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Memnon by Scott Oden

Against history's greatest conqueror, one man will stand alone ...

When Alexander of Macedon crossed the Hellespont in the spring of 334 BC, he came ravenous for Glory, desperate for the immortality that was his birthright. At the Granicus River, he smashed an army devised by the formidable satraps of Asia Minor. Even so, Alexander's road to conquest was not clear. For among the myriads of the enemy stood the one man Alexander feared: a mercenary, a seasoned commander on both land and sea who knew the secret to defeating the Macedonians – Memnon of Rhodes.

But Memnon was no common mercenary. In his youth, he had led a revolution and suffered exile as his punishment; a sailor, a soldier, a merchant, and a mediator, he had tasted tragedy as well as triumph. To his fellow Greeks he was a traitor, but to the Great King of Persia Memnon was the only man he could trust to stave off the destruction of his empire. For Memnon of Rhodes fought for something deeper than Glory or gold. He fought for loyalty, for honor, for duty; he fought for the love of Barsine, grand-daughter of kings and a woman of remarkable beauty and grace. Most of all, he fought for the promise of peace.

Praised for its "vivid conjecture, deft plotting, and graceful prose" (Publisher's Weekly), MEMNON is the epic story of one man – a man nearly forgotten by history – whose duty to his family outweighed that of his heritage; a tale of love and loss, set against the sweeping panorama of war.

"An eloquent and captivating historical thriller." – Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161704189
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication date: 08/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 896,131
File size: 1 MB

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Memnon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the Men of Bronze was superb. But Mr. Oden has clearly outdone himself with a more matured writing skills, more in depth historical facts'I checked out many of the names and places mentioned in the book', comprehesive description of the events and the emotional tolls they have on each persons involved. I was completely blown away by this book. I loved the military strategies Mr. Oden has painstakinly detailed out. Reading the strategies executed and unfolded was like watching a movie progressing frame by frame but not knowing which direction it will pan out. Love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scott Oden's first book was a lot more of a hack-and-slash adventure story with one bloodbath after another, and kind of started to bore me toward the end. But it was obvious that he knew his history and could paint a vivid, detailed picture of the ancient world. With Memnon, Scott Oden is really coming into his own as a writer. It's much more of a epic, with both characters and battles that feel a lot more realistic than his first book. The simmering romance between Memnon and the woman who's married off to his brother for political reasons-and Memnon's struggle between duty and love-is especially good. This is a thrilling read that totally absorbed me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended for all lovers of historical fiction! Scott Oden's second novel , Memnon, is an astronomical improvement over his first novel, Men of Bronze. A great story for the one true adversary of Alexander the Great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little drawn out but definetly a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading a book that is full of action combined with historical accuracy. It really brings charictars and history to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Memnon of Rhodes was one of the few war heroes of ancient times who gave his enemy Alexander the Great a run for his money. The book follows Memnon's various battle campaigns at great length, with excellent (and sad) descriptions of war and its human cost. In a refreshing departure from most novelists' infatuation with Alexander, he is depicted here as one whom Memnon respects for his generalship, but whose legendary charisma Memnon finds non-existent! The moving love story of Memnon and the beautiful and clever Barsine softens this tale of bloodshed and battle. Though Mr. Oden's descriptive powers are impressive, I ranked this only four stars due to lack of a map, which is usually provided in works of historical fiction. Although I was aware of the general setting of the story in and around the Aegean Sea, the rapidly changing locations combined with ancient names made for confusion as to where exactly things were taking place. Pella, Assos, Adramyttium, Deidamia, the Hebrus Valley, the plain of Adrasteia - Huh?? Where the heck were all these places? A map would have helped in following this exciting story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Being of Greek descent and having been born and raised on the Island of Rhodes, Memnon dreams that he will become the equal of his hero Achilles. However, when his father was beheaded during an uprising, Memnon fled his hometown barely escaping with his life. He becomes a mercenary for hire joining the militia of a Persian provincial governor as a lieutenant. --- He quickly realizes emulating his hero Achilles is not his fortitude, as he proves an able military strategist. When Alexander invades Asia Minor, Persian King Darius III hires Memnon as a general officer to defeat his foe and repel them back to Macedonia. The ensuring battle makes one of these fierce leaders a name for the ages and the other a footnote buried in encyclopedia. --- MEMNON is a superb ancient biographical fiction novel of a leading figure of the fourth century BCE who fought against Alexander and obviously lost as he became the footnote while his opponent became one of the Greats. The story line is action-packed yet provides the audience a deep look into Aristotle¿s Greece, Alexander¿s Macedonian Empire, and Darius¿ Persia. Though confessing that he was forced to 'have taken spectacular liberties' to fill the holes in the historical record, Scott Oden, as he did with the powerful MEN OF BRONZE, provides a fantastic fascinating ancient historical tale focusing on the exploits of Alexander¿s most capable opponent whose scorched earth advice on preventing the invaders from a sure win was rejected. --- Harriet Klausner
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