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by Sam Barone

The Bronze Age is brought vividly to life in this action-packed historical saga in the tradition of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell, and Jean Auel
Download Quest for Honour (Eskkar Saga) epub
ISBN: 0099536765
ISBN13: 978-0099536765
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Sam Barone
Language: English
Publisher: Random House UK (April 1, 2011)
Pages: 618 pages
ePUB size: 1989 kb
FB2 size: 1708 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 380
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. . . you’ll learn a lot from the events and some of the characters populating this novel. If you do know a lot about the history of ancient Sumer, you’ll still be entertained by the characters and events in Eskkar’s quest for honor, defending Akkad from the evil intentions and incursions of the rapacious Sumerians. In this novel the two bronze-age cities vie for dominance in the land between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates of approximately 2400-2200 BCE. Eskkar is king of Akkad, ruling with his queen Trella, wisely and benevolently the lands north of Sumer, which city is ruled despotically by King Eridu and later his children Shulgi and Kushanna. The events and characters are apparently the stuff of fiction, but rather well-conceived and true to the constants of human nature revealed in every era of our history.
Same Barone started writing this series in retirement. That said, I wish he had given up his day time job earlier. I have all three of his novels and they just get better and better. This one ups the scales in terms of action and battle preparation which has been a central theme of the series as Eskkar and Trella again find themselves plotting to save Akkad. But this time the plots and subplots behind the "save Akkad campaign"are far more enthralling. You can sense the fun just from the writing, that the author must have had planning the course that Eskkar and co would take to unravel their way out of what at first appears to be hopeless odds. If you like both an engrossing, well written story that holds the attention, has buckets of action and allows you to play armchair general, and has some excellent doses of humor then its definately a must read.

The only downside for me (and I am not purile) was I didn't care too much for the multitude of sexual romps that are depicted at various intervals in the book. I get the picture where they are married and in love a long time. If it adds to the plot(in some cases it did but not always) then fair enough. But there were times, a simple "though his hunger gnawed at him, more basic urges needed satisfying first." would do. Occasionally we digress back to how a character came to be where they were in the world of Akkad or Sumer in a plot sense, only to revisit it again later (in slightly different wording). Again, you notice it, and think "haven't we been there before" but its nothing that ruins the flow. Personally anything that could rate as a "negative" to me had as much impact on my joy for the story as spotting a light bulb in "Gone with the Wind". Besides, I gather the author took 7 years to research and write his first work. This one to me is his best, and put together in a much shorter time frame (publishing contracts tend to do that I imagine)so its awesome to see how its turned out just great despite that restraint.

Roll on book 4. And beyond with the Sargon Saga.
For all those readers who have become enamored of Lady Trella, this latest novel by Mr. Barone will not disappoint. Yes, Eskkar is a terrific fighter, although he is beginning to lose a step and must count on crafty tricks. But, I savored the moments that she was 'on stage.' Everyman's perfect woman, and I'm sure quite a model for the female reader as well. She intuitively knows how to persuade him that her brilliant ideas were really his.
This is historical 'fiction'; anyone picking on specific details that don't match the era exactly should relax and give the author some license. Overall, the scenarios are in the realm of the possible. There's quite a lot of solid research on the use of various weaponry. The topic of horses in battle is quite interesting. I always figured a horse was like a vehicle; a mode of transportation that required maintenance and fuel.
The chapters covering the overall planning and training for the war were masterfully done. They were comprehensive and a major part of the book. Quite exciting with action scenes woven into the story.
Like any major work with many characters, the disposition of all the characters at the conclusion may or may not satisfy every reader. I have one in particular in mind that I hoped might survive and appear in the next book. Oh well! If I think I can do better, I should write a book.
I agree with previous reviewers. Each book has improved. The writing style, the dialogue, the flow have all matured. Keep them coming, Sam.
Conflict of Empire is a great 3rd book in the series from Mr. Barone about Akkad in ancient Mesopotamia, which starts off in 3154 BC. If you haven't already done so, start with Dawn of Empire and finish Empire Rising before picking up Conflict. If you enjoyed the first two books, Conflict will not disappoint with more politics, intrigue, action, and a fast pace that really brings this world to life.

The writing is more mature than the early books, with less micro-details thought out from start to finish, which I found to be a welcome change. Eskkar and Trella are back and dealing with the rapid growth of Akkad on the Tigris. In the previous books Akkad was threatened by a horde of nomads who had never faced a walled city. In Conflict, Akkad faces a new threat from rival Sumer, which adds a rich new layer to this fascinating series.

Without spoiling too much of the story, some armchair generals may take issue with Eskkar's tactics in the big battle. I certainly had my questions. At the end of the book Barone compares his battle to Alexander's actions and the odds against him at Gaugamela. This is an unfair comparison because Alexander's army was significantly more advanced than the armies of ancient Mesopotamia, and the Akkadians and Sumerians were on a more equal footing than Macedonians and Persians. That aside, I would look forward to a 4th installment, but unfortunately Mr. Barone did not offer any clues to his future plans. Enjoy!