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GIFTS OF THE GODS: SILVER AND GOLD by Thomas J. Berry

GIFTS OF THE GODS: SILVER AND GOLD

by Thomas J. Berry

460 pages
Five men and women in Ancient Greece are set on a dangerous journey of self-discovery during the bitter conflict of the Peloponnesian War. The Peace of Nicias has ended a decade of fighting between Athens and Sparta but skirmishes continue to mount as both sides try to gain the advantage. The action moves abroad where riches await the victor.

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Five men and women in Ancient Greece are set on a dangerous journey of self-discovery during the bitter conflict of the Peloponnesian War.

The climatic war between Athens and Sparta is over and, while peace has settled upon the land, bitter factions are at work to resurrect the bloody conflict. The rival superpowers align themselves with new allies and embark on an overseas adventure with far-reaching consequences. The democrats of Athens seek conquest and wealth abroad while the militant Spartans play a deadly gambit to stop them. In the midst of this struggle, one man makes a fateful decision that will change the course of history forever.

As the powerful city-states gather their armies once more, men and women from across the region have far more pressing needs. A harried mother sees her world turned upside down and struggles to make peace with her husband. A rich playboy with grand ideas has finally achieved the power to make those dreams a reality while another agonizes over a promising future that has slowly slipped away. A Spartan officer emerges from his brother's shadow to claim his own stake in the world and wipe away the stain of his ignoble birth. A young slave struggles to find the courage to save, not only himself, but the ones he holds most dear as he discovers the true meaning of family.

Five men and women come together to weave an epic story of conquest, love, betrayal, and sacrifice. Their lives will take on new meaning as the political landscape around them changes irreversibly. How will they navigate these turbulent times and plot their own destiny towards peace?

 

Reviews
From the festival of Pyanepsion in Sicily to the utter defeat of the Athenian army under Nicias during the Siege of Syracuse, Gift of the Gods: Silver and Gold by Thomas J. Berry is in all ways a Historical Fiction triumph..

Told from the viewpoint of five very different people from opposing sides, Gift of the Gods: Silver and Gold is as rich and as potent as the wine once served in the dive bars in Syracuse, Sicily. This is a story that is not only tense, powerful and compulsive in the telling, but one that is also profoundly moving..

Nothing is beyond the telling, and Berry's attention to the historical detailing is as staggering as it is accurate. Berry has brought this time and this place back to life in his crystalline prose and his compelling narrative. But, this book is not for the faint-hearted. Berry does not gloss over the history, nor does he gloss over the reality of the battles and the appalling treatment and torture of the prisoners. This book is a realistic retelling of this period of history..

I highly recommend..

- Mary Anne Yarde, The Coffee Pot Book Club

 

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About the Author
Thomas J. Berry Thomas Berry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Bonaventure University. He takes pleasure in extensively researching both historical fiction and non-fiction stories. In his spare time, he enjoys long-distance running and has completed several marathons. He currently lives with his wife and children in New Jersey.

 

 

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