Simply stated, “The Ten Thousand” is a likely candidate for “Best of the Year” lists. Focusing on the birth of the Macht legend, the novel is myth-making at its finest, a thrilling and addictive tale of the Macht’s struggle to overcome incredible adversity. Paul Kearney beautifully fuels the narrative with an undeniable hipness, the lyrical prose dripping with heavy heapings of masculinity. This is skull-smashing, blood-drenching goodness. In the end, “The Ten Thousand” kicked my ass!