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Fires of Alexandria (Alexandrian Saga Book 1) by [Carpenter, Thomas K.]
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Fires of Alexandria (Alexandrian Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in Alexandrian Saga (7 Book Series)

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About the Author

Thomas K. Carpenter resides near St. Louis with his wife Rachel and their two children. He earned his degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri Rolla. After finishing up his M.B.A. in the summer of 2006, he returned to his roots of writing fiction. When he’s not busy writing his next book, he’s playing soccer in the yard with his kids or getting beat by his wife at cards. He keeps a regular blog at www.thomaskcarpenter.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1600 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Moon Books (16 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BCOGT8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,334 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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This is an interesting mix between alternative history and steampunk, although it is set in ancient Egypt. Based on the concept of were-geld, a Germanic barbarian travels to Egypt to have his revenge on Rome for the destruction of his people. Heron is an inventor and mechanic, who has a multitude of problems. What I liked about this is that Agog is a mysterious figure that doesn't give away his intentions until the very end. Heron resolves the mounting problems one by one, but at great cost. Between the two of them they strike a blow at Rome. I recommend this as a good read.
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I wanted to say it's a hot mess but it was just body temperature at best. I read a lot of historical fiction and I am comfortable with writers playing with facts to fit a fantastic theory or idea but this one wasn't one of those.
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love this would read it again
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OK read passed time on break quicker
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Alexandria in the time of the Roman Empire was a remarkable place in a fascinating time - and that's just in the real world. When Thomas K Carpenter begins to speculate about what could have been, it goes to a whole new level of wonder.

Central to this story is the idea that Heron of Alexandria, greatest inventor of the age, finds a way of harnessing steam power. But woven around that is a fast paced mystery / adventure, full of colourful characters (many, like Heron, based on real people.

Carpenter demonstrates a real understanding of the ancient cities complex mix of politics, religion and economy. The Romans rule - their presence resented but their power feared. The Temples vie with each other for popularity, each seeking to recruit the most talented engineers to build the most spectacular `miracles' with which to attract followers. The Great Library is the worlds supreme storehouse of knowledge in all the world, in spite of the fire which destroyed much of its vast store of manuscripts. The city is proud and prosperous on the surface, but underneath it seethes with unrest and is full of dark secrets.

Heron, driven by the pressure of debt (and the threat of harsh justice for debtors) takes on commissions to build new war machines which may threaten the stability of the restless city - and seeks for hidden knowledge that some would rather keep hidden.

And another interesting element is that, in this version of history, Heron is actually a women - the sister of the real (and deceased) Heron who has taken over his identity and his workshop in order to pay of the huge debts he had incurred.
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Beautifully written. The author managed to impart vibrant life to the characters, city and time in which the events unfold.

A wonderful mix of steampunk, ancient Egypt in the grip of the Roman Empire, and a colourful, varied collection of characters made this a riveting, page-turner of a read. So much so that, unwilling to miss out on where the story may now go with some favourite characters, I've downloaded the next two books in the series.

Highly recommended
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I was so gripped by the end of this novel that I went on to read the whole series. I loved all of it! It meets my criterion of a good read : well written, well researched, imaginative adventure story that kept my interest from the the first page of Book 1 to the last page of Goddess of Alexandria Book 7. I have just read 65 reviews of the Alrxandria series and am puzzled by the comments about its historical accuracy. If I want historical accuracy I would go to specialist historians. I use my Kindle for the pleasure of novels that hold my interest, stretch my imagination, and take me to new writers. I found all 7 novels kept me wanting to find out what happens next, and I loved every page! I can't recommend this series highly enough. Give yourself a treat and read the whole series in numerical order.
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I gave it three stars because the plot is original, and I have a soft spot for Agog, but other than that the writing is awkward and I had to reread sentenses a few times over to understand what the author was trying to write. I am sad to say that I never finished reading this (I got as far as 50%) before getting bored, as I usually try to finish a book before reviewing it. I hate saying this because an author always put his/her heart and soul into a novel, but this never cut it for me.
Needless to say I won't be getting others in the series.
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