Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great, Book 1) by Mary Renault

By Mary Renault

Alexander the good stands by myself as a pacesetter and strategist, and fireplace from Heaven is Mary Renault's unsurpassed dramatization of the early life of his lifestyles. His mom and dad struggle for his or her precocious son's love: On one facet, his risky father, Philip, and at the different, his overbearing mom, Olympias. the tale tells of the conqueror's nice bonds—to his horse, Oxhead, and to his dearest buddy and eventual lover, Hephaistion—and of the military he instructions while he's slightly an adult.

Coming of age through the battles for southern Greece, Alexander the nice seems to be in all of his colors—as the fellow who first takes someone's lifestyles at age twelve and who quickly removes his competitors once he involves power—and emerges as a charming, complicated, larger-than-life figure.

Fire from Heaven is the 1st quantity of the Novels of Alexander the nice trilogy, which keeps with The Persian Boy and Funeral Games.

This publication positive aspects an illustrated biography of Mary Renault together with infrequent photographs of the writer.

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There was the anecdote known throughout the trade about Fitz-James O'Brien's marching outside the massive Harper building holding a sign, I AM ONE OF HARPERS’ AUTHORS. I AM STARVING, until the Harpers would agree to pay him what he was owed. 83 that they had paid in advance to Mr. Melville for his queer sea tale, Moby-Dick, or The Whale. To the Harper brothers, publishing was power. It was a power that had reached a crescendo in the 1840s when the eldest of the quartet, James Harper, became mayor of New York City as part of the anti-Catholic Native Party.

Osgood asked, forcing himself to look more closely at the mangled remains of his clerk. There were two parallel cuts in Daniel's skin. “It is almost like a bite mark. And his suit. ” The coroner shrugged. “From the mechanisms beneath the bus, perhaps. Or perhaps the boy had injured himself while in the spell of his narcotic. Sad to reflect on, the shadows of this danger fall not uncommonly on young men of low station and more and more even women—if you can call them that still, for they are much degraded.

While searching up and down the curve of the rough creek, Turner lunged at something on the ground. Upon reaching the spot, Mason saw with great pride in his chum that Turner had bludgeoned a cobra with his carbine. But the cobra was not dead and it rose up again as Mason approached and tried to strike. Such was the peril of the Bengalee jungle. Abandoning the hunt for the other thief, they returned to the spot where they'd left Narain tied to a tree and freed him, leading him as they took the horses they'd borrowed back to the police outpost.

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