There is a saying that time and tide wait for no-one. If one adds in internet connection problems then trying to keep a business running that uses the net this is an issue. Add keeping my book list reviews up to date is a real problem. (All I can say is if using BT Broadband then do read their spam emails because if they say they are going to change your settings even if you have not asked them to they will and it is not easy getting them to put things right and as to telling you why they changed things then “that is a mystery – The system seems to have a mind of it's own” as the man from their finance dept said).
So after much thought rather than playing catch up all the time, I will list all the 7 books I have read or listened to in the last few weeks without a review and then hopefully move on from there.
So this brings the total up to book 44 week 32 fiction 41 (audio books 12) non fiction 3
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.
This is my review of the book the Last Legion by Valerio Massimo Manfredi, which I read recently.
This was read largely by candle light in a house with no power or heat, was very suitable as the book has a sizeable part of it allocated to a description of a long journey across the Alps in the winter, with lots of snow and ice. The wind, snow and ice out side all made the text come to life, but I am jumping the gun a little.
The story is set during the final end of the Roman empire in the mid 400's AD and is all about the adventures of the last Roman Emperor Romulus Augustus and his tutor Meridus Ambrosinus. He is protected by a ragamuffin collection heros Rufius Aelius Vatrenus, veteran of countless battles,Cornelius Batiatus – a gigantic Ethopian of incredible strength, and Lvia Prisca, a formidable warrioress. Their commander is Aurelius and together they make up the last legion, whose task is to protect the last Emperor.
To escape from all their enemies, who either want to kidnap the Emperor, or kill him, they have to go on a dramatic journey from Capri to Britain, via large parts of Europe. This includes crossing the Alps during the winter in the snow and a barge trip down the Rhine.
There is a lovely twist at the end, which makes the whole exciting book even more genius. A book I can well recommend, and it doesn't have to be read by candle light to enjoy it but that does help.
An enjoyable read as book 10 week 8 – fiction 9 (1 on audio) non fiction 1
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