Greek army (and civilians who followed them) whose army lost a battle and they battled their way back through hostile territory to home.
And I never heard of any of the major cast of characters.

Cyrus was the main character in the first part of the book. His great grandfather was Xerxes. Clearchus, was the Spartan general in the middle third. And the last third Xenophon took center stage. About Xenophon .... most of what we know about Socrates is from his more famous student Plato, and this Xenophon guy.

Brimming with bravery and honor, this book is exhilarating. So much badassery.

Like Spartans in the art of warfare, Conn is leagues, or after reading book shall I say parasangs, ahead of other writers in my book. Well done.





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  wellington299 | Feb 19, 2022 |
This book covers Persian general Cyrus the Younger's failed attempt to overthrow his elder brother, King Ataxerxes II, and then Xenophon's journey with the surviving Greek mercenaries through hostile territory back to (relative) safety.

I'd view the book as a dramatised retelling of events largely portrayed in Xenophon's Anabasis. And I think that's where it fell down for me. A textbook might seek to analyse or interpret the evidence, setting it in historical context. A novel can set some context but doesn't (usually) include the critical analysis. Here, it feels like events were included because they were mentioned in the original account rather than because they drive this story. In The Falcon of Sparta, the various parties did this and that - Cyrus went here and recruited troops (repeatedly), and then he went there and obtained money (repeatedly) - but each encounter didn't make much difference to the overal plot. Large chunks felt mechanical and bogged down, especially in the middle.This might be because everyone was who they appeared on the surface (Iggulden dips into everyone's heads, so there's no sense of tension or wondering whether x will double-cross y), and there was little sense of characters making choices. Sure, the author is aiming to keep reasonable historical accuracy, but it felt like even the characters knew there was only one way they could go. Plus, there was very much a sense of "Greeks good/noble/brave, Persians bad/treacherous/cowardly" to the extent it feels like the author's biases leaking through, especially as the characters had rather flat personalities.

That said, I enjoyed a lot of it. Military action isn't one of my interests, but I liked seeing the battlefield tactics.
  MHThaung | Jun 16, 2020 |
In 401 B.C., the rule of the Persian king Artaxerxes is absolute in his empire. Unfortunately, in the midst of a brutal civil war, the sons of Sparta are left stranded in his domain. It is now up to the soldier, Xenophon, to lead them in battle against the Persian warriors.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Mar 7, 2019 |
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The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden is a fictionalized account of the book The Persian Expedition by Xenophon. Mr. Iggulden is a bestselling author, known for the Emperor, Conqueror, and Wars of the Roses series.

Artaxerxes, the Great King of Persia, has a problem – his brother Cyrus is marching with thousands of soldiers to try and overthrow him. Within his army, Cyrus has 10,000 Greeks, Spartans who are revered by the rest of the army and the world.

One soldier in Cyrus’ army is Xenophon, a Greek who is trying to lead his fellow countrymen home after the fierce battle.

I knew very little about Artaxerxes and his brother Cyrus The Younger before picking up this book. The promise of Sparta together with a fantastic writer is what made me pick up The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden, and I was not disappointed.

Mr. Iggulden based this book on the account of Xenophon’s book, which on top of giving us context to a great historical battle, was also one of Socrates’ students and the few who put his wisdom into written words. Xenophon is one of the reasons we know about Socrates to begin with.

The book is divided into two parts. The first follows Cyrus and his efforts to build an army and challenge his brother for the throne of Persia. After the Battle of Cunaxa, the climax of the war between the two heirs to the throne the book changes protagonists and starts following Xenophon who leads the Greek mercenaries, known as the Ten Thousand. The mercenaries who are stuck deep in hostile territory, must fight the Persian Empire to get home.

The whole book was a lot of fun to read, entertaining and educational. I had no idea it was based on a real account until the end (my education on that part of history is … lacking), but was excited to find out that this events were based on reality. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Feb 6, 2019 |
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401 BC. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India. As many as fifty million people are his subjects. His rule is absolute. The sons of Sparta, those whose fathers and grandfathers fell at Thermopylae and perished in the Peloponnesian Wars, work as mercenaries for Persian princes eager to play the game of thrones. When Cyrus the younger, brother to the Great King, lays claim to his father's crown, he does so with an elite army of Spartans at his side. Yet battles can be won - or lost - with a single blow. Princes fall. And when the dust of civil war settles, the Spartans are left stranded in the heart of an enemy's empire, without support, without food and without water. Far from home, surrounded by foes, it falls to the young soldier Xenophon to lead the survivors against Artaxerxes' legendary Persian warriors. Drawing on one of history's most epic stories of adventure, The Falcon of Sparta masterfully depicts the ferocity, heroism, and savage bloodshed that was the ancient World.

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