A Place Called Armageddon To the Greeks who love it it is Constantinople To the Turks who covet it the Red Apple Safe behind its magnificent walls the city was once the heart of the vast Byzantine empire The empire has

  • Title: A Place Called Armageddon
  • Author: C.C. Humphreys
  • ISBN: 9781409114864
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To the Greeks who love it, it is Constantinople To the Turks who covet it, the Red Apple Safe behind its magnificent walls, the city was once the heart of the vast Byzantine empire.1453 The empire has shrunk to what lies within those now crumbling walls A relic Yet for one man, Constantinople is the stepping stone to destiny Mehmet is twenty when he is annointed SultTo the Greeks who love it, it is Constantinople To the Turks who covet it, the Red Apple Safe behind its magnificent walls, the city was once the heart of the vast Byzantine empire.1453 The empire has shrunk to what lies within those now crumbling walls A relic Yet for one man, Constantinople is the stepping stone to destiny Mehmet is twenty when he is annointed Sultan Now, seeking Allah s will and Man s glory, he brings an army of one hundred thousand, outnumbering the defenders ten to one He has also brings something new the most frightening weapon the world has ever seenBut a city is than stone, its fate inseparable from that of its people Men like Gregoras, a mercenary and exile, returning to the hated place he once loved Like his twin and betrayer, the subtle diplomat, Theon Like Sofia, loved by two brothers but forced to make a desperate choice between them And Leilah, a powerful mystic and assassin, seeking her own destiny in the flames.This is the tale of one of history s greatest battles for one of the world s most extraordinary places This is the story of people, from peasant to emperor with the city s fate, and theirs, undecided until the moment the Red Apple falls.

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    1. C.C. Humphreys

      aka Chris HumphreysChris C.C Humphreys was born in Toronto, lived till he was seven in Los Angeles, then grew up in the UK All four grandparents were actors, and since his father was an actor as well, it was inevitable he would follow the bloodline Chris has performed on stages from London s West End to Hollywood in roles including Hamlet, Caleb the gladiator in NBC s AD Anno Domini , Clive Parnell in Coronation Street , PC Richard Turnham in The Bill , the Immortal Graham Ashe in Highlander , Jack Absolute in The Rivals This performance led to him writing the Jack Absolute novels and they say acting doesn t pay Bizarrely, he was also the voice of Salem the cat in Sabrina the Teenage Witch A playwright, fight choreographer and novelist, he has written eleven adult novels including The French Executioner , runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers The Jack Absolute Trilogy A Place Called Armageddon Shakespeare s Rebel and the international bestseller, Vlad The Last Confession He also writes for young adults, with a trilogy called The Runestone Saga and The Hunt of the Unicorn The sequel, The Hunt of the Dragon , was published Fall 2016 His recent novel Plague won Canada s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2015 The sequel, Fire is a thriller set during the Great Fire, published Summer 2016 Both novels spent five weeks in the top ten on 2016 s Globe and Mail and Toronto Star Bestseller lists His new novel is Chasing the Wind about 1930 s aviatrix and thief Roxy Loewen, will be in Canada published in June 2018 Several of his novels are available as Audiobooks read by himself Find him here at Audible tiny q83sqyHe is translated into thirteen languages In 2015 he earned his Masters in Fine Arts Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia Chris now lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, with his wife, son and cat, Dickon who keeps making it into his books Check out his website cchumphreys

    454 thoughts on “A Place Called Armageddon”

    1. How often does it happen that over the course of two pages, a book twists and crushes your emotions that you simply can't go on reading it? And how often does that happen in an exclusively positive way?I do not expect anyone to share my love for this book, but I just want to give credit to C.C. Humphreys for writing what is arguably the best chapter I have read in my life.For those of you who do not understand why I am so whiny about this. As a historian, I have a passionate love for the Byzanti [...]

    2. Sukob dve vere, ali i dve crkve, sukob dva vladara, sukob dva bratae to i mnogo više nalazi se na stranicama odličnog Hamfrizovog romana o padu Konstantinopolja. Moram da priznam da dugo nisam uživala u ovako lepom, pripovedačkom stilu pisanja, a ovaj roman me je podsetio zašto sam zavolela istoriju.Prolog na svega četiri stranice je verovatno najbolji uvod u neku knjigu koji sam pročitala u poslednjih nekoliko godina (toliko je dobar da sam morala da ga dva puta pročitam).I pored toga [...]

    3. This was a very enjoyable historical novel about the final fall of Byzantium to Ottomans in 1493. Almost perfect book for us who love historical fiction but, as I see, epic fantasy devotees won't argue with that either. Many thanks to my GR friend Jadranka, without her recommendation I would have missed out the book.C.C. Humphreys is pretty good at historical facts, but a bit predictable when it comes to relations and characters. My only complain is about love scenes they are embarrassingly sapp [...]

    4. 1453 Constantinople!It’s a period of history I’m aware of but not fully familiar with in that part of the world & so I was drawn to this book a while back but then pushed it up my list having read CC Humphrey’s excellent story about Vlad the Impaler Vlad: The Last Confession at the very start of 2017 – In fact my absolute favourite of the year as it turned out! And so thought it a good way to end the year with the same author.We begin with a map of the siege & the surrounding reg [...]

    5. U praskozorje jednog, a na zalasku drugog velikog carstva, na raskršću, ali i u kontinuitetu epoha, putevi različitih ljudi se ukrštaju, htenja sudaraju. Gregora i Teon, Sofija i Lejla, Mehmed i Konstantinrba za slavu, ljubav, veru, domrba ambicija, strasti, osvetoljubivosti. Rat za opstanak, izmirenje pobune krvi ili ostvarenje proročanstva. Veličanstvena slika događaja koji je oblikovao svet u kome živimo. Živopisno, šareno, verodostojno. Napete scene, neočekivana razrešenja, pone [...]

    6. A Place Called Armageddon was the number one expected historical fiction of mine in 2011 and one my top expected books overall and I bought it the first moment i could and read it asap; high, high expectations and what can I say: the author not only delivered but surpassed them.I will write the FBC review and c/p it here INTRODUCTION: C.C. Humphreys came to my attention with “Vlad: The Last Confession”; despite my deep misgivings about it being another stupid rehashing of the myth of Dracula [...]

    7. Based on the books that Chris Humphreys has written to date no one can ever accuse him of taking on the easy subjects, Vlad the last confession was my number one read of 2009 and that was against some seriously good competition, but the book was exceptional.In this new book "A Place Called Armageddon" brings us a climactic end and a new beginning, it is the Siege of 1453 of Constantinople, and as usual Chris Humphreys writes so well on the epic scale, but when doing so always manages to keep the [...]

    8. “I am Constantine Palaiologos, emperor, son of Caesars. I am a baker, a ropewright, a fisherman, a monk, a merchant. I am a soldier. I am Roman. I am Greek. I am two thousand years old. I was born in freedom only yesterday. This is my city, Turk. Take it if you can.”It’s 1453, and the Byzantine Empire is an empire only in name. Its last bastion is Constantinople and the brilliant, arrogant young sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmet II, has his sights set on it, set on completing his father [...]

    9. I've got to face the fact that, as much as I wanted to like this book, I didn't. I don't know why. I usually enjoy historical fiction and am pretty tolerant of some wild flights of creative fancy. But A Place Called Armageddon just didn't connect. I was ready to quit after 30 pages but forced myself through the first 100, just to be fair. I restarted twice, but the attraction of other books--even children's books--proved stronger than slogging through more of this.The author jumps between charac [...]

    10. I've read several books by Mr. Humphreys, but this was by far my favourite. The characters were so well developed, and such clear individuals, that it felt as though they were standing beside me, waiting to tell me their stories. The battle scenes were so clear in my mind that I stopped reading the book and started seeing it, instead. Whether you like historical fiction or not, this is an excellent story.

    11. Pages: 480Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, IllinoisReview source: PublisherRating: Reviewed by: Kathy DavieIt's the battle in 1453 that sees the end of an era in Constantinople.My TakeOh man, Humphreys has me by the first page of the prologue! I'm tense with fear at the description he provides of the Turk flowing to the walls of Constantinople. Heck, I wanna just open the gates and tell 'em to have at it. How can he possibly fight against a mass of men like this? And yet the men fighting to save [...]

    12. This is not a book I would have read had I not met the author at the Kelmarsh festival this summer. I'm fairly averse to books about Christianity versus Islam and it's not my era - but, having met Chris, I bought it and am immensely glad that I did. Like "The Religion" by Tim Willocks (which is undoubtedly a 5* book - must review it soon), this looks at a siege from both sides of the conflict, in this case, the siege of Constantinople in 1453 (handily, the part title tells you this). The leading [...]

    13. Historical fiction with good characterizations and moral crises, both personal and societal. I found the moral relativism a bit overdone but it was a fine historical novel. Unity is hard but the west will not survive without it. We will realize it too late, I am sure.

    14. This book was so historically rich it was like reading a very entertaining text book. It’s nice to read both sides of the battle even though the main character is a Greek man named Gregoras. It switches back and forth between the point of views of various characters from both sides - my personal favorites would be Leilah and Achmed. Although it might seem there’s a lot of characters it does focus on a select few so it’s easily memorable. There’s various story arcs to follow, but what I l [...]

    15. This is one of those books where I wish I could give it two ratings. When Humphreys sticks to the historical facts the book is informative and very interesting. When he covers the fictional characters it reads like a soap opera, very UN-interesting and totally predictable. This historical novel about the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453 was one that I did not know a lot about. The Muslims had literally surrounded Christian Constantinople by 1453 and its fall was all but inevitable. Th [...]

    16. This book was free on for a short period earlier this year. Thank you, . This author both passed and failed the mechanics of good writing test. The read was both boring and exciting. The author's sentence fragments maddened me yet allowed me to feel his style of writing. I found myself reading about 'he' for pages before I realized I did not know who 'he' was. This was a story about the Turkish/Islam siege on Christian/Constantinople in 1453. The story-line was sound. The fighting was brutal, b [...]

    17. Humphreys makes alive a pivotal date in history, the date of Constantinople's conquest by Muslims. He tells the story through the eyes of two rival brothers, the woman they both love but one marries, Mehmet the Muslim conquerer, and other key players including the Emporer Constantine. The story is further complicated by Leilah, a mystic, assassin, and sorcerer. It is a graphic tale of attack and repulsion, privation and despair until after 53 days of seige using horrific guns and overwhelming fo [...]

    18. Having once written a reference book on the Byzantine Empire (which is actually cited in the bibliography at the end…) and of course covering its fall to the Turks in 1453, it is fascinating to see the more intimate (and gruesome) details of the siege brought to life by a master of story telling in a historical context. Humphreys neatly weaves in the bitter rivalry story of the Lascari twin brothers, Gregoras and Theon, the family they share, and the courts of Constantine and Mehmet into the d [...]

    19. This was a great read!Humphreys weaves a good story that kept me absorbed page after page. He does a superb job intertwining fictional characters with the historical facts.This book illustrates why I like historical fiction. There is a little romance involved too.(about two brothers who have different personalities and destinies and a rivalry over the same woman) My only complain is about love scenes too.I hope that in the future there will be more steamy and sizzling!

    20. Sometimes, a good way to learn about history is to read a fictionalized account and glean history's lessons while being absorbed in a good story. C.C. Humphreys has managed to take a deep topic like the fall of Constantinople and make it a compelling story.This is a deep story with a lot of action -- when you open the book and you're given a "Dramatis Personae" before you start. It's a deep list which even includes a cat (which does factor into the story at the end). Many historical figures, suc [...]

    21. "For I am the Turk. I come on the bare feet of the farmer, the armored boot of the AnatolianI clutch scimitar, scythe, and spear, my fingers pull back bowstring and trigger, I have a glowing match to lower into a monster's belly and make it spit out hell. I am the Turk. There are a hundred thousand of me. And I am here to take your city."And so begins C.C. Humphreys' take on the Turk siege of the (mostly) Greek-held Constantinople in 1453.This is actually a very good book. The attractive, war-or [...]

    22. ‘And I am here to take your city.’By 1453, the walled city of Constantinople is all that remains of the once magnificent Byzantine Empire. One hundred thousand Ottoman (Turkish) soldiers, led by Sultan Mehmet II, want to take Constantinople from the Byzantines. Possession of the city the Ottomans refer to as the Red Apple will serve as a sign of supremacy over the Christian infidels.As the Byzantine Empire has crumbled, so have Constantinople’s walls. Defending the city will not be easy fo [...]

    23. This story takes place in the 1400s during the siege of Contantinople, where the Turks invaded the city in order to wrestle away power. Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) was at the crossroads of the world at that time. It was where the East and West met and therefore, there were a lot of different groups that wanted to control it. You had the Italians, Turkish, and Greeks all vying for dominance in the city.Yes, this is a war story but there is so much more to it than that. As the book synop [...]

    24. The battle for Constantinople is one of history's defining moments; the "Rome of the East" falls to "the Turk" and one of the most glorious cathedrals ever built, the Hagia Sophia was looted and turned to a Mosque. So began the reign of the Ottoman Empire over what is now called Istanbul. Mehmet II was a young sultan of 21 when he did what none of his ancestors had been able to do before him - breach the walls of Constantinople and call himself "fatih" or conqueror.This novel, though is a tale o [...]

    25. The demise of the Byzantine empire has fascinated me for some time. In particular, the heroics of the defenders at Constantinople. This was a well balanced book, giving the viewpoint of both belligerents, that seems to be very popular from modern authors like Cornwell, Kane, Napier and so on.Indeed I found myself making comparisons here as this book elbows for room alongside thise auspicious shelf fellows. It's not a subject that I seen too much fiction on, so I was looking to be not only entert [...]

    26. Really, such a well-researched tale replete with so many interesting characters should get a rating of at least 4 stars. But I didn't finish this book. I made myself keep reading until exactly halfway, and then I gave up in relief. Why? The problem was not of the author's devising - it was the topic itself! Good fiction makes you care about its characters, or at least some of them. Humphreys made me care, and that was the very root of the problem. I knew full well that, after an epic siege and g [...]

    27. First and foremost, if you don't know much about the real-life fall of Constantinople, don't read the book. It does an okay job of explaining what happens and what leads up to it, but the main focus is on the characters, which are pretty good.Rather than make the story about heroic Greeks, outnumbered by savage Turks, or Turks gloriously taking over a Greek city, we get a good view of both sides. From the scarred and disgraced Gregoras, to the treacherous and intelligent Theon, to the cocky and [...]

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