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The Blood of Alexandria (Aelric 3) Hardcover – 10 Jun 2010


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (10 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340951168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340951163
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 23.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,482,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Blake is a historian, broadcaster and university lecturer. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.

For Hodder & Stoughton, he has written the following six historical novels: Conspiracies of Rome (2008), Terror of Constantinople (2009), Blood of Alexandria (2010), Sword of Damascus (2011), Ghosts of Athens (2012), Curse of Babylon (2013). These have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Slovak, Hungarian, Indonesian, and Chinese.

He also writes as Sean Gabb. His latest novel written under this name, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

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'Fascinating to read, very well written, an intriguing plot and I enjoyed it very much.' (Derek Jacobi on CONSPIRACIES OF ROME)

'I can't resist recommending this first volume of a promised trilogy. Set during the last pangs of Imperial Rome, with a vivid account of the machinations of the early Church, it is well-informed, atmospheric and beautifully written.' (Literary Review on CONSPIRACIES OF ROME)

'It's simply the best historical novel I've ever read, perhaps short of C.S. Forester. It's a very great deal better than any of the ancient Roman detective novels I've seen.' (L. Neil Smith on CONSPIRACIES OF ROME)

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Alexandria is the setting for the third in the brilliant trilogy set in the dying days of the Roman Empire, featuring the most compelling anti-hero since Flashman.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sianlover on 16 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
I discovered Richard Blake in 2008. I am a big fan of 'Conspiracies of Rome', and I greatly enjoyed 'Terror of Constantinople'. When I heard there was another one on the way, I could barely wait. I was also more than a little apprehensive. Sequels (and sequels of sequels) are often increasingly disappointing. I had been lucky once with Mr Blake, but this was hardly a guarantee of his continued excellence. But I have now read 'Blood of Alexandria', and while I would be the first to say it is not in fact the best novel I have read, it is certainly the best historical novel I have read. Indeed, it is better even than his first, which I have come to prefer to the admittedly more richly-studied and sophisticated follow-up (possibly because it seems to me to be in some way "purer"). But what more of this one? Well, the best idea I can give you of it is to as you if you would like to know 7th century Alexandria. If you would, this is the book for you. Would you like to see the mummy of Alexander the Great? Would you like to see the Great Pyramid before the Arabs chose to deprive it of its limestone casing? Would you to see, hear, smell and taste a world that is long-dead, and may never have existed quite as depicted here, but which is presented with the utmost persausiveness and plausibility? Blake's knack for setting the scene is one of his greatest strengths. He has never been less than impressive in this respect, but here he excels himself: we are presented with a veritable rogue's gallery of disreputable but entirely credible characters. We are also left in no doubt that this is exactly how clever, ruthless people behave when plunged into an interlocking set of crises.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ventura Angelo on 19 Feb 2011
Format: Paperback
The new Emperor Heraclius appoints Aelric with the less than pleasant job of enforcing a new taxation system and re-allocation of the land in Egypt: this plunges our anti-hero in a lutulent mess as deep as the waters of the Nile. His friend and devout Christian Martin accompanies him in a labyrinthine maze of deceit and conspiracies, among shifty viceroys, devious generals, followers of the Old Faith, heretic pontiffs and rebellious landowners. A pleasure to read, as among the adventures and terrors, mob revolts and tricky expeditions, you notice a sharp satire of religion and of blind faith, christian and otherwise. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Aug 2010
Format: Hardcover
The second novel for me by Richard Blake and one that I really devoured after finishing the first. As with the original, its beautifully written with a great excursion from modern times that's backed up with a seriously enjoyable writing style. Top notch entertainment and something of a guilty pleasure. I'll definitely seek out other titles by this author and I really want to see what he has in store for his characters in future excursions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By james eves on 26 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is my first outing with Richard Blake Aelric,the young British clark who has become a senator and trusted henchman of Emperor Heracluis and i found that it kept me page turning all the way to the end of this politcal intrigue in 612AD Egypt.The one character i was not sure of was the Mistress who seem to float through the story but was not notice by anyone except Aelric and who had powers that seem to take us into the world of fantasy.The man who i grew to like was Priscus,the old enemy from Constantinopl who has a drug habit and a passion for a nice stake,but not all ways on the plate,which along with his pet cat,was not unlike that of a Bond villain.I also throught the Amazon Nuns was a nice touch in the final outcome,so perhaps not so far from fantasy.So to sum up,a good read that makes me want to explore the first two books by Blake and the ending leads one to believe we will have more adventures with Aelric yet to come.
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