Firstly, a huge thank you to Zaffre and Compulsive Readers for having me on this blog tour.
I have a confession, agreeing to this tour scared me. I have never read a historical fiction book, nevermind one heavily entrenched within the military genre. However, I've loved Greek and Roman history for as long as I can remember. I studied it in college and have been independently researching whenever I can. I took a gamble. A gamble that paid off tenfold.
I loved The Lost Ten*. It felt so visceral...literally, at times, some of the battle scenes were pretty graphic! Which I loved as well. It follows ten men sent on a secret mission to free a Persian Prince held captive by his own people in an attempt to provoke a war. However, there is a traitor amongst their midst. Someone is trying to sabotage the mission. Think Greek Cluedo but it was more like Satrap Julius in the desert with a sword than colonel mustard with the candlestick.
The book moved with great pace despite the vast lands covered. The passage of time was conveyed very well by how the men changed both physically and mentally. Each character had a distinct background, beliefs and mannerisms making them easy to identify. What an eclectic band of soldiers. I truly felt that each character could have been a figure from our history they felt so fully formed. The tension never truly dissipated and even increased with every glass of wine and sharp word. Usually, about another's religion or heritage. I particularly felt for Valens. A young man with a sorry origin story forced onto a mission he really didn't want.
A phenomenal story with amazing battle scenes and even the odd tender moment or two...just for a little bit though, then it's back to the killing.
Name: The Lost Ten*
Author: Harry Sidebottom
Have you read The Lost Ten*?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,