Alexander's epic quest continues into the heart of Asia and on towards the mystery of India. The Macedonian army marches ever onward in search of glory, crushing resistance at every turn. The culture and beauty of Babylon is quickly ravaged, and the Palace of Persepolis burnt to ashes and cinders. An empire is destroyed and a new and bloody era begins.
The story opens on the day that the Western Roman Empire collapses finally in 470 AD, as the last emperor of Rome is encamped protected by the Nova Invicta Legion. All is lost in the space of a few minutes as a horde of Barbarians sweep through the camp in the fog, kill the Imperial family, and take the young emperor captive. The Roman Empire is in ruins. But all is not lost. From the dust of battlefields emerges a small team of invincible warriors: The Last Legion.
"Nothing really to do with a Roman legion"
Alexander: Child of a Dream is the first in Valerio Massimo Manfredi's outstanding trilogy of brutal passion and grand adventure in Ancient Greece. Who could have been born to conquer the world other than a god? A boy born to a great king, Philip of Macedon, and his sensual queen, Olympias, Alexander became a young man of immense, unfathomable potential.
This is the saga of a Spartan family, torn apart by a cruel law that forces them to abandon one of their two sons, born lame, to the elements. The elder son, Brithos, is raised in the caste of the warriors, while the other, Talos, is spared a cruel death and is raised by a Helot shepherd, among the peasants.
As a young boy in Ithaca, Odysseus listens in wonder to his grandfather Autolykos. He learns of his heritage and a lifelong passion is sparked: to become an adventurer and warrior. In Mycenae, he meets King Eurystheus and learns the terrible story of Hercules who slaughtered his family and whose punishment was to undertake impossible tasks to earn absolution. But is Eurystheus the man he says he is?
Alexander's epic quest continues. In a seemingly impossible venture, Alexander and his men storm Persian fortresses and harbours, crippling King Darius' domination of land and sea. Even the legendary Halicarnassus is defeated by the Macedinoan armies. Ruthlessly, Alexander's war machine moves ever onward taking him up into the snow-covered Anatolian highlands, and ever closer to his destiny.
"Great Narrative by Derek Jacobi"
Sicily 405 AD: the infinite duel between a man and a superpower begins. The man is Dionysius, who has just made himself Tyrant of Syracuse. The superpower Carthage, mercantile megalopolis and mistress of the seas. Over the next eight years, Dionysius' brutal military conquests will strike down countless enemies and many friends to make Syracuse the most powerful Greek city west of mainland Greece.
"Manfredi is pyschic"
The protagonist of this tale is Diomedes, the last of the great ancient Greek Homeric heroes, who seeks to return to his beloved homeland after years of war against Troy. But destiny has other plans for him. Betrayed by his wife, who plots to murder him, and persecuted by hostile gods, he has no choice but to turn his sails west, towards Hesperia, the mysterious mist-shrouded land that will one day be called Italy.
"A New Perspective on Troy"
In the middle of the night at the Museum of Volterra, young archeologist Fabrizio Castellani is immersed in his work - research into the famous Etruscan statue known as The Shade of Twilight. Completely engrossed, he is startled by the phone ringing. An icy female voice warns him to abandon his work at once. A series of gruesome killings shortly follow, throwing the people of Volterra into a panic. The victims have been torn to pieces by a beast of unimaginable size.
After months of forced labour, a Roman emperor's guards escape from a Persian mine. They meet a mysterious, exiled Chinese Prince, Dan Qing, and agree to safeguard his journey home. Thus begins the adventures of the Romans and the Prince as they journey to China. There the Westerners will discover that they aren't the first of their kind to arrive in China - they were preceded centuries before by the survivors of the "lost legion".