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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.

Alexandros is astute, well-educated and brimming with caustic wit, but he can’t seem
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Paperback, 358 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Andrew Levkoff (first published September 8th 2011)
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Judith Starkston
When agents and editors talk about a book that really excites them, they usually mention voice, that ephemeral quality that lifts a book into the “really good” realm. Levkoff’s novel has an engaging, unique voice in his narrator, Alexander. Alexander started life as the son of a wealthy Greek family and he trained in both Aristotle’s and Plato’s academies. His language and perceptions are laced with a philosophic view and the cadences of his language reflect this background. The other qualities ...more
Keith Currie
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Young Alexandros, a student of philosophy in Athens, has the great bad luck to be enslaved by the armies of Sulla during the wars against Mithradates. He is brought to Rome, given to Sulla’s general Marcus Crassus and begins his rise to indispensability in Crassus’ household.

We read how Alexandros for all the respect in which Crassus holds him cannot expect freedom; we read much of the typical aspects of a slave’s life, for example his attendance while master and mistress make love, perform the
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Andrew Levkoff
Nov 07, 2011 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
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Liviu
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Carole Rae
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Stephen Forte
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jerry Delaney
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Andrew Levkoff
Jan 13, 2012 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
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Michaela
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fans of ancient Rome will love seeing how the other half lives!

If you enjoy reading historical fiction, then this book is for you! Andrew Levkoff can hold his own with the likes of Steven Saylor and Robert Harris when writing about ancient Rome. This novel is told from the viewpoint of Alexandros, a young Greek who finds himself a slave in the household of Marcus Crassus, the richest man in Rome at the end of the Republic. This book is the first of the "Bow of Heaven" trilogy, and while it works
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The Other Alexander, book one in The Bow of Heaven series has won the 2012 Readers Favorite Silver Award, Historical Fiction, the 2011 Gold Award for Historical Fiction presented by eLit Book Awards, and in 2014 was shortlisted for the Historical Novel Society's Indie Award
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