Spartans at the Gates: A Novel

Noble Smith

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The Peloponnesian War has begun. An army of merciless Spartan invaders have arrived at the gates of Plataea, bent on obliterating the city and its inhabitants. Plataea’s oldest allies, the Athenians, are spread too thin in their own campaigns to send help. Cut off and alone, the Plataeans dig in behind their high walls for the coming siege, while the ruthless Spartans gather outside.

On a rugged mountain road a young Plataean warrior named Nikias rides to Athens on an urgent quest. He carries with him a bag of ill-gotten gold, hoping to raise an army of mercenaries to help defend his city from the coming Spartan assault. But in the sprawling stronghold of Athens, Nikias encounters perils that prove to be more dangerous than those he has faced on the battlefield.


Noble Smith's Spartans at the Gates is a thrilling action-adventure novel set during the war between the great powers of Ancient Greece.

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"I loved this book. The writing is as tight as a phalanx, the action as bloody and satisfying as a well-cooked steak, and the characters are beautifully drawn and utterly convincing. Noble Smith brings the gory political struggles of fifth-century Greece vividly to life in a way that I haven't seen since the novels of Mary Renault. A superb historical novel by a master storyteller."
—Angus Donald, author of Warlord

"Crammed with twists and turns, Spartans at the Gates is a high-adrenaline tale of battle and intrigue, honor and treachery, that once underway never lets up its pace. Throughout the novel Smith's passion for his subject shines through, and the struggles against the odds of his young heroes, Nikias and Kolax, are told with verve and a keen eye for the detail of life in ancient Greece."
—James Aitcheson, author of Sworn Sword

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“It takes an author with real talent to engross us in a story. It takes even more talent for an author to convince us we're completely in his world. The guy knows his subject!  But forget the meticulous research. Open the first page, sit back with your favorite beverage, and let Smith work his magic. Terrific action, with a wickedly brilliant plot, visceral combat, and nail-biting treachery, even the love story.... In the end you'll be as delighted as we were to discover a skyrocketing new talent in historical fiction, and wanting more.”
—W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, authors of People of the Morning Star, on Sons of Zeus


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Noble Smith

NOBLE SMITH is an award-winning playwright who has worked as a video-game writer, a documentary-film executive producer, and the media director of an international human rights foundation. He is also the author of the novella Stolen from Gypsies, the nonfiction book The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life, and the first book in the Warrior trilogy, Sons of Zeus. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

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Spartans at the Gates: A Novel
Noble Smith

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
6/24/2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250025586
ISBN10: 1250025583
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes one map
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
6/24/2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250026439
ISBN10: 1250026431
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$12.99
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