Gates Of Fire
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Golf and Thermopylae? They’re both battles in which one must hold the line against hordes of shrieking barbarians whose basic nature is that they arise from our own hearts and are indivisible from our baser nature. The Bhagavad-Gita, on which Bagger Vance is based, is a warrior epic espousing a warrior code of duty, honour, service, detachment, etc. only elevated by its sublime-to-divine origins to the level of religion, in the best sense of the word. The Spartans at Thermopylae elevated themselves, by their sacrifice, from history to legend, which is pretty close to religion too, if you ask me.
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a b c "How the Soviets accidentally discovered the 'Gates of Hell' ". BBC. 2020-10-23 . Retrieved 2020-10-23. What will you look for to know the difference in your own unit and the people you are fighting? How do you prepare your unit to fight with courage? In Sparta, the army was supported by the perioikoi and helots. Some of those helots were forced into supporting roles, but what led to the mentality of the character Rooster in the book? What actions shaped his perception of Sparta?
It is odd. You know the story of those three hundred. Knew their fate, but it didn't make it any easier when the time came for the end. They went to the Hot Gates to die, and die they did. How are plans for the film of Gates of Fire progressing (George Clooney?). What about Baggar Vance? This is only the first Historical Fiction book that I have read, and given that I liked (but didn't love) the first one I read, I had mixed feelings going into this one. Over the past few years I have been exclusively a fantasy reader, but I am also Greek and have always been fascinated by the Battle of Thermopyle - which this book is about. Ultimately while I do think there were some issues that prevented me from giving this a 5/5, I thought this was a riveting story that was excellently written and would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind reading books with lots of violence and profanity.
We found a publisher almost at once, at Doubleday, and they loved it. I was really amazed. My editor Shawn Coyne read a blurb about the book in an article and called up my agent. He couldn’t have been better or more enthusiastic and, to my astonishment given the subject matter (which I thought was pretty obscure), the whole company got behind it. It still amazes me. Suffice it to say that Gates of Fire has become one of the best escapism experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Don’t let the tragedy stop you from reading this book, because beneath the gores and battle, the nature of this book was hopeful and inspiring. There were myriads of incredibly positive messages in this book and I’ll definitely let them become a part of me as I move forward in my life. Authors? Outside of Shakespeare, Chaucer and Tolstoy, nothing good has been written in the past 2500 years. Just kidding. Well, only halfway. I really admire the ancients, Eastern as well as Western. I can’t read novels and the more contemporary they are, the less they mean to me.