Snap. I started In the Shadow of the Sword, but I've been distracted recently by his "Persian Fire", about the rise of the Perisan empire and its wars with Greece. I've always threatened to get into ancient wargaming and I started the ball rolling earlier this year by buying Field of Glory " on Steam, so it all fits together nicely.I find it difficult to concentrate properly on a book so I chew at it a bit at a time. Currently by my bedside:
In The Shadow Of The Sword by Tom Holland. His stuff is usually a worthwhile read.
Holland's "Dynasty" (the story of Rome's Julio-Claudian emperors) is excellent. He has a very entertaining writing style and isn't afraid to fill in the history gaps with a little of his own interpolation, although he's usually up front about when he does it. I get the impression that he's looked on a bit sniffily by other historians, though, which I don't think is deserved.
I'm also reading Adam Zamoyski's "Napoleon" which is very good. I recently finished Bernard Cornwell's "Agincourt", which was in interesting look into medieval warfare. Cornwell may not always be reliable historically (although his account of Agincourt tallies well with John Keegan's), but he knows how to convincingly plonk the reader down into the middle of a battle.