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When the falcon has flown, the mountain lion will charge from the east, and all Byzantium will quake. Only one man can save the empire ... the Haga!
1046 AD. The Byzantine Empire teeters on full-blown war with the Seljuk Sultanate. In the borderlands of Eastern Anatolia, a land riven with bloodshed and doubt, young Apion's life is shattered in one swift and brutal Seljuk night raid. Only the benevolence of Mansur, a Seljuk farmer, offers him a second chance of happiness.
Yet a hunger for revenge burns in Apion's soul, and he is drawn down a dark path that leads him right into the heart of a conflict that will echo through the ages.
©2011 Gordon Doherty (P)2015 Gordon Doherty
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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Abrams on 08-21-17

Bullseye

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

I asked for a review copy of this book because I LOVE this era in history. I always loved Roman lore, and now following the era after Rome's rule has me hooked too. The novel really gives a good feel for the environment and, with the help of Nigel Carrington's top-notch narration, the story come alive for me. I was invested in the characters and in the happenings the whole way through. I cheered and grinned, I sagged and sighed, and I fought along with Apion. I was there. I was angry at him for letting his injury define himself. I was so proud when he grew up. I will look forward to the next books!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt Herman on 09-25-15

Absolute Must Read/listen!

What made the experience of listening to Strategos the most enjoyable?

Amazing blend of history, suspense, intrigue, and story telling

What was one of the most memorable moments of Strategos?

I really didn't have a most memorable part, I loved it from start to finish. If I had to choose, it was when Apion left to join the Timur and overcame the tragic wound he received when his parents were murdered.

What does Nigel Carrington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nigel Carrington is a legend in narration matched with a great book! Nigel provided first class entertainment to a very busy book lover.

Who was the most memorable character of Strategos and why?

Without a doubt, Apion. The author was masterful in his articulation of the Apion's tragic life and how he rose above it to meet his destiny. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steven A. McKay on 10-10-15

Exciting stuff!

Much like the author's Roman series in structure but possibly more interesting in terms of time period and setting. I really enjoyed the main character's growth and thought it was an entertaining v listen thanks to the narrator.
Great stuff!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert Spencer on 09-28-15

A Byzantine plot of epic proportions

By far my most enjoyable audio book in the last few months, I look forward to book 2 with anticipation.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stanley on 10-18-16

Excellent Great book if you are interested in the period and thrilling for every minute

Great book if you are interested in the period and thrilling for every minute can't wait to hear the next one

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