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Battle For Empire is the latest novel in Sam Barone’s six part series, a bronze age historical saga in the tradition of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell, and Jean Auel.

In Dawn of Empire, Eskkar the warrior and Trella the slave girl come together in a mighty struggle to survive a barbarian invasion and build mankind’s first walled city. Now they face new menaces to their growing empire – the return of the hostile steppes horsemen, and their rebellious son, Sargon, who threatens to destroy everything his parents have worked so hard to create.

As Eskkar confronts his former clan in a battle that only one side can survive, Sargon, the heir to the throne, falls deeper into idleness and disrepute. In desperation, his parents banish Sargon, sending him to their warrior allies from the steppes to learn honor or die. But even as he dreams of taking power from his parents, Sargon encounters Tashanella, the beautiful and gifted daughter of the clan’s chief. She shows Sargon a different path. Suddenly thrust into battle, Sargon discovers that he must learn the way of the warrior not only to survive, but to save Tashanella’s life, and the city of Akkad.

Meanwhile, the mighty Elamite Empire, the near mythical land beyond the mountains, has cast its eyes on the riches of Akkad. They intend to invade and conquer the Land Between the Rivers.

Eskkar and Trella must find a way to defeat this vastly superior force led by experienced conquerors. Eskkar’s battle skills will be tested, and Sargon becomes the reluctant warrior who holds the key to Akkad’s salvation and his parents’ survival.

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Battle For Empire
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Battle for Empire
April 1st, 2014
A fascinating tale of the birth of an Empire. Sam Barone has written a well researched and intriguing tale of mankinds climb from nomadic hunter and village dweller to the beginning of nation building. The story of Esskar and Trella is the story of all of us. Sam, like other great authors of this ilk such as Simon Scarrow, Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden and Adam Riches seamlessly blend history and fiction into compelling reading. A damn fine experience.
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