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A weak Egypt tries to beat off the advance of the Persians and their Arab allies whilst their own mercenaries revolt against them. The Hero Barca is a Phoenician mercenary driven to fighting to save Egypt from itself and its enemies. The Egyptians themselves are somewhat lost in the story, minor players in the tragedy. To be honest its not the best era and location to set a novel. You don't see much of the Persians and Egypts glory is long gone. It is mercenary against mercenary for most of the book. However the characters are strong and the fighting is as brutal as you would expect in this ear of toe to toe combat. Good on characters and story but not much history to excite the imagination and its hard to care about how Egypt fares in the final struggle. 

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Great book.

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