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Parthian Vengeance (Parthian Chronicles Book 3) (English Edition) par [Darman, Peter]
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‘Parthian Vengeance’ is the third instalment in the Parthian Chronicles, the adventures of King Pacorus of Dura, and follows on from ‘Parthian Dawn’.

The brooding peace that hangs over Parthia is shattered by a murder that triggers the final confrontation that will decide who rules the empire. Pacorus leads his veteran army east to destroy once and for all the forces of his implacable enemies, Mithridates and Narses. But his foes have been waiting for this moment and what Pacorus believes will be a short campaign will turn into a long war that will culminate in the bloodiest battle in the history of the Parthian Empire.

Once again Pacorus gathers his faithful companions around him for the life-or-death struggle with the treacherous Mithridates and the ambitious Narses – Domitus, the ex-Roman centurion and now general of Dura’s army; Gallia, his fierce warrior queen; Orodes, the landless prince; Prince Malik of the Agraci; and Surena, destined to become one of the greatest Parthian commanders of all time.

A map of the Parthian Empire at the time of Pacorus (the 1st Century BC) can be found on the maps page of my website:

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HASH(0x8c2c012c) étoiles sur 5 Further adventures from ancient Parthia. 3 septembre 2012
Par Bob Jarvis - Publié sur
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Another fine example of story-telling by Mr. Darman; who can really carry a plot, write good dialogue and put over some excellent action/battle scenes, whilst never failing to use the very best Queen's English in the process. Most of the characters are interesting and sympathetic; also the very brief exposure of the hero to the principal villains shows in them some acceptably loathsome traits that further direct face-to face exposure to these scoundrels would likely have improved the tale.
In the first book of this trilogy we were introduced to the young Parthian Prince Pacorus, who was quickly captured by the Romans, enslaved and transported to Rome; where he encounters his current wife and "companions" as they were exposed to the heroic influence of the mighty Spartacus and battled their way to freedom. I have to say that, for me, part two and three (this is number three) of this trilogy have not managed to match the excellent entertainment provided by the first one.
For a start, the principal friends of Pacorus are shown in such an unfailingly good light; they almost wear haloes it is so bright. The very welcome exception is the father, who becomes decidedly prickly towards Pacorus during our hero's quest for justice by warfare. The wife, Gallia also shows her very worst side. Unfortunately, her downward personality turn borders on an almost complete mental breakdown. She slowly becomes a spiteful, argumentative and most times illogical complainer. Nothing suits her, and I found that reading through the times she became "centre-stage" really began to spoil my enjoyment of the book. When she eventually reverts to arguing and loudly rebuking her husband, now a king, during public meetings the whole concept borders on the ridiculous.
Other elements that rang decidedly false was the placing, by King Pacorus, of many of his trusted companions, ex-slaves and lowly born individuals, into positions of great power; indeed, many even become kings. Given the strict, hide-bound rules that existed in ancient times regarding moving between classes in general, and royalty in particular, this promotion of lowly born into these lofty positions, not to mention the acceptance of the same by other Parthian kings and queens, is pretty much unbelievable.
Final niggle; where are the maps in all these books? Pacorus is likely one of the most travelled Parthians ever ans I was following hos sojourns in a geographical vacuum. I never became accustomed to where any of the Parthian cities where located, or what routes the invasions were to follow. This trilogy seriously needs a few maps!
When I began this review I really didn't mean to sound so negative. My complaints are very personal in nature and do not detract too much from an extremely good trilogy. I did enjoy the experience and I will certainly read more of Mr. Darman's future work.
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HASH(0x8c2c0378) étoiles sur 5 historically dubious 8 mars 2013
Par Peter - Publié sur
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There are references in the book that made me scratch my head in disbelief as to their historical correctness.. For example, there is a reference to a Prziwalski horse breed..! I doubt ancient parthians spoke any Polish. Overal, the book is still entertaining and I do not regret buying it.
HASH(0x8c2c05b8) étoiles sur 5 For a fan of Parthian history, I'm well satisfied! 9 décembre 2012
Par Kyle A. Ingle - Publié sur
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For anyone familiar with Parthian-Roman history, or anyone with a nack at searching Google and Wikipedia for that matter, the overall plot and direction of the series isnt very difficult to figure out. Though the author has taken extreme creative liberties with the historical figures the main characters are representing, and certain liberties with recorded historical events, The series quite accuratly follows the time line of the Parthian-Roman dramas that played out during this period.

For those of you interested in ancient military battles and tactics, this series is one for you!! Each battle is described in accurate detail, from the big-picture elements (such as strategic reading of geography), to the tactical movements of each armie's elements (example: using foot centuries to "chew up" the middle of an army while archers keep the enemy foot distracted), down to enemy and ally weapons (the design, materials, function and use of each weapon is usually described in historically accurate detail.), the author keeps true to history while making it, a thrill! If only history classes were this much fun!

My only hope is that the series maintains enough of a fan base to continue, as those familiar with Parthian history must well see what is about to happen...the utter defeat of Mithradates and Crassus, followed up by Pacorus's liberation of the land of Palestine and the Jews! A liberation who's historical shockwaves still affect us today--for the Book of Revelation, though prophetic in nature, uses the image of the "kings of the east" (parthian kingdoms at time of writing) to describe Rome/Babylon the Great's final downfall. And by liberating the jews, the parthians unwittingly set themselves up to be the source of the savior to the Jews, who were looking for a phisical-militaristic 'savior'. Christ was even called the "king of kings", a title only given to Parthian Empire kings!--and more, when Christ was tempted in the desert and offered up all the kingdoms and armies of the "world" by Satan, how would they just simply become his? Easy: Christ was visited by the "Magi", the Parthian priestly caste whos job was to seek out royal blood and crown a new "king of kings" for Parthia. This would have never happend had it not been for the Jewish ancestry within the Parthian "Magi" caste. Epic history, truly epic!!
HASH(0x8c2c075c) étoiles sur 5 The Parthian adventure continues 13 janvier 2013
Par S. Crouch - Publié sur
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I'm a great fan of this series of novels! Parthian Vengeance definitely maintains the standard of the first two books. For those unfamiliar with the story, the books tell the story of Pacorus, a Parthian prince and later king of the Parthian province of Dura Europus. In the first book Pacorus fights with Spartacus in the famous slave rebellion but manages to escape before the final battle. The second book describes an exhausting civil war in the Parthian empire initiated when the Parthian high king dies and at the opening of the third book the empire is in an uneasy peace with the bitter enemies of Pacorus, Mithridates and Narses, in overall power. An assassination makes Pacorus resolve once and for all to finish things with Mithridates and Narses but this proves much more difficult than anticipated. At the same time the Romans are lurking in the background and the fourth book will obviously cover the Roman invasion of Parthia in 54BC. I don't know how far Mr Darman plans to take this chronicle of Parthian history but the pace shows no sign of slackening off.

The Parthian series has all the ingredients of a terrific historical novel. Great characters, convincing description of ancient locations and a believable story. I'm no expert in Parthian history but the events described seem reasonably accurate. There is a lot of detail but somehow this never gets tedious although, as one reviewer has mentioned, some maps might occasionally be helpful.

Five stars for me. Bring on the next book.
HASH(0x8c2c0630) étoiles sur 5 The culmination of a trilogy 6 septembre 2012
Par PaulDP - Publié sur
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Having read some pretty "average" stuff downloaded on my Kindle I was very enthusiastic when I came across "The Parthian" and found it to be a a good read.

The second book "Partian Dawn" followed on in the same vein and the culmination, "Parthian Vengeance", left me wishing this was a 6 book set and not 3.

The trilogy of books had a location within historical events, the characters were believable and, thankfully, flawed. The battles, lifestyles and conflicts seemed quite well researched.

I found myself looking up independent historical references because this period in history is well documented from the Roman point of view, but not so much from further east where it is set. I like a book that makes me think and this brought to my attention the interesting and often fascinating world of the middle east.

All in all this trilogy is an interesting read and a great yarn. Let's hope Peter Darman writes more in the series and keeps the tale being told.
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