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The Storm of Heaven

The Storm of Heaven The great three sided war continues Rome against Persia against the tribes of the desert now commanded by Mohammed of Mekkah The tide is turning against the Eastern Empire the Emperor Heraclius lies

  • Title: The Storm of Heaven
  • Author: Thomas Harlan
  • ISBN: 9780312865597
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The great three sided war continues, Rome against Persia against the tribes of the desert now commanded by Mohammed of Mekkah The tide is turning against the Eastern Empire the Emperor Heraclius lies bedridden in Constantinople and his brother Theodore has lost a great battle to the tribes In the West, Rome lies devastated by the long pent eruption of Vesuvius And in tThe great three sided war continues, Rome against Persia against the tribes of the desert now commanded by Mohammed of Mekkah The tide is turning against the Eastern Empire the Emperor Heraclius lies bedridden in Constantinople and his brother Theodore has lost a great battle to the tribes In the West, Rome lies devastated by the long pent eruption of Vesuvius And in the hidden valley of Damawand, the Persion sorcerer Dahak plots his revenge.Among the lost are the Princess Shirin, vanished in the explosion of Vesuvius that wrought so much destruction, and Thyatis, still living but broken in mind and body Her struggle will mirror the torment of the Empire, as it rebuilds its strength and purpose after so much destruction.But there is hope for the West Prince Maxian, horrified at being the cause of so many deaths, has come to realize that the Oath need not be broken it can be changed by a skilled sorcerer And in Judea, young Dwyrin is coming into his full powers, honed by sorcerous combat with his friend Odenathus, who now leads the shattered remnants of the army of Palmyra And among the Goths north of the Danuvius, a new legion is being forged, by a very old general.

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    About "Thomas Harlan"

    1. Thomas Harlan

      Fantasy, alternate history and science fiction writer Thomas Harlan is the author of the critically acclaimed Oath of Empire series from Tor Books He has been twice nominated for the John W Campbell Award for Best New Author in 1999 and 2000 In May of 2001, he received the SF 2 Award for Best New Fantasy Author His first novel, The Shadow of Ararat was selected as one of the Barnes Noble Top 20 Best SFF Novels of 1999 The sequel, Gate of Fire, was chosen as both a BN Top 20 book and placed on Locus Magazine s Recommended Reading list for the year 2000 The third and fourth Oath of Empire novels, The Storm of Heaven and The Dark Lord were released in May of 2001 and 2002 A new series followed the cataclysmic end of Oath an alternate history science fiction archaeological combat series called In the time of the Sixth Sun The first book, Wasteland of Flint, was published in 2003 and received a starred review in Kirkus House of Reeds followed in 2004, and Land of the Dead in 2009.Thomas has published a variety of very well received short fiction in Dragon magazine, as well as the largest adventure module ever published in Dungeon Twenty years of game design have produced a number of play by email systems, of which the long running and increasingly complex Lords of the Earth is the best known Lords is a historical simulation game, encompassing the whole of the Earth, modeling political, economic and military conflict from the early Iron Age to the late 1800 s There are over forty Lords of the Earth campaigns currently in progress, in English, Spanish, and Italian The initial campaign has been running for over twenty years and has chronicled the period from 1000 AD to 1770 AD Lords of the Earth was nominated for an Origins GAMA award for Best PBM Game of the Year in 2003.Thomas was born in Tucson, Arizona on February 25th, 1964 He was raised by archaeologist dendrochronologist botanist parents and traveled widely throughout the American southwest and overseas as a result A steady diet of Tolkien The Lord of the Rings , Herbert Dune , Herge Tintin , Goscinny Uderzo Asterix , John Buchan Greenmantle, The Thirty Nine Steps, etc , Talbot Mundy The Nine Unknown, Jimgrim, King of the Khyber Rifles , Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars , Kenneth Bulmer Prescot of Scorpio and other purveyors of the fantastic inform his literary background An excessively long stay in college provided him with a moderate background in creative writing, history, art and other sundry skills helpful to a novelist.Aside from his literary career, Thomas spent too many years in the information technology industry as a developer, manager and architect for government, education and healthcare He currently lives in Salem, Oregon.

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    1. The saga continues as the telecast turns.Thomas Harlan puts out another fine book, the follow-up to Gate of Fire, and yet another showcase of his literary quality.In religiously festive manner, Rome attempts to rebuild itself and rise from the ashes in the aftermath of Mount Vesuvius's eruption. In the east, Constantinople struggles to defend itself from the onslaught of Persian, Arab, and rebel invaders. But it is not just the cities that undergo internal and external conflicts. It is also the [...]


    2. From Publishers WeeklyIn Campbell Award nominee Harlan's third, grittily realistic installation of the Oath of Empire series (Shadow of Ararat and The Gate of Fire), imperial Rome under Emperor Galen is simultaneously in the midst of war with Persia and fighting a new and God-aided battle against the forces of Mohammed the prophet, while the magical protective "Oath" is in danger of shattering. Prince Maxian has, until now, been trying to break the oath laid on Rome in the hope of helping the We [...]


    3. Still long, hard work. Some of it is paying off now however, as Harlan finally brings his massive Roman Empire into terrible peril - Zoe and Mohammad besiege Constantinople with great armies and fleets, Gaius Julius and Alexandros connive and thrive, and Maxian finally remembers that he is supposed to be a healer and throws off his necromantic magics in favour of restoring Rome's power. But it may all be too late.If you have favourite characters in this series, do be prepared to lose them. While [...]



    4. Rome and Byzantium against Persia with magic third round: impressive and on par with book 1, a bit less good than book 2 and 4 which are just extraordinary


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