By Scott Oden
Leading the struggle to maintain the soul of Egypt is Hasdrabal Barca, Pharaoh's deadliest killer. while Greek mercenary, Phanes, defects to the Persians, it triggers a savage conflict that may tax Barca's abilities, and his humanity, to the limit.
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It isn't a query of worthy or glory. the material of your existence is woven at delivery, Callisthenes. these infantrymen wanted you useless; they wanted your spouse to be widowed and your kids to be orphaned. Why? since you stood within the manner in their survival. Did you reside as the gods suggestion you extra necessary? I don’t imagine so. i feel you lived since it used to be no longer but some time. while it does come, the entire worthy and glory on the earth won't spare you from that killing blow. ” “Then why are we the following? Why will we struggle? each oracle from Siwa to Delphi has foreseen Egypt’s fall. What distinction will it make if we meet them in Gaza or look forward to them in Pelusium? ” The Greek’s shoulders slumped. An air of defeat hung approximately him like a well-worn cloak. Barca smiled. “Because the gods hate a quitter. glance, my good friend, I believe you, in spirit at the least. yet going belly-up and expecting loss of life has a nasty stench to it, does it no longer? via nature, males are violent; we're opponents. We struggle our approach from the womb, and we struggle opposed to going to the grave. I don’t understand why the gods made destiny our grasp then gave us a struggling with spirit, might be just for their very own enjoyment, might be to offer us a thirst for all times. All i do know is i've got an obligation to accomplish, and during that responsibility, males will die. to accomplish my activity to the simplest of my skill, i would like you. That’s why you're right here. We won’t cease Cambyses at Gaza, Callisthenes. we're right here to gradual their boost, to scout out their numbers. we're right here to be a thorn within the bastard’s aspect. ” Barca chuckled at that inspiration. He straightened and clapped the Greek at the shoulder. “A nugget of recommendation, my buddy: don’t live too lengthy at the be aware of monks and oracles. they've been recognized to unfold falsehoods. prepared your self. We’ll make landfall quickly. ” Jauharah watched the alternate among Phoenician and Greek from her perch within the stern of the Atum. An awning and partition of linen stored the glare off — either from the solar and the lecherous sailors. due to the fact boarding she had overheard snatches of jokes and impolite reviews as she went concerning the day-by-day chores she set for herself of fetching water and cooking Barca’s foodstuff — notwithstanding he ordered her to prevent serving him as a slave may a grasp. many of the team concept the Phoenician had introduced his concubine with him. Others easily stared at her with a possessive starvation that made her epidermis move slowly. Barca saved telling her she was once unfastened. Pharaoh’s reward. unfastened to decide on the place to head, the place to stick. She were a slave for thus lengthy, even though, that the assumption of freedom terrified her. each evening, she prayed she might wake in Memphis, within the villa of grasp Idu, rested and prepared for an afternoon of baking bread, making beer, and serving the wishes of the family members. each morning, she woke to discover her prayers unanswered. Barca twitched the partition apart. “We’ll make landfall soon,” he acknowledged, relocating to the place Jauharah had laid out his panoplia. He glanced sidewise at her. She sat cross-legged at the deck sprucing his bronze breastplate. With a gentle textile she utilized a skinny coating of oil to the ridges of sculpted muscle, to the lapis, ivory and gold uadjet inlaid within the chest.