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User Review  - 9inchsnails - LibraryThing

I'm ashamed to admit I couldn't finish this. This is the military novel to end all military novels, I know. And Pressfield certainly knows his stuff, and he writes better than competently—in fact I'd ... Read full review

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User Review  - revslick - LibraryThing

There's not much I can say about the book that hasn't been covered by others and even the cover itself. The book centers upon the Battle of Thermopylae, the same subject as the movie 300, but chok ... Read full review

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User Review  - AshRyan - LibraryThing

I've always had mixed feelings about the battle of Thermopylae. On the one hand, by delaying the Persian armies a few days and buying time for the Athenians to evacuate and eventually rally to defeat ... Read full review

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User Review  - ConnieJo - LibraryThing

Years ago, a man walked into my bookstore and ordered 20 copies of this book because he liked it so much he needed to give a copy to everyone he knew. A couple years ago, it came up again when a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shimmin - LibraryThing

This turned out to not be my sort of thing. There is a perfectly understandable need to set the scene for the climactic battle, but with one thing and another, I never read far enough to get anywhere ... Read full review

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User Review  - Speesh - LibraryThing

Ah, Memphis; home of Elvis and the Ancient Greeks...erm... Most people who know anything about anything, know at least a little about the legend of Thermopylae and the 300 Spartans who fought there ... Read full review

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User Review  - RamzArtso - LibraryThing

What a book! A timeless masterpiece. All I can say is I wish it had been at least twice as long, or even infinite, for that matter. Legendary! I highly recommend this! Read full review

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User Review  - JGolomb - LibraryThing

"Gates of Fire" is a majestic novel focused on the actions of 300 Spartans defending Hellas from the vast invading Persian hordes. It's story is large, the characters heroic. It's not, however, epic ... Read full review

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Not too bad. Having seen the movie 300 will give you an appreciation for this book and reading the book will give you a better understanding of the movie. It is written from the dying perspective of a Helot servant of the spartans captured during the battle. He gives a narratvie of Spartan life and philosphy to a historian of King Xerxes. Xerxes wishes to know more about Spartans and why they fight they way they do. Entertaining with excellent battle descriptions. 

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User Review  - aevaughn - LibraryThing

Engaging novel, and largely true (to the best of my knowledge) of the time/events, etc. Read full review

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