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Hiero   By: (431 BC - 350? BC)

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In a world devastated by nuclear war, where animals have evolved into monstrous creatures and strange psychic powers roam free, "Hiero" takes readers on a thrilling and thought-provoking journey through a post-apocalyptic landscape. Although the author's true identity remains unknown, their uncanny ability to craft a vivid and imaginative tale is evident.

The story revolves around Hiero, a young priest with exceptional psychic abilities, set on a perilous quest to find a mythical weapon known as the "Eye of the Cyclops." Against the backdrop of a decaying world filled with danger and uncertainty, the novel explores themes of power, humanity, and the struggle between good and evil.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its compelling world-building. The author paints a rich tapestry of a bleak future where the remnants of civilization are scattered among the ruins. From the mutated animals to the vibrant descriptions of a desolate wilderness, the vivid imagery immerses readers in the post-apocalyptic setting, making it almost tangible.

Additionally, the characters in "Hiero" are complex and well-developed. Hiero himself is a fascinating protagonist, torn between his strong sense of duty and the temptations of his newfound powers. Supporting characters are equally intriguing, each contributing to the narrative with their own backstories, motivations, and personal struggles.

The pacing of the novel is generally quick, with numerous action-packed sequences and intense encounters that keep readers on the edge of their seats. The author skillfully balances these moments with introspection, allowing for deeper exploration of the characters' inner conflicts and the ethical dilemmas faced in a world where morality is often blurred.

However, there are some aspects of "Hiero" that could be improved. At times, the narrative becomes overly descriptive, bogging down the flow of the story. While the richly detailed world is a highlight, the excess of exposition can make it feel cumbersome and hinder the progress of the plot.

Despite this minor flaw, "Hiero" captivates with its unique blend of adventure, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic elements. The book also serves as a creative commentary on the human condition, highlighting our capacity for both destruction and redemption. While the unknown author's identity adds an air of mystery, their talent for storytelling is unmistakable.

In conclusion, "Hiero" is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that transports readers to a world unlike any other. With its imaginative world-building, compelling characters, and a thoughtfully crafted plot, this book will surely appeal to fans of post-apocalyptic and fantasy literature. Whether exploring themes of power, morality, or the resilience of the human spirit, this unknown author invites readers to ponder the deeper questions that lie within their own lives.

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By Xenophon

Translation by H. G. Dakyns

Xenophon the Athenian was born 431 B.C. He was a pupil of Socrates. He marched with the Spartans, and was exiled from Athens. Sparta gave him land and property in Scillus, where he lived for many years before having to move once more, to settle in Corinth. He died in 354 B.C.


This was typed from Dakyns' series, "The Works of Xenophon," a four volume set. The complete list of Xenophon's works (though there is doubt about some of these) is:

Work Number of books

The Anabasis 7 The Hellenica 7 The Cyropaedia 8 The Memorabilia 4 The Symposium 1 The Economist 1 On Horsemanship 1 The Sportsman 1 The Cavalry General 1 The Apology 1 On Revenues 1 The Hiero 1 The Agesilaus 1 The Polity of the Athenians and the Lacedaemonians 2

Text in brackets "{}" is my transliteration of Greek text into English using an Oxford English Dictionary alphabet table... Continue reading book >>

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