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  • Taschenbuch: 528 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bantam (1. August 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0553817914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817911
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,5 x 3,1 x 17,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 313.010 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"I enjoyed this immensely. Fast, tense and exciting, Men of Bronze brings to life a fascinating moment in world history, the descriptions are terrific and the final, climactic battlefield scene is just brilliant" (CONN IGGULDEN, author of the bestselling EMPEROR series)

"Powerful and tragic...Oden's masterful story of bloody battles, political intrigues, betrayal and romance offers a gripping portrait of the collapse of an empire." (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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Awesome, action-packed ancient historical novel set during the final years of the once-mighty Egypt of the Pharaohs...

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 23. April 2009
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Hier wird eine interessante Epoche Ägyptens lebendig, und zwar nicht - wie in vielen Romanen - die Zeit von Hatschepsut und Ramses, sondern jene von Ahmose und Psammeticus, eine Zeit, in der Ägypten im Begriff war, von Persien vereinnahmt zu werden. Ein Großteil des Romans beschreibt sehr anschaulich die Schlachtfelder jener Zeit. Kampfszenarien bestimmen das Buch.
Hasdrabal Barca ist der Held der Geschichte, ein Medjai, der im Kampf gegen die Perser der größte Trumph der Ägypter ist. Oden beschreibt dessen Werdegang vom unerbittlichen Soldaten zum (wieder) mitfühlenden Mann. Im Mittelpunkt steht Barcas Gegnerschaft zu Phanes, einem machthungrigen Griechen. Phanes wird schließlich für die Perser kämpfen, Barca bleibt loyal.
Die Schauplätze sind vielfältig: die Wüste, der Ort Leontopolis, Phönizien und schließlich Pelusium als ägyptische Verteidigungsbastion. Wer gern Schlachtszenen liest, kommt hier voll auf seine Kosten. Nicht umsonst heißt der Roman "Men of Bronze" - das sind die in Bronze gekleideten Söldner.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von NMK am 14. März 2012
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"Men of Bronze" spielt 526 B.C. in Ägypten. Das Land wird von Persien bedroht. Im Innern planen die griechischen Söldner eine Revolte um die Macht an sich zu reißen.

Einzig Barca, ein General des Pharaohs ahnt übles. Er nimmt sich der Sache an und ein blutiges Gemetzel, welches in der Schlacht von Pelusium endet, beginnt.

Der Roman hinterlässt gemischte Gefühle bei mir. Einerseits recht interessant geschrieben, stößt der Protagonist Barca doch irgendwie ab. Er erinnert ein wenig an Rambo, nur in die Bronzezeit versetzt...

Eine Empfehlung kann ich nicht geben.

Für gute historische Romane sollte man lieber zu den Romanen von Christian Cameron (Tyrant Serie) oder Harry Sidebottom (Warrior of Rome Serie) greifen. Definitiv spannender und lebendiger
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A Wonderful Historic Read! 4. Juni 2005
Von Kristi Ahlers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mr. Oden has penned a very good historical fiction read. Although a little slow to start it eventually pulled this reader in with his vivid descriptions and details that place me directly into the time period. Mr. Oden has set his book Egypt borderlands in 520 B.C. It goes without say that this is not a time period, or location many choose to set their stories. As a result the fans of historical fiction have something new and fresh to pick up!

Barca the Phonenician he is the leader of the Medjay who are the guardians of the Egyptian Frontier. Barca is a product of his past. Years earlier he caught his wife being unfaithful. His rage was such that in one moment he managed to kill both his wife and her lover. He is still gripped by this tragic event. As a result he is an unstoppable force on the battlefield. Will this hold him in good stead and offer Egypt the warrior that she needs, or will the love of a good woman tame that beast that rages within?

Mr. Oden is a talented author and is a shining jewel in the Medallion Press crown. This book touched on all my emotions. Mr. Oden has a gift for storytelling and I truly felt transported back in time. I look forward to reading Mr. Oden in the future and I highly recommend "Men of Bronze." You won't look at historical fiction the same at the end of the read.
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Great historical novel! 4. Dezember 2006
Von Victor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Scott Oden has done a fantastic job describing the climax of the ancient Egyptian civilization writing about the last couple of years of the last independent Pharaohs. Egypt in 6th century BCE was just free from Assyrians while keeping powerful enemies inside and outside using mercenaries, Greeks and so called Medjay (Phoenicians, Libyans and Canaanites). The peace cannot last long. First meddling regiments of Greeks are trying to usurp the power, and then the onset of the powerful Persian Empire endangers the existence of Nile civilization. Oden paints a ruthless picture of changing loyalties, honor and bravery. He intervenes into military story human feeling, rage, love, and betrayal. The book is very fast paced and it is true to its historical destiny. Egypt loses its antique identity and its heroes have to sacrifice everything they adore to complete the honorable death.
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Fast Paced Tale of War and Love and Intrigue and War 20. März 2007
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I thought this one was great. Read it inside of 3 days, and that's with a lot of distractions. I even got up early one day so I could read more. Barca was excellent as a dark hero who comes to terms with his past through the affection of an intelligent woman named Jauharah, who also has her own demons to face. I wish the author would write another story about him, maybe something earlier in the guys life. I wouldnt call this a romance though, its more Sword & Sandal as another reviewer said, but the romance is a fitting means to further develop the characters and drama. Im not going to write another plot summary, Amazon already provides one that is good enough for those wanting to know what the book is about. Lots of action, betrayals, and plot twists to keep you reading just one page more no matter how late it is. This book isnt dull and isnt written in a dull, dry manner, and because of this it reads quickly which it should since its a story not a textbook. This may not be the kind of ultra-serious and dry historical fiction that the snobs say they like, but it was a great tale and the atmosphere and history came through well.
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Spot on setting, but no spark 27. November 2005
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I picked up "Men of Bronze" at my local library, intrigued by the cover and the jacket synopsis. I've been in love with ancient Egypt and Greece since I was a kid, so I was happy to give Oden's book a try.

I loved the attention to detail, i.e. the names of the lesser-known gods and descriptions of the places. There are three or four sex scenes in the book, but they're done tastefully and for the most part they enhance the plot. Barca is a likeable character and Phanes is a decent adversary for him.

The glossary in the back of the book is extremely helpful, but some description in the story itself could've been helpful. There was little context to help guess some of the terms, so I had to stop where I was in the story, mark my place on the page, and search for the definition in the back. That process severely hampers the flow of the story.

My biggest problem with the book is Barca's relationship with Jauharah. Both Barca and Jauharah are fleshed-out characters with histories, motivations and distinct personalities. I find them believable. However, I cannot believe that they were as deeply in love as Oden wants us to believe. The synopsis on the jacket points to Jauharah as Barca's love interest, and 3/4 of the way through the book, the consumate that relationship. However, there was very little chemistry between them until that point. Then suddenly, instant love.

Read this book for the history, the detail and the intrigue. Don't read it for any illusions of a love story.
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Bloody novel gives good action, weak on characters and precision 12. September 2006
Von Scott Schiefelbein - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Scott Oden is a talented young author in love with the ancient world. That much is clear after reading his first novel, "Men of Bronze," a fictional take on the Persian invasion of Egypt in the later 6th century B.C. Oden has a gift both for research and for imagining plausible events to flesh out the ancient narrative.

Unfortunately, "Men of Bronze" does not ascend the heights of great historical fiction, for all its promise. The characters are shallow, the dialogue is jarringly ordinary, and virtually all disputes are solved by bloodshed. "Men of Bronze" has one of the highest body-counts of any novel I've ever read!

The story focuses on Hasdrubal Barca, the Phoenician, commander of the Egyptian frontier forces, the Medjay. Barca discovers that the Persians mean to launch a massive invasion of Egypt with the collusion of Phanes of Hallicarnasus, trusted Greek commander of the Pharoah's Greek forces. It is an interesting twist on the usual pro-Western attitudes of historical fiction that the Greeks play the bad guys. However, this twist is not explored to its fullest degree, and most of the Greeks have the same character development as anonymous Stormtroopers in the Star Wars movies.

The lone exception to this is the dastardly Phanes, a villain so tritely evil that all he lacks is an oiled mustache to twirl. Phanes, an "evil Achilles," is an a-moral narcissist with a very post-modern take on honor and virtue. It is only natural that he and Barca play foil to each other, as Barca is the stereotypical killer with a good heart, seeking death on the battlefield to extinguish the pain of his distant past. It is also only natural that Phanes use the typical villain arrogance to fail to kill Barca when he has the chance . . . such cliches abound in "Men of Bronze."

A love story that is more declaimed than felt somewhat elevates the novel's closing chapters, and the final titanic battle of Pelusium has several nice scenes of carnage. However, there is little in the way of humor, style or wit that would place Oden's novel into the pantheon of the works of Bernard Cornwell or Patrick O'Brian, much less Mary Renault of even Cecelia Holland.

What was also surprising in this novel was the lack of attention to basic detail. I'm hardly a linguistic prude, but on two separate occasions the novel uses "it's" when the possessive "its" was required. Also, the novel switches from referring to Ahuramazda with one word or two. Oden's editors failed him on numerous such occasions. That's just not acceptable for a serious work.

Here's to hoping that Oden's work will continue to improve - based on the merits of "Men of Bronze," he deserves several more chances. Shakespeare, after all, started with "Titus Andronicus"! I'd gladly see some deeper characters at the expense of a few buckets of blood.
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