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Historical military fiction at its best

Ancient Thebes, 335 BC. Alexander savagely crushes the Theban revolt against his rule. Swearing revenge for their once glorious city, Dimitrios, a captain of the Theban army, physician Klemes, and soldier Ari join General Memnon in Asia Minor to fight against Alexander as he sets off to conquer the Persian Empire. 

An irreverent portrait of Alexander the Great

Throne of Darius is a story of high adventure, romance, and war - especially war, told with heart and a sense of humor. Mark McLaughlin paints a unique and irreverent portrait of Alexander the Great, who certainly was not "great" to everyone. Unlike the majority of historical and literary works, this novel does not glorify the Macedonian king but instead tells the tale of the young conqueror from the point of view of those who fought against him. 

What people say about Throne of Darius

“Military historical fiction is often all about male warriors, complex strategies and vicious battles. There is all of that in this book, but there are also strong female characters in Throne of Darius, like the noble princess Barsine and the brave horsegirl, Halime. Narrating the story from the point of view of Alexander’s opponents is a refreshing take that brings a new understanding of Alexander's campaign without diminishing historical accuracy. There is humor, fierce battle scenes but also deeply emotional moments - everything to make Throne of Darius an enthralling read that will keep you hooked.” (Krystallia Papadimitriou, editor)

©2011 Mark G. McLaughlin (P)2020 Mark G. McLaughlin

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These voices !

Wow these voices are incredible. I’m so in the story. Especially that Anne Cunningham, wow! That voice is amazing.

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Great Story. Too Gorey

The narrator was good and the plot was very intriguing...but I couldn't get past the prologue because of the vulgar way the author described the bodies of the dead. I chose to read this book in the hopes of letting my kids read it one day, and it is no where near clean enough for that. Men getting impaled and hung on hooks is definitely not ok with me. But the story was a good one and I really wish I could have finished it.