The Ghosts of Athens (Aelric, #5)



Decadent, Desperate Sixth Century Athens Is The Setting For The Fifth Historical Thriller Featuring British Adventurer Aelric It Is 612 AD And Aelric Senator Of The Roman Empire, Fresh From A Bloodbath In Egypt Is Forced To Divert The Imperial Galley To Athens He Finds A Demoralized And Corrupt Provincial City Threatened By An Army Rud To Contain 20 Million Starving Barbarians Not To Mention An Explosive Religious Dispute, An Unexplained Corpse, And Hints Of Something Worse Than Murder He Will Have To Call Upon All His Formidable Intellect And Lethal Ingenuity To Survive His Enemies Inside And Outside The City Walls.The Ghosts of Athens (Aelric, #5)

Sean Gabb.Richard Blake is a writer, broadcaster and teacher He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.For Hodder Stoughton, he has written the following six historical novels Conspiracies of Rome 2008 , Terror of Constantinople 2009 , Blood of Alexandria 2010 , Sword of Damascus 2011 , Ghosts of Athens 2012 , Curse of Babylon 2013 These have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Slovak, Hungarian, Indonesian, and Chinese.In 2015, Hodder Stoughton republished all six novels in two omnibus volumes Death of Rome Saga 1 and Death of Rome Saga 2 As Sean Gabb, he has written these novels The Column of Phocas 2006 historical , The Churchill Memorandum 2011 alternate history thriller , and The Break post apocalyptic science fiction This novel was published in 2014, and nominated for the Prometheus Award, but has now been acquired by Caffeine Nights and withdrawn for republication in 2016 under the name Richard Blake A further novel, The York Deviation alternate history fantasy , is awaiting publication.He also writes for Endeavour Press His first historical novel for Endeavour, Game of Empires, was published in May 2015 His next in this series, Death in Ravenna, was published in August 2016 Hist next, Crown of Empire, will be published in April 2016 You can follow him on Facebook

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  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • The Ghosts of Athens (Aelric, #5)
  • Richard Blake
  • English
  • 04 November 2017
  • 9781444709704

10 thoughts on “The Ghosts of Athens (Aelric, #5)

  1. says:

    ReviewI have I believe been fortunate to read all of Richard Blake s novels, since the release of The Column of Phocas, later re released as Conspiracies of Rome in 2008.Every novel has been a delight for a reader of Historical fiction and also those who love conspiracies with twists and turns and deep intrigue I wont say that you come to love the hero of this series Aleric, but you learn to follow him and his adventures and his growth through the roman world.The Author Richard Blake AKA Sean Gabb is a Historian, his depth of knowledge come across clearly in the books, his attention to detail is to a level that breathes life into the Roman world for some it may seem too much, but stick with it, this sin some dusty history lesson, this is history come to life.Our Hero Aleric is a complex man, part cultured Roman, part ass kicking semi sociopathic barbarian, just as capable of delivering a fine oration as he is of stabbing you in the groin and watching you bleed out There is however no gratuitous violence, only the violence that fits the plot and the period, this is not the PC modern world A man lived by his wits, brains, skill with weapons and reputation, as well as his perceived station on the Roman world.This is not the world of Caesar, this is the decline of the Empire, Just as Rome desce...

  2. says:

    Athens The city that gave birth to democracy The city that gave the world Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.Problem is that was almost a 1,000 years ago and the city is now a ghost of its former self.It s 612 AD and our hero Aelric is stuck running a religious council made up of Church leaders from East and West who just don t see eye to eye and don t speak the same language.Then there s the Avars, a large group of nasty barbarians who are hungry and find great enjoyment in killing everything and everyone in their path.The descriptions of the city are fantastic I really could feel how depressing it would have been to live there in the early 7th century.The characters are alive except in those cases where they are dead with all the faults and foils of being human Even Aelric is not without his blemishes he has an outbreak of acne on his nose.I felt there were one or two sub plots that were rushed and didn t add as much to the story as I ...

  3. says:

    Hmmmm This is a 2.5 star book An interesting and unusual central figure and a vivid historical setting the death throes of the western Roman Empire as revealed in a decaying Athens offset by a jumbled, rambling, incoherent story and cartoon grotesques for secondary characters The excellent f...

  4. says:

    Loads of fun Aelric struggles with anachronistic Lucretian atomism in the age of relics

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