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He considered Pyrrhus as his teacher and ranked himself below him. With an endorsement from a more popular tactician and strategist like Hannibal, A Pyrrhic Victory has put to rest the issue of credibility that any reader may cast on the author's choice of making Pyrrhus the central character of the novel.

Crouch has cleverly capitalized on Pyrrhus' obscurity and Hannibal's credibility. With obscurity and credibility already under the A Pyrrhic Victory 's belt, the author progresses by drizzling the novel with some tensions and romance. Who wouldn't be twitterpated with the meeting of a man whose appearance is like that of a god and a young lady whose beauty is not perfect, but is infinitely serene and gentle?

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Crouch's approach to describe the budding romance between Antigone and Pyrrhus with some restrained euphoria makes it more realistic and communicates an attempt not to exaggerate the characterization of the lovers. However, like any historical fiction, the novel is not short with tensions. The author does not stop with romance, and in the prologue for the volume II, another relationship is introduced—a relationship between a father and a son. The young Ptolemy has graced the consciousness of the readers reminding them how life can be fleeting as the author describes a loss and the smell of a funeral pyre that haunts Pyrrhus.

The greatest value of A Pyrrhic Victory is in its effort to bring Pyrrhus of Epirus into the consciousness of the common reader. Perhaps, a page about Hannibal's description of Pyrrhus is worth inserting in the Vol. II of the book. Hannibal had strong affirmative words for Pyrrhus and quoting him verbatim will speak volumes of credibility about the main character of the novel. Hannibal's commendation together with the Gold Medal in Historical Fiction makes a convincing case for a remarkable protagonist and an accomplished author. A Pyrrhic Victory is another creation that successfully showcases the greatness of one person that has been buried in history books.

A Pyrrhic Victory Vol. I: The Shaping of Destiny by Ian Crouch Strategic Book Group book review by RJM Terrado "Once Alexandria had dipped below the horizon, however, the resilience of youth allowed them to put their sadness behind them and to appreciate the excitement of this journey of destiny that had just begun. Some authors pay a small fee to have a book reviewed, while others do not.

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Seller Inventory NEW Language: English. Brand new Book. It is twenty-two years since the death of Alexander the Great. After years of fighting, his empire has been divided up between his generals. Always hostile to each other, they focus constantly on their borders to try and seek an advantage. In BC, their armies are preparing for battle once again. And to the west, Rome and Carthage are preparing to burst onto the world stage, to wrest power from the Hellenistic kings.

Into this world comes Pyrrhus, the young disinherited king of Epirus, a region of northern Greece. Pyrrhus will later be described by Hannibal as the finest commander the world has seen, after Alexander himself. A Pyrrhic Victory refers to a victory that comes at such a cost that it threatens to destroy the victor. Crouch brings this ancient age to life once more; maintaining an expert balance between historical accuracy and creative imagination.

Crouch succeeds splendidly in conveying a compelling interpretation of the lives and loves, the achievements and aspirations of great men in a great age. Eoghan Maloney, lecturer in ancient history at the University of Adelaide Dr. Ian Crouch is a medical practitioner living in Adelaide, South Australia. Since his early days in medical school, his abiding interest has been Greek and Roman history.