Slaves & Tyrants

Slaves & Tyrants

by John Bearheart


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ISBN-13: 9781483609607
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 05/31/2013
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

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Slaves & Tyrants 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cc-roman More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift. I am a fan of historical novels and this book fits into both categories. The author has done an excellent job of combining fact with fiction. I like his writing syle. His descriptions throughout gave me the feeling I was there, in that time, and not seated at my dining room table. Will there be a sequel in the future? I hope so.
Shannon_Luster More than 1 year ago
Jam-packed with characters, violence and traveling, Slaves & Tyrants will keep you turning page after page. Slaves & Tyrants, written by author John Bearheart, opened with Harkaitz and his son, Argider - both fishermen - building a boat in the Basque Country in late November, 901AD. Winter passed and with the arrival of spring, there was also a whale. Argider and company killed the whale but with surprising and terrifying results, which will not be revealed here at risk of ruining the surprises. The next morning, Argider spotted a Viking ship and warned the town. Soon afterwards, a battle occurs and a retreat complete with a surprising betrayal. The battle left Argider’s father dead, also leaving his son wanting revenge. He left his town but, through a series of circumstances, Argider became a slave in the barren Sierra. Eventually, Argider escaped slavery and met up with unexpected company. Through a series of circumstances, Argider discovered more about the Vikings, also learning their dialect, Norse. Argider traveled north complete with more twists in this story, but that awaits your discovery upon reading this book. Bearheart described the different countries so clearly, simultaneously transporting the reader into the snowy forest and the barren quarry in the middle of the Sierra, and also reflecting one of the book’s strengths. Another strong point for the book was the vivid description of the Vikings that each character seemed to jump off the page. Slaves & Tyrants also explored the different religions, including Argider’s, which was another interesting part of the story. The history about the Romans taking over countries like Britain was also intriguing, marking another one of this book’s strengths. There are many strong male characters, especially Argider, but only brief moments where female characters enter the story. Sometimes, the long, detailed histories about the people in northern Hispania and introductions of many characters at once can be confusing. The story might be more compelling if there was more time spent exploring the thoughts of different characters, especially Argider. Over all, I would rate the book 3 out of 5 stars for the reasons above.
Francine1440 More than 1 year ago
Slaves and Tyrants, written by John Bearheart, is a historical fiction novel set in 901 A.D. The story centers on Agrider, a young Basque fisherman of about eighteen years of age who witnesses the death of his father at the hands of a Viking warrior. He decides to find the warrior and exact revenge and the book follows him on his quest. I really liked this book and found it to be a wonderful representation of life at the time. The historical facts make the setting and characters all the more rich. This story would be loved by anyone who enjoys history but most of all by action-loving readers who aren’t interested in romance. I really enjoyed the look into the life of slaves at the time and how much they suffered daily. The one thing I wish is that there was some kind of pronunciation guide because many of the character and place names are a bit difficult. The ending was surprising but well done and not what I expected at all. This is a great book that is well worth the read.
sblake More than 1 year ago
I was not sure what to expect from this book, I thought the cover looked like it should be for a travel guide (I think a cover with the blue serpent, or even a Viking ship would be more appealing); however I was pleasantly surprised to find an easy to read work of historical fiction. Any author who can take such specific historical names, customs and places and weave them seamlessly into a story is worth taking a look at. The heart of the story is a quest for revenge and author John Bearheart uses this theme very well to show the development of the main character, Argider. Argider is definitely not your typical revenge driven hero, he is as much driven by a quest for knowledge as he is for revenge. It is very interesting to watch his character get shaped and molded from a head-strong teen into a wiser, philosophical man. My only criticism is that the development of his moral code felt somewhat forced into the story at times and the tone of conversations felt modern rather than of the period. That being said, I can understand the author's use of that tone as a vehicle for making the story flow and keeping it moving at a fast pace. Loved the author's intimate knowledge of the time period, the first chapter alone has a vivid, detailed description of ship building techniques that fishermen would have used during the Middle Ages. Additionally, the use of poetry from the time period gave it an even richer sense of time and place. I would absolutely be interested in reading more by this author!