Over the Wine-Dark Sea by Harry Turtledove, a recipient of the Hugo, Sidewise, and Prometheus Awards, is the 1st novel in his Menedemos and Sostratos quartet of historical sea-going adventure, free for a limited time courtesy publisher Phoenix Pick Press.
This was originally published in 2001 by Tor’s Forge imprint using the H. N. Turtletaub pseudonym. Although the author (who himself has a Ph.D. in Byzantine history, and is one of my personal favourite authors) is best known for his award-winning alternate history works, this is a purely historical non-science fiction adventure series set in the ancient Hellenic world shortly after the death of Alexander the Great circa 300 BCE, starring two cousins, a sea-captain and a scholar, who go on trading journeys across the Mediterranean Sea and wind up having encounters which embroil them with local miscreants and politics. This installment sets them up as a partnership, and embarks on their first set of adventures.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through December.
Free for a limited time through December as their Free Book of the Month selection @ the publisher’s special promo page (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available worldwide, requires valid email address; follow the instructions on the page to reset the suggested price to $0.00)
There are also two separate discounted tie-in deals this month.
The first is for the other three historical fiction books in this quartet, for just $7.99. The second is for Turtledove’s entry in Phoenix Pick Press’ Stellar Guild series of works pairing up a new story from a well-known established author with a backup novella in the same setting by a newer writer, in this case Turtledove’s own daughter Rachel, for just $2.99.
A SPECIAL TREAT FROM THE MASTER OF HISTORICAL FICTION AND ALTERNATIVE HISTORY
Menedemos, the young dashing sea captain, and his helper, the scholarly Sostratos, are sea-traders from the Greek island of Rhodes. Fearless sailors, they will travel any distance to make a profit or to search for rich treasures.
While they trade in fineries such as wine and silk (and even, to the chagrin of many, peacocks), they live in dangerous times with pirates, thieves and barbarians. As if avoiding death by the hands of these miscreants isn’t enough (particularly the barbarians from an obscure town called Rome), they are also caught between the political intrigues of Alexander’s former generals.