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Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781455196906

Publisher Description

Ben Bova brings us an exciting new take on the timeless legend of Troy.

This is the tale of Lukka, the Hittite soldier who traveled across Greece in search of the vicious slave traders who kidnapped his wife and sons. He tracks them all the way to war-torn Troy, where he proves himself a warrior to rank with noble Hector and swift Achilles.

In this fascinating work of historical fiction, Lukka is also the man who builds the Trojan horse for the crafty Odysseus, who topples the walls of Jericho for the Israelites, and who steals the beautiful Helen—the legendary face that launched a thousand ships—from her husband Menaleus, fighting his way across half the known world to bring her safely to Egypt.

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  • “Completely convincing and emotionally satisfying; the adventure and warfare are gripping enough to keep me awake to finish the book in a single night.”

    - Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author of Ender's Game  
  • “Excellent. A thrilling and inventive retelling of the legend of Troy.”

    - David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Expediter  
  • “Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways.”

    - New York Times
  • “Bova gets better and better.”

    - Daily News (Los Angeles)
  • “A cast of stars, all seen through the eyes of a Hittite warrior. With authentic battle scenes and the reality of siege warfare, The Hittite is an adventure you’ll want to undertake.”

    - Barbara D’Amato, Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author of Foolproof  
  • “This is a believable alternative to Homer’s tale...read convincingly by Stefan Rudnicki, leaving the listener with a good sense of what a soldier’s life was like in those times. His voices are persuasive and believable…After hearing this, listeners will understand why he is such an honored narrator.”

    - SoundCommentary.com (starred review)

Awards

  • One of SoundCommentary.com’s The Best of the Best for 2010

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A very interesting retelling of the Iliad. Very much enjoyed this. "

    - J., 12/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Nice retelling of the whole Helen of Troy situation, from the perspective of a soldier on the ground. "

    - Lois, 11/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " i had high hopes here but became a cliched look at the battle of Troy quickly, though takes a unique perspective on it. "

    - Bryan, 7/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Clever idea: retell the story of Troy from the perspective of a much more minor character than the usual lot. Execution good but not great; felt like a standard action novel. Probably a 5 without the clever historical fiction angle. "

    - Dan, 4/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " pretty good historical fiction. definitely from a man's point of view. "

    - Gwen, 3/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Entertaining and a more realistic way of looking at Helen of Troy than we were taught in high school. "

    - Jane, 1/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " just nice to read. I wonder if all the facts are right :) "

    - Alphons, 11/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It's like reading the movie "Troy." "

    - Laura, 4/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The Hittite by Ben Bova (Forge 2010)(fiction - historical): This is an overwrought historical drama starring some of Homer's characters (Odysseus, Achilles, Helen, Agamemnon). My interest ran out long before the book did. DNF. My rating: 3.0, finished 1/11/12. "

    - Dave, 12/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not a great book but a quick fun read. "

    - Ed, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Clever idea: retell the story of Troy from the perspective of a much more minor character than the usual lot. Execution good but not great; felt like a standard action novel. Probably a 5 without the clever historical fiction angle. "

    - Dan, 3/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Nice retelling of the whole Helen of Troy situation, from the perspective of a soldier on the ground. "

    - Lois, 11/12/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It's like reading the movie "Troy." "

    - Laura, 7/14/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Women really were nothing but propertyand male children only children of worth. It makes one wonder when that came to be in ancient civilizations. A new version of the Trojan War. "

    - Judy, 7/2/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not a great book but a quick fun read. "

    - Ed, 6/22/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Entertaining and a more realistic way of looking at Helen of Troy than we were taught in high school. "

    - Jane, 6/14/2010

About the Author

Ben Bova (1932–2020), American author of more than one hundred books of science fact and fiction, was awarded posthumously the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award. His work earned six Hugo Awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and his novel Titan won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006. In his early career, he was a technical editor for Project Vanguard, the United States’s first effort to launch a satellite into space in 1958. He then was a science writer for Avco Everett Research Laboratory, which built the heat shields for the Apollo 11 module. He held the position of president emeritus of the National Space Society and served as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.