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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Freaks and Greeks by Timothy Bowden is a beautiful blend of an epic fantasy with sci-fi, a story that will appeal to fans of mythology and stories with well-crafted settings and strong characters. Miltiades of Athens has never gotten any great appreciation and recognition from people, he's the kind of person who is hardly noticed and this isn’t for no good reason. Miltiades doesn’t seem to have the intelligence and the courage with which heroes are gifted. But when the tyrants who assassinated his father entrust him with the task of traveling to a colony near the Black Sea to initiate contact with them, he feels a deep sense of purpose awaken within him.
Miltiades embraces this new mission like a calling. Follow him and his men as they deal with unimaginable risks and face great danger, with a traitor right within his own camp, a sickness that brings the dead back — a device of the Egyptians in quest of immortality — and a threat to overthrow the city of Athens itself. Can Miltiades lead the people through these dangers and ensure the safety of the ancient city of Athens?
Timothy Bowden has created a story that will excite the imaginations of readers, a tale that transports readers to ancient worlds and civilizations. The setting comes out magnificently and I enjoyed the excellent prose and the memorable characters. Readers will love to follow Miltiades, an unlikely hero who develops his leadership skills out of necessity. There is a lot of fun adventure in this tale and readers will be captivated by the swift pacing and the strong plot. Freaks and Greeks is a work of great entertainment.