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Summary

The war of Troy is looming, and all the kings of the Great Green are gathering, friends and enemies, each with their own dark plans of conquest and plunder.

Into this maelstrom of treachery and deceit come three travellers: Piria, a runaway priestess nursing a terrible secret; Kalliades, a warrior with a legendary sword; and Banokles, who will carve his own legend in the battles to come.

Shield of Thunder takes the listener back into the glories and tragedies of Bronze Age Greece, reuniting the characters from Lord of the Silver Bow: the dread Helikaon and his great love, the fiery Andromache, as well as the mighty Hektor and the fabled storyteller, Odysseus.

©2017 David Gemmell (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Even better than book 1

The continuation of of this clever retelling of the story of Troy continues with masterful management of characters, real emotion and genuine humour.

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Incredible, as always for Gemmell

The middle of any trilogy is sometimes accused to simply bridging the beginning and ending, whihh themselves contain all the highlights. This is definitely not the case with Shield of Thunder. There is so much emotional impact packed into this book, and the story is brilliantly constructed.

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All filler

This book is awful. The first book was an easy entertaining read. This book feels like he had enough material for maybe 2 books but was told to make it a trilogy. It is full of filler and no life.

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Simply the best trilogy ever written.

Part 1, Lord of the Silver Bow. I challenge anybody that doesn't love this. Pleasantly surprised at the narrator as this is my favourite book, I was worried about it being ruined by him. But he did a decent job.

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Brilliant that's all I can say, but they say it is got to be fifteen words long or they don't post it, however anyone who has read David Gemmell's stories knows he was one of the best writers ever.

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absolutely loved it.

the events before the Trojan war retold in an addictive gripping listen. can't wait for part 3..

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Fantastic story, great characters, fast paced and interesting. The Troy series is up there with the best of Gemmalls work in my opinion

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Fantastic!

Fantastic book beautifully read by Tomas, the level of detail as always is second to none by the late great David, onto to book 3!

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  • 15-04-18

Fantastic

Well read, great story, fantastic characters, I love David Gemmell books, the audiobooks do his work justice

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  • 24-03-18

Discouraging, but necessarily and beautifully so

Lord of the Silver Bow is a tale so full of Hope and optimism, but we all know how the Trojan War ends. This book, though still thrilling and beautifully written, marks the turn that leads us back to where we know things must go. It's more than a little heartbreakingly, and as badly as I want to continue down this path (and I certainly will, as The Fall of Kings is now downloading) I wish we could go back before everything became so.. broken.

Thomas Judd, as before, is a fantastic narrator.

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  • Kait & Jared
  • 04-07-21

Needs to be the next game of thrones!

This series is amazing! this is my second time reading/ listing to it. you will never want to put it down! the reader makes the story come to life with his voice acting!

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  • Bruce
  • 01-07-21

So far the story keeps me

So far the story keeps me interested, but only because of familiarity with names and events as handed down in textbooks. I am beginning to think that Gemmell is not writing my favorite genre.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-20

Great book overall

Loved it! Although it did slow down toward the middle-end. Preparing for an all action third book. One of Gemmels best series in my opinion. Narrator great as usual!

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  • Aaron
  • 11-08-20

"Subverting expectations"

As much as I love Gemmell's writings, he really butchers the Illiad / Odyssey in unnecessary and gratuitous ways


Big Spoilers below

Paris can't shoot a bow, why?
Helen is "plain" looking, why?
Achilles and Hector have another fight long before they should have met
Hector being a eunuch
Manalaus isn't a warrior
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It didn't bother me as much when I first read this in college, but now it comes off cheap

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  • Chris
  • 18-04-20

Amazing

I was led to this book after listening to many of Bernard Cornwell’s classics. This story — and the fantastic narration— made the sometimes stodgy Ancient Greek tale come to life!

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  • Lauren
  • 31-05-18

great book

this Gemmell series is fantastic. very addictive, can't wait to start book 3!! will be sad to finish the series.