About Throne of Darius: A Captain of Thebes by Mark McLaughlin
Ancient Greece, Thebes, 335BC. Alexander of Macedonia savagely crushes the Theban revolt against his rule. Swearing revenge for their once glorious city, Dimitrios, a captain of the Theban army, physician Klemes, and soldier Ari, join General Memnon in Asia Minor to fight against Alexander as he sets off to conquer the Persian Empire.
As Alexander marched on with his Macedonians, not all Greeks followed. Many stood up for their honor, their cities, their families, their faiths, and democracy. History is of course written by the victors, but the vanquished, too, have their stories to tell. This is one of them.
A tale of high adventure and war told with historical accuracy, heart and a sense of humor, Throne of Darius is a unique and irreverent portrait of Alexander the Great, told from the point of view of those who fought against him.
If you like history, epic battles, military tactics, and some fun, this is the book for you.
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“Someday, you make a game for me, Daddy?” is what little Ryan McLaughlin asked her father, Mark, many years ago. He designed not one but two games for his daughter and then wrote a novel based on the later of those: Princess Ryan’s Star Marines.
Now he is writing a series of historical fiction: Throne of Darius. A Captain of Thebes is the first in a series about characters (real and imagined) who fought against Alexander the Great.
A freelance journalist, Mark G. McLaughlin is the author of two novels and two books on military history and is the designer of 24 published games – most recent of which is Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea by GMT games. Mark also writes for many clients and publications. Although his principal work as a journalist over the last 40 years has been in foreign affairs, he also writes on everything from travel and entertainment to serious position papers.