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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Book Review: The Heretic

Title: The Heretic
Author: Andrew Feder
Format Reviewed: ebook
When a man begins experiencing bizarre dreams, a visit to a psychic transports him to the time of Alexander the Great, and he discovers the amazing truth about his past in Andrew Feder's new historical fiction novel, The Heretic, the sequel to When The Angels Have Risen.
After questioning his bizarre dreams and an unexplained sudden knowledge of ancient Greek, Jerry Fletcher seeks the help of a psychic, who suggests that he undergo past life regression. Under this treatment, Jerry begins remembering his past lives -a Jew during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, a young Arapaho brave, a knight during the Middle Ages - until he stops in Ancient Greece with Aias, a Spartan who was renowned during his time as the world's greatest warrior, but whose name went unrecorded in history.
Aias was not only Alexander the Great's mentor and true friend, he was a highly skilled warrior - akin to a ninja -and an inspiring military hero. The name of Aias has been mysteriously removed from Alexander's journal, but now the truth of this daring man is finally revealed, from the brutal military campaigns to the erotic escapades.
Alexander the Great often compared Aias to Illiad's Hector and Achilles.
Ptlomey thought that Aias was perhaps a God reincarnate from Olympus.
Alexander called him Aries incarnate.
His enemies called him Aias the Decapitator.
Aristotle called him The Heretic.
And the women of Greece called him ... well, you'll have to read the book to find out.
A story of romance and violence, adventure and spirituality, The Heretic unveils a new legend at home with the classics.

My Review: 
Most people know that I have somewhat of an obsession with all things ancient Greece. So, when I got the opportunity to review this book, I thought it would be a great fit for me.

This book is a sequel to When Angels Have Risen. I have not read the first book. What I can tell you, is that you can read this book without having read the first. The book does stand alone.

Let me first tell you how much I love Aias' character. He's arrogant and totally conceited but very loyal.

This book is full of battles and love. Andrew Feder reaches a great balance between the two while taking you on a journey. His characters in tis book are well developed. You also get Alexander and Nefertiti {whom Aias falls for}.

Aias is known as several things in this book, the biggest being the Heretic as he believed in one infinite god. Another name, during battles, the Decapitator. {Don't worry, it's not confusing}

The one interesting fact is that this book is written using modern voice. Did it take away from the historical note of the book? I don't know. Maybe some.

This is a must have for anyone wanting to read about a great character with well defined attributes that flow throughout the book. I'm thinking of reading this one over.

Rating: 4/5

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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