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Award-winning fantasy author P.J. Berman steps into new territory by releasing four historical short stories of how the greed of the few costs the blood of the many. A Bloody Day at Marathon After his home is destroyed and his family slaughtered, Theodosius thirsts for revenge. The Spirit of Poland Poland stands alone - and it’s fighting for its life. A handful of brave pil Award-winning fantasy author P.J. Berman steps into new territory by releasing four historical short stories of how the greed of the few costs the blood of the many. A Bloody Day at Marathon After his home is destroyed and his family slaughtered, Theodosius thirsts for revenge. The Spirit of Poland Poland stands alone - and it’s fighting for its life. A handful of brave pilots embody the country’s defiance in the face of annihilation. Split Loyalties Its glory days may be over, but even in the tumult that engulfs the Western Roman Empire, Sigeric and Licinia are forced to wonder, does love really conquer all, or is that the preserve of the Roman legions? The Fate of Mari Carrying messages throughout the city of Mari is Bashaa’s life, but under the shadow of advancing enemies, his path is about to take a turn he could never have predicted. PLUS: Read the first chapter of Vengeance of Hope, the opening book in P.J.Berman’s award-winning ‘Silrith’ epic fantasy series!


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Award-winning fantasy author P.J. Berman steps into new territory by releasing four historical short stories of how the greed of the few costs the blood of the many. A Bloody Day at Marathon After his home is destroyed and his family slaughtered, Theodosius thirsts for revenge. The Spirit of Poland Poland stands alone - and it’s fighting for its life. A handful of brave pil Award-winning fantasy author P.J. Berman steps into new territory by releasing four historical short stories of how the greed of the few costs the blood of the many. A Bloody Day at Marathon After his home is destroyed and his family slaughtered, Theodosius thirsts for revenge. The Spirit of Poland Poland stands alone - and it’s fighting for its life. A handful of brave pilots embody the country’s defiance in the face of annihilation. Split Loyalties Its glory days may be over, but even in the tumult that engulfs the Western Roman Empire, Sigeric and Licinia are forced to wonder, does love really conquer all, or is that the preserve of the Roman legions? The Fate of Mari Carrying messages throughout the city of Mari is Bashaa’s life, but under the shadow of advancing enemies, his path is about to take a turn he could never have predicted. PLUS: Read the first chapter of Vengeance of Hope, the opening book in P.J.Berman’s award-winning ‘Silrith’ epic fantasy series!

24 review for Blood and Greed: Volume 1: Short Stories of Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Don Jimmy Reviews

    I absolutely adore this author's Silrith series, as can be seen from my previous reviews (Vengeance of Hope, King of the Republic), so I was delighted to win a copy of the authors collection of short stories. As this was a short story collection, I decided to break the reading up into chunks. The first three stories are very short - one ending in to be continued. The bulk of the book is made taken up by the last short story. Unfortunately, I did not like these stories as much as I do the Silrith s I absolutely adore this author's Silrith series, as can be seen from my previous reviews (Vengeance of Hope, King of the Republic), so I was delighted to win a copy of the authors collection of short stories. As this was a short story collection, I decided to break the reading up into chunks. The first three stories are very short - one ending in to be continued. The bulk of the book is made taken up by the last short story. Unfortunately, I did not like these stories as much as I do the Silrith series. The authors talent is certainly still here, and it is obvious that a massive amount of research went into writing these stories but for me the stories were missing that spark that gives the authors novels their immense readability. The first story A Bloody Day at Marathon is probably the strongest of the bunch but regrettably, I did not like much about the others. It felt like we were being dropped right in the middle of a story that was already taking place, rather than a story all of its own. As I said already, the last story is much longer than the others and unfortunately it feels it. Even though it is a short story it takes a good while to get going - the last ten pages or so the author returns to form and it ends brilliantly but for me the damage had already been done and I couldn't really say I enjoyed it. Given how much I admire the Silrith books it is a real shame that I did not find much to enjoy here - but I'm sure that other readers will disagree with me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kay Smillie

    In the four historically-based short stories which comprise 'Volume 1: Blood and Greed', you can tell that the author knows these stories backwards. I can only imagine the length of time it took for the research behind them, however, the level of detail and knowledge of those time periods is amazing. P J Berman doesn't do anything by halves. The stories kept me glued to the pages and, while I enjoyed all the tales, the author left my favourite until last. 'The Fate of Mari' is just phenomenal. It In the four historically-based short stories which comprise 'Volume 1: Blood and Greed', you can tell that the author knows these stories backwards. I can only imagine the length of time it took for the research behind them, however, the level of detail and knowledge of those time periods is amazing. P J Berman doesn't do anything by halves. The stories kept me glued to the pages and, while I enjoyed all the tales, the author left my favourite until last. 'The Fate of Mari' is just phenomenal. It's got everything you could ask for, politics, war, entertainment, teenage angst, the ins and outs of living in 1761 BCE, and the most wonderful crush on a young lady. In this case, Bashaa's affections are for Princess Narrantum, known as Narra. You really feel for Bashaa and the scenarios he ends up in. I enjoyed these reads very much. The unusual size and lightness in the weight of the book was very light in my poor, painful hands. Cheers! I chose this book from a selection, which I then voluntarily read and honestly reviewed. All opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sara Milioni di Particelle

    There are four stories narrated, each set in a different era from the other but which bring with them four different ways of experiencing war, victory, blood, defeat and pain. War, blood and greed bind these stories in a sublime way and remind us that we are an infinitely stupid, yet fragile, people, and these wars lead to nothing but destruction and loss. What will happen in these four stories? What will the author of each reality show us? Can you feel part of these stories? The plot is simple and There are four stories narrated, each set in a different era from the other but which bring with them four different ways of experiencing war, victory, blood, defeat and pain. War, blood and greed bind these stories in a sublime way and remind us that we are an infinitely stupid, yet fragile, people, and these wars lead to nothing but destruction and loss. What will happen in these four stories? What will the author of each reality show us? Can you feel part of these stories? The plot is simple and obviously it tells almost nothing, as it should be. They are already stories and trying to explain would be really difficult. The cover is quite particular. The colors do not particularly strike me and they could be the others but they indicate what the stories tell and remain in theme with the author's style compared to previous books. The title is certainly suitable for all the stories and the intended plot that we will surely find - at least part of them - in a second volume that I hope will arrive soon. Blood and Greed, the translation of this title tells us what all these stories of war, of greed and blood, of ordinary people in different periods have in common, almost united by the same destiny. The setting and the age are different according to the stories told. We will pass from Ancient Greece to Poland during a world war on the Romans to end up in Mesopotamia. Different, incredible stories, which leave a bad taste in the mouth but which remind us of how humanity continues inexorably to make the same mistakes simply because of the craving for something that, most of the time, it can't even get. The characters in this story are different depending on the story we will meet. We will get to know Theodosius in Eretria in the war against Athens, a young man who seeks revenge after seeing his sister desecrated and murdered. A man in Poland who is about to attack enemy soil aboard his P11 aircraft and who often thinks of his family, of which he has a photo attached right next to him. Or Sigeric, Romanic in love with what he has even if it goes against his own people. To end with a young slave in Mesopotamia who serves the royal family and is in love with the young princess but who is about to lose everything from his hands. The central pivot of these stories is left by the title itself: "Blood and Greed". What all four stories have in common is precisely this and, as I have previously announced, the human stupidity of unjustified longing. Effective, well-constructed historical accounts. The style used by the author is articulated and particularly raw but at the same time well structured and easy to read to be a book in English anyway. So, for those who want to start approaching the English language with a good book, this book can be the one for you. The stories are all set in different eras and all allow the reader to identify with the place in which they are set. Berman has the faculty of being able to transport the reader on a journey through time through places so different from each other by transmitting both the spirit and the individual visual peculiarities, the smells, the things that distinguish the various cities, the costumes used. Read the books of P.J. Berman are as close to a successful journey through time and, despite not being a real lover of the historical genre, the author manages to convey passion for those places as he manages to convey the feelings of his characters. I think this is a real peculiarity of a few and this author does it really well. Compliments. Surely I have my favorite story among the four and I can tell you that The Fate of Mari is the one that managed to conquer me most even though I know that the Polish pilot will also give me satisfaction in the second volume, where we will certainly find him again. Although The Fate of Mari is my favorite story, at the level of things that distinguish the characters and what they do, I don't know if it reflects the historical period too much but I don't dare go into this specific thing anyway because personally - historically speaking - I don't love much the story and I can't speak too much for things that of course Peter, the author will have studied and documented himself. The book is a small pearl of a historical nature that I advise you not to miss, especially if you are a lover of stories with a historical background, with hard battles but with characters and characteristics much more human than they seem. A book that I highly recommend. P. J. Berman takes us in various eras to the center of difficult, hard and dangerous battles and wars, allowing us to know and appreciate every single protagonist of these stories. A really interesting reading. My vote is : 4 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    bongbooksandcoffee

    P J Berman makes his foray into historical fiction through Blood and Greed, Volume 1. Blood and Greed, Volume 1 is a collection of four short stories based on four historical wars. It has all the hallmarks of Berman’s style – carefully conjured battle scenes, varied human emotions that get trampled under the wheels of political machineries to the point of ending in an anticlimax. Added to it is detailed historical research. The stories are filled with vivid details of attires, equipments and wea P J Berman makes his foray into historical fiction through Blood and Greed, Volume 1. Blood and Greed, Volume 1 is a collection of four short stories based on four historical wars. It has all the hallmarks of Berman’s style – carefully conjured battle scenes, varied human emotions that get trampled under the wheels of political machineries to the point of ending in an anticlimax. Added to it is detailed historical research. The stories are filled with vivid details of attires, equipments and weaponery. The four stories revolve along four different emotional cornerstones – revenge, patriotism, split loyalties and love, with four very different connotations. However, the stories remain unified by the underlying theme of the capacity of bravery in hopeless situations, the futility of human emotions, wasted possibilities and nostalgia. Detailed review posted on my blog Https://bongbooksandcoffee.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karla Flowers

    Blood and Greed, Volume One; by P.J. Berman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️’s When Berman presented this book to me I wasn’t sure what to expect, I hadn’t ventured into the Historical War genre before. But here I am, extremely happy I did! Blood and Greed is composed of 4 short stories. Each threw me into a moment so real I was invested within the first few lines. Leaving me stunned and in need of a moment to let it all sink in. The only downfall is the fact I want more! What happens to Theodosius or Licinia? I must kn Blood and Greed, Volume One; by P.J. Berman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️’s When Berman presented this book to me I wasn’t sure what to expect, I hadn’t ventured into the Historical War genre before. But here I am, extremely happy I did! Blood and Greed is composed of 4 short stories. Each threw me into a moment so real I was invested within the first few lines. Leaving me stunned and in need of a moment to let it all sink in. The only downfall is the fact I want more! What happens to Theodosius or Licinia? I must know! There wasn’t a story I didn’t fall in love with, which isn’t always the case with books like this. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a sneak peek of his book, Vengeance of Hope, in the back. All I can say is, “I’M SOLD!” Please tell me Afayna goes on to kick some serious butt! I’m in one hundred percent! Thank you for trusting me with your work, I’m officially a P.J. Berman fan!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Munch

    Thanks to P.J Berman for giving me an arc of this to review. Short stories aren't something that I read often but I love historical settings in stories and after enjoying the authors other books I was interested in reading this book. I haven't got much to say about the first three stories since they read a bit more like the final battle/action scenes in a longer story than a story in their own right (though one has a 'to be continued'). They were very well written with obvious research done into Thanks to P.J Berman for giving me an arc of this to review. Short stories aren't something that I read often but I love historical settings in stories and after enjoying the authors other books I was interested in reading this book. I haven't got much to say about the first three stories since they read a bit more like the final battle/action scenes in a longer story than a story in their own right (though one has a 'to be continued'). They were very well written with obvious research done into the time period and battle tactics. Unfortunately since they were so short and we jumped right into the action I didn't end up feeling anything for the characters. The last story was the longest and the most entertaining. You have a young freeman, Bashaa (though the role of slave and freeman seemed to be pretty confused at times in this), it's first person pov which is my favourite pov especially with a character with a good sense of humour. He is very entertaining to read, though some of the dialogue got quite modern sounding which kind of took me away from the historical setting but that becomes less noticeable as the story progresses. He's the typical teenage boy, besotted with a Princess and in way over his head. Since you have time to get to know him before the real action starts it was much easier to care for him and therefore become more engaged in what's happening once the battles begin. If you want a short look into historical battle tactics and atmosphere then this is definitely the book for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Kane

    As a fan of PJ Berman’s fantasy novels (e.g. the Silrith series), I was delighted to discover his historical fiction. In Blood and Greed, Berman explores the emotions that drive people to war. Four stories set in four different time periods place memorable characters in desperate situations. The historical material is well-researched and the tactical details are accurate. Berman offers thought-provoking looks at such issues as the Polish government’s failure to invest in its air force prior to W As a fan of PJ Berman’s fantasy novels (e.g. the Silrith series), I was delighted to discover his historical fiction. In Blood and Greed, Berman explores the emotions that drive people to war. Four stories set in four different time periods place memorable characters in desperate situations. The historical material is well-researched and the tactical details are accurate. Berman offers thought-provoking looks at such issues as the Polish government’s failure to invest in its air force prior to World War Two. This book also has a lighter side, with a humorous take on the final days of the ancient Mesopotamian kingdom of Mari. Strongly recommend! I am honored to have received a review copy of this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Avely

    I just love historical fiction and this one did not disappoint! I loved the fact that there is no wrong order for reading these four short stories and they are all hooking. My favorite was "The Spirit of Poland" but others were really good too! Definitely a must read for all historical fiction fans out there. Looking forward to reading volume 2! I just love historical fiction and this one did not disappoint! I loved the fact that there is no wrong order for reading these four short stories and they are all hooking. My favorite was "The Spirit of Poland" but others were really good too! Definitely a must read for all historical fiction fans out there. Looking forward to reading volume 2!

  9. 5 out of 5

    N.L. McFarlane

    Four stories....Four short stories had me pulled in from the start and there's even a little 'to be continued' in there which I absolutely cannot wait for the author to release! If you love history, historical fiction, flawless storylines, fantastic descriptions and emotive characters then this is a must read. I loved every story in this book and was left wanting much more. A fantastic read. Four stories....Four short stories had me pulled in from the start and there's even a little 'to be continued' in there which I absolutely cannot wait for the author to release! If you love history, historical fiction, flawless storylines, fantastic descriptions and emotive characters then this is a must read. I loved every story in this book and was left wanting much more. A fantastic read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hennie

    A big thank you to Mr. Berman for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4 amazing stories that will pull you in and you won't be able to put down the book. The stories were well written and engaging. The characters were not that memorable (however their emotions were on point!) but they delivered the message. Each story is unique and has a slightly different vibe. The world building is amazing and is described well! If you're a fan of historical, war related books - this one i A big thank you to Mr. Berman for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4 amazing stories that will pull you in and you won't be able to put down the book. The stories were well written and engaging. The characters were not that memorable (however their emotions were on point!) but they delivered the message. Each story is unique and has a slightly different vibe. The world building is amazing and is described well! If you're a fan of historical, war related books - this one is definitely for you! :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Falguni Jain

    Blood and Greed is a collection of four historical short stories. The first third of the book consists of three short stories, while the remaining two-third is just one story. The title and the cover blend perfectly with the story. Each story is different from each other, in terms of setting, plot, and characters, but what is common between all the stories, is that there is an ongoing war - for freedom, or for greed. These stories remind us of the stupid human nature. A war may have one winner, b Blood and Greed is a collection of four historical short stories. The first third of the book consists of three short stories, while the remaining two-third is just one story. The title and the cover blend perfectly with the story. Each story is different from each other, in terms of setting, plot, and characters, but what is common between all the stories, is that there is an ongoing war - for freedom, or for greed. These stories remind us of the stupid human nature. A war may have one winner, but clearly both the parties are at loss because of all the bloodshed. I liked each of the stories. The fact that the author didn't focus on making the protagonists win the wars really made the read enjoyable. Sadly, this book is not as well-edited as P.J. Berman's all the other books are. But it didn't deter me from enjoying the book. One of the stories - The Spirit of Poland - ends up with "to be continued". Well, a short story shouldn't end on "to be continued". Don't you agree? But I really look forward to knowing what happens in Volume 2 of the book. I loved how the author is able to create 4 different worlds in so few words. Having read his 2 full-length novels (of the Silrith Series) my concern before picking the book was - how can he write 4 stories in less than 90 pages. But I never felt any lack in the world-building. Each and every scene was just as detailed and visual as all of his other writings. The book takes you on the journey through 4 different eras and locations, from Eretria, Greece in 490 BCE, to 116th Fighter Escadrille, Poland in September 1939, to Gaul, Western Roman Empire, in early fifth century CE, and finally to The Kingdom of Mari, Mesopotamia in 1761 BCE. The characters are wholesome. Even in the shortness of the stories, the author is able to present them in a way that makes them likable and real. They are courageous and stand for what they feel is right. Their love for their nation is as strong as their love for family or crush. We see strong female characters - the best thing about any PJ Berman story - without being differentiated in the strengths and vigour of male characters. If you are into historical fiction, or just want to try this genre, then this book is definitely recommended.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anni Booklover

  13. 4 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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