Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae is by Steven Pressfield. A truly magnificent fictionalized, though meticulously researched, account of the battle which arguably saved western civilization as we know it. This book is a recounting of the Spartan life and the famous battle told by a gravely injured Spartan squire removed from the field by the Persians and commanded to detail for Xerxes everything he knows of Spartan life, culture, and the epic sacrifice of King Leonidas and his 300. MAGNIFICENT! This book is a Reader's Corner Highly Recommended book. Yes, there is profanity and violence, but this book is also a story of courage, honor, and sacrifice that today's society sorely needs to hear.
Ratings: Adult - 10 out of 10 - P (profanity) - V (violence) - AC (mature thematic content).