"Gates of Fire"

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  1. Captain Mark

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    One of the best novels I've ever read. It's about the Battle of Thermopylae in Greece in 480 BC. The upcoming movie "300" got me interested in this battle. If you like military stories, or stories of great leadership, please read this one. You won't be disappointed. A truly inspiring story. I wish I could get every fire officer at my department to read this.
     
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    glad to hear you say that as I just ordered it.
     

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    I would like to hear your opinion once you have completed it. It has become one of my top ten books.
     
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    Im an "amature" historian and loved. My favorite historical fiction for sure.
     
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    Just another ball of mud.
    As much fun as the movie looks like it will be, it can (and has been) be covered in comic book format.

    Is ((has been)be)) good English?

    Great novel, goes way into the historical background.
     
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    There are many subtle things in this novel which make it seem realistic. For instance, the use of humor by the soldiers in the midst of tragedy and battle. As a firefighter and son of a Sheriff's Deputy, I have seen this first hand. My Dad was one of the funniest people I have ever known. And I remember when I was younger, his use of humor in telling us stories of weird calls he had made. Now, I do the same thing in my line of work. i believe it is a coping mechanism for those of us that are forced to witness things we would like to forget. Anyway, read the book, you'll see what I mean.
     
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    I had the good fortune to visit this famous battlefield last year.
    Here is a photo of the monument erected at the site.
     
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    +1 For this book, read it a couple weeks ago. Loved it.