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    Posted: 04-Mar-2019 at 14:15
You should have first listed the author's name and that the story is set in the depression years of the 30's.

It would also be nice if you expounded as to why it's your "all time favorite", here and not on your blog. Which I realize your trying to promote.
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  Quote Kertiskan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Mar-2019 at 07:35
My favourite historical fiction is by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. She has a series named «The Founding». I`m just loving it.
Also a very special to me is Forsythe Saga. Speaking about the great family story.
BUt my all time favourite always will be - of mice and men.
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  Quote Cataln Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2008 at 15:33
Originally posted by Justinian

Finished reading The Sword of Attila and Gods and Legions both by Michael Ford Curtis. 
I have Gods and Legions in Spanish, but haven't read it.  I also have Ten Thousand and The Last King in English, but I've only read the latter.  I loved it.
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  Quote Thor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Jan-2008 at 06:28

Are there any other recommendations for Ancient Greece, Byzantine and old Scandinavian tales? Stephen Lawhead was great for some of this.

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  Quote Thor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Jan-2008 at 08:37
Pankration by Peter Katsionis is a great read. Story of Dioxuppus.
 
I also read Manfredi's Spartan, it was ok, not bad, not great. His Alexander Trilogy was much better.
 
I lost my copy of Gates of Fire so I have to get another.
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  Quote Justinian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Sep-2007 at 23:09
Finished reading The Sword of Attila and Gods and Legions both by Michael Ford Curtis.  Also finished Funeral Games by Mary Renault.  All three were quite good.  I would definitely recommend them to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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Henry Treece did a few, "Electra" for instance. Rosemary Sutcliff did loads more like, "Sun Horse, Moon Horse", "Song For A Dark Queen", "Warrior Scarlett" and the "Three Legions" series. Conn Iggulden wrote a series on Caesar.
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  Quote Justinian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Jun-2007 at 00:27
The Last King and The Ten Thousand by Michael Ford Curtis were entertaining.
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  Quote gcle2003 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-May-2007 at 05:15
Mary Renault's The King Must Die, The Bull from the SeaThe Persian Boy, etc. 
 
Gore Vidal's Julian and Creation.
 
Naomi Michison's Corn King and Spring Queen.
 
Not so brilliant, but readable: Paul Doherty's Amerotke series, in ancient Egypt.
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  Quote Giannis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Apr-2007 at 11:23
''The Afghan Campaign'' by Steven Pressfield.
 
It's the story of the least most famous (in my opinion) Alexander's campaign, against the rebel Afghan kingdoms of the falling Persian Empire.
 
What I liked about this book, is that is not following the perspective of a general, or a politician or even Alexander's. It is about the story of a soldier, and the problems that the footsoldiers and cavalry men had, in the harsh environment of modern day Iraq and Afghanistan, against an enemy that :
 
Here the foe does not meet us in pitched battle, as other armies we have dueled in the past..Even when we defeat him, he will not accept our dominion. He comes back again and again. He hates us with a passion whose depth is exceeded only by his patience and his capacity for suffering.
 
I think that Pressfield, in his latest novel, tries to make a comparison between the ancient era (Alexanders army in Afghanistan)  and  the modern era (US and NATO soldiers, in Afghanistan and Iraq), sometimes he succeds, some times he fails.


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  Quote Dawn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2007 at 18:52
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Pompeii by Robert Harris
 
River God and Warlock( Both set in Egypt) by Wilbur Smith
 
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  Quote kilroy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2007 at 17:01
For the late Roman Empire, you might want to try Wallace Breem's Eagle in the Snow.  
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  Quote Dawn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2007 at 15:08
to add to the list:
 
The sub rosa series by Steven Saylor- mysteries set during late Republic Rome
 
First Man in Rome series - Collen McCullough
 
 
Gods and Legions - by Michael Curtus Ford
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  Quote Giannis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2007 at 08:30

I'm a big fan of Manfredi also, I suggest the ''Tyrant'' for the beginners.

I also like Pressfield,  especially, ''The gates of fire'' and ''Tides of war''.
 
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  Quote Aelfgifu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2007 at 08:03
I tried Manfredi a couple of times, but his style doesn't do it for me somehow...

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