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Empires of Bronze: Son of Ishtar

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: Empires of Bronze, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

Four sons. One throne. A world on the precipice. 

1315 BC: Tensions soar between the great powers of the Late Bronze Age. The Hittites stand toe-to-toe with Egypt, Assyria and Mycenaean Ahhiyawa, and war seems inevitable. More, the fierce Kaskan tribes - age-old enemies of the Hittites - amass at the northern borders. 

When Prince Hattu is born, it should be a rare joyous moment for all the Hittite people. But when the Goddess Ishtar comes to King Mursili in a dream, she warns that the boy is no blessing, telling of a dark future where he will stain Mursili’s throne with blood and bring destruction upon the world. 

Thus, Hattu endures a solitary boyhood in the shadow of his siblings, spurned by his father and shunned by the Hittite people. But when the Kaskans invade, Hattu is drawn into the fray. It is a savage journey in which he strives to show his worth and valour. Yet with his every step, the shadow of Ishtar’s prophecy darkens.... 

©2017 Gordon Doherty (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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excellent

delve into the bronze age overlooked by historical fiction writers. a wonderfully written story of a people forgotten to history before amazing archeological finds in modern Turkey. the story follows a young prince from child to young adult, with intrigue battles love friendship and enemies well worked in and totally believable. plus the bonus of Johnathan keeble amongst audible top narrators, thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to the next in saga.

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Outstanding

Absolutely outstanding read, very excited for the next installment. Gut-wrenching emotions felt and such excitement and tension in the battles. Beautifully written and such an interesting insight into a people I know next to nothing about. Wonderfully brought to life by Jonathan Keeble as always. Can't recommend this enough!

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2 stars and I feel generous

What disappointed me the most was the use of modern rather old fashion English. The plot was confusing and the end was dragging.

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  • David Stansbury
  • 24-09-19

Great story!! Cant wait for book two!

I am really glad I got this book. Well written and excellent narration. More books in this series asap and hopefully more books set in this time period. Fascinating stuff.

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  • CR
  • 17-01-20

Excellent!

Loved this! The writing is very fine, the characters memorable. Some of the best fighting/combat scenes I've encountered. Match that with the stellar narration, and the fight scenes are remarkably tense. I really appreciate the research that has gone into the book, as well. This might seem like a small thing, but I loved, for example, the explanation of the construction/engineering method of the Hittite chariots.
And I will repeat my praise for narrator Jonathan Keeble - this book wasn't simply read, it was lived. Excellent work by all involved. I don't often read historical fiction, but I was really happy with the wonderful storytelling here. I found the Hittite world fascinating, and I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.