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Arimnestos of Plataea has already lived through several lifetimes' worth of adventure, from being a rich man's slave in Ephesus to winning glory at the battle of Marathon against the might of the Persian Empire. But the gods - and the Persians - aren't finished with him yet. As an experienced sea captain - his enemies might say pirate - he has a part to play in the final e Arimnestos of Plataea has already lived through several lifetimes' worth of adventure, from being a rich man's slave in Ephesus to winning glory at the battle of Marathon against the might of the Persian Empire. But the gods - and the Persians - aren't finished with him yet. As an experienced sea captain - his enemies might say pirate - he has a part to play in the final epic confrontation of the Long War between the Greeks and Persians, the Battle of Salamis. It is a battle where many debts of blood will be repaid, ancient grudges settled, fame won and treachery exposed, where the Greeks must finally bury their differences and fight as one - for against them Xerxes, the Great King, has assembled the greatest fleet the world has ever known, his sworn purpose to brutally extinguish the flame of freedom and make every Greek his slave.


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Arimnestos of Plataea has already lived through several lifetimes' worth of adventure, from being a rich man's slave in Ephesus to winning glory at the battle of Marathon against the might of the Persian Empire. But the gods - and the Persians - aren't finished with him yet. As an experienced sea captain - his enemies might say pirate - he has a part to play in the final e Arimnestos of Plataea has already lived through several lifetimes' worth of adventure, from being a rich man's slave in Ephesus to winning glory at the battle of Marathon against the might of the Persian Empire. But the gods - and the Persians - aren't finished with him yet. As an experienced sea captain - his enemies might say pirate - he has a part to play in the final epic confrontation of the Long War between the Greeks and Persians, the Battle of Salamis. It is a battle where many debts of blood will be repaid, ancient grudges settled, fame won and treachery exposed, where the Greeks must finally bury their differences and fight as one - for against them Xerxes, the Great King, has assembled the greatest fleet the world has ever known, his sworn purpose to brutally extinguish the flame of freedom and make every Greek his slave.

30 review for Salamis

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liviu

    fifth and next to last Arimnestos novel this time covering only a short period of time (just before, during and immediately after the title battle as book 4 ends with Thermopylae); the usual great stuff from the author and a page turner so I will add a few observations that struck me when reading the book: - superb ending sequence (action and denouement) which solves a minor mystery regarding the maternity of Arimnestos' daughter to whom the story is narrated some 15-20 years later (not that the fifth and next to last Arimnestos novel this time covering only a short period of time (just before, during and immediately after the title battle as book 4 ends with Thermopylae); the usual great stuff from the author and a page turner so I will add a few observations that struck me when reading the book: - superb ending sequence (action and denouement) which solves a minor mystery regarding the maternity of Arimnestos' daughter to whom the story is narrated some 15-20 years later (not that the hints were not there so there is little surprise) - when reading Arimnestos second encounter with the Great King (after the first encounter in the previous volume when he was an envoy though with an ambiguous status, this time we are in the ruins of Athens with our hero on the ground with a spear at his neck), it reminded me of a similar sequence I've just read - a little thinking and it was Tom Swan and the Sultan in the last Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade novella (7/13) and only then I realized the obvious thing about C. Cameron being the writer of that one; anyway great scene here too which together with the ending action raised this novel beyond the usual action adventure of the series - excellent secondary characters - the villain Diomedes steals the show whenever he appears, but also the ambiguous Themistocles and the warrior queen Artemisia of Halicarnassus - overall just superb stuff that kept me reading late at night as well as going back to the earlier volumes

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charles Bronson

    Christian Cameron for PM!

  3. 5 out of 5

    S.J.A. Turney

    Fabulous historical fiction grabs you like a passing charioteer and drags you round the hippodrome at breakneck speed. Simply: Salamis makes that seem slow. Book 5 of the Long War series is by far the fastest-paced, most direct, exciting and powerful of the series to date. Impressive at such an advanced stage of a saga. After the breath-stealing ending of The Great King, Greece is not just in danger. It is on the eve of extinction. Boeotia and Attica are about to be overrun by the Persians and are Fabulous historical fiction grabs you like a passing charioteer and drags you round the hippodrome at breakneck speed. Simply: Salamis makes that seem slow. Book 5 of the Long War series is by far the fastest-paced, most direct, exciting and powerful of the series to date. Impressive at such an advanced stage of a saga. After the breath-stealing ending of The Great King, Greece is not just in danger. It is on the eve of extinction. Boeotia and Attica are about to be overrun by the Persians and are utterly hopeless. The Greek fleet languishes, unbeaten and yet still somehow losing the war. The eastern states of Greece are evacuating, fleeing west to whoever will take them, the Great King is coming, and Arimnestos has family and friends in the danger zone. And so the tale begins. I had somehow expected book 5 to follow much the same format as the previous ones: a wide-ranging epic that covers a lengthy era and several themes. No. With a short opening of brutal fear in the face of advancing horror we are launched straight into a fight for the future of Greece, which occupies the bulk of the book. And this is not like Marathon (book 2, you might remember) which deals with a number of subjects around that great battle. This is a full on treatment of one of the world’s most important naval engagements. This is, if you will, Cameron’s ‘The Longest Day’ or ‘Zulu’ or ‘Waterloo’. This is a military engagement told in breathtaking detail and heartbreaking style. From individual boarding actions and personal duels on board to grand strategies and political machinations on a huge scale, this battle – this novel – is enthralling. Be warned: you are about to lose favourites. Obviously. No writer of military histfic can write about history’s greatest battles without cracking a few eggs so to speak. But on the brightside, there are genuine moments of bright glory and wonder here. Because in addition to the great battle itself, this book contains a growing element of family and community, on both a grand and a personal scale. We are about to see new relationships formed, old loves rekindles, long enmities buried and endless loose threads tied up. Essentially, Salamis is a masterpiece, and announces the coming closure of the series. Go buy it. Buy it now. For the love of Artemis, read this series!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anton

    It's lit fam.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Again a brilliant episode in the Long War series by Christian Cameron. It is already book five in the series about the life and times of Arimnestos of Plataea, aka `Doru' the spear of the Greeks,in the Greco Persian Wars, but it still upholds that incredibly high standard of HF storytelling. Its predecessor, Book four, the Great King, ends with Leonidas fallen at the Hot Gates of Thermopylae, and the Persians ready to swarm off all over Boetia and Attica, but with the allied fleet, vastly outnum Again a brilliant episode in the Long War series by Christian Cameron. It is already book five in the series about the life and times of Arimnestos of Plataea, aka `Doru' the spear of the Greeks,in the Greco Persian Wars, but it still upholds that incredibly high standard of HF storytelling. Its predecessor, Book four, the Great King, ends with Leonidas fallen at the Hot Gates of Thermopylae, and the Persians ready to swarm off all over Boetia and Attica, but with the allied fleet, vastly outnumbered, brilliantly fighting off the Persians day after day at the sea battle of Artemisium. They are not beaten. Arimnestos does not give into despair, but is convinced the Greeks can win it, if the fleet holds together, and they are given a fighting chance. They are the better men, and there are some old scores to settle for the battle of Lade, (book 2 Marathon) in which they also were the better men, but lost it all beause of treason and defection of their allies. Arimnestos is determined not to let that happen again. He is again reunited with his old pirate buddies from the times of Miltiades in the Chersonese. He has his Marathon veterans, and he has his Plataeans, and his ships and their crew are in top shape. He is confident and determined. With Athens burning and the population evacuated, times are desperate. But Greeks stubbordly refuse to giving up being Greek. That forges a bond and sets aside differences and buries old feuds. As a master talespinner Christian Cameron illustrates this essence of what it is to be (ancient)Greek by pouring in a couple of domestic scenes. Even in the knowledge that everybody might be living on borrowed time, personal luck and happiness favor Arimnestos. He knows what he is fighting for. Of course we all know how history turned out in 480 BC Greece. August: Thermopylae lost: September: victory at Salamis. Christian Cameron brilliantly blends Arimnestos into the events. In that one pivotal month Arimnestos has to play every trick in the book to keep the alliance and the allied fleet together. People are not always what they seem. What is the best course of action, Who can be trusted? There's double dealing, plots within plots, and in the forging of that Greek unity already the seeds of its disintegration are sown. Christian Cameron brilliantly plays out the battle of Salamis and the action, but when the battle is won, and just when you think.. OK mission completed, this is it...On to the next book... Christian Cameron throws in another desperate challenge for Arimnestos. Will it be black gloom again for Arimnestos- as it has been so often the case in this series- or will the Gods finally smile upon him? I suggest you find out yourself. I higly recommend it ! It is a worthy sucessor to `the Great king'- book 4 of the series, and I am already looking out for the next one. Arimnestos is not done with the Persians yet. Next summer; June 479 BC we will have the Battles of Plataea and Mycale. I do recall that in the histories of Herodotus, book IX 63-64 there is a certain `Arimnestos' that slays the Persian commander Mardonius at the battle of Plataea. (and besides that.. I have been there in Greece.. my Goodreads profile picture features me shooting a bow at that battlefield)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul Bennett

    The big, bad bully of the East is back and he has most of the world coming with him. Not a good situation for the Greeks as Arimnestos continues the narrative of his life. With Leonidas dead, Xerxes has an open road to Athens so most of the population abandon their homes and converge on Salamis to await their doom. Xerxes has hundreds more ships than what the Greeks can muster, not to mention the size of his ground force. The Greeks are riven with strife as to how to defeat The Great King or eve The big, bad bully of the East is back and he has most of the world coming with him. Not a good situation for the Greeks as Arimnestos continues the narrative of his life. With Leonidas dead, Xerxes has an open road to Athens so most of the population abandon their homes and converge on Salamis to await their doom. Xerxes has hundreds more ships than what the Greeks can muster, not to mention the size of his ground force. The Greeks are riven with strife as to how to defeat The Great King or even to survive the onslaught to come. The author has given us a treat in the manner he portrays the important figures in this drama, the prim and proper Aristides, Cimon, Artemesia, Themistocles, etc, etc. And being an avid re-enactor, Mr. Cameron knows what it's like to stand in a shield wall and I suspect that if his group had the funds, they would fit out enough warships to fight the battle at Salamis. However, we'll have to make do with the author's seaworthy, descriptive powers as he puts on a dazzling display of sea-battle prowess. Another given is that Arimnestos will have a huge role in that battle but he will also have other things on his mind besides Xerxes. Masterful story telling awaits you, dear reader. Hoover Book Reviews says, "Bring on the finale!" 5 Stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    c2015: FWFTB: Arimnestos, treachery, fleet, Greece, sword. NO, no, no, no, no! This is what you get when you have become a fan of an author and automatically buy any new book. Once again, mea culpa, I did not pick up that this was 5th book in a long running series. Until, I started reading and just could not get into the characters. So, the best recommendation, I can do is to mention that perhaps one should start with the first book. I am steadily going through Mr Cameron's previous books and be c2015: FWFTB: Arimnestos, treachery, fleet, Greece, sword. NO, no, no, no, no! This is what you get when you have become a fan of an author and automatically buy any new book. Once again, mea culpa, I did not pick up that this was 5th book in a long running series. Until, I started reading and just could not get into the characters. So, the best recommendation, I can do is to mention that perhaps one should start with the first book. I am steadily going through Mr Cameron's previous books and because I love, love, love his writing and plotting I fully intend to give this another shot but I have to say, at this time, the book did not give me much enjoyment but I am convinced it will in the future. "There were so many men on Xanthippus's ship by then that it tipped back and forth like a living thing, and I began to wonder of a trireme could capsize from too many men on her fighting deck."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zulfurium

    This book ties up several of the storylines left hanging in the first and second books and is another addition to this incredible series. If you enjoyed the other books in the series then expect to enjoy this one as well.

  9. 5 out of 5

    James Cox

    There are some seriously great characters and action in this book. I want more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Clemens Schoonderwoert

    This gripping book by Christian Cameron is the 5th volume of the very exciting "Killer of Men/Long War" series. The book contains a well documented expansive glossary, as well as an informative piece of Note with Names and Personages, and not to forget two well-drawn maps, and that all at the beginning of the book, while at the end you'll find some wonderful explanations about the historical details. Story-telling is once again of a top-notch quality, and really so much that it makes this book suc This gripping book by Christian Cameron is the 5th volume of the very exciting "Killer of Men/Long War" series. The book contains a well documented expansive glossary, as well as an informative piece of Note with Names and Personages, and not to forget two well-drawn maps, and that all at the beginning of the book, while at the end you'll find some wonderful explanations about the historical details. Story-telling is once again of a top-notch quality, and really so much that it makes this book such a treat to read, and in which all the characters, whether they are real or fictional, come splendidly to life within this fantastic tale. This story is once more set in the year 480 BC, and our main real character of the book is Arimnestos of Plataea, who after several hard-fought battles against the Persians, on land as well as at sea, is once again up against them for another battle. This story follows the victory of the Greeks at sea off the Cape of Artemisium, while on land the Spartans under their King Leonidas suffered defeat against the mighty Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae through an act of treachery, and it's from this position that King Xerxes of Persia will come once more into action in the belief of destroying Greece. What can stop the Persians is possibly the Greek fleet, if only they can put a stop to their rivalries and act as one determined unit, and so when they are finally able to do that their position will be very strong to fight the Persians will all their might, and eventually overcome them. What will follow finally is a superb united Greek fleet effort at the Battle of Salamis in which they are outnumbered by the Persians, but even so with great heroics and determination the Greeks will achieve another glorious victory at sea in the end. Very much recommended, for this book is just "Another Gripping Sensational Sequel"!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    A glossary, list of whose who & prologue greets us at the start of the book which is most welcome as the adventure lifts off straight after where the last book finishes....... with the aftermath of the 300 Spartans falling at the Gates of Thermopylae....... Our hero as ever is retelling his story (in old age) to a thrall of his children & their peers which he interjects with every so oft. He is now “old” which for a warrior is in his mid-30’s, an age where skill will vanquish most opponents ahead A glossary, list of whose who & prologue greets us at the start of the book which is most welcome as the adventure lifts off straight after where the last book finishes....... with the aftermath of the 300 Spartans falling at the Gates of Thermopylae....... Our hero as ever is retelling his story (in old age) to a thrall of his children & their peers which he interjects with every so oft. He is now “old” which for a warrior is in his mid-30’s, an age where skill will vanquish most opponents ahead of the pure energy & aggression of youth. The opening skirmishes see our hero taking on the Persian vanguard both on land & at sea...... This book in the series is solely about the battle which covers the lead-up to it, the politics of the Greek league which is a story in itself, along with a coupla side stories involving our hero of the tale & his relationships which have been spread over the series. It’s about war in all it’s forms: glory, the bloodlust of battle, the raw emotions, sacrifice, heroism & finally the aftermath of a fight where emotions sore one minute before the fallout & outright depression/despair the next. It’s a very well written addition to the series of a series I very much enjoyed to date, onwards to the next chapter. If you have a passing interest in the Greco-Persian wars then this is a series for you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I stayed up until nearly midnight last night finishing this book. I think the only real nitpick I can make is the lack of conventional chapters, but that could be said for most if not all of Cameron's novels. Only being able to stop at a break between paragraphs feels weird to me. Cameron crafts a vivid and engrossing story around one of the most famous battles of the ancient world - although it is interesting to read in the afterword just how little is known for certain about events at Salamis. I stayed up until nearly midnight last night finishing this book. I think the only real nitpick I can make is the lack of conventional chapters, but that could be said for most if not all of Cameron's novels. Only being able to stop at a break between paragraphs feels weird to me. Cameron crafts a vivid and engrossing story around one of the most famous battles of the ancient world - although it is interesting to read in the afterword just how little is known for certain about events at Salamis. Equally of course, that gives great opportunities to the historical novelist. Many of the characters are like old friends by now and we're well used to the bickering between the leaders of the various Greek city-states - it makes you wonder what might have happened if they'd not co-operated here. Equally, the battles and politics are balanced with more day-to-day aspects as people try to get on with their lives in the midst of the chaos. Our heroes are fully-rounded characters that you care about and that is crucial. I believe there's one more book in the series after this, so I shall have to look for it. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Ricks

    Marathon was great. Salamis is greater! This series is brilliant, exciting, moving, and everything else a great work of fiction ought to be. Include all of the historical detail and you have my favorite work of historical fiction ever. It has the adventure and camaraderie of Patrick O’Brian, the tense battle scenes and hard-bitten heroes of Bernard Cornwell, and the epic scope of Leo Tolstoy. Add a truly great protagonist to the mix and you have a series every fan of Ancient Greece needs to read Marathon was great. Salamis is greater! This series is brilliant, exciting, moving, and everything else a great work of fiction ought to be. Include all of the historical detail and you have my favorite work of historical fiction ever. It has the adventure and camaraderie of Patrick O’Brian, the tense battle scenes and hard-bitten heroes of Bernard Cornwell, and the epic scope of Leo Tolstoy. Add a truly great protagonist to the mix and you have a series every fan of Ancient Greece needs to read. Everyone else should probably read it, too. Book 5 has one of the greatest climaxes I’ve ever read, and the denouement is full of well-earned payoffs that have been many books in the making. On to the final volume!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda Humberstone

    Wonderful description of the battle of Salamis and the politics of the Greek poleis and the struggle to maintain their alliance to fight the Persians. Sea battles are not usually enthralling for me but this is so well written that I became engrossed in it. The remarkable strategy and achievement of the small Greek navy against the might of the enormous Persia navy still amazes to this day and stresses how an alliance of free men can overcome a greater power that forces their conquered subjects t Wonderful description of the battle of Salamis and the politics of the Greek poleis and the struggle to maintain their alliance to fight the Persians. Sea battles are not usually enthralling for me but this is so well written that I became engrossed in it. The remarkable strategy and achievement of the small Greek navy against the might of the enormous Persia navy still amazes to this day and stresses how an alliance of free men can overcome a greater power that forces their conquered subjects to fight along side them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Berndt

    Another story of Arimnestos, another total winner. "Salamis" makes you feel like you were in the battle at times, which as a reader, is not an easy task for an author to articulate. The naval battle, especially, was one of the highest quality battle sequences of any book I've ever read, including previous novels in this series. The story is fast paced, I learned something new, some character strands were tied up, and the Great King finally suffers a "defeat" that seems to have put a dent in thei Another story of Arimnestos, another total winner. "Salamis" makes you feel like you were in the battle at times, which as a reader, is not an easy task for an author to articulate. The naval battle, especially, was one of the highest quality battle sequences of any book I've ever read, including previous novels in this series. The story is fast paced, I learned something new, some character strands were tied up, and the Great King finally suffers a "defeat" that seems to have put a dent in their expansionist policies. If you haven't read this series I highly suggest it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris F

    Another good one in this great series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Harry Newell

    A fantastic book, and a fantastic series. Historical fiction at its best, an extremely satisfying read where the Greco-Persain war is brought to life in thrilling detail.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robin Carter

    Review The Long War is the second series from Christian Cameron, this prolific writer manages to keep writing tales of such epic beauty and quality its hard to imagine that this is already book 5 of the Long War. His lead character Arimenstos of Plataea is to coin a phrase from the title of the original book a “Killer of Men” a man forged by the sum of his life and the heat of battle. Arimnestos has been a blacksmith, a slave, a warrior, a captain, a friend, a pauper, a rich man, a legend and so m Review The Long War is the second series from Christian Cameron, this prolific writer manages to keep writing tales of such epic beauty and quality its hard to imagine that this is already book 5 of the Long War. His lead character Arimenstos of Plataea is to coin a phrase from the title of the original book a “Killer of Men” a man forged by the sum of his life and the heat of battle. Arimnestos has been a blacksmith, a slave, a warrior, a captain, a friend, a pauper, a rich man, a legend and so much more. A life filled with every extreme and normality that can be lived, and Christian Cameron has a way of making you experience every step and every emotional moment of his life’s journey. for the rest of the review visit my blog https://parmenionbooks.wordpress.com/...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stu

    Loved it. Mr Cameron is a fanstic storyteller, and i particulair enjoy his, through his characters, witty asides. However, I cant really explain why as i always usually root for the protaganist, but I really dislike Arimnestos and would quite like it, if one of his clever schemes went really sour and someone killed him!!( obviously as the naratator its not gunna happen). Also, as the character list now expanding impressively, i did find i couldnt quite remember who's backstory was who's. Should h Loved it. Mr Cameron is a fanstic storyteller, and i particulair enjoy his, through his characters, witty asides. However, I cant really explain why as i always usually root for the protaganist, but I really dislike Arimnestos and would quite like it, if one of his clever schemes went really sour and someone killed him!!( obviously as the naratator its not gunna happen). Also, as the character list now expanding impressively, i did find i couldnt quite remember who's backstory was who's. Should have properly re-read the others before i read it. Think i will do so before the next/last one. P.s How do you mark something as a spoiler??

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt Heppe

    I loved the character development that took place in this Long War novel. Arimnestos is no longer the twenty-something Killer of Men he once was. Sure, he's still cracking heads, but it's somehow more serious - more real - now that he feels the pain of his previous wounds and is old enough to understand his own mortality. Arimnestos is more human in this novel and I greatly enjoyed the transformation. As usual, Cameron does a wonderful job bringing the ancient world to life. And I don't think th I loved the character development that took place in this Long War novel. Arimnestos is no longer the twenty-something Killer of Men he once was. Sure, he's still cracking heads, but it's somehow more serious - more real - now that he feels the pain of his previous wounds and is old enough to understand his own mortality. Arimnestos is more human in this novel and I greatly enjoyed the transformation. As usual, Cameron does a wonderful job bringing the ancient world to life. And I don't think there's an author out there who does a better job when it comes to writing a battle scene.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Asathor

    This book has all the elements typical of a Christian Cameron novel. Storywise this is yet another wonderful novel. However, the editing on this book is quite bad. There were too many spelling mistakes and at times the continuity did not hold up. The book itself is great and I loved every page, but the editing broke up a lot of scenes and, for me at least, made it difficult to really get into it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Warren

    i really enjoy mr camerons books the tyrant series and the long war series are some of my favorite books. this is the the long war series salamis only prob that i have with it, is there is no chapters lol i read the book in 2 days couldnt find a stopping. i cant wait for the next one of the series i know there is going to be at least one more

  23. 5 out of 5

    Martin Klekner

    Together with Gates of Fire, this must be the finest ancient Greece fiction Ive read so far. I will always remember the battle of Salamis how it transpired in this book and the final chase to save Briseis was probably the most epic sequence of all the 5 books of the series. That's how I imagine the ancient heroism at its finest. Thank you, Mr. Cameron.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ap Speelman Jr.

    A little short. But if you have been waiting for a long time for it to come out, to find out what happens to the main characters, it's worth it. Still, 280 pages. Gone in a few days. Guess I'll have to wait for another year for the final book in this series. Still my favorite author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    As always, entertaining and action packed. Cameron does an excellent job describing ancient warfare and stay as close to the historical events as possible. Really looking forward to the next and lt seems like last edition to the KIller of Men series

  26. 5 out of 5

    David Newell

    I'll preface this by saying if you've read the 4 books preceding this, you won't regret picking this up. Camerons Greece is wonderfully alive, and the influence of the illiad is strong throughout. another strong book, with some excellent action.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David Miles

    Awesome historical fiction describing the Battle of Salamis. Apparently there's a final book in this series coming....

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    Love, love this series. Can't wait for the final book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    i h j lloyd

    One of the best Another great read a job to put it down certainly knows how to tell a great story as per usual

  30. 4 out of 5

    Char

    Excellent book. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

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