Memnon of the island of Rhodes lived from 375 to 333 BC. Although of Greek heritage, he supported the Persian Great King both in peace and in war. As a Greek mercenary, he was a considered a traitor to his people. But to Darius III, the king of Persia, he was a great leader of men. He would have his chance to prove his leadership skills against the advance of the Macedonian army of Alexander the Great as it marched into Asia Minor.
A mysterious rich and elderly woman, who is on her deathbed, tells the story of Memnon to Ariston of Lindos several years after the death of Alexander. She wishes to have the true story of Memnon made public. Ariston’s story provides the prologue and an interlude to the narrative of Memnon, which is written in the third person.
The author has created a compelling story of the ancient world. I found his narrative rich in drama and tension; his battle scenes are authentic in detail and exciting to read. The author realistically describes the settings and people of ancient Greece. If you enjoy Steven Pressfield’s novels, you’ll enjoy this book as well. I look forward to Scott Oden’s next novel.