Empire Rising, Book 2

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Harper Collins, Sep 25, 2007 - Fiction - 465 pages
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It is 3157 B.C.—The beginning of the Bronze Age and the rise of cities—and at the eastern edge of the great southern desert in Mesopotamia, men are at war. Bandits and worse plunder the countryside seeking women, slaves, and gold. Into this unsettled land come the outcast Korthac and the remnants of his mighty desert fighters. They encounter a band of thieves led by Ariamus. The two join forces and set their sights on the biggest prize of all: the burgeoning city of Akkad—the town formerly known as Orak that just a few months earlier defeated a horde of raiding barbarians by building an impenetrable wall. Akkad is known not only for its riches, but also for the courage and wisdom of its leaders, the former barbarian Eskkar and his enchanting wife, Trella. Together they drove off the barbarian horde, and now they face an even more daunting challenge—to preserve their victory.

But it's only by defeating Eskkar, Trella, and the people of Akkad that Korthac and Ariamus can claim Akkad's wealth and enslave its people . . .

Korthac devises a plan to slip his men into Akkad and conquer the city from within. And while Eskkar is roaming the land, winning the trust of other towns and bringing them into his growing empire, Korthac and Ariamus strike, wreaking havoc on the young city.

Told with rich historical detail and set in a time of promise and peril, Sam Barone's thrilling, beautifully rendered tale places him in the ranks of the best historical fiction writers working today. Empire Rising is another marvelous trip into the past with an unforgettable cast of characters.

 

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This sequel toDawn of Empire opens just a few months after the climactic battle for the walled city of Akkad in Mesopotamia. Eskkar, former barbarian warrior, finds the responsibilities of ruling a ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
13
Section 4
49
Section 5
63
Section 6
70
Section 7
78
Section 8
96
Section 20
236
Section 21
255
Section 22
258
Section 23
273
Section 24
288
Section 25
310
Section 26
327
Section 27
340

Section 9
113
Section 10
134
Section 11
155
Section 12
174
Section 13
180
Section 14
186
Section 15
195
Section 16
203
Section 17
213
Section 18
225
Section 19
234
Section 28
366
Section 29
378
Section 30
389
Section 31
397
Section 32
406
Section 33
415
Section 34
423
Section 35
433
Section 36
447
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About the author (2007)

Sam Barone was born and raised in New York City. He spent thirty years designing and developing software, and began writing seriously after his retirement. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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