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Genghis: Birth of an Empire [Audio Cassette]

Conn Iggulden , Stefan Rudnicki
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July 1 2008 The Conqueror Series
'I am the land and the bones of the hills. I am the winter.' Temujin, the second son of the khan of the Wolves tribe, was only eleven when his father died in an ambush. His family were thrown out of the tribe and left alone, without food or shelter, to starve to death on the harsh Mongolian plains. It was a rough introduction to his life, to a sudden adult world, but Temujin survived, learning to combat natural and human threats. A man, a small family, without a tribe was always at risk but he gathered other outsiders to him, creating a new tribal identity. It was during some of his worst times that the image of uniting the warring tribes and bringing the silver people together came to him. He will become the khan of the sea of grass, Genghis.
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Starred Review. Author of the bestselling Emperor series on the life of Julius Caesar, Iggulden turns to another of history's great conquerors, Genghis Khan, for a new series of brilliantly imagined and addictive historical fiction. Future conqueror Temujin—"a man of iron"—is born to the khan (ruler) of a fierce Mongol tribe that roams central Asia's steppes in the 12th century. When his father is killed by Tartar raiders before Temujin reaches manhood, a rival claims the tribe and banishes Temujin's family. Left behind without resources when the tribe migrates, the family struggles to survive the harsh environment, and Temujin dreams of gathering similar outcasts—wanderers and herdsmen—into a new tribe. After assembling a core of these "men scorned by all the others," Temujin begins raiding Tartar camps. As his fame spreads, Temujin launches an ambitious campaign to unite the Mongol tribes "after a thousand years of warfare" into a single people, defeat the Tartars and invade China. Building on the fragments of Genghis's life, Iggulden weaves a spellbinding story of an exotic and "unforgiving land" and the enigmatic young man—charismatic, a brilliant tactician and capable "of utter ruthlessness"—who sets out to tame it. This is historical fiction of the first order. (May)
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Iggulden, author of the best-selling Emperorseries, shifts his focus eastward, retelling the story of legendary warrior Genghis Khan. Just as he did for Julius Caesar, Iggulden plants his subject firmly into historical context, fictionalizing the early years of Temujin, the son of a khan brutally murdered by invading Tartars. When his family is betrayed by a rival and abandoned by their clan, young Temujin vows revenge and dreams of the day he will become the conqueror rather than the conquered. Surviving the harsh reality of the Asian steppes, his adolescence is informed by a sense of mission that grows more urgent with each passing year. As a young man, he begins to develop skills as both a fierce warrior and a diplomat, reuniting Mongol tribes and factions into a formidable army. This authentically detailed historical drama sets the stage for the next installment. Margaret Flanagan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf of the Plains May 22 2014
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If you want to read a historical novel that you can't put down read this book. Iggulden does a wonderful job of writing this story. I will certainly read more of his books and really look forward to purchasing them. I like him equally as much as I like "Wilbur Smith. His descriptions put you right there with the characters. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series April 28 2014
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This is probably the best series of books I have read. Informative while still being entertaining. Looking forward to the War of the Roses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Oct. 6 2013
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Fascinating read about early life of Genghis Khan even if not always historically accurate. Great description Of daily lives of Mongols and their fighting style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable summer read Aug. 13 2013
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If you enjoy historical fiction then this is a good read for you. Novel gives you a good sense of the people and the time
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Read May 11 2013
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Nothing challenging as far as getting through the book, pages went by quickly. Enjoyed the plot, some resolutions seems a little quick and easy, but you were always reading to find out what would happen. Will definetly be trying the next one in the series.
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