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Shield of Thunder (Troy Series #2)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Superb storytelling

    Helen resides inside the safe walls of Troy under the protection of her husband Menelaus. Her former lover Paris fumes helplessly outraged by his beloved being in the arms of another. Meanwhile using the rescuing of Helen as a ploy, King Agamemnon of Mycenae begins to gather armies and a thousand ships to sail across the Great Green Sea with plans to invade Ilium so he can loot and destroy the great city of Troy. King Priam of Troy prepares his city for the war by arranging a marriage between his son Hektor and Princess Andromache of Thebe as he anticipates the Greek siege that he feels he can outlast until his new marital ally arrives to help him Priam also believes the Princess will one day bear the legendary Eagle Child monarch and so having her inside the walls adds to his confidence of survival.--------------- Across the Great Green Sea men seeking to become heroes or running away from troubles merge under Agamemnon¿s banner. However, strange bedfellows arise when Priam debases King Odysseus of Ithaka, who planned to remain out of the war. Insulted Odysseus leads his mighty military joining Agamemnon¿s assault on Troy as the war ignites on the Plains of Ilium.----------------- The second Troy thriller as did its precedent (see TROY: LORD OF THE SILVER BOW) pays homage to Homer, but also to talented author David Gemmell who passed away recently. Mr. Gemmell provides a deep look at the legendary figures involved in the tale of Helen of Troy as he gets behind the scenes to ¿expose¿ those who used her to launch the thousand ships. The tale remains true to its Ancient Greek roots, yet has a modern day feel to it as political intrigue and avarice become key motivators. As with the Lord of the Silver Bow, Shield of Thunder is a superb rendition of a classic that can be read without the first story, but clearly builds on the saga of Troy as Mr. Gemmell provides a fitting tribute as a great legends teller.-------------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Fantasy taken from the pages of the Iliad

    David Gemmell, in his Troy series, pulls legendary figures from the dead and pumps life , strength, love and loss into their beings. His greatest character in the work isn't from the Iliad however,but from the Aenid as Aeneas, known as Prince Helikaon of Dardania. I will digress and say that for maximum enjoyment, read Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow; Troy: Shield of Thunder, and Troy:Fall of Kings. Stella Gemmell finished Fall of Kings when the fantasy world lost one of its greatest minds when David Gemmell passed away in 2006. Now back to the series. The three books tell of great men caught up in powerful men's wars. The women are beautiful as you would expect from Troy and Greece , but they are doomed for tragedy in their loves. Even Andromache, who escapes Troy with her true love ,Helikaon , is not immune from sorrow. Married to Hektor,who cannot produce children,but impregnated by Helikaon before the marriage, Andromache has to scheme to hide Helikaon child as Hektor's own. The noble Hektor accepts her confession and marries her anyway if she promises to keep his secret private. The problem is that King Priam knows his secret and he is looking an Eagle Child born of the house of Priam that will keep Troy from falling. Reluctantly ,Andromache goes to the king once a month and sleeps with him . The agreement is until she becomes pregnant, which she already is ! Helikaon himself struggles with the war because it pits him against his best friend in the world ,Odysseus. Such are the on-going struggles throughout the Troy series. I peersonally own 25 out of David Gemmell's 31 books that are in print. I plan on owning the remaining six soon. You should start with the Troy series !

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    ANOTHER MASTERPIECE

    I immediately became a David Gemmell fan after reading the first book of this series, "Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow". The unpretentious prose simply flows without a dull chapter or page. The dialogue is natural, unforced and effectively reveals character. This story is told through a myriad of heroic and not so heroic characters. Unlike many books, I didn't resent leaving the plight and struggles of one character for that of another less interesting character. I was just as interested in the canny Kalliades and the simple giant Banokles as I was of the Bard and strategist Odysseus, and the tragic and heroic Helikaon, Andromache and Hector as well as a host of other characters. It is a credit to Gemmell's writing style that we don't get confused and get the characters or the numerous sub plots mixed up. There is plenty of action as we are led to understand that the Mykene didn't simply march up to the walls of Troy and lay siege to the city. This was a world war. We see all the nations and city states of the region drawn into the conflict and the stage set for the final battle. The only disappointment associated with "Shield of Thunder" was to learn of David Gemmell's death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

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    The lively retelling of the Troy legend continues in this action-packed novel. The lands around the sunlit Aegean are in turmoil as petty kings strive for dominance. Hektor, Odysseus, Aeneas - here known as Helikaon - and Achilles all reappear, not as mythical figures, but as flesh-and-blood men who struggle, like anyone else, with the human condition. The women - Andromache, Kalliope, and others - hold their own in strength of body and spirit. All in all, a worthy successor to Lord of the Silver Bow.

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