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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae | Paperback

Released on 03 February 2000

Author: Steven Pressfield | Format: Paperback

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Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie. Nearly 2,500 years ago, in 480BC, at a bleak pass in a far-flung corner of eastern Greece, three hundred Spartan warriors faced the army of Xerxes of Persia, a massive force rumoured to be over a million strong. Their orders were simple: to delay the enemy for as long as possible while the main Greek armies mobilized. For six days the Spartans held the invaders at bay. In the final hours - their shields broken, swords and spears shattered - they fought with their bare hands before being overwhelmed. It was battle that would become synonymous with extraordinary courage, heroism and self-sacrifice: it was Thermopylae. In Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield tells the epic story of those legendary Spartans: the men and women who helped shaped our history and have themselves become as immortal as their gods.

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Having studied the battle of Thermopylae as part of my A level history I decided to give this book a read. I had heard good things about Steven Pressfield, and I was not dissapointed.

Throughout the book you really get into the mindset of the Spartans and almost feel like you can connect with the different characters. Never before have a felt so involved in a story, and at times I just could not put this book down.

Pressfield's descriptions of the battle are epic, awe-inspiring and at times horrific.

I would recommend this to anyone with even a slight interest in ancient History.

 Best combat novel ever!!!

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I was always interested in greek history - especially the Spartans and let me tell you that anyone who has an interest in this subject will love this book. I've read this a number of times and haven't tired of it yet. The detail that the writer goes into to recreate the life of a spartan peer is astonishing. I regularly read phrases such as : you'll be transported back in time etc and in this case I really was. I honestly can't recommend this book enough and give Steven Pressfields other novels a go - you won't be dissappointed!! A stunning read!

 Gates of Fire, Fantastic!

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With the exception of Baggar Vance I've read all his books. Gates of fire is to me the best of them all, though the Alexander novels Virtues of war & the Afghan campaign come not far behind.

I'd been fascinated by the Spartan tales since I saw the 300 Spartans as child. This really brough the whole era to life.

If you like a good story of history forged with fiction then read this you will not be disappointed.

 This is the best book i have ever read

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I love this book to bits, it pulls you in and is a great story from start to finish.

You must read this book.


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This is the first book of his ive read and i think its magnificent. The amount of effort that went into making this book is really apparant as soon as you start reading it.
Plus at £6 it makes the book even better.

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AuthorSteven Pressfield
PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 525 Pages