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Sons of Zeus | [Noble Smith]

Sons of Zeus

In 431 BC, ancient Greece experienced its own "Pearl Harbor" - a treacherous sneak attack that would mark the start of the bloody war between the democracy of Athens and the tyranny of Sparta. Caught between these superpowers, the independent city-state of Plataea became the arena where their battle for control of all of Greece would begin.
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Publisher's Summary

In 431 BC, ancient Greece experienced its own "Pearl Harbor" - a treacherous sneak attack that would mark the start of the bloody war between the democracy of Athens and the tyranny of Sparta. Caught between these superpowers, the independent city-state of Plataea became the arena where their battle for control of all of Greece would begin.

In Plataea, the young Greek warrior Nikias dreams of glory in the Olympic games as he trains for the pankration - the no-holds-barred ultimate fighting of the era - until an act of violence in defense of his beloved threatens to send him into exile. But before his trial can take place, a traitor opens the city gates to a surprise attack force.

Suddenly trapped inside their own fortress, the Plataeans are fighting for their lives. As Nikias seeks to discover the identity of the man who betrayed the city, he makes a daring escape, gathers an army, and leads this ragtag band into a suicidal battle at the gates of the citadel - a battle that will decide the fates of his family, his friends, and the woman he loves.

In the vein of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, and Steven Pressfield, Sons of Zeus marks the beginning of a richly detailed new action-adventure series.

©2013 Noble Smith (P)2013 Blackstone

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    Edison A. Blake 09-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "YA story with adult content and unskilled narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not worth the time. The story is artificial and adolescent. It would be good for young readers except for the ridiculously immature sex scenes, explicit in ways only a hormone fueled high school jock could appreciate or believe. Worse than this is the narrator who creates character distinction by falling back on unimaginative and misplaced accents. One of the ancient Greeks actually is given a buttery soft southern accent with diction and pacing reminiscent of Bing Crosby. And, like the Bingle, regardless of the situation his voice never changes, even in the midst of battle he speaks in laconic, ploddingly, cocktail party voice. It is just plain silly. Other characters have British accents, Midwestern, B-movie vampire, etc. Accents do not work to replace well thought out and presented character voices.


    Has Sons of Zeus turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, but definitely the author and narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The writer needed to write more maturely if he wanted to keep the rape and sexual torture scenes in (though they need to be better written to be believable) or remove the sex and tone down some of the brutality and pitch it to young readers--which is the level of the story. But mostly, it needed a different narrator.


    Could you see Sons of Zeus being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It might make a movie for children. Who knows what might be picked up for a movie--it would be completely rewritten in any case. No major actor would touch it in current state.


    Any additional comments?

    This is actually the first time an audible book has moved me to write a review--to bad the motivation is negative rather than positive. This is a pretty wretchedly conceived project.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 07-08-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2011

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Couldn't Finish the Book, Due to Narrator"

    This book could very well be extremely good, but I could not get past the narrator... in my opinion he was unbearable. I would def. try reading this book because I saw many good reviews on Amazon so I don't believe the content can be that bad considering the subject & who is involved

    I just want to give a warning to anyone to be sure to listen to the sample play of the book

    I guess its unfair to give it low stars because I didn't finish the content but even the hour I listened to was a bit difficult to follow due to not knowing anything or even heard of Plataeans? I am no historian & I wish people could comment on other peoples comments because I would like to know if I completely slept thru this part of global history in school (quite possible lol)

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    Mr. Conrad 10-10-14
    Mr. Conrad 10-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Too many character back stories."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    Has Sons of Zeus turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voice is mono-tone. Should be more engaging.


    What character would you cut from Sons of Zeus?

    Too many to remember.


    Any additional comments?

    May I have a refund?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad LaMorgese Irving, TX USA 09-30-13
    Brad LaMorgese Irving, TX USA 09-30-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Great New Noble Smith Series"

    I highly recommend the start to this series. It's part ancient history, part high action, with great characters. It's gritty, just a warning. I differ from some of the reviews and enjoyed the narrator. Check this out, you will not be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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