Sons of Zeus: A Novel

Sons of Zeus: A Novel

by Noble Smith
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Sons of Zeus: A Novel by Noble Smith

In 431 B.C., Ancient Greece experienced its own "Pearl Harbor"—a treacherous sneak attack that would mark the start of the bloody war between the democracy of Athens and the tyranny of Sparta. Caught between these superpowers, the independent city-state of Plataea became the arena where their battle for control of all of Greece would begin.

In Plataea, the young Greek warrior Nikias dreams of glory in the Olympic games as he trains for the pankration—the no-holds-barred ultimate fighting of the era—until an act of violence in defense of his beloved threatens to send him into exile. But before his trial can take place, a traitor opens the city gates to a surprise attack force.

Suddenly trapped inside their own fortress, the Plataeans are fighting for their lives. As Nikias seeks to discover the identity of the man who betrayed the city, he makes a daring escape, gathers an army, and leads this ragtag band into a suicidal battle at the gates of the citadel—a battle that will decide the fates of his family, his friends, and the woman he loves.

In the vein of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, and Steven Pressfield, Sons of Zeus marks the beginning of a richly detailed new action-adventure series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250025579
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

NOBLE SMITH is an award-winning playwright who has worked as a video-game writer, a documentary-film executive producer, and the media director of an international human rights foundation. He is also the author of the novella Stolen from Gypsies and the nonfiction book The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

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Sons of Zeus: A Novel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has a great story and really well paced. I highly recomind this for those who like good story tell with loads of action.
SandraAK More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.  It is the story of the city of Plataea (in Greece) under attack.  The book is nonstop action, politics, sabotage, intrigue and a dash of love.  The book was well written; I could imagine each of the characters as they fought their battles. My favorite part of the book is when the city is under siege, everyone is holed up in their houses and the enemy is trying to get the citizens to give up.  In response, an old lady opens her window and hurls insults which make all of the other citizens laugh. This part made me laugh too and cry at the same time!  The story continues with Spartans at the Gates.  Can't wait to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I aquired Sons of Zeus off of a goodreads giveaway. The book, being based off history, originally had me concerned that it would be more of a dull non-fiction book which I tend to shy away from, than the engaging and captivating fantastcal tale in which it turned out to be. The story had many things wich make it a masterpiece. First, the pace of the book was fast enough that the reader would never experience boredom with the plot, but not so fast that it became confusing. secondly, The historical and fictional aspects of the book worked perfectly together. The setting and time period just added to the story rather than taking away from it as many do. Finally, while some people may be put off by writing about severed limbs and the monstosities of war I thought that it added to the authenticity of the story. In the time period when this story was made this sort of thing was very likely to happen during a war. I could continue writing about this book all day, but I believe that the three sections I have addressed above are what made the story great for me. I rate this book a 4.5/5 and I am anxious for the release of the next part in the series. Thank you to Noble Smith for the signed copy of Sons of Zeus that he kindly put on goodreads giveaway list for readers to win and enjoy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best historical fiction novels I've ever read. If you loved Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire, or the novels of Conn Iggulden or Bernard Cornwell (or even the movie Braveheart) this is the book and series for you. It's cinematic and exciting, but meticulously researched. Noble obviously lived in this place in his head. The main character, Nikias, is a complex and interesting protagonist. He's a fighter, but he's also a poet. He lives by a strict code of honor, but he's willing to do anything to stop the genocidal invaders from destroying his city and family. It's nonstop action...but not stupid action (if you know what I mean). And the trial scene at the end is just as thrilling as the battles. I can't wait for the second book in the series which I found out is called Spartans at the Gates. Also, there is a great female protagonist and a character that I don't think I've ever seen in a historical fiction novel set during this period: a half-African inventor/warrior named Chusor who is like an ancient Greek Vin Diesel. Loved this book.
littlegiry More than 1 year ago
"Really excellent read, I've read it twice now. Is intriguing, exciting and just super fun to read. Noble Smith is definitely on my list of excellent authors. GO BUY IT."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 "Sons of Zeus" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is an action-packed thriller set in the ancient Greek world in 432 BC.  In this story Nikias, grandson of the heroic General Menesarkus, dreams not only of gaining all the benefits of Plataean citizenship on  his eighteenth birthday, of marrying the warrior-like daughter of his family's political rival but also of winning athletic glory in an Olympic  forum. What he doesn't expect is to have to fight the Thebans who hold the city hostage, discover a traitor's identity, and to fight beside  the girl he loves to slow down an invading army. Amid treachery, betrayal, lies and deceit that will lead to a bloody confrontation the  story grapples with issues like justice and mercy.  The characters are as colorful as they are iron-willed in their beliefs; Nikias courageous and determined, willing to sacrifice his life to save the city and Kallisto,the woman he loves. Menesarkus is the embodiment of warrior strength, of honour and uprightness at a  time when alliances between enemies will be forged through deception and greed for power. In an age when women have no rights,  are obedient to men and any failure can mean abuse at the hands of a father and brothers, Kallisto is not only beautiful but strong-willed and brave as she fights alongside Nikias to slowdown the invading army. Even the minor characters capture the  imagination; wily Churos the freed slave, loyal Saeed, brave young Mula and deadly Kolax, the Skythian.  "Sons of Zeus is an historically-based non-stop action novel that's grips the reader from the first page to the last. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, imaginative story and will look for the next book in the series.