If you're looking for a brisk read and are familiar with the legends of the Trojan War or better yet, want a fun way to get familiar , I highly recommend picking up The Hittite. Covers are clean and bright. He tracks them all the way to war-torn Troy. Children died so early so frequently that, she said, their parents rarely invested much emotional energy in them until age five or so. Lukka is the man who built the Trojan horse for crafty Odysseus, who toppled the walls of Jericho for the Isrealites, who stole beautiful Helen--the legendary face that launched a thousand ships--from her husband Menaleus after the fall of Troy and fought his way across half the known world to bring her safely to Egypt. Neither this book nor that show mentioned the myriad of raiders sweeping through the Near Eastern world at this point, destroying every country but Egypt.
Fore edges have a tiny bit of shelf wear. Bova's grasp on dates seems rather shaky. Rebutal to Stuart McCunn: The only item I agree with you is the cover art: Lukka could have been portrayed more authentically and I would rather imagine Helen for myself. Covers are clean and bright. He shows little love for the Greeks, portraying them as dirty, plunder-seeking barbarians one could argue Homer was slyly saying the same in the accepted canon. In fact all indications seem to be that the Empire was still alive in 1250 and that the Fall came about in around 1100.
After a long, exhausting battle far from home, Hittite commander Lukka returns with his squad only to find his once proud empire in ruins after a civil war. This is the tale of Lukka, the Hittite soldier who traveled across Greece in search of the vicious slave traders who kidnapped his wife and sons. I see a sequel, presuming one hasn't already been written. In the city, he meets the beautiful Helen and can't get her out his mind afterward. The situation in the Empire is left rather vague.
The book itself is in Near Fine condition. . Barbara D'Amato, Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Foolproof Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction. Maybe it was wishful thinking. In a desperate search for his wife and toddler sons, Lukka learns from his dying father that they have been taken by slave traders. Ben Bova is a good writer, there is no doubt about that, but this book fails to satisfy because you don't really get to see much of the characters in the sense that they are like a coloring book. This kills any momentum that the book has.
He takes recently discovered facts concerning the Hittites, their empire and military proficiency and turns the myth of Troy into a believable novel. The capital city of Hattusas is sacked by the Hittite factions in the beginning of the book for reasons that are unclear and despite the fact that the former capital was abandoned by this point. Once started, I couldn't put it down. All books are marked down 35% until February 1, 2019. As it is, you're better off reading the book that this is based on instead. Leading his force to Troy, he finds the city under seize by the Achaians, whose lack of discipline makes Lukka ill to need them as an ally. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A.
The city has been overrun by looters, murderers, rapists, and bandits. The character names are taken from random places or made up. History This section deals with the actual history portrayed in the book and isn't meant to affect the entertainment value of the writing. This story is essentially The Iliad retold with a new character. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Fans will enjoy Ben Bova's rendition of part of Homer's the Iliad Harriet Klausner I'm an avid reader of historical fiction and so glad I bought this book.
Purchase this book in paperback from. Covers are clean and bright. Lukka is the man who built the Trojan horse for crafty Odysseus, who toppled the walls of Jericho for the Isrealites, who stole beautiful Helen - the legendary face that launched a thousand ships - from her husband Menaleus after the fall of Troy and fought his way across half the known world to bring her safely to Egypt. Boards are clean, not bumped. ! Virtually no wear to jacket. The Greek Cities fell before the Hittite Empire did, which means that the main character should never have been in the situation he was in.
The dust jacket is missing. It can't seem to decide whether to be realistic or fantastical and it sort of settles for being dull. In this case Lukka, a squad leader in the Hittite Army, returns from campaign to find the empire in ruins, with brigandage and raids and death on every side. The binding is straight and tight. Truthfully, I was about 90-95% of the time, and I feel that Ben Bova pretty much delivered a good read! He encounters Odysseus and becomes attached to his entourage, following him to one encounter or another we hear about in Homer, and getting a view of the man.
The Greeks come off as arrogant, disorganized barbarians while the Trojans are rich and civilized merchants. Later, Lukka is selected by Odysseus to convey a message of peace to King Priam of Troy and there, he meets Prince Hector, Paris, and of course, Helen. He concludes his family would be sold in Troy. He tracks them all the way to war-torn Troy. Helen had run away with Paris and was accepted as a princess in the Trojan empire, sparking the war between Troy and Sparta. If you love history,adventure,romance and a mystery thriller then The Hittite by Ben Bova is the book for you! Helen is, of course, the babe of all babes, but she is also petty and whiny. Since the Greeks are utterly unsympathetic this removes any concern that the reader might have for their story.
If you aren't interested in history then feel free to ignore the second part of this review. Instead, he is cut off from the city by the Greek army. Near fine in near fine dust jacket name on front pastedown. Can't speak highly enough of this book. This book seems to agree with that assessment. The Hittites, disappointingly, come across as rather bland and generic. Lukka finds his dying father who informs him that his wife and sons might live, but are gone as property of the slavers.