After much to-ing and fro-ing in the review stages, with much wailing and gnashing of teeth, Sword of Marathon is now available in both paperback and Kindle versions at an Amazon site near you.
For those new to this site who want to get a further flavour of the book, here’s the editorial description:
Luke, a Gothic prince of Angland and a shaman’s pupil, sets out to prove himself worthy of kingship by finding traders for his people’s amber jewels. His journey leads him south through treacherous waters and murderous barbarians. With younger brother Hal at his side, and trust in his sword, Luke finds a new and unexpected destiny.
In Greece, Luke finds manhood too, with the voluptuous and beautiful Agariste. She reveals a rotten secret at the heart of Athens, which draws the brothers into a vicious war against the Persian Empire. King Darius the Great, with his vast navy fleets and army legions, is bent on destroying the Ionian city of Eretria, and then Athens, with its fledgling democracy and its persistent refusal to bow to tyranny.
As leader of the toughest seafaring mercenaries in Greece, Luke gathers vital intelligence for the General of Athens and rescues the future mother of Herodotus, the world’s first historian.
Luke’s quest also reveals Misia, an alluring young Carian princess, who betrays him, yet captures his heart. Confronted with superior military force on the plain of Marathon, Luke, Hal, and the Greeks engage the Persian army in bloody combat, in one of the most important and epic battles of all time. Its outcome will decide the future of the entire world for decades and millennia to come.
After his first reading, a friend of mine tells me the novel is rather like a rollercoaster. The characters are carefully built, then the tension builds, and then it becomes unrelenting, climaxing in the battle itself, before settling accounts, near the end, in preparation for the second novel in the series. I hope that kind of format appeals to Hollywood movie directors, as I would love to be on set as an adviser, when they shoot all of the various scenes. If they actually ask me for any advice, rather than just occasionally handing me the odd piece of dark chocolate or the odd glass of Pinot Noir, then I will be doubly pleased! 🙂
In the meantime, here are the links to several of those Amazon sites where the book is now available. Kindle versions are available in all territories, however sometimes you have to search these out separately, as I’m currently working with the Amazon people to get the paperback and Kindle versions properly linked in the UK, France, Italy, and Spain. They are properly linked in the US and in Germany.
You can read the first few chapters, as a preview, at each individual Amazon site, which is the Kindle-text preview:
If you do pick up a copy, all reviews on your local version of Amazon are gratefully appreciated, as well as copies of these reviews on your own web and blog sites. Depending on your religion, this may fail to achieve automatic entry into heaven, however I am convinced that it will go a long way to do so.