Dr. Ian Crouch of Adelaide, Australia took top honors at the 15th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards and traveled halfway around the world to accept his award.

Dr. Crouch, a medical practitioner, won the top prize in Historical Fiction – Military/War (Category 12b) for his book A Pyrrhic Victory, Volume I: The Shaping of Destiny, published by Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency (SBPRA).

The author was honored at a gala awards ceremony May 23 in New York City, coinciding with BookExpo America, which took place May 23-27 at Jacob Javits Convention Center. Crouch was one of more than twenty-five authors from SBPRA who traveled to attend BEA.

More than 2,000 independent authors and publishers participated in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. For more information on the winners, visit http://www.IndependentPublisher.com/article.php?page=1442.

History comes alive in Ian Crouch’s stunning epic about the heroes of antiquity. Journey back to 301 BC, just 22 years after the death of Alexander the Great. A young king named Pyrrhus is about to enter the world stage as two armies prepare for battle. Pyrrhus will later be described by Hannibal as the finest commander the world has seen, after Alexander.

Based on fact, this book is more a story than a history. It reaches out to make this period come alive for readers. A Pyrrhic Victory refers to a win that comes at such a high cost that it may well destroy the victor.

“Writing with great style, Dr. Crouch brings this ancient age to life once more … It is a journey detailed throughout with real authority, great care, and unflagging energy. Dr. Crouch succeeds splendidly in conveying a compelling interpretation of the lives and loves, the achievements and aspirations, of great men in a great age.” – Dr. Eoghan Maloney, lecturer in ancient history at the University of Adelaide

A PYRRHIC VICTORY: VOLUME I, THE SHAPING OF DESTINY (ISBN: 978-1-60911-914-0) is available for $19.50 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:
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About the Author: Dr. Ian Crouch, M.D., lives in Adelaide, South Australia. Since his early days in medical school, his abiding interest has been Greek and Roman history. He is currently writing the second volume of A Pyrrhic Victory, subtitled Destiny Unfolds.