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Ο τάφος του Αχιλλέα

Eπί τρεις χιλιάδες χρόνια, ο πιο επικίνδυνος θησαυρός στον κόσμο ήταν χαμένος. Τώρα, ο κώδικας που αποκαλύπτει το μέρος όπου βρίσκεται πρόκειται να σπάσει...Ο Σαμ Γκραντ είναι ένας απότακτος πρώην στρατιωτικός των Ειδικών Δυνάμεων και επαγγελματίας τυχοδιώκτης, με το δικό του βρόμικο παρελθόν. Κατέχει όμως ένα μυστικό. Tη μέρα που οι Γερμανοί εισέβαλαν στην Κρήτη, ένας ετοEπί τρεις χιλιάδες χρόνια, ο πιο επικίνδυνος θησαυρός στον κόσμο ήταν χαμένος. Τώρα, ο κώδικας που αποκαλύπτει το μέρος όπου βρίσκεται πρόκειται να σπάσει...Ο Σαμ Γκραντ είναι ένας απότακτος πρώην στρατιωτικός των Ειδικών Δυνάμεων και επαγγελματίας τυχοδιώκτης, με το δικό του βρόμικο παρελθόν. Κατέχει όμως ένα μυστικό. Tη μέρα που οι Γερμανοί εισέβαλαν στην Κρήτη, ένας ετοιμοθάνατος Άγγλος αρχαιολόγος τού εμπιστεύτηκε τη μεγαλύτερη ανακάλυψη που έκανε στη ζωή του: κείμενα γραμμένα σε μια μυστηριώδη γραφή, τα οποία είχε βρει σε μια σπηλιά στην Κρήτη. Η αποκρυπτογράφησή τους θα μπορούσε να οδηγήσει σ' έναν από τους μεγαλύτερους θησαυρούς στην ιστορία. Ο θησαυρός αυτός, όμως, είναι ταυτόχρονα και εξαιρετικά επικίνδυνος. Τον θέλουν τόσο η CIA όσο και οι Ρώσοι. Με τη βοήθεια του Άρθουρ Ριντ, ενός ευφυέστατου καθηγητή της Οξφόρδης, της Μαρίνας, μιας όμορφης Ελληνίδας αρχαιολόγου και ηρωίδας της Αντίστασης, ενός πράκτορα των Βρετανικών Μυστικών Υπηρεσιών κι ενός ανθρώπου της CIA, ο Γκραντ θα μπει σ' ένα λαβύρινθο αρχαίων λατρειών, λησμονημένων μυστηρίων και χαμένων πολιτισμών. Όμως τα χρονικά περιθώρια στενεύουν ολοένα και περισσότερο...Μια ιστορία καταιγιστικής δράσης και αγωνίας. Στα μυστικά του μακρινού παρελθόντος ίσως κρύβεται το κλειδί για τις συγκρούσεις και τα παιχνίδια εξουσίας των ισχυρών του σύγχρονου κόσμου......

Title : Ο τάφος του Αχιλλέα
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ISBN : 9789601417943
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Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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Ο τάφος του Αχιλλέα Reviews

  • Rob
    2018-10-16 15:05

    About 50-60 pages into the book, I stopped reading it. I selected it based on the summary on the dust jacket, thinking it would be something like The Da Vinci Code. It was, sort of, but it was so full of explosions and shootings, the puzzle and mystery became secondary to the plot.At the beginning of the novel, 1941, I learn that Sam Grant is a British special forces sort of soldier who was bodyguarding the king of Greece. He meets an archeologist during the German invasion of Crete. The archeologist who is also working as a British spy was trying to avoid being captured by the invaders but he died in the attempt. Sam finds him and just before the archeologist died, he gave Sam a notebook containing invaluable information, unspecified, with instructions to deliver to a certain woman.Fast forward to 6 years later, 1947. The years have not been kind to Sam. He is in a British prison in Palestine, during the time when the Jews were fighting the British in order to establish the state of Israel. In prison, he was visited by a mysterious man, supposedly working for the British government, who offers to set him free if Sam will hand over the notebook that was entrusted to him by the dead archeologist. During the conversation, I learn that Sam has become a gun runner, selling British WW II-era cache of weapons to the Jews. Ye gods, another Sean Dillon, I was thinking. Eventually, the Jews attach the prison and sets Sam free.He goes back to Crete and I learn that during the previous six years, the lady works for the archeologist and, with her brother, was also active in the Greek resistance movement. Eventually, they became lovers, but they broke up because the brother died and the lady blamed Sam for it. Sam, being the strong silent, type, never explained to her under what circumstances the brother died, just accepting the blame; probably because he ain't heavy and her brother is also his brother. My eyes started to glaze over at this point.During the not so happy reunion, two hoodlums showed up, probably looking for the same notebook. Sam and the lady had to escape, so they can decipher the contents of the notebook. The mysterious man who visited Sam in prison showed up again with another renowned British scholar in tow. Good-bye, Tom Harper. It was nice knowing you.

  • Melissa Cuevas
    2018-10-12 16:09

    Cheese that would make the master cheesemakers in my area proud. The unashamed illegitimate love child of Dan Brown/WEB Griffin/Indiana Jones. It's got the cliche cast of: disgraced mercenary special forces type. Gorgeous dark voluptuous Greek resistance fighter that must be, of course, the male protagonist's EX lover. The usual over thinking academic type. The usual bad German 'archaeologist' described in porcine terminology. The usual Soviet baddies. The usual spy baddies. The end of the world artifact. It does nothing to try to hide just how stereotypical it truly is, and it moves itself along on its time worn collection of tropes. The male protagonist is always going for his gun, and even though he spends a lot of time in libraries, and his life is in the balance, never bothers to actually pick up and read the Homeric work himself...choosing to remain unmarred by such thoughtful pursuits that might save his life if something untoward might happen to his eggheads. He's shallow. They're all shallow. And...it's okay. It's so unapologetic and blatant that I'm going to give it a pass because it makes utterly no pretensions. Comfortably written, reasonably fast paced, and some interesting insight into a culture and archaeology often overlooked. If my son was still 14, I'd hand it off to him in a heartbeat. It would be a great airplane book, you're not going to miss anything if you have to put it down for awhile and pick it up later.

  • Tim
    2018-09-22 16:10

    I was rather wary of reading this after seeing the reviews on here, but I am glad I stuck it out and got into it. It is rather slow in the beginning even though it jumps into a lot of action from the beginning. You never develop an attachment to the characters, but it does not detract from the story. Rather, you watch the events from a detached perspective. I will say that most of the twists and turns were not very surprising, but what sold this book to me is the Homeric connection and quest for the shield of Achilles. I also like the point about the artifacts that have been lost to war and irreverent persons.

  • Hildegart
    2018-10-08 10:48

    I enjoyed this book tremendously and hoped that the author would come out with another book I really liked, but he hasn't. I found this book intriguing.

  • Svjetlana Tesla
    2018-09-28 10:56

    blijedi pokusaj da se kopira den braun, ni izbliza dramticno,dosadno,jedino je kraj donekle ok...

  • AnthouG
    2018-10-06 14:45

    Η ασπίδα του Αχιλλέα δωρίζεται στον Οδυσσέα μετά το τέλος του Τρωϊκού πολέμου ο οποίος την καταθέτει στο τάφο του Αχιλλέα στη Μαύρη θάλασσα στη Λευκή Νήσο. Έξυπνη περιπέτεια

  • Ariadne Elle
    2018-10-19 15:44

    I loved the premise of this, Achilles armour and shield. That was what grabbed my attention in the first place. I was sad to say I never connected with the characters. For me to enjoy a book, I have to have that connection.Grant, the main character was lackadaisical in my eyes, he never quite got the whole hero of the story down pat. Reed, the archaeologist...there were parts I wanted to shoot him, myself. The rest of the characters where so bland if I chose to mention them here, I would have to go back and look them up.The story had enough villains to have a series of books. Nazi's, Communist Russians, Pissy British, Pissy Greeks, Pissy Jews (the book was set just prior to the formation of Israel), Pissy Cretans and of course, the "evil Americans". Let's not forget all the ancient civilizations, Minoans, Greeks and a few others.This book had so very much promise, but it got lost in too much over the top action and not enough mystery of the ages to be solved. Overall, it was okay, a good summer read but not one to be purchased to savor over again and again.

  • Theresa
    2018-09-23 14:42

    So this book is a slow start, so slow in fact I was thinking of putting it in the giveaway pile once I finished it. The author doesn't bother describing the main character and you don't find out he's British till about 100 pages into it. Perhaps the author being British assumes we would guess the hero would have to be British.But still in my mind I cast the characters as certain people and I was becoming more and more attached to Sam and Marina. I was hoping eventually they would kiss or admit feelings for each other. I got all that and more.Around 200 when Marina finds out about her brother the story picks up and turns into a thrill ride that I could barely put down. I felt like I was watching a summer blockbuster and truly I don't know why it was never turned into a movie.While I was reading I was trying to write how I thought it should end, and even I didn't come up with a ending that tidied up every last piece. remarkable :)

  • Ruth
    2018-10-11 09:00

    "The palace of Knossos was no longer the labyrinth it had been in legend, but there were still ways to lose yourself in it, and Pemberton knew the layout better than any man alive." Sadly, a pedestrian read but with enough gems of brilliance to keep me reading. Born in 1977, Harper studied History at Oxford and published this book in 2007. Harper commented on this book as follows "1.6.07 - The Bookseller claims that the novel is 'an unashamed Da Vinci Code rip-off'. That's mostly untrue - it's actually an unashamed Indiana Jones homage." Harper is the pen name of Edwin Thomas.

  • Andronicus Kok
    2018-09-23 12:09

    Finished reading Tom Harper's - The Lost Temple. An ex special ops soldier is entrusted with a leather notebook filled with an archaeologist life work which contains a deadly secret. He sets out to find why he has died protecting it and what's it worth behind the secret even though its in ancient Greek and mysterious symbols. A so so read disappointed with the story flow. Sigh :(

  • Maria Giannopoulou
    2018-09-28 10:03

    Πολύ καλό μυθιστόρημα. Ενδιαφέρον, περιπετειώδες. Έχει όλα τα συστατικά για να διαβαστεί εύκολα και να αφήσει ένα πολύ καλό κατακάθι.

  • Madie
    2018-10-06 11:50

    Το βιβλίο του Tom Harper “ο Τάφος του Αχιλλέα” είναι ένα ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα, η αφήγηση του οποίου τοποθετείται στην αρχή του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου και συγκεκριμένα στην εισβολή των Γερμανών στην Κρήτη. ΠλοκήΗ ιστορία ξεκινάει μ’ έναν Άγγλο αρχαιολόγο, τον Πέμπερτον, που εργάζεται στο ανάκτορο της Κνωσού. Ο Πέμπερτον έχει στην κατοχή του μια πήλινη πινακίδα με κάποιες ακατανόητες εγχαράξεις την οποία προσπαθεί να διασώσει από τους επικείμενους εισβολείς. Τελικά όμως, τραυματίζεται και λίγο πριν ξεψυχήσει, προλαβαίνει να τη δώσει στον Σαμ (ένας Άγγλος που έτυχε να βρεθεί εκεί λόγω κάποιας αποστολής που του είχε ανατεθεί). Αυτή είναι η αρχή της περιπέτειας του Σαμ, της Μαρίνας, του Ριντ, του Μιούιρ και του Τζάκσον. Ο καθένας για δικούς του λόγους θα αναζητήσει τι είναι αυτό που κρύβει η πινακίδα Γραμμικής Β’ γραφής, η οποία χρονολογείται στους Μυκηναϊκούς χρόνους και οδηγεί σ’ ένα πολύ καλά κρυμμένο θησαυρό που έχει να προσφέρει τεράστια οφέλη σε όλους –με διαφορετικό για τον καθέναν τρόπο. Ωστόσο, κάποιος από αυτούς είναι προδότης, δημιουργώντας στους ήρωες ακόμα περισσότερα προβλήματα σ’ αυτή τους την αναζήτηση.Θετικά ΣτοιχείαΗ αφήγηση ρέει και η περιγραφή είναι πολύ καλή, σε ορισμένα σημεία μάλιστα εξαιρετική. Δεν σ’ αφήνει να βαρεθείς, αλλά μπλέκει έντεχνα την ιστορία με τον μύθο, την αρχαιολογία με τον Όμηρο, το συμφέρον με τη φιλία και την εμπιστοσύνη. Είναι ένα βιβλίο που θα το πρότεινα σε οποιονδήποτε του αρέσουν τα ιστορικά μυθιστορήματα. Είναι απλό και εύληπτο αλλά όχι εκλαϊκευμένο (δεν συστήνεται βέβαια και για βαθύ στοχασμό!) περιπετειώδες και συναρπαστικό. Διαβάζεται πάρα πολύ εύκολα και γρήγορα. Θα σας χαρίσει δυο-τρία ευχάριστα απογεύματα!Αρνητικά ΣτοιχείαΟ συγγραφέας κάνει φανερή ποικιλοτρόπως την αγάπη του να σκοτώνει πολλούς από τους χαρακτήρες, μόλις αυτοί «εκπληρώσουν τον σκοπό τους». Ένα άλλο αρνητικό ήταν και το κάπως βιαστικό (;), πρόχειρο (;) τέλος της ιστορίας. Τα τελευταία κεφάλαια μου έδωσαν την εντύπωση ότι ο Harper είχε κάπως κουραστεί από όλη αυτήν την περιπέτεια και έπρεπε να δώσει άμεσα ένα τέλος. Και το έδωσε. Παρότι με ξένισε αρκετά, αφού οι περιγραφές έχασαν τη δυναμική τους και τη γλαφυρότητά τους, ήταν κάπως μονότονες και εκνευριστικά αόριστες, δεν χάλασε τη συνολική εικόνα του βιβλίου, που είναι, προσωπικά, πολύ θετική. 5 αστεράκια στον Τομ!

  • Daniel Rudge
    2018-10-15 15:01

    A slam-bang action thriller set just after World War II, Harper's "The Lost Temple" will remind you of action stories by Cussler and his ilk. Well plotted and paced, the cardboard antagonists can be excused for the foils they are intended to be. Just sit back and enjoy the twists and turns of this high octane thriller that mixes large doses of Greek mythology with cold war spy intrigue. For three thousand years, the world's most dangerous treasure has been lost. Now the code that reveals its hiding place is about to be broken. Sam Grant is a disgraced ex-SOE soldier and an adventurer by trade. But he has a secret: six years ago, a dying archaeologist entrusted him with his life's work - transcripts of mysterious writing found in a hidden cave on Crete. Deciphered, it could lead to one of the greatest prizes in history.But the treasure is as dangerous as it is valuable. The CIA wants it; so does the KGB.Helped by a brilliant Oxford professor, and a beautiful Greek archaeologist with her own secrets to hide, Grant is plunged into a labyrinth of ancient cults, forgotten mysteries and lost civilizations.But time is running out. The secrets of the distant past may hold the key to the newest threats of the modern world.

  • Ray
    2018-10-10 12:09

    I enjoyed this one. Not sure why it gets so so reviews . I’m guessing this is down to it got a little laboured with the details occasionally but I guess that’s down to the author being a historian and judging by this book a Homer nut! Still an interesting story and a yarn spun well.

  • Miriam
    2018-10-13 15:09

    James Bond meets Indiana Jones. Commies instead of Nazis. Achilles' shield instead of the Ark.

  • Larry Lange
    2018-09-23 11:47

    I liked many parts of the story but I felt I was in history (or mythology) class throughput. I did not like the characters which made it hard to like the book. I will try another of his books.

  • Lena
    2018-10-17 12:43

    GOOD ENOUGH FOR A SUMMER BEACH READ ALTHOUGH THE ENDING WAS A LITTLE ABRUPT.

  • Tim
    2018-10-02 13:01

    The main issue with this book was that I just couldn't give a flying f**k about the plot or the characters. The whole thing seemed like a massive McGuffin for some rather dull, off the shelf characters.A tiny bit of kudos for use of the Iliad, but really it was wading through mud to get to the end.

  • Geoffrey
    2018-10-13 10:48

    #Review of Lost Temple: #Thriller #readers, in Tom Harper's novel, Lost Temple, the main story takes place in 1947 with the primary objective of recovering Achilles's shield. The shield is supposedly made of a rare metal, Element 61, Prometheum, which the Brits, the Yanks, and the Russians all want. The main objective of the author appears to be to share insights into archaelogical facts and mysteries. The former being the translation of Linear B from an ancient tablet, which occurred in 1952. The latter being whether the Temple where Achilles was buried, along with his shield, actually existed.The facts and the mysteries were the fun part for me. The writing not so much. The pacing was uneven and the characters were, more or less, uninteresting, except for Reed, the Oxford professor.

  • John Parker
    2018-09-26 10:11

    The Lost Temple is an energetic romp around the Mediterranean for historical adventurers. If the island of Crete, Minoans, Greek gods, Linear B, Nazis, Turks and Soviet operatives are your thing, then you will enjoy the book. If not, then you will find it to be worth the three stars that I gave it. For me, I lived on Crete, visited Knossos, and know of the Nazi airborne invasion and a lot of the archaeological references. I enjoyed the book, but I am not sure that I am overly excited about it. At times I felt like I was playing Castle Wolfenstein or some other first person shooter adventure. It sufficed as great airport reading material and was well researched and also had well developed characters.

  • Emlen
    2018-09-29 13:46

    It ain't Shakespeare, but if you happen to be a Classics nerd, I definitely recommend this: post-World War II hunt for a lost substance that the Minoans found on a meteor, which is the basis of Homer's story of Achilles' shield. My favorite scene (somewhat spoiler-ish, so I'll hide it), which, if you're a Classicist, should help you understand what the attraction of this book is:(view spoiler)[Our heroes have been led to some sort of clue written in Linear B -- the book's set in 1947, so they don't know how to translate it. The brilliant Oxbridge Classicist is puzzling over it, trying to decipher it, with little success. He explains the difficulties he's having to the others, one of whom shrugs and says "It's all Greek to me".... (hide spoiler)]

  • Jim
    2018-09-19 15:54

    Uneven pacing and an ending that seemed rushed detract a bit from what is otherwise a solid thriller with an interesting historical perspective. In this one, which is mostly set in 1947, the good guys are on the hunt for the shield of Achilles. Yes, that Achilles. Seems there was more truth to the Iliad than many would have believed. In any case, it seems that one of the shield's components has some less savory uses in 1947, and both the Soviets and Americans are after it. All in all, a fun outing with plenty of historical asides that (for those so inclined) can lead to plenty of enjoyable side trips to reference materials of choice.

  • Brian
    2018-10-06 13:10

    This novel takes place in post-war Europe in 1947. A number of years ago Sam Grant is given a leather notebook by a dying archaeologist. When the KGB starts looking for this notebook, Grant decides to go on his own expedition to find the shield made for Achilles. He is helped by an Oxford professor, Arthur Reed, and a beautiful Greek archaeologist, Marina.This was a fun adventure novel with the Russians on their tail, they travel all around Europe following clues that will take them to the temple that housed Achilles' shield which is said to be crafted from a metal that could be made into a very dangerous weapon.A fun read!

  • James F.
    2018-09-23 13:50

    This recent publication was my first read of a book written by Tom Harper. I was impressed by the attention to detail regarding the most recent understanding of the events of pre-Classical Greece by historical authorities in this field of study. However, for the general reader, this very attention to detail might well be a deal-breaker. The explanations of the history of archaeology regarding pre-Classical Greece and how these explanatory details are interwoven into what really is a Cold War spy story will probably seem pretty much over-kill for the general reader who might have been expecting something more along the lines of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

  • Tory Wagner
    2018-10-09 15:50

    This was a fun archeology based story that took place in various areas around Greece. This takes place after WW II and involves British, American, Greek, and Soviet spies/military agents. The premise of the story is that various countries are searching for the shield of Achilles because it is thought to be made from a legendary medal that can be used to create a military weapon. There are lots of quotes from Homer that the archeologists use to try and determine where Achilles final resting place is. A fun read!

  • Janis
    2018-10-08 12:06

    My review of this book isn't really fair. I found Goodreads right in the middle of it and I was far more interested in filling my "shelves" than reading the book. That it didn't hold my attention over this application says something. Gave it 2 stars, it was just OK.I liked the concept - The hunt for an ancient artifact that we believe is only myth...Biggest criticism - disjointed, awkward dialog sections where who was talking wasn't exactly clear.

  • Vorbis
    2018-09-21 08:41

    Audiobook. Finally finished. If I wasn't listening with someone I think I'd have given up. It's interesting enough, but the author has certain style traits that get frustrating. Particularly his habit of killing off anyone he doesn't know what to do with. Everyone dies in this book - as soon as they've wrapped up helping the plot, they die. Unsatisfying ending, I don't believe the scholar would have behaved that way. But anyway, finished.

  • Andy
    2018-10-08 08:43

    I picked this book up at BEA last year as it looked like something I would like. I was right. I thought it was great. It's a historical adventure set just after WWII, and is a fast-paced, Indiana Jones type story. The character development was a bit slow, but once the book gets moving, it doesn't stop and kept me turning the pages! I'm going to look into other Tom Harper novels to see if they are similar.

  • Anna Stathopoulou
    2018-10-15 13:46

    Διάβασα το οπισθόφυλλο και μπήκα σε πειρασμό γιατί τρελλαίνομαι για αρχαία μυστήρια πόσο μάλλον όταν σχετίζονται με τη χώρα μου. Προς το παρόν, έχω φτάσει στη μέση και νοιώθω ότι διαβάζω ένα μπερδεμένο κουβάρι από μύθους, θρύλους όλων των θρησκειών που έχουν συγκολληθεί για να κυλήσει το στόρυ. Ημαρτον!Αυτά λέω τώρα, ελπίζω μέχρι το τέλος να έχω καλύτερη γνώμη και να αποζημιωθώ για το χρόνο που αφιέρωσα σ'αυτό το βιβλίο. Θα επανέλθω...

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2018-10-17 09:00

    During World War II the Germans attack an English archaeologist in Crete in an attempt to secure tablets indicating the presence of a mythical Greek shield. After the war, ex-OSS agent Sam Grant is sprung from prison to aid the joint English-American search for the shield. The Russians are trying to retrieve it themselves. Both groups chase all over the Mediterrain in the search. Plenty of action and violence mixed in with some classical poetry.