This is my review of the book “Alexander – The Sands of Ammon by Valerio Massimo Manfredi” which I read recently. This is the second book in Valerio's trilogy on Alexander, and continues on from Alexander – Child of A Dream telling the tale of Alexander's exploits.
These mainly concern the war with the Persian King and his Greek born mercenary Memnon. The vast numbers of troops detailed in the story are almost inconceivable, and they were of course designed to intimidate all enemies. But Alexander uses the skills and cunning he has learnt to capture and conquer the cites and the land. He gradually progresses around the Mediterranean towards Egypt.
When faced with a seemingly impossible hurdle created by nature he does not let this defeat him. He either builds causeways to cities on islands, or cuts steps in hillsides so he can go over cliffs and get round the back of the enemy. His exploits are truly amazing.
Then alongside this there is the ongoing investigation into his father's death. Who actually ordered the assignation?? and the romance between Alexander and Barsine, Memnon's wife.
As a book on it's own it would not be that interesting, but as the central part of the trilogy it makes a good read, and gives me the desire to read the final book in the series.
This was book 23 week 17 fiction 20 (audio book 4) non fiction 3.
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