Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta’s finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally - saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, “Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.” How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor. The squire’s story indeed reveals the incredible rigors of Spartan training - and more importantly, how the whole culture fostered the mindset of fearlessness.
Steven Pressfield has skillfully combined scholarship and storytelling to bring the whole world of ancient Sparta brilliantly to life. George Guidall’s dramatic delivery enhances the richness and feeling of this inspired recreation.
©1998 Steven Pressfield (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
If you're a warrior to any capacity this is a must read! There are incredible life lessons intertwined in this novel. This is by far one of my favorite s stories.
I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.
It starts slow, but it's worth sticking with. The last 4 hours of the audio version are some of the best I've listened to.
Fantastic story beautifully told. Much better than any 300 movie. Thank you Mr. Pressfield for your attention to detail. Well done.
Pressfield clearly put his time into this. You would almost think it was true account.
The narrator has just the right skill set to make this a brilliant reading. Enough subtlety in his voices to give characters their own identity but none overblown or ridiculous.
If you like Greek epics you'll love this.
Steven Pressfield gives a fantastic rendering of Spartan culture and bravery. It has all the grit, all the guts and all the glory that you would hope. I think even the three hundred who gave their lives at Thermopylae would be honored.
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