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The Bow of Heaven: Book I: The Other Alexander (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Andrew Levkoff

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Title:The Bow of Heaven: Book I: The Other Alexander
Authors:Andrew Levkoff
Info:Andrew Levkoff (2012), Paperback, 370 pages
Tags:Fiction, historical fiction, ancient Rome

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The Other Alexander by Andrew Levkoff (2011)


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Solid upstairs/downstairs family saga of a Roman citizen-soldier and eventual counsel, associate of Sulla and Gaius Julius Caesar, Marcus Crassus, and ultimately patriarch to his family as told by Alexander of Aetreia, his Greek slave and later factotum.

Roman life, Roman ambition, and the brutality as well as the generosity of that era are well illustrated by the characters of Marcus, his wife, Alexander, and that of the healing woman whose daughter Alexander loves all his life but never truly wins.

Well written, fully realized characters and plenty of Latin on the fly. For me, a fan of Greek history and novels set in ancient times there, this is an enjoyable fictional "study" of the extension of a succeeding dominant civilization (Roman) over another (Greek). Readers who like Lindsey Davis. Falco series set in the days of Imperial Rome, will enjoy and be refreshed by Levkoff's work. ( )
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A Greek philosophy student becomes a slave of Marcus Licinius Crassus.


2014 HNS Indie Award, Shortlisted

2012 Readers Favorite Silver Award, Historical Fiction

2011 eLit Book Awards Gold Award, Historical Fiction

In the greatest, foulest city in the world, love, mayhem and betrayal await the slave, Alexandros. Given as a gift in 86 BCE to the richest man in Rome, he soon discovers that intrigue and murder stalk the house of his master. Alexandros can solve the crime, but if he does, the worst punishment may prove to be his own.

Alexandros is astute, well-educated and brimming with caustic wit, but he can't seem to remember the golden rule of slavery: keep your head down and your mouth shut. No wonder more than one person in the house of Marcus Crassus wants to see this former Greek philosophy student dead.

Through accident and intervention, Alexandros manages to survive, but is he willing to take the proffered hand of the one ally he wants desperately to despise - his owner? Every boon and advancement accepted from Crassus is an acknowledgment that his former life is gone. Yet how can he resist? Crassus is a good man, for a Roman.

At last, Alexandros realizes that accepting his condition is the only way to recoup the little freedom left him. He willingly opens his eyes to his new life ... and immediately falls in love with Livia, a fellow servant he's never allowed himself to see. But romance for a
slave is a fragile thing, especially when tragedy befalls the Crassus household in the guise of Gaius Julius Caesar and his insatiable ambition.

[retrieved 12/15/2014 from Amazon.com]

Alexandros has won the ear of Crassus, but can a slave keep a
master of Rome from making a choice that could topple the foundations of
an empire?
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