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The last 25% was a rant on Trump with comparisons to Cyrus. There's no legitimate reason for such in a historical work on someone who lived waayyy before us. Also has up front rant about about how ancient historians do not measure up to modern historians. So only 50% is actual exploration on Cyrus and his family (not a rant) which makes only 15% of book on Cyrus. VERY disappointing. I loved (and still love) his works on Roman legions.
I was looking forward to reading Mr. Dando Collins latest work on Cyrus. Cyrus is mentioned several times in the Old Testament and I was interested in learning more about this important historical figure who greatly shaped future leaders including, most prominently, Alexander the Great. Mr. Dando Collins uses biblical accounts several times throughout the book. Unfortunately, in almost every instance he discredits the biblical account with his conclusions based on “most historians” or through undocumented conspiracy theories. For example, he states in the book that Daniel “claims” an angel saved him in the lions den. However, Mr. Dando Collins concludes this not to be true as the king could’ve had the lions over-fed causing them to leave Daniel alone. If Mr. Dando Collins does not believe the biblical account to be accurate I find it very interesting he constantly relies on it to provide detail when “more reliable spurces” aka inscriptions on tablets from unknown authors and origins have nothing to say. Also, I’d advise Mr. Dando Collins to avoid marketing the book to Christians by using biblical text like “anointed one” if he intends to attempt to destroy the biblical text in the book.