The Assyrian captures all the pageantry, passion and cruelty of the ancient world. It is a story of love, war and empire. It is the human face of a remote past.
Praise for THE ASSYRIAN:
Guild (The Berlin Warning) masterfully describes court intrigues and the feverish panorama of the battlefield, but the book’s abundant merit lies in its timelessness and universality. This story of a passionately moral man torn among amorous longings, the seductiveness of power, fraternal emotion and cognizance of his nation’s welfare holds many contemporary implications.
Guild, previously a crafter of sturdy political thrillers (Chain Reaction, the Berlin Warning, The Linz Tattoo) here switches genres to surpass himself in a stunning historical epic—the life and loves of a young Assyrian prince—that teems with violence, sex, and period detail. . . Tiglath makes a splendid centerpiece for Guild’s rich rendering of Assyrian life. All in all: an exciting, full-blooded epic peopled with dozens of memorable characters.
October 15, 1987
“In this city,” the narrator/hero of “The Assyrian” remarks, “half the inhabitants earn their bread by spying of the other half.” That may sound like Washington in the 1980s, but it is actually Nineveh, capital of the ancient Assyrian Empire in the 7th Century B.C. Perhaps we should let the narrator introduce himself; he does it with such resonance: “I am Tiglath Ashur, son of Sennacherib the Glorious, Terror of Nations, and my words ring with truth like silver coins.”. . .Limiting himself to the idioms of that ancient world, Guild manages to imbue his tale with traces of tragic grandeur.