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  1. Michael Joseph Michael Joseph says:

    This review was originally written for the Speak Its Name web site The Greek era has always been one of my favorites for historical romance Perhaps it s because Mary Ranault s Alexander books were the first historical novels with a gay bent I ever read, or maybe it s just because it was a time when love between men was not only accepted, but almost expected So I had high, perhaps unreasonable, hopes when offered Achilles A Love Story.This is the story of Homer s Iliad, re told from the poin This review was originally written for the Speak Its Name web site The Greek era has always been one of my favorites for historical romance Perhaps it s because Mary Ranault s Alexander books were the first historical novels with a gay bent I ever read, or maybe it s just because it was a time when love between men was not only accepted, but almost expected So I had high, perhaps unreasonable, hopes when offered Achilles A Love Story.This is the story of Homer s Iliad, re told from the point of view of Antilochus, a prince, the son and heir of King Nestor of Pylos The young prince has formed a sort of obsession with the already famous Achilles, who is only two years older Antilochus comes off as a bit of a stalker at first, determined that one day he will meet the object of his desire, and they will instantly become lovers.Then comes news of the impending war Kind Agamemnon comes to Pylos to enlist King Nestor s support in the war against Troy Nestor somewhat reluctantly agrees He and Odysseus then embark on a tour of the other Greek states to garner their support One of the stops is to be Pythia, where the support of King Peleus and his son the mighty Achilles will be sought Antilochus naturally jumps at the chance to finally meet his lover to be, and begs to go along Of course, once the party lands in Pythia, Antilochus is slapped with the cold hard reality of Patroclus Somehow, the fact that Achilles already had a lover to whom he was practically joined at the hip had escaped the young prince.Antilochus is crushed, but he doesn t give up the determination to one day make Achilles his First though, there s a war to fight Nestor, Achilles and the rest of the Greeks take off to fight, while Antilochus is deemed too young and left behind in the care of his mother The prince cools his heels in Pylos for eight long years His mother won t let him leave to join the war without word from his father, and Nestor never sends for his son.Tired of waiting and anxious to partake of the glory of battle, as well as win the heart of Achilles, Antilochus arranges to make his way to Troy with the help of a sexy sea captain Arriving in Troy, the prince faces the wrath of his father, but Achilles intervenes and it s agreed that Antilochus will serve as Achilles squire Actually, he will serve both Achilles and Patroclus since they live together At first this seems like a boon, but faced with the obvious love the two have for each other every day does drive home how impossible Antilochus hopes are, although he never gives them up.Not that Antilochus doesn t get to experience what Achilles is like as a lover Achilles and Patroclus seem to have an open relationship and Achilles takes Antilochus from time to time when Patroclus isn t around, and apparently Patroclus also beds the prince at least once Achilles does teach Antilochus the art of warfare, and eventually the prince returns to his father s service to lead his own battalion as captain.Antilochus fights alongside Achilles on occasion, and he is there to witness the capture of Chryseis, a priestess of Apollo This is a pivotal event that sparks the tiff between Achilles and Agamemnon, and ultimately leads to first the death of Patroclus, and then Achilles If you know the Iliad, even the Marvel Comics version, then you know most of what happens.The author does a rather good job, on the whole, of capturing the epic style of the Homeric tales This is in spite of a huge number of typos and a few seeming anachronisms would King Agamemnon really say we re in a pretty pickle However, the authentic sound of the prose was not entirely a good thing I found that the formality of the style put a distance between the reader and the characters I never quite connected to Antilochus in the way I would have liked.Of course, a lot of this is because the author doesn t really share much of what Antilochus is feeling He s very good at bringing alive the blood lust and fog of battle with some rather eloquent prose, but when it comes to love what the book is supposed to be about Antilochus gets very terse and even downright vague You would expect someone so besotted with a man that when he and Achilles do couple, even if it s not as lovers, you would think he would go on and on about it But Antilochus gives us littlethan a sentence or two He has flings with others on occasion, but says noabout them and sometimes simply infers that he s slept with a man without really coming out and saying it.As for Achilles, he never really becomes a fully fleshed character He remainsthe mythical abstract object of Antilochus obsession rather than a real person, or demi god While Achilles is the key character in the story, he doesn t actually appear in person that much We spendtime getting to know Odysseus and King Agamemnon In many ways, this book isabout the folly of war and the greed of men than about love, but then I don t suppose many people would want to read a book titled Agamemnon A Drunken Sod Given the degree to which any discussion of love was avoided, in the end I m not sure what the Love Story of the title is alluding to, even after reading the author s afterword Is it Antilochus unrequited obsession for Achilles That never seemed real to me, and hardly qualifies as a love story No, I have a hard time seeing this book as a love story, or a romance of any kind It s a capable, though unexceptionable, piece of classical literature with a slight homoerotic bent, which is why I ve given it three stars


  2. Sacha Sacha says:

    3,5 5 A very good retelling of the Trojan war I was very surprised from the title and the goodreads summary, one would expect a retelling of Achilles and Patroclus love story It is, but through Antilochus desperately in love with Achilles the myth point of view, most of the time Very well written and I couldn t help but shed a tear at Patroclus death because he is my sweet little cupcake.


  3. Byrne Fone Byrne Fone says:

    Full disclosure I am the author, but the following reviewed Achilles A Love Story on .com and gave it 5 stars I note that by clicking on 5 stars above Praise for Achilles A Love Story Reading Achilles A Love Story you ll be on an unforgettable journey which will, in one way or another, touch your heart I already know that I ll read this bookthan once Ron Notto The depth of feeling, breadth of knowledge and sheer story telling artistry are remarkable I would recommend this Full disclosure I am the author, but the following reviewed Achilles A Love Story on .com and gave it 5 stars I note that by clicking on 5 stars above Praise for Achilles A Love Story Reading Achilles A Love Story you ll be on an unforgettable journey which will, in one way or another, touch your heart I already know that I ll read this bookthan once Ron Notto The depth of feeling, breadth of knowledge and sheer story telling artistry are remarkable I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a love story, filled with passion and steeped in vivid historical detail Dr SHF More than I expected The title of this book, and its categorization by , suggested a quickie gay romance novel, with lots of man to man sex What I got instead was a beautifully written retelling of a beautiful story, the Iliad, from a homoerotic perspective H Michael Starr This book is modern in every sense as love and loss remain universal themes that move, entertain and enthrall If you read nothing else this summer read this I defy you to not be moved by it Joseph Best The book s real power is in reconstructing a mythical epoch in such a realistic way, that you are left convinced that the ancients truly lived among the sights and sounds the author so adeptly describes Richard Achilles A Love Story is an unapologetic celebration of male love and valour If you are a devotee of history, fiction, romance, and a dared good read, I highly recommend Achilles A love story as the fulfillment of them all Five stars Gerry A Burnie Achilles A Love Story brings alive from antiquity the passions of love and war Byrne Fone makes these iconic characters and events profoundly knowable and relevant Whether Homer s Iliad is well trodden ground or uncharted territory, you re in for a vivid, engaging and thoroughly satisfying story PSNByrne Fone is also the author of Trojan Women, War Stories, and American Revolution Keywords Novel, Gay, American, President


  4. Abi Walton Abi Walton says:

    Although I did really enjoy this novel I can only give it three and a half stars because I think I wantedPatroclus He is my favourite character and I missed the interaction with him However Fone has created an incredible re telling of Homer s Iliad by portraying of Antiochus, son of King Nestor of Pylos At first this character is seen as naive in his love for the myth of Achilles, however as he grows after being at war for three years, he knows that he is in love with a myth that will n Although I did really enjoy this novel I can only give it three and a half stars because I think I wantedPatroclus He is my favourite character and I missed the interaction with him However Fone has created an incredible re telling of Homer s Iliad by portraying of Antiochus, son of King Nestor of Pylos At first this character is seen as naive in his love for the myth of Achilles, however as he grows after being at war for three years, he knows that he is in love with a myth that will never love him back He could have lovers but his heart and devotion is on Achilles and his bones are buried with Achilles and Patroclus I enjoy the romantic stories of legendary Greek heroes, and their male lovers, especially Patroclus and Achilles In this book the characters are seen ashuman in their weakness, especially Agamemnon who is arrogant and just wants gold and women He is a disgraceful king only keeping his men through Odysseus cleaver words Achilles for me is seen ascruel in this novel than others I have read especially towards the end Overall a good read but something was still lacking for me


  5. Kelby Kelby says:

    Narrated by the young and passionate prince Antilochlus, this book presents a completely new and different perspective of the Trojan War, making it a must read for fans of Homer s epic tale Author Bryne Fone paints a vivid image of life in ancient Greece, placing the reader on the beaches of Troy alongside legendary heroes Achilles, Odysseus, Ajax, Diomedes, Menelaus, and Idomeneus Fone does these larger than life characters justice with rewarding depth and previously unseen personalities Most Narrated by the young and passionate prince Antilochlus, this book presents a completely new and different perspective of the Trojan War, making it a must read for fans of Homer s epic tale Author Bryne Fone paints a vivid image of life in ancient Greece, placing the reader on the beaches of Troy alongside legendary heroes Achilles, Odysseus, Ajax, Diomedes, Menelaus, and Idomeneus Fone does these larger than life characters justice with rewarding depth and previously unseen personalities Most impressive was Fone s realistic portrayal of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus, aligning the duo with what academics agree were the widely practiced social norms between the men of ancient Greece I.E homosexual relationships Despite an abundance of grammatical errors, the beauty of history s most epic tale is truly felt, making for an exhilarating and fulfilling read


  6. Michael Michael says:

    Interesting way that Byrne Fone approached this book discussed in the epilogue He took some items from Iliad and Odyssey and expands upon the three characters stories He writes mostly from Antilochus voice as the narrator There are good battle scenes and political exposition about the kings and their armies The interactions among Achilles, Patroclus and Antilochus deepen the ideas that these three were intertwined in the Trojan battles I liked his explorations of love among men and how Interesting way that Byrne Fone approached this book discussed in the epilogue He took some items from Iliad and Odyssey and expands upon the three characters stories He writes mostly from Antilochus voice as the narrator There are good battle scenes and political exposition about the kings and their armies The interactions among Achilles, Patroclus and Antilochus deepen the ideas that these three were intertwined in the Trojan battles I liked his explorations of love among men and how their stories have been told or not in literature since ancient times


  7. peach boot peach boot says:

    I have a feeling that this will definitely be THE worst re telling of Homer s Iliad that I have and will read The grammatical mistakes are just embarrassing, the love story seems very perfunctory and fake No matter how many tantalizing hints the author detected from Homer s Iliad and Odyssey, the whole story just reads very loosely fabricated There is no love in this love story, the male protagonist, aka Antilochus was just a awkward, pathetic, potential home wrecker sex toy who constan I have a feeling that this will definitely be THE worst re telling of Homer s Iliad that I have and will read The grammatical mistakes are just embarrassing, the love story seems very perfunctory and fake No matter how many tantalizing hints the author detected from Homer s Iliad and Odyssey, the whole story just reads very loosely fabricated There is no love in this love story, the male protagonist, aka Antilochus was just a awkward, pathetic, potential home wrecker sex toy who constantly hovered above Achilles and Patroclus, just because he fancied himself to be the worthy partner of Achilles Nowadays we call that kind of person stalkers and file restraining order against them The writing is most of the time cheesy and pretentious In a word, the author has chosen a rather uncommon and no doubt difficult angel to re tell this story, but sadly he has no capability nor imagination to accomplish it Waste of time Do not recommend


  8. Jeanie V. Jeanie V. says:

    Loved it Read in one sitting I couldn t put it down Great writing though I longed for just a littleheat But a love story indeed I truly enjoyed this book 5 tragic but beautiful stars


  9. Furio Furio says:

    Homeric epic is a source that offers a lot to the author bent on reworking it a splendidly tight plot with bigger than life, melodramatic characters moved by passions that move the earth and the heavens The other side of the coin is that it demands just as much.In retelling the Iliad through the eyes of Antilochus, Mr Fone achieves some unquestionably beautiful pages detailing the folly of war and the vanity of human ambitions.His output is far from even, though Elsewhere, in fact, his writin Homeric epic is a source that offers a lot to the author bent on reworking it a splendidly tight plot with bigger than life, melodramatic characters moved by passions that move the earth and the heavens The other side of the coin is that it demands just as much.In retelling the Iliad through the eyes of Antilochus, Mr Fone achieves some unquestionably beautiful pages detailing the folly of war and the vanity of human ambitions.His output is far from even, though Elsewhere, in fact, his writing remains cultured but fails to be as meaninful A lot of pages are wasted in erudite descriptions that convey little or no emotion.My guess is that he aims at showing how the greatest epic of the Western world is essentially based on common human beings, their deeds elevated to myth by time, chance and poetry despite the very human shortcomings of the men themselves.So Agamemnon is a weak but tyrannical figure shadowed by a scheming Odysseus The Greek leaders are held together by honour and tradition and not by respect for a leader who has forfeited his soul when he sacrificed his daughter.While the spirit of the age or what we construct to be the spirit of that age is accurately portrayed, the tension falters when the author is dealing with his less than appealing characters His writing is not tight, meaningful enough to make those now very, very human characters really interesting or moving.Antilochus is a very modern character in his sentimental obsession which he knows from the start to be unreasonable and doomed He knows that even before actually meeting Achilles and seeing him with Patroclus and yet he is incapable of renouncing it, not even when facing death.Such a modern approach to what, after all, is the lead and narrator of A Love Story is unexpected and possibly unwelcome.The only real love in the story ends by being that between Achilles and Patroclus and even this passion is only seen through the eyes of the frustrated Antilochus and tainted by the final dialogue between the two.Failing both to move his reader with Romantic characters and to interest him with an evenly powerful style the authors delivers a dissatisfying story with a lot of unfulfilled potential.As other reviewers not many have pointed out, sex scenes are particularly curt and stilted Nobody is asking for outright erotica of course but depth of feeling might be in order in a love story.By comparison most reviewers have complained about typos and I must do that as well There are still many of them and there should have been enough time for an edited version to be published.There also seem to be problems with tenses as a non native speaker I am not entirely sure but there are several sentences where I expected different forms of the verb


  10. Gerry Burnie Gerry Burnie says:

    I greatly enjoy the romantic stories of legendary Greek heroes, especially if they do not shy away or gloss over the practice of pederastric love between men Supported by both historical fact and legend, the reality is that such liaisons were encouraged as a means of schooling younger men the eromenos , and bonding warriors together first in bed and then on the battlefield for example, The Sacred Band of Thebes To his credit, Byrne Fone does not shy away from this topic In fact, Achilles I greatly enjoy the romantic stories of legendary Greek heroes, especially if they do not shy away or gloss over the practice of pederastric love between men Supported by both historical fact and legend, the reality is that such liaisons were encouraged as a means of schooling younger men the eromenos , and bonding warriors together first in bed and then on the battlefield for example, The Sacred Band of Thebes To his credit, Byrne Fone does not shy away from this topic In fact, Achilles A love story CreateSpace, 2010 is an unapologetic celebration of male love and valour.The story follows Homer s poetic version of The Fall of Troy the Illiad , but for the semblance of detail Fone has created a fictional chronicler, Dionysos of Tenedos It is a clever device that effectively fills in the gaps in Homer s overview.Another clever device is his decision to narrate the story in the first person voice of Antilochus, son of King Nestor of Pylos See the excavation of his palace at right In Homer s Illiad Antilochus has the unenviable task of informing Achilles of Patroclus death, and after his death Antilochus was the closest to Achilles Indeed, as Fone notes, the reliance becomesintimate, for Homer says that Antilochus ashes were interred in the great tomb on the Trojan Shore along with those of Achilles and Patroclus Thereafter, as Homer notes in the Odyssey, the three friends are reunited in the underworld and walk together in the eternal fields Quite apart from Homer s ageless epic, however, Professor Fone has done a masterful job of fleshing out his characters in all their heroic proportions, as well as their human weaknesses Agememnon, for example, has been lionized as a king among kings for centuries, and yet his character is farbelievable as the self promoting, glory seeker by which Fone has depicted him.Similarly, the legendary Achilles may have been physically invulnerable except for his Achilles heel but emotionally he is described as being quite prone to petulance, uncontrollable rages and fathomless love In other words he is only half divine, as Fone has realistically made him out to be.So, if you are a devotee of history, fiction, romance, and a darned good read, I highly recommend Achilles A love story as the fulfilment of them all Five stars.Gerry B.http www.gerryburniebooks.com


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Achilles: A Love Story [Read] ➮ Achilles: A Love Story ➶ Byrne Fone – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The story of the war at Troy was also a tale of love between men of the devotion of Achilles, unrivaled hero, terrible warrior, and so it is said in legend, the most beautiful man in the world, to ano The story of the war at Troy was also a tale of love between men of the devotion of Achilles, unrivaled hero, terrible warrior, and so it is said in legend, the most beautiful man in the world, to another great warrior, the handsome Patroclus In the Iliad Homer also tantalizingly hints at another love story, the love of Antilochus, son of King Nestor and Prince of Pylos, for Achilles Pof cover.