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The Other Alexander by Andrew Levkoff
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Apr 27, 2012

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Read in September, 2011

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.
Winner! 2011 Gold Award for Historical Fiction
from eLit Book Awards

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 person of Gaius Julius Caesar and his insatiable ambition.

Alexandros has won the ear of Crassus, but can a slave keep a master of Rome from making a choice which will topple the foundations of the empire?
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Eddie Varney I read this book (BOW OF HEAVEN) and liked it very much. Today I bought books 2 and 3 of this series(A MIXTURE OF MADNESS, and Blood OF ANGELS. These books are a serious tale of historical fiction of ancient Rome.

If that is your taste, please consider reading these books. They are available in Hard Cover or E-book copy on Amazon.

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Andrew Levkoff Thanks, Eddie! You are very kind. Quick correction: the third book in the series is "Blood of Eagles," and I am afraid there is no hardcover version, just ebook and paperback.

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