A Place Called Armageddon

A Place Called Armageddon Viral Kindle How often does it happen that over the course of two pages a book twists and crushes your emotions that you simply can t go on reading it And how

A Place Called Armageddon Viral Kindle How often does it happen that over the course of two pages, a book twists and crushes your emotions that you simply can't go on reading it? And how often does that happen in an exclusively positive way?I do not expect anyone to share my love for this book, but I just want to give credit to C.C. Humphreys for writing what is arguably the best chapter I have read in my life.For those of you who do not understand why I am so whiny about this. As a historian, I have a passionate love for the Byzantine Empire. This book is about the final fall of Byzantium after two thousand years.And about Constantine XI Palaiologos, one of the most legendary men in history...See me, Turk.See where I stand. Upon walls that have defied every assault for a thousand years. You claim they will be reduced to sand by your monstrous guns. You cry that once they are, your army, innumerable as pebbles on the strand, will sweep away the weak few who would keep you out.Shall I tell you what you cannot see? You cannot see into my heart. You cannot... because it is armoured better than I am. Steeled with a certainty no weapon can penetrate.You doubt? Then let me tell you of that certainty, of what material it is made. Like the mortar that binds these walls, compounded of lime, sand and water, my certainty is made of three things. History. Faith. Love.History is not our burden. It is our eagle standard, and when we gather beneath it, an army a hundred times greater than yours gathers too. Then we are not the impoverished few you deride. We are legion. A good word – for it was the legions who marched from Rome to the conquest of the wide world. And when they were done, the first emperor to recognise the glory of Christ Risen came here. Came with the first Rome’s glorious past – and saw its future. Constantine gave the city his name. But he could have called it New Rome.It is said your sultan wishes to be Caesar, but does he not see that Julius stands with us? It is also said that Mehmet wishes to conquer all that Alexander did, and at as young an age, but does he not know that Alexander was Greek? As are we. Greek and Roman, both.If you could see through these walls, what glory would you behold? Not simply in stone, though the city is formed around its towering columns and splendid forums, its life-giving aqueducts and purple-walled palaces. Not only in art – golden trees filled with golden birds that sing … bejewelled silver ikons that grace both home and church … a ten-thousand-piece glass chandelier that holds the very light of heaven.For there is another glory – that of our words. Texts translated from every language in the world, including your own. Ancient and new, alchemy and love poems, history and medicine, philosophy and geometry, copied in the coloured inks and the beautiful script of monks and scholars. Knowledge discovered and rediscovered on every subject that concerns man. Laws codified as they were on the orders of the Emperor Theodosius nine hundred years ago and used to this day wherever man is civilised.Words are God’s intention, made plain by His chosen people. Yet perhaps the true reason He chose us was that He knew that only we, of all the world, could build Him a house worthy of His majesty.So know this. Even if you do manage to lay these walls low and reach God’s dwelling, you will go no farther. For at the very height of your triumph, you will be brought low, by the Archangel Michael wielding his fiery sword at the head of the heavenly host. If you are fortunate, in the moment before He casts you into damnation, perhaps you will glimpse His glory on earth. See the immeasurable dome entirely covered in mosaic of infinite variety and colour. Hear the thousands who can fit beneath it sing the perfect harmonies of His praise. Smell the sweet scent of a thousand years of richest incense, impregnated in every stone.This is the Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom. God lives here, and He will not let you drive Him out.I know you cannot see this. All you see are walls to knock down, and too few men in impoverished armour. So let me tell you of the last thing you cannot see. What it is that makes this city unconquerable.You cannot see my love for it.It is not solid, like stone. It is not rousing, as history is, nor sustaining as only God’s words can be. My love is made of air itself, of the breath I take from east and west and the scents they bring in each season. Of the sun I watch pass directly over me down the line of the Bosphorus, setting the dome of Divine Wisdom afire, falling on every column that marks our history, transforming the waters that surround and sustain us from the blue smelted steel of our swords to the green of an empress’s eye. In its daily course the sun casts an even light upon the whole city, lingers like a lover reluctant to part … then flees suddenly, unable to look back, anxious to swiftly return, as it always does.As shall I. If I am too tired to lift my sword, I will lay my body in the breach to trip your foot; and if my sacrifice is not worthy enough to mitigate my sins, perhaps it will yet be enough for God to grant one prayer: that I spend purgatory as a stone in Constantinople. Under that light, breathing those scents, part of that history. Part of the greatest city on earth. As was. Is. For ever will be.I am Constantine Palaiologos, emperor, son of Caesars. I am a baker, a ropewright, a fisherman, a monk, a merchant. I am a soldier. I am Roman. I am Greek. I am two thousand years old. I was born in freedom only yesterday.This is my city, Turk. Take it if you can.. To the Greeks who love it, it is Constantinople To the Turks who covet it, the Red Apple Safe behind its magnificent walls, the city was once the heart of the vast Byzantine empire.1453 The empire has shrunk to what lies within those now crumbling walls A relic Yet for one man, Constantinople is the stepping stone to destiny Mehmet is twenty when he is annointed SultTo the Greeks who love it, it is Constantinople To the Turks who covet it, the Red Apple Safe behind its magnificent walls, the city was once the heart of the vast Byzantine empire.1453 The empire has shrunk to what lies within those now crumbling walls A relic Yet for one man, Constantinople is the stepping stone to destiny Mehmet is twenty when he is annointed Sultan Now, seeking Allah s will and Man s glory, he brings an army of one hundred thousand, outnumbering the defenders ten to one He has also brings something new the most frightening weapon the world has ever seenBut a city is than stone, its fate inseparable from that of its people Men like Gregoras, a mercenary and exile, returning to the hated place he once loved Like his twin and betrayer, the subtle diplomat, Theon Like Sofia, loved by two brothers but forced to make a desperate choice between them And Leilah, a powerful mystic and assassin, seeking her own destiny in the flames.This is the tale of one of history s greatest battles for one of the world s most extraordinary places This is the story of people, from peasant to emperor with the city s fate, and theirs, undecided until the moment the Red Apple falls.. Good Ebook A Place Called Armageddon Sukob dve vere, ali i dve crkve, sukob dva vladara, sukob dva brata...sve to i mnogo više nalazi se na stranicama odličnog Hamfrizovog romana o padu Konstantinopolja. Moram da priznam da dugo nisam uživala u ovako lepom, pripovedačkom stilu pisanja, a ovaj roman me je podsetio zašto sam zavolela istoriju.Prolog na svega četiri stranice je verovatno najbolji uvod u neku knjigu koji sam pročitala u poslednjih nekoliko godina (toliko je dobar da sam morala da ga dva puta pročitam).I pored toga što pratimo sudbine braće Gregora i Teona, dva velika vladara koja su obeležila jednu epohu - Mehmeda Osvajača i Konstantina Paleologa, Đenovljana i Venecijanaca, Grka i Turaka...ipak glavni junak ovog nadahnutog epa o kraju jednog carstva i vrhuncu drugog je sam grad - Konstantinopolj. Opsada Konstantinopolja je bila jedna od najvećih bitaka u istoriji, i Hamfriz se odlučio da poslednji noćni napad na grad opiše u jednom poglavlju. I to kakvom poglavlju!!Dok pišem ove pomalo nabacane misli i dok su mi utisci još uvek sveži, razmišljam o tome koliko je u poslednjih nekoliko godina žanr epske fantastike postao popularan...snimaju se televizijske serije vrhunske produkcije, kao pečurke posle kiše pojavljuju se novi autori, puni mašte i nekih, na prvi pogled, svežih ideja...a mi čitaoci koji sve to halapljivo gutamo, i nikada nam nije dosta, kao da zaboravljamo da se kao motiv iza svih tih igara prestola, borbi zmajeva, čarobnjaka, patuljaka i vilenjaka, zapravo nalaze heroji od krvi i mesa, nepravedno zaboravljeni. Neke od tih heroja naći ćete i među koricama ove knjige.Ocena:10*
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  1. aka Chris HumphreysChris C.C Humphreys was born in Toronto, lived till he was seven in Los Angeles, then grew up in the UK All four grandparents were actors, and since his father was an actor as well, it was inevitable he would follow the bloodline Chris has performed on stages from London s West End to Hollywood in roles including Hamlet, Caleb the gladiator in NBC s AD Anno Domini , Clive Parnell in Coronation Street , PC Richard Turnham in The Bill , the Immortal Graham Ashe in Highlander , Jack Absolute in The Rivals This performance led to him writing the Jack Absolute novels and they say acting doesn t pay Bizarrely, he was also the voice of Salem the cat in Sabrina the Teenage Witch A playwright, fight choreographer and novelist, he has written eleven adult novels including The French Executioner , runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers The Jack Absolute Trilogy A Place Called Armageddon Shakespeare s Rebel and the international bestseller, Vlad The Last Confession He also writes for young adults, with a trilogy called The Runestone Saga and The Hunt of the Unicorn The sequel, The Hunt of the Dragon , was published Fall 2016 His recent novel Plague won Canada s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2015 The sequel, Fire is a thriller set during the Great Fire, published Summer 2016 Both novels spent five weeks in the top ten on 2016 s Globe and Mail and Toronto Star Bestseller lists His new novel is Chasing the Wind about 1930 s aviatrix and thief Roxy Loewen, will be in Canada published in June 2018 Several of his novels are available as Audiobooks read by himself Find him here at Audible tiny q83sqyHe is translated into thirteen languages In 2015 he earned his Masters in Fine Arts Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia Chris now lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, with his wife, son and cat, Dickon who keeps making it into his books Check out his website cchumphreys

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  1. How often does it happen that over the course of two pages, a book twists and crushes your emotions that you simply can t go on reading it And how often does that happen in an exclusively positive way I do not expect anyone to share my love for this book, but I just want to give credit to C.C Humphreys for writing what is arguably the best chapter I have read in my life.For those of you who do not understand why I am so whiny about this As a historian, I have a passionate love for the Byzantine [...]

  2. Sukob dve vere, ali i dve crkve, sukob dva vladara, sukob dva bratae to i mnogo vi e nalazi se na stranicama odli nog Hamfrizovog romana o padu Konstantinopolja Moram da priznam da dugo nisam u ivala u ovako lepom, pripoveda kom stilu pisanja, a ovaj roman me je podsetio za to sam zavolela istoriju.Prolog na svega etiri stranice je verovatno najbolji uvod u neku knjigu koji sam pro itala u poslednjih nekoliko godina toliko je dobar da sam morala da ga dva puta pro itam.I pored toga to pratimo su [...]

  3. This was a very enjoyable historical novel about the final fall of Byzantium to Ottomans in 1493 Almost perfect book for us who love historical fiction but, as I see, epic fantasy devotees won t argue with that either Many thanks to my GR friend Jadranka, without her recommendation I would have missed out the book.C.C Humphreys is pretty good at historical facts, but a bit predictable when it comes to relations and characters My only complain is about love scenes they are embarrassingly sappy.

  4. 1453 Constantinople It s a period of history I m aware of but not fully familiar with in that part of the world so I was drawn to this book a while back but then pushed it up my list having read CC Humphrey s excellent story about Vlad the Impaler Vlad The Last Confession at the very start of 2017 In fact my absolute favourite of the year as it turned out And so thought it a good way to end the year with the same author.We begin with a map of the siege the surrounding region Balkans are introduc [...]

  5. U praskozorje jednog, a na zalasku drugog velikog carstva, na raskr u, ali i u kontinuitetu epoha, putevi razli itih ljudi se ukr taju, htenja sudaraju Gregora i Teon, Sofija i Lejla, Mehmed i Konstantinrba za slavu, ljubav, veru, domrba ambicija, strasti, osvetoljubivosti Rat za opstanak, izmirenje pobune krvi ili ostvarenje proro anstva Veli anstvena slika doga aja koji je oblikovao svet u kome ivimo ivopisno, areno, verodostojno Napete scene, neo ekivana razre enja, pone to Martinovog stila u [...]

  6. A Place Called Armageddon was the number one expected historical fiction of mine in 2011 and one my top expected books overall and I bought it the first moment i could and read it asap high, high expectations and what can I say the author not only delivered but surpassed them.I will write the FBC review and c p it here INTRODUCTION C.C Humphreys came to my attention with Vlad The Last Confession despite my deep misgivings about it being another stupid rehashing of the myth of Dracula, the novel [...]

  7. Based on the books that Chris Humphreys has written to date no one can ever accuse him of taking on the easy subjects, Vlad the last confession was my number one read of 2009 and that was against some seriously good competition, but the book was exceptional.In this new book A Place Called Armageddon brings us a climactic end and a new beginning, it is the Siege of 1453 of Constantinople, and as usual Chris Humphreys writes so well on the epic scale, but when doing so always manages to keep the e [...]

  8. I am Constantine Palaiologos, emperor, son of Caesars I am a baker, a ropewright, a fisherman, a monk, a merchant I am a soldier I am Roman I am Greek I am two thousand years old I was born in freedom only yesterday This is my city, Turk Take it if you can It s 1453, and the Byzantine Empire is an empire only in name Its last bastion is Constantinople and the brilliant, arrogant young sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmet II, has his sights set on it, set on completing his father Murad s work in [...]

  9. I ve got to face the fact that, as much as I wanted to like this book, I didn t I don t know why I usually enjoy historical fiction and am pretty tolerant of some wild flights of creative fancy But A Place Called Armageddon just didn t connect I was ready to quit after 30 pages but forced myself through the first 100, just to be fair I restarted twice, but the attraction of other books even children s books proved stronger than slogging through of this.The author jumps between characters, tryin [...]

  10. I ve read several books by Mr Humphreys, but this was by far my favourite The characters were so well developed, and such clear individuals, that it felt as though they were standing beside me, waiting to tell me their stories The battle scenes were so clear in my mind that I stopped reading the book and started seeing it, instead Whether you like historical fiction or not, this is an excellent story.

  11. Pages 480Publisher Sourcebooks Landmark, IllinoisReview source PublisherRating Reviewed by Kathy DavieIt s the battle in 1453 that sees the end of an era in Constantinople.My TakeOh man, Humphreys has me by the first page of the prologue I m tense with fear at the description he provides of the Turk flowing to the walls of Constantinople Heck, I wanna just open the gates and tell em to have at it How can he possibly fight against a mass of men like this And yet the men fighting to save Constanti [...]

  12. This is not a book I would have read had I not met the author at the Kelmarsh festival this summer I m fairly averse to books about Christianity versus Islam and it s not my era but, having met Chris, I bought it and am immensely glad that I did Like The Religion by Tim Willocks which is undoubtedly a 5 book must review it soon , this looks at a siege from both sides of the conflict, in this case, the siege of Constantinople in 1453 handily, the part title tells you this The leading character on [...]

  13. Historical fiction with good characterizations and moral crises, both personal and societal I found the moral relativism a bit overdone but it was a fine historical novel Unity is hard but the west will not survive without it We will realize it too late, I am sure.

  14. This book was so historically rich it was like reading a very entertaining text book It s nice to read both sides of the battle even though the main character is a Greek man named Gregoras It switches back and forth between the point of views of various characters from both sides my personal favorites would be Leilah and Achmed Although it might seem there s a lot of characters it does focus on a select few so it s easily memorable There s various story arcs to follow, but what I liked about the [...]

  15. This is one of those books where I wish I could give it two ratings When Humphreys sticks to the historical facts the book is informative and very interesting When he covers the fictional characters it reads like a soap opera, very UN interesting and totally predictable This historical novel about the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453 was one that I did not know a lot about The Muslims had literally surrounded Christian Constantinople by 1453 and its fall was all but inevitable The Sul [...]

  16. This book was free on for a short period earlier this year Thank you, This author both passed and failed the mechanics of good writing test The read was both boring and exciting The author s sentence fragments maddened me yet allowed me to feel his style of writing I found myself reading about he for pages before I realized I did not know who he was This was a story about the Turkish Islam siege on Christian Constantinople in 1453 The story line was sound The fighting was brutal, but expected Of [...]

  17. Humphreys makes alive a pivotal date in history, the date of Constantinople s conquest by Muslims He tells the story through the eyes of two rival brothers, the woman they both love but one marries, Mehmet the Muslim conquerer, and other key players including the Emporer Constantine The story is further complicated by Leilah, a mystic, assassin, and sorcerer It is a graphic tale of attack and repulsion, privation and despair until after 53 days of seige using horrific guns and overwhelming force [...]

  18. Having once written a reference book on the Byzantine Empire which is actually cited in the bibliography at the end and of course covering its fall to the Turks in 1453, it is fascinating to see the intimate and gruesome details of the siege brought to life by a master of story telling in a historical context Humphreys neatly weaves in the bitter rivalry story of the Lascari twin brothers, Gregoras and Theon, the family they share, and the courts of Constantine and Mehmet into the deeply resear [...]

  19. This was a great read Humphreys weaves a good story that kept me absorbed page after page He does a superb job intertwining fictional characters with the historical facts.This book illustrates why I like historical fiction There is a little romance involved too about two brothers who have different personalities and destinies and a rivalry over the same woman My only complain is about love scenes too.I hope that in the future there will be steamy and sizzling

  20. Sometimes, a good way to learn about history is to read a fictionalized account and glean history s lessons while being absorbed in a good story C.C Humphreys has managed to take a deep topic like the fall of Constantinople and make it a compelling story.This is a deep story with a lot of action when you open the book and you re given a Dramatis Personae before you start It s a deep list which even includes a cat which does factor into the story at the end Many historical figures, such as Consta [...]

  21. For I am the Turk I come on the bare feet of the farmer, the ard boot of the AnatolianI clutch scimitar, scythe, and spear, my fingers pull back bowstring and trigger, I have a glowing match to lower into a monster s belly and make it spit out hell I am the Turk There are a hundred thousand of me And I am here to take your city And so begins C.C Humphreys take on the Turk siege of the mostly Greek held Constantinople in 1453.This is actually a very good book The attractive, war oriented cover be [...]

  22. And I am here to take your city By 1453, the walled city of Constantinople is all that remains of the once magnificent Byzantine Empire One hundred thousand Ottoman Turkish soldiers, led by Sultan Mehmet II, want to take Constantinople from the Byzantines Possession of the city the Ottomans refer to as the Red Apple will serve as a sign of supremacy over the Christian infidels.As the Byzantine Empire has crumbled, so have Constantinople s walls Defending the city will not be easy for the small f [...]

  23. This story takes place in the 1400s during the siege of Contantinople, where the Turks invaded the city in order to wrestle away power Constantinople now Istanbul, Turkey was at the crossroads of the world at that time It was where the East and West met and therefore, there were a lot of different groups that wanted to control it You had the Italians, Turkish, and Greeks all vying for dominance in the city.Yes, this is a war story but there is so much to it than that As the book synopsis points [...]

  24. The battle for Constantinople is one of history s defining moments the Rome of the East falls to the Turk and one of the most glorious cathedrals ever built, the Hagia Sophia was looted and turned to a Mosque So began the reign of the Ottoman Empire over what is now called Istanbul Mehmet II was a young sultan of 21 when he did what none of his ancestors had been able to do before him breach the walls of Constantinople and call himself fatih or conqueror.This novel, though is a tale of both side [...]

  25. The demise of the Byzantine empire has fascinated me for some time In particular, the heroics of the defenders at Constantinople This was a well balanced book, giving the viewpoint of both belligerents, that seems to be very popular from modern authors like Cornwell, Kane, Napier and so on.Indeed I found myself making comparisons here as this book elbows for room alongside thise auspicious shelf fellows It s not a subject that I seen too much fiction on, so I was looking to be not only entertain [...]

  26. Really, such a well researched tale replete with so many interesting characters should get a rating of at least 4 stars But I didn t finish this book I made myself keep reading until exactly halfway, and then I gave up in relief Why The problem was not of the author s devising it was the topic itself Good fiction makes you care about its characters, or at least some of them Humphreys made me care, and that was the very root of the problem I knew full well that, after an epic siege and great loss [...]

  27. First and foremost, if you don t know much about the real life fall of Constantinople, don t read the book It does an okay job of explaining what happens and what leads up to it, but the main focus is on the characters, which are pretty good.Rather than make the story about heroic Greeks, outnumbered by savage Turks, or Turks gloriously taking over a Greek city, we get a good view of both sides From the scarred and disgraced Gregoras, to the treacherous and intelligent Theon, to the cocky and re [...]

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