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  • 448 pages
  • The Falcon of Sparta
  • Conn Iggulden
  • English
  • 09 March 2017

The Falcon of Sparta[Reading] ➼ The Falcon of Sparta Author Conn Iggulden – Essayreview.co.uk In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others This is their storyWhen Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his reckless sibling, he employs a Greek mercenary In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others This is their storyWhen Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his reckless sibling, he employs a Greek mercenary army of , soldiers When this army becomes stranded as a result of the unexpected death of Cyrus, and then witnesses the treacherous murder of its entire officer corps, despair overtakes them One man, Xenophon, rallies the Greeks As he attempts to lead them to freedom across , miles of hostile territory The Falcon MOBI :Á seething with adversaries men set off on the long way home.


About the Author: Conn Iggulden

Also publishes under author name CF IgguldenI was born in the normal way in , and vaguely remember half pennies and sixpences I have written for as long as I can remember poetry, short stories and novels It s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St Gregory s RC High School in London by the end of that period I have enormous respect for The Falcon MOBI :Á those who still labour at the chalk face In truth, I can t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives I do miss the camaraderie of the smokers room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on aboutMy mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories with dates My great grandfather was a Seannachie, so I suppose story telling is in the genes somewhere My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited Vitai Lampada with a gleam in his eye and that matters, franklyI ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick O Brian book and discovering there were nineteenin the series I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F Hamilton or Wilbur Smith I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good taleThat s about it for the moment If you d like to get in touch with me leave a comment in the forum or you can tweet me ConnIggulden I ll leave it there for the moment If you ve read my books, you know an awful lot about the way I think already There s no point overdoing itConn Iggulden.


10 thoughts on “The Falcon of Sparta

  1. says:

    My extended review is now on BookNest BookNest The Falcon of Sparta Your gold buys my service, pleasure of seeing Spartans in battle It is a rare gift and worththan mere coins After all, most men see it only once and never again I have finished The Falcon of Sparta after two weeks It took me a lot longer than expected due to a complete lack of free time and events This was a great book with an interesting historical retelling of a great adventure set in around 400BC It is based in My extended review is now on BookNest BookNest The Falcon of Sparta Your gold buys my service, pleasure of seeing Spartans in battle It is a rare gift and worththan mere coins After all, most men see it only once and never again I have finished The Falcon of Sparta after two weeks It took me a lot longer than expected due to a complete lack of free time and events This was a great book with an interesting historical retelling of a great adventure set in around 400BC It is based in the heart of the Persian Empire, with the reign of a new King and the conflicts that arise with his brother because of that.Every aspect of this novel was well executed, from the characters, to the plot, to the concepts, particularly the Spartans who were so epic But the magical touch that makes a book 5 stars wasn t there, and I cannot put my finger on what was slightly lacking But it was still a great read that was written with Iggulden s usual smooth prose, and filled with his historical knowledge that brought the story to life.The battles varied from small skirmishes to huge scale of one million combatants, and each one was written brilliantly and vividly, with it being both simple enough for the reader to understand, and chaotic as all battles truly are.I would recommend to any who enjoy historical fiction, or those who have enjoyed this authors other works, or if you have an interest in Persian or Ancient Greek history and culture

  2. says:

    5 starsThis is available onUK today for 99 pence Truly fabulous I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody This book is Iggulden s fine re telling of Xenophon The Persian Expedition.Iggulden notes For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend The Persian Expedition, particularly to any reader interested in how the Greeks thought and acted It deserves to have survived over two thousand years. The Persian Expediti 5 starsThis is available onUK today for 99 pence Truly fabulous I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody This book is Iggulden s fine re telling of Xenophon The Persian Expedition.Iggulden notes For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend The Persian Expedition, particularly to any reader interested in how the Greeks thought and acted It deserves to have survived over two thousand years. The Persian Expedition by XenophonAs usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher s blurb summary of the book Thank you. ARC courtesy NetGalley.com, Thank you Beautiful prose again throughout from Iggulden I had read several of his Caesar books 10 15 years ago and was impressed He s truly a master of prose and pacing.This is an extraordinary living history, dramatised but based on Xenophones actual witness of the events 120,000 soldiers 12,000 extraordinary Spartans march over 1,000 miles into the desert to fight, but many don t realise that the charismatic and strong leader, Cyrus, is really set to try to overthrow his brother, King Artaxerxes II, who tried to assassinate Cyrus earlier There is a completely for me surprising twist in the middle of the book, and then the whole direction of the book changes Very well presented, and matching true history.Truly a fabulous tale, superbly told by Iggulden.Artaxerxes II of PersiaFull size image HoplitesFull size image The March of the 10,000Full size image The Spartan sword, the KopisFull size image Spartan helmetFull size image Cyrus and XenophonFull size image

  3. says:

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources It s an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that s as stunning today as it has ever been In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon s tale pretty closely, adding a bit of emotional drama but not much embellishment to the original story His notes at the end of the book give a handy overview of the facts as Xenophon saw them and the extent to whi The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources It s an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that s as stunning today as it has ever been In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon s tale pretty closely, adding a bit of emotional drama but not much embellishment to the original story His notes at the end of the book give a handy overview of the facts as Xenophon saw them and the extent to which they were altered for the book, an effective and honest addition that makes clear the line between fact and fiction in this modern offering, as well as providing a few pointers for readers about the relative historical reliability of Xenophon s first hand account The first part focuses on Cyrus and his feud with his brother Artaxerxes following the death of their father, Darius II For me, this was a problem because even if you don t know the history, you ve probably read the blurb, and what that tells you is that Cyrus is going to die Yet here we are getting to know him, the author using every trick in the book to draw you into liking him his intelligence, his friendship with the Spartans, his fight against his murderous brother And I didn t want that emotional connection to happen because I know he s going to fail Perhaps this knowledge is supposed to be a kind of bittersweet what if , but it gives a feeling of hopelessness and pointlessness to the story right from the beginning This isn t helped by the book being incredibly slow at the outset, to the extent where I thought it might be a DNF I couldn t connect to the characters, not much happens, the language is simplistic, and Iggulden has this thing where he follows one main perspective then jumps to another POV for a few sentences or paragraphs to add a bit of flavour before going back to the original it s frustrating and prevents any of the secondary characters achieving any real depth Most that do get significant page time are going to die Just a heads up there Sometimes following history is very bloody inconvenient The second part is on steadier ground as we switch perspectives to Xenophon himself At this point, you have to get over the fact that despite your best intentions, you d formed attachments to the doomed heroes in the first bit, that against your better judgement, you d started to hope for them, so now have to quickly get over their brutal ends well, once that s done, Xenophon is an immediately engaging and vibrant character to spend time with There s plenty of action and lots of tension as the host makes it s arduous way towards home, all the time hounded by Persian forces and hill tribes The sheer torture of the long journey is so successfully rendered that it makes you wonder how the hell they actually made it.This was fun in parts, but has too many flaws to be truly worthy I do, of course, highly recommend the original give it a try, you ll be surprised by how much you enjoy it ARC via Netgalley

  4. says:

    I don t yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it he had me hooked by the end of the very first page This could well be the finest book that this author has written, which would make it very special indeed Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights A potential top novel of the year for me.

  5. says:

    7 10A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south I didn t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is a number of years after that so there was no Gerard Butler shouting This is SPARTA I quickly read the summary on goodreads to get up to speed and it gives away massive plot points throughout the book which makes the 7 10A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south I didn t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is a number of years after that so there was no Gerard Butler shouting This is SPARTA I quickly read the summary on goodreads to get up to speed and it gives away massive plot points throughout the book which makes the first part over 50% less tense as you know what will happen The second part wasinteresting as I didn t know what was going to happen but never trust a Persian bearing gifts wait, that doesn t sound right The last part is the tale of Xenophon doing his heroics and leading people home If anything I felt this part was rushed especially near the end when it just sort of finished and hit a historical note I thought the book could have beenfocused on this aspect but I guess the author might not have wanted to tread on the classic story written by the man himself I like the authors books and am always keen to read them but this wasn t one of my favourites of his but it was still an enjoyable read and glad I read it Now, to hit the gym and get a red cape Or just shove on 300 and pretend Thanks to NetGalley for a copy

  6. says:

    I m a long standing Conn Iggulden fan, but this book didn t live up to his other works somehow Having said that, if you like swords and violence it s definitely worth a read.

  7. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A superbly written account of an amazing series of historical events Starting with Prince Cyrus, brother to King Artaxerxes rallying a force a soldier s to claim the throne of Persia from his brother At his side Prince Cyrus has an elite army of Spartans From the ashes of defeat, Prince Cyrus is killed , rises another great event The remaining armies, lead by quickly elected Xenophon, a brilliant strategist, retreat and escape Persia Unputdownable, a very compelling read, highlighting th A superbly written account of an amazing series of historical events Starting with Prince Cyrus, brother to King Artaxerxes rallying a force a soldier s to claim the throne of Persia from his brother At his side Prince Cyrus has an elite army of Spartans From the ashes of defeat, Prince Cyrus is killed , rises another great event The remaining armies, lead by quickly elected Xenophon, a brilliant strategist, retreat and escape Persia Unputdownable, a very compelling read, highlighting the ferocity, savagery, bloodshed and low value of most human life in the ancient world

  8. says:

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus.At the beginning of the book you ll find a couple of wonderful maps, one of the Persian Empire, and the other of the length of the March of Xenophon and the Ten Thousand.This book has been very well researched and documented with great care w This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus.At the beginning of the book you ll find a couple of wonderful maps, one of the Persian Empire, and the other of the length of the March of Xenophon and the Ten Thousand.This book has been very well researched and documented with great care within the author s Historical Note which you can find at the end of the book, and its there where you can take notice that a very important part is destined for Xenophon s historical book Anabasis , because that s been used as the basis for this great book.Story telling is as ever of a top notch quality, all the characters featuring in this story come superbly to life, whether they are Greek or Persian, and the atmosphere of the ancient world comes very much alive in a most convincing and gripping fashion.Its all about the ancient world, the Greek Persian wars, but mainly this time about the Persian brother war between Prince Cyrus and King Artaxerxes.The first part of the book is mainly about Prince Cyrus and his near death when his father, King Darius II, is dying but thanks to his mother he remains alive to live for another day, but finally at the Battle of Cunaxa where he will fight with his Greek mercenaries and native Persian army against the army of his brother King Artaxerxes, Prince Cyrus in the end will fall, and its there where the Greek mercenaries are left alone and isolated on the battlefield.After Tissaphernes commits treachery against Clearchus and other Greek Generals by having them murdered for King Artaxerxes, the second part of the book is about the escape of Xenophon and the Ten Thousand that will start after the Battle of Cunaxa and especially after that treachery, and although they have hardly any food or water and enemies all the time at their heels, he will take them, with the help from Chrisophus and his Spartans in particular, to the Sea and freedom and so on into Greek territory.Very much recommended, because if you re into the Ancient World and you like the Greek Persian wars then this book is a must read to each and everyone of you, and that s why I call it myself A Compelling Heroic Flight Epic Greek Deeds

  9. says:

    4.5 stars Another fascinating historical fiction novel by Conn Iggulden He had me glued to my seat reading the Genghis series and this stand alone certainly did not disappoint Let me state that I know next to nothing about the history of Persia and Greece so the opportunity to read a book set in the 300 s was a gift It even had Socrates It is the story of the 10,000 Men March where the Greeks lost resoundingly to the Persians The Greeks, Spartans, Athenians and Corinthians were hired by the 4.5 stars Another fascinating historical fiction novel by Conn Iggulden He had me glued to my seat reading the Genghis series and this stand alone certainly did not disappoint Let me state that I know next to nothing about the history of Persia and Greece so the opportunity to read a book set in the 300 s was a gift It even had Socrates It is the story of the 10,000 Men March where the Greeks lost resoundingly to the Persians The Greeks, Spartans, Athenians and Corinthians were hired by the brother of the new King of Persia to overthrow him Cyrus, the brother, was truly a charismatic leader who you truly rooted for Unfortunately it s history not fiction so no spoilers and Cyrus dies horribly in battle This is a real problem for the Greeks They are stuck in Persia thousands of miles from home surrounded by a savage army that wants to kill them They don t see them as mercenaries but adversaries Luckily there are several gifted leaders who start their retreat and their long trek home pursued by a vicious army They are hampered by thousands of camp followers carrying their personal possessions One man bizarrely carried a door They have no food or money They are betrayed They cross deserts and mountains all the time being pursued They must change and adapt It s an amazing story of struggle and survival It was so hard to put down Iggulden is a master of making historical fiction come alive I highly recommend this book Thanks to NetGalley for a copy in exchange for a fair review

  10. says:

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon s own words The story first covers the author s interpretation of WHY Cyrus is rebelling against his brother, the Great King, Artaxerxes details of Xenophon s background in Athens and the muster of Greeks in Sardis After the battle in which Cyrus is slain a I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon s own words The story first covers the author s interpretation of WHY Cyrus is rebelling against his brother, the Great King, Artaxerxes details of Xenophon s background in Athens and the muster of Greeks in Sardis After the battle in which Cyrus is slain and the betrayal of all the Greek generals where they are murdered in cold blood, the novel slows its pace until Xenophon is chosen to lead everyone He displays a natural leadership ability With this trek, the story picks up again Xenophon and his unofficial second in command, the Spartan, Chrisophus, chivvy the people along towards their goal, overcoming many obstacles along the way Persian army tailing them to the end of their empire, extreme weather, exciting fight with one of the mountain tribes Author s style has improved a thousand fold since his clunky Roman trilogy Thinking about the title, I opined the Falcon of Sparta most likely was the Spartan, Clearchus, chief general from Sardis through Cunaxa to his demise Cyrus banner had been marked with a falcon I thought the backstories fit in nicely and gave some background and rounding out of Cyrus and Xenophon s characters Highly recommended

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