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Destroyer Of Cities Demetrius son of Alexander's former comrade Antigonus One Eye was perhaps the most dashing and charismatic of the Successors the Macedonian generals who fought a bitter war for the spoils of Alexander's short lived empireStill smarting from his epic defeat at the hands of Ptolemy Demetrius has his eye on one of the richest prizes in the ancient world—the naval superpower of Rhodes But the Rhodians know that defeat will mean annihilation and Demetrius's campaign will entail five separate naval battles over several years before he can begin to breach the city walls—leading him to employ an array of fantastic war machines ancient super weapons like his gigantic lens of polished bronze used to focus on the city's wooden ramparts and set them ablaze If she is to survive against such a merciless assault Rhodes will need the help of every ally she can muster—including the newly crowned King of the Bosporus Satyrus and his fiery twin Melitta

  • Hardcover
  • 508 pages
  • Destroyer Of Cities
  • Christian Cameron
  • English
  • 08 October 2014
  • 9781409122241

10 thoughts on “Destroyer Of Cities

  1. Chris Chris says:

    Must say I’m a big fan of Christian Camerons Historical Fiction Novels Tyrant V Destroyer of Cities did meet my high expectations Rooted in the Wars of the Diadochi era the succession wars over Alexander the Great’s leacy Tyrant V features the siege of Rhodes 305 304 BC by Demetrios the golden one son of Antigonus one eye The protagonists of the novel Satyrus and Melitta the children of Kineas of Athens and Srayanka ueen of the Assagetae The Skythians featured in Tyrant 1 and 2 Have risen to power themselves als King of the Bosporus and ueen of the Assagetae Tyrant 4 now they both get drawn into the conflict between Demetrios and Ptolmy King of the bosporus Satyrus has to protect his economy which relies heavily on the grain production and grain trade and for that he needs that independent distribution and consumption market which is is Rhodes With Athens Greece and Asia minor already firmly in the grip of Demetrios it is vital for the Kingdom of the Bosphorus to support its old allies Ptolmy and Rhodes – the ones that helped Satyrus carve out his kingdom in the first place to retain the balance and retain the independence of the KingdomWhen he sets off in spring with his grain fleet and war fleet to protect it before he knows it he’s in the middle of the Maelstrom He’s in the big sea battles in the sea raids to protect Egypt from the invasion of Antigonus one eye and eventually ends up on Rhodes where he is in the middle of the siege and becomes one of the key figures in the defence aided by his twin sister ueen and her warriors who ships in to support her brother In all of this Christian Cameron plays the plot with a masterful hand Stunning sea action stunning battle action wily naval and defence tactics and a stunning level of historical detail in all of this that makes it all so vivid like you’re really there in midddle of the turmoil of the hellenistic world in 305 and 304 BC In Tyrant V Christian Cameron also connects and links his two major novel series in the classic greek and hellenistic era the Tyrant series and the Long War series The bloodline of Arimnestos the Plataean from the long war series flows through Kineas of Athens straight into the bloodline of the Kings of the Bosphorus What a family of heroes As far as I know there is no historical evidence whatsoever that puts the King of the Bosporus directly in the middle of the siege of Rhodes but for me as a reader Christian Cameron is excused for taking this liberty Satyrus is a great hero and over a very credible and human hero The perfect vessel for Christian Cameron to play out his superb narrative skills and vast encyclopedical knowledge of the era Tyrant V is a good stand alone but also one of the highlights of the Tyrant series so far Reading it felt like meeting old friends One point of critizism The cover is ugly as hell but I got much too much reading pleasure from Tyrant V to let that affect my rating

  2. Robin Carter Robin Carter says:

    ReviewCards on the table I'm a big fan of the writing of Christian Cameron that said i approach every book by every author with the same open expectation of wow meIt was like having old friends come to visit with wild tales of exploits and adventure Simply brilliantReading Tyrant Destroyer of Cities has had that WOW it is a fantastic tale broad in scope both for stand out historical moments and also Great names from Greek history and yet its still written and characterised in such detail that you live east sleep and breathe the ancient Greek worldAs it was the 5th book in the series it was like donning your favourite slippers and slumping in a favourite armchair with a nice cuppa a lovely comfortable feeling and yet still full of emotion and action to have you wanting to step into the line of battle and save some of those wonderful characters to weep at the waste of life so hug your comrades in words and arms As ever Christians attention to detail and history is second to none Add to that the fact that his sea borne stories get better and detailed with every one putting him up there with the greats of the waves like O'Brian it almost feels he wrote the book whilst riding the wavesAnother personal like is that there is yet another link to the Long War series and Satyrus's ancestor Arimnestos of Plataea coupled with the demi god Herakles it adds that extra dimension bringing the whole Cameron world togetherYou can read this as a stand alone tale but i would say dive in at book one and follow the journey of the whole family and then get the long war series and follow the tales of Arimnestos of Plataea There is no finer writer of Historical Fiction and adventureVery Highly RecommendedParm

  3. Matt Heppe Matt Heppe says:

    I am a huge fan of Christian Cameron's books This one did not disappoint As usual Cameron does a wonderful job filling his novels with historical detail without sounding like he is lecturing you The rich history and culture of the Hellenistic world comes through as a natural part of the storyFilled with gripping action the novel follows Satyrus mostly and Melitta to a much lesser extent as they take part in the epic Siege of Rhodes I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series

  4. Clay Kallam Clay Kallam says:

    I stumbled into this six book series by way of one of my favorite recent fantasy series the Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron I noticed that for some unknown reason Cameron also wrote under the name of Christian Cameron and had a series set in the time of Alexander the GreatAs one who knows way too much about that Hellenistic time period and one who loved Cameron’s previous work I was all in from the moment I started volume one Tyrant And as this is a connected series that really needs to be read in order to be appreciated this review is of all six books considered as a whole rather than a review of each book though parenthetical notes will be appended for eachThe story covers about 30 years of ancient history ending in 301 BCE at the Battle of Ipsos Now if you already know who won the Battle of Ipsos you will be a little too far ahead of the game for much of the suspense of the series which includes other historical events will be lost – and you will also be surprised by some revisions Cameron makes in order to tell the story the way he wants toBut the basic premise is this Cameron inserts fictional high ranking characters into the complicated weave of Hellenistic history and has them participate in events both major and minor For the most part this works extremely well as Cameron’s grasp of the minutiae of Hellenistic life and his gritty sense of the bloody painful and horrific cost of ancient warfare is superb He is also an excellent writer so the story moves along at a brisk pace flagging only momentarily in the later volumesThere are issues of course Like Star Trek Kineas and Satyrus the two main protagonists are in the front lines way too often to be believed especially in the later books and their interactions with the major historical figures seem unnecessary as if the editors insisted that somehow Kineas and Alexander are in contact and so are Satyrus and various Hellenistic leadersCameron though is perfectly willing to kill off major characters and in sudden and unexpected ways which adds a tremendous amount of tension to battle scenes and assassination attempts unlike Star Trek There’s also some magical realism thrown in but any attempt to explain the plot would reuire much patience than any reader of this review is likely to haveBut in short Kineas Satyrus and his woefully underutilized twin sister Melitta why wasn’t she prominent in the narrative? all represent what we now consider Southern Russia at the north of what we call the Black Sea In those times it was the place where the steppe nomads and expanding population of farmers and colonizers crossed paths and it became a crucial part of the Hellenistic game of thrones given its ability to produce grain that the Mediterranean cities desperately needed to feed their peopleSo Cameron tosses these characters their soldiers and their grain into the Hellenistic mix and in the end comes up with a wonderful series that I enjoyed from start to finish Then again I love excellent historical fiction and this is my favorite period so I’m hardly unbiased But I will say this If you have even a passing interest in the world of Alexander the Great after his death the Tyrant series is for you I just wish there were than six volumes As the protagonists move closer to the center stage of history those who have some grasp of Hellenistic times will begin to know what's going to happen Granted Cameron changes things up the months' long struggle that takes up the second half of the book didn't really play out exactly as he describes it but the relationship between the relatively well known historical character Demetrios and the fictional Satyrus is overdone and takes over too much of the narrative in the last two books

  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    The majority of this book focuses on Satyrus as he gets stuck on Rhodes just as it comes under siege How convenient But it does allow the author to explore a different form of warfare compared to the usual field based battles we've seen in the previous books with all of the logistical and psychological aspects that emerge There is also space to get to know the opponent Demetrios who has grown up reading all the classics of the age and perhaps inevitably starts to see himself as a new Achilles with Rhodes as his own version of Troy Maybe someone should have reminded him that it didn't exactly end well for Achilles As ever the novel is well researched which adds a vividness to it all And the characters are their usual complex selves which again adds that realism and makes the novel satisfying to read as the characters are not just growing up through the series but maturing emotionally as well view spoilerHaving been annoyed by his mooning over her in the previous book it was particularly good to see Satyrus finally realise that Amastris is a selfish spoilt brat and wholly unsuitable as a potential partner for him hide spoiler

  6. Clemens Schoonderwoert Clemens Schoonderwoert says:

    This astonishing book is the 5th volume of the wonderful and gripping Tyrant seriesOnce the book has been historically very well researched and described in the historical and author's note at the end of the book and you'll find a well defined glossary at the beginning of the book as wellGreat storytelling makes it once again an absolute joy to read this tale simply because from start to finish this thrilling adventure keeps you spellbound and gripped throughoutThe book starts off in the year 306 BC until well into the year 305 BC and it tells us mainly about the Siege of Rhodes by Demetrios son of Antigonus One EyeDemetrios is determined to take Rhodes at all costs and so he and his army and fleet are completely surrounding Rhodes with deadly siege engins to destroy the cityAgainst him he will find Satyrus King of the Bosporus who's surrounded by his closest friends and this same Satyrus is determined to save the city from destructionWhat will follow is a thrilling book with great battle scenes wonderful interaction between all the characters within this very entertaining tale not forgetting of course dirty politics intrigue and treachery and last but not least a most fascinating and exciting telling of the Siege of Rhodes itselfVery much recommended for this is a superb historical novel and one that I like to call as A Tremendous Read

  7. PaleHorsemen PaleHorsemen says:

    35 The first two books were masterpieces the third one I liked very much But the fourth and now the fifth one begin to change my attitude to the series This one's plot unlike the previous one was good even if the siege description was too looong But the final fight and duel black and white presentation of some characters spoiled the impression two main characters who grow whimsical blind and hypocrite and cause good people's deaths irritate me and

  8. Bill Bill says:

    The grain trade is central to the survival of the Kingdom of the Bosporus Satyrus goes to the aid of ally and trading partner Rhodes as Demetrius son of Antigonus puts the city under siege Historical fiction at its best

  9. Chris Wray Chris Wray says:

    I enjoyed this penultimate entry in the Tyrant series and the historical setting in which Satryus and Melitta live is absolutely fascinating I have enjoyed the fact that they control small Satryus and peripheral Melitta kingdoms that are caught up in the clash of empires that followed the death of Alexander the Great In particular the siege of Rhodes provided a great backdrop to the second half of the book Satryus is still not uite a compelling character but is definitely interesting and has depth that in earlier books in the series Like Kineas before him he is all too aware of his flaws and mortality and that makes him human and uite convincing It is also interesting to see him start to learn to be a kingThere were also a few things that annoyed me and that held me back from giving this four stars The first is Melitta herself as her character was pretty pointless in this book I also remain unconvinced that a high born Greek lady could transform herself into the warrior ueen of the Scyths Another thing that was unconvincing was the ending as the final victory was just a little bit too convenient I get that it was meant to be like a storm breaking after the tension had mounted over several hundred pages but it just didn't feel uite right to me Some of the dialogue was also a bit irritating and sounded too modern This might all sound like nitpicking but I have come to expect a lot from this series Altogether this was an enjoyable enough read but missed out on being anything

  10. MirkoHauer MirkoHauer says:

    the best book in the saga it's great

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