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Book Title: Warrior in Bronze|
The author of the book: George Shipway
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The size of the: 599 KB
Edition: CNPosner Books
Date of issue: August 15th 2015
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Shipway's interpretation of Greek myths took me by exceptionally pleasant surprise. Definitely my favorite view of that ancient world.
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Another of Shipway's re-dos of ancient adventures, in which he shakes down fabled or time-muddled events for sense, if not sensibility. This is the fictional version of the pre-monarchical career of Agamemnon of Mycenae, circa 1300 B.C., in which all that flighty mythic stuff--from avian impregnations to Olympian interventions--is grounded, leaving here a residue of intra-Aegean politics (with confabs in exec-suite lingo) and grisly family feuds. Agamemnon and brother Menelaus observe the rise of father Atreus to the kingship of Mycenae--a bothersome route during which Agamemnon is trained for leadership (Atreus regards him as sufficiently ""unscrupulous""); is nearly killed by wild Goatmen led by Dionysius (known to all as a ""bleeding menace""); sees Jason come and go in the Argo. However, it's the feuding of Atreus and brother Thyestes--who ping-pong back and forth power-wise--that finds Agamemnon with his hands full. And, oh, the incest, hideous revenges and gore, gore, gore. King Tyndareus of Sparta sums it up: ""Atreus killed his son and wife, married his niece, fed a nephew to his father. Thyestes seduced his brother's wife, raped his own daughter and sired on her a child. The sons of Pelops certainly know how to sin."" And along the way Agamemnon learns a firm lesson: ""power and honor don't mix."" There are many twists to the old myths--Iphigenia is the offspring of Theseus and Helen; Hercules is a ""robber, freebooter and a little mad,"" etc. The old heady stuff of scholars and poets in an easy-open container--but, still, there's enough pull in the tales of ancient bloodbaths to find a faithful popular audience.
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Read information about the authorGeorge Shipway (1908–1982) was a British author best known for his historical novels, but he also tried his hand at political satire in his book The Chilian Club.
Shipway was born in 1908, and served in the Indian Imperial Cavalry until 1946. He died in 1982. His cavalry background served him well when he took up writing; his descriptions of cavalry battles are full of minute detail and his works generally were meticulously researched.
IN his 1969 novel Knight in Anarchy Shipway describes the life of Humphrey de Visdelou as he follows Geoffrey de Mandeville to his doom. In the book Shipway indicates that he lives on the estates that de Visdelou once owned.
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