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Troy: Shield of Thunder by David Gemmell
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Ballantine Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345477019
Date: 27 March, 2007 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

It was with a sad heart that I read this tale. The last novel Gemmell completed before his death in 2006. Some good news for readers is that he had completed substantial parts of the concluding tale prior to his death and his wife will complete his final work Troy: Fall of Kings. I won't speculate a great deal as to the contents and scope of the third tale, but the title may hint at a deeper meaning.

The wine dark seas are covered in chaos. The allies of Priam and Agamemnon are pillaging the Aegean. As the battles intensify, the world is drawn closer to the siege of Troy.

From official release/information:

Book Description: The second volume in the compelling new trilogy of historical fiction centered around the Trojan War.

Agamemnon tightens his noose around the glittering prized city of Troy. As battle lines re drawn, a new character steps onto the stage, a fearless warrior of godlike strength and ferocity, eager to test himslef in this deadly game. His name: Achilles. Trapped in this dance of war and politics is Andromache, the Shield of Thunder, marked at birth by Athena and prophesied to bear the Eagle Child--a son who will reign "till end of days, and fall of kings." Meanwhile, Odysseus, the wily leader of Ithaca who despises the warlike Agamemnon, is maneuvered into an impossible choice between friendship and honor.

(Source: Ballantine Books)

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