A Pyrrhic Victory: Volume III - Fate
by Ian Crouch
Strategic Book Publishing and Rights

"This day would be lost to Pyrrhus because of the preparations, the following day because of hangovers. The feast was still a political triumph."

This book is the third installment in the A Pyrrhic Victory trilogy. In it, readers gain even more insight into the ancient military commander respected still today. Readers follow Pyrrhus through his barring from Rome and the rejection of his peace terms. Pyrrhus accepts an invitation to lead the powerful Greek cities in Sicily against the ruthless invaders, the Carthaginians. Pyrrhus then gains their support in the war he wages against Rome. This book is not only a careful look at Pyrrhus’ military greatness but also an insightful glance at who he was as a person as it incorporates a fictionalized portrayal of his relationship with Bircenna and Hellenistic faith, which was part of his existence. As it concludes, the book focuses on the small circle of individuals who made sure Pyrrhus’ remains were cared for with the utmost respect. It also briefly examines how Pyrrhus’ death set the stage for the next major turn in history—the beginning of the twenty-three-year-long struggle for control of Sicily: the First Punic War.

This work reinforces the idea that “Pyrrhus himself was a critical figure in the struggle between Greece and Rome for domination of the eastern Mediterranean.” Part of this book’s intrigue is not only its depth but also its attempt to remain historically accurate. It establishes Pyrrhus’ historical importance to this geographic area which continues to fascinate people today. The book contains careful narratives and descriptions that give insight into people and places. Accompanying these are accessible quotes that also pose philosophical ideas about military strategy: “A siege is the most depressing of all military conflicts. When properly prepared, the fall of a city is inevitable, unless the great catastrophes of pestilence and famine affect the besiegers.” These interjections help readers understand the realities of ancient warfare. These ideas also help readers superficially understand many of the elements of ancient warfare and military strategy still used by modern-day commanders.

Of course, the most fascinating aspect of the book is the historical adventure that unfolds. The book’s length is an acknowledgment of the difficulty of maintaining historical accuracy. However, that length should not intimidate readers. The author’s modern writing style makes the difficult subject of ancient history engaging and interesting, even conversational. The narrative's tone also helps make this book accessible to readers who are new to the historical fiction genre as well as those who are seasoned readers of it. Moreover, readers will find useful maps and even a historical context summary at the end of the book. The maps help readers orient the various place names mentioned in the book, and they are an interesting study in themselves.

This book will quickly become a new favorite for fans of historical fiction and particularly of tales focusing on Greek and Roman history. Additionally, those who have just a general interest in this type of history will find this book an engaging read. This book is a must-read for readers who appreciate accurate and well-researched work. And for those interested in military strategy and history, it significantly contributes to any collection. The book is appropriate for history lovers of all ages, even teenagers, who want to expand their knowledge about the military commander who changed the course of history and a region forever.

A Pyrrhic Victory: Volume I was a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize Short List book.

A Pyrrhic Victory: Volume II was a 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Award Category Finalist.

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