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“An epic story … as inspiring as it is gripping.”

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A Man At Arms   is now available for order

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About A Man At Arms

There’s only one recurring character in all my books—the solitary mercenary, Telamon of Arcadia. Telamon first appeared as an assassin in Tides of War circa 420 BCE. He came back as a mentor to Alexander in The Virtues of War, this time in 340 BCE. (Telamon hadn’t aged a day.) He even made a cameo in The Profession, set twenty years in our contemporary future.

You might say I’m fascinated by the guy.

For fourteen years I’ve been trying to find a story that would carry Telamon on to the next phase of his evolution as a fighting man and as a self-reflective thinker.

In A Man at Arms, Telamon’s journey—and my own, as a student and chronicler of the warrior archetype—continues in Roman-occupied Judea, twenty-five years after the

If you liked Gates of Fire and my other tales of war and honor in the ancient world, A Man at Arms will not disappoint.


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Entries close each Friday at midnight, Pacific Time

Week One (Enter 3/15 - 3/19 | Winners announced 3/21)

Spartan Helmet Rings (Men's)

Straight from the workshop of Brazilian artist Bruno Paulino … three winners will each get this 926 sterling silver ring shaped like a Spartan battle helmet. One of a kind. Hand-made at Sangue Espartano (“Spartan blood”) in Sao Paulo.

Week Two (Enter 3/22 - 3/26 | Winners announced 3/28)

Spartan Kothons (Drinking Mugs)

The Spartan kothon was famed in antiquity as the drinking mug the scarlet-clad warriors took with them on campaign. I asked master potter Joel Cherrico to re-create this vessel that Plutarch wrote about … and that hasn’t been seen in 2000 years. Six winners will get this hand-thrown, one-of-a-kind ceramic mug 

Women's Shields
Week Three (Enter 3/29 - 4/2 | Winners announced 4/4)

Spartan Helmet Rings (Women's)

Who says Spartan helmet rings should only be prizes for men? This week, three ladies will be winners of this sterling silver work of art, hand-made by Bruno Paulino of Sangue Espartano in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Week Four (Enter 4/5 - 4/9 | Winners announced 4/11)

Silver Spartan Shield Pendants

Six winners will get these pendant/necklaces based on the ancient Spartan aspis embossed just like the real shields with the lambda for Lakedaemon, the region of Greece of which Sparta was the principal city. Handmade in 926 sterling silver at Sangue Espartano in Brazil by master sculptor (and Bruno’s dad), Marcos Paulino.

Week Five (Enter 4/12 - 4/16 | Winners announced 4/18)

The Grand Prize …

One winner will get a hand-forged throwing dagger by master blacksmiths Mark Hopper and Devin Clay of GoatnHammer in Atlanta. The weapon is a replica of the dagger used by Telamon of Arcadia in A Man at Arms, complete with carved “X” for the Roman Tenth Legion.

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Bruno Paulino

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Mark Hopper

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Order a single copy of A Man at Arms and receive an exclusive 60-minute audio discussion about the book between me and Jim Gant, ex-Special Forces Major, Silver Star recipient, and author of One Tribe at a Time.


Order ten copies and you’ll receive a signed page, suitable for framing, from the original manuscript of Gates of Fire. I found this draft from 1996 in my attic. It’s 800 pages long, (the final book in hard cover is 384 pages) with the original title THERMOPYLAE still on the first page. I had to cut 300 pages, then 200 more before the manuscript was accepted for publication. Shipping inside the U.S. only.


With an order of 25 books, you’ll get a 30-minute zoom call with me to talk about anything you like. (Alas, I cannot read your novel-in-progress). But anything else is fair game—The War or Art, Gates of Fire, anything.


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