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In the greatest, foulest city in the world, love, mayhem and betrayal find 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.

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Published (first published September 8th 2011)
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Liviu
This is more of a 4 1/2 stars book than a fully 5 star one since it has some structural issues, but I really enjoyed the writing style and the voice of the narrator. Historically I thought the book was a bit on the modern side - yes the narrator talks a lot about his feeling as a slave, but in reality we see stern but generous masters and dialog that while not quite equal to equal is something like boss to employee rather than master to slave.

The historical details about Rome were ok'ish (some...more
C.S.
On the whole, this is a well-written and enjoyable piece of historical fiction. There were several instances of homophones used incorrectly such as "site", when "sight" was meant. Otherwise, the book was fairly free of typos. More jarring was the sudden switch, close to the end, from the first-person view of the slave, Alexandros, to the omniscient view. The slave explains that it's a reconstruction of what undoubtedly happened, patched together from what he knew directly, but it didn't work for...more
Carrie Slager
Perhaps it’s the fact that I prattle on about history constantly, but I can guarantee you that everyone in my family and small circle of friends has heard of Gaius Julius Caesar. How could they not when he is such a cultural phenomenon, even two thousand years later? Yet while Julius Caesar is a household name, very few people have heard of Marcus Licinius Crassus. Even among historians, he is dismissed as the weak third member of the First Triumvirate, nothing more than the man who bankrolled t...more
Jerry Delaney
Bow of Heaven is an exciting, informative historical novel of ancient Rome. Told by a Greek slave, Alexander, in his old age, it recounts the events that occurred since he was a student in Athens, captured by the conquering Romans. He eventually ends up as a highly-placed slave (right hand man, actually) in the house of Marcus Crassus, a noble politician and the richest man in Rome. Alexander ends up rich and has a great deal of power in the household. It's a good life in a lot of ways but that...more
Karen
I enjoyed this story. I think I would have liked to have seen more of how the relationship between Crassus and Alexander grew, before we got to the climax at the end that changed the whole direction of the story. Most of the time, I found Alexander believable, but I wasn't always able to find the causality for his choices or his thought processes--the story often felt a little thin and I found it got harder to keep reading as I got farther into the book and didn't feel I came to know any of the...more
Carole Rae
Dec 17, 2011 Carole Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carole by: Andrew Levkoff
When Andrew Levkoff asked me to read this and review this, I was so excited! As many may know, I love historical novels and when I read the description I was even more excited! However, it took a while for me to get absorbed into the story. The beginning was a little slow (even though a whole bunch was going on) and I felt detached from Alexander, the main character. Once the story progressed and I got further into it the harder it was to get away from it. I wanted so badly to see what would hap...more
Andrew Levkoff
Apr 27, 2012 Andrew Levkoff added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
In the greatest, foulest city in the world, love, mayhem and betrayal find the slave, Alexandros. Given as a gift to the richest man in Rome, he soon discovers that intrigue and murder stalk the house of his master. Yet, if he solves the crime, the worst punishment may prove to be his own.
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Winner! 2011 Gold Award for Historical Fiction
from eLit Book Awards
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Alexandros is astute, well-educated and brimming with c...more
Andrew Levkoff
Apr 27, 2012 Andrew Levkoff added it  ·  (Review from the author)
In the greatest, foulest city in the world, love, mayhem and betrayal find the slave, Alexandros. Given as a gift to the richest man in Rome, he soon discovers that intrigue and murder stalk the house of his master. Yet, if he solves the crime, the worst punishment may prove to be his own.
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Winner! 2011 Gold Award for Historical Fiction
from eLit Book Awards
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Alexandros is astute, well-educated and brimming with c...more
Stephen Forte
I highly recommend "The Other Alexander" to everyone but especially to those who enjoy historical novels set in ancient Rome. Mr. Levkoff has created a background of historical context and imagery next to none! He made Alexander's life a reality to this reader! One is transported back in time to Rome in the final century before Christ and is quickly caught up in the sights and sounds of the grit and glamor of the period. The character of Alexander becomes a reality as a slave as well as a young...more
Kim
Thank you to Goodreads and author Andrew Levkoff for providing the free download of THE OTHER ALEXANDER. I had read many of the reviews of this book on Goodreads before I began reading it myself, and I agree that this is a well-researched story. I really appreciate, though, that the research does not overpower the conflicts and cares of the characters. Levkoff does a great job of showing how Alexander both accepts and is repulsed by his acceptance of his slavery, and historical detail moves the...more
Sara
I won a copy of this book in a firstreads giveaway.

This book is a historical fiction that takes place in ancient Rome. The main character Alexandros, a citizen of Greece, is taken captive and given to a Roman general as a reward. His owner Marcus Crassus is a shrewd leader and businessman who rises to the top of Roman society. Alexandros is a very educated man who chafes at the bonds of slavery and yet has a very close if somewhat strained relationship with Crassus. Along their journey side by s...more
Logan Carter
This was an interesting historical read. The story had life; it wasn't like reading a dry, boring, humdrum list of historical events which drag on like some historical novels. While reading, you feel as though you are there with the protagonist, listening to his tale. Overall, an enjoyable story, except I got a little irritated with the gratuitous sex and the frequent use of the F-word. I'm not a prude, I simply don't believe it was necessary to the movement and evolution of the story; it took a...more
Cheryl
I received this book as part of a first reads giveaway. I loved it. The main character was smart, articulate, witty and I felt like I was sitting and listening to him tell me his story. I was sucked in, the story almost a series of small stories, which is what life is after all.

The thing I liked most about the writing, was it seemed like an easy read in terms of how engaging it was, but I still got to use my brain. There were still serious, horrifying events unfolding, characters that were solid...more
Pedro
I have received this book through the Goodreads giveaway program.

It is a very good book and allows the reader to be immersed in the Roman times. The level of detail is wonderful and the story hooks the reader. The plot is not too simple and not too complex.

I loved the book, but there are two problems that prevent me form giving the maximum mark: the alignment of the text and the time it takes to develop the story. The prologue in this case causes an anticipated anti-climax as one knows already w...more
Melinda
Hmmm...how do I describe this book? It was really interesting and gave me some insight into what may have happened in ancient Rome. The politics were fascinating. It is gritty and very real, though. I'm not a huge fan of the F-word, and it was used frequently throughout the book. I can handle blood and gore, but it did have some gratuitous sex in it that didn't really fit. That's the only reason why I gave it three instead of four stars. I did connect with the characters and really enjoyed the s...more
Mary Rocco
The first book I've read that shows Crassus in a favorable light.
Pat
Sometimes things just come together perfectly. I had just finished listening to podcasts on the fall of the Roman Republic by Dan Carlin and Mike Duncan when I won this book from Goodreads. And The Other Alexander made the history come to life, adding depth to Crassus' story. I liked the twist of the narrator being a slave as it also gave some social commentary to the history. The details of life in a Roman villa are fascinating, but the story is what makes the book memorable. I very much look f...more
Julie Rose
I really, really (really!) liked this book. The characters are incredibly well-drawn, and I felt like I was transported to the Rome of the Triumvirate. Alexander is a fascinating narrator and so full-blooded and real. My only complaints are quibbles: a few Bob Exposition dialog passages took me out of the narrative, and, really, selfishness on my part: I wanted a lot more of the very real, fascinating Alexander and less Crassus. Really looking forward to the second novel!
Sindy
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

It took me some time to get through this book. Especially in the beginning I had to adjust to the writing style and the language.
The Bow of Heaven captures 30 years of politics and slavery in Rome. That's a long period of time! But while reading the book, I had a feeling that nothing much happened.
The good thing about it is that it made me want to know more about it.






Loraine Alcorn
Wow anyone who loves history of any kind will love this book. I so well written that you actually feel like your in the story. I really am so glad I got to read this first installment and cant wait for the others. If you are interested in Greek or Roman daily life or history this will be a real treat for you.
Thomas Davis
Excellent book with a new perspective on the Roman history. It was refreshing to see a story that did not paint Julius Ceasar as the wonderful hero of this time period. All in all a great story about a very interestin part of our world history. Also, the slave perspective really puts things in their place.
Lexy
Very information view of ancient Rome through the eyes of an intelligent slave. If you want to know what kept people busy long before television, take a visit with this book. A little bit of poisoning, sex, jackass Julius Caesar, love, history, etc. Looking forward to the next one.
Margie
This book was amazing. I do not normally do much historical fiction and this era was completely unfamiliar to me, but the protagonist's wit and the overall story won me over. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys an engrossing read!
Alyssia
I enjoyed this book a lot - it's easy to get into even without a lot of prior knowledge of the relevant history. The flow of the story works well, with exciting highlights in the right places and dynamic characters. Definitely recommended.
Susan Gardiner
Great read! I was happy to have someone finally take on Crassus as a main character. In so many novels he's just the guy with the deep pockets hanging around with Julius Caesar and Pompey.
Lauren
Very interesting book. I wasnt sure if Id like it or not but I did. After the first few pages you are sucked in and want to keep reading.
Ana
Very interesting! Nice view of that time in history as seen from the eyes of a slave.
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The Other Alexander, book one in The Bow of Heaven series has won the 2011 Gold Award for Historical Fiction presented by eLit Book Awards.
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Andrew Levkoff grew up on Long Island, New York, got a BA in English from Stanford, then put that hard-earned degree to...more
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