Fires of Alexandria

Fires of Alexandria

by Thomas K. Carpenter
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Fires of Alexandria by Thomas K. Carpenter

The greatest mystery of the ancient world remains the identity of who set fire to the Great Library in Alexandria.

One hundred years later, Heron of Alexandria--the city's most renown inventor and creator of Temple miracles--receives coin from a mysterious patron to investigate the crime. Desperate to be free of the debts incurred by her twin brother, she accepts and sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the Roman Empire and change the course of history forever.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012856890
Publisher: Black Moon Books
Publication date: 02/06/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 7,100
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Thomas K. Carpenter’s young adult trilogy, Gamers, has been called a cross between The Hunger Games and the Uglies trilogies by reviewers. His best selling short stories and novels can be found at all major online retailers. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, two kids, and one oafishly large labrador retriever. Visit him online at

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Fires of Alexandria 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
syrimne More than 1 year ago
Really fantastic alternate history/historical novel with an excellent lead character in the form of Heron, a mathematician and "miracle inventor" in the time of the Roman occupation of Alexandria. Heron, a real historical figure, is portrayed with a twist in Carpenter's book as a woman (the twin brother to the male Heron, who takes his identity when he dies, as she is the real mastermind of the pair, as portrayed in this novel). The main premise surrounds the mystery surrounding the cause of the fires that burned down the Library of Alexandria...but the novel takes us through numerous other political intrigues happening at the time, as well as other historical figures Heron interacts with. There is also an interesting (fictional) character in the form of "the barbarian" from the North, who hires Heron to fashion for him a mechanical army from her "miracle" technologies, and in the process she prematurely invents the steam engine. Speaking of steam, in terms of the miracles themselves, there's a bit of a steampunk flavor the book at times, even without the actual steam power. Overall, a huge recommend for strong characters, a believable alternate history (and interpretation of real history) that is completely fascinating and compelling. Add to that strong action, mystery and intrigue throughout the course of the novel, and it's a tough one to put down.
Miss-Lynn More than 1 year ago
Fires of Alexandria by Thomas Carpenter is the first book in the Alexandrian Saga. One thing I liked about the book is it is a fictional novel based on actual happenings. Most all who studied history in school learned about the Roman Empire and the great fires that took out the Library of Alexandria, and about Heron of Alexandria. As the author writes he brings back to life in this fictional account some of the greats and lesser known's such as Lysimachus the Alabarch who portrayed as a villainous debt collector in actuality was a cousin to Herod the Great. As we get into the book we find Heron who was one of the greatest inventors and mathematicians there was is a woman. Taking on the role of Heron after her twin brother died she also took on his debts that he left behind. As she is called upon to find out who was the cause of the great fire she knows that this money will pay off the debts to Lysimachus as long as she can hold him off before he gets any ideas about her niece. This is quite an enjoyable read that takes the reading back into the historical archives of history back to the years 350 BC to 10-70 AD. Back to when the Roman Empire ruled. If you are a historical buff and like to read fictional novels based on actual happenings, then you will enjoy this new saga. This book can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or on Smash-words either as a e-book or paperback. I would like to thank the author for giving me the chance to read his book. I found this to be an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like historical fiction, this one will not disappoint you! Our main character, Heron, is an inventor in the historic city of Alexandria, scraping together a living by inventing mechanical miracles for the various religious houses of the city. Superior in intellect and inventiveness, Heron finds that there is a spy stealing all of the best ideas from the workshop who will resort to lethal means to keep the truth from being discovered. Meanwhile, Heron guards an even bigger secret that must never, ever be revealed....
mkrmom More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to put this one down. From the start the characters drew me into the story. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Looking forward to the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no way of knowing how historically accurate this book is but it brought to life the possibilities of an ancient civilization in believable and interesting manner
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Anonymous 7 months ago
I loved this book, I have always been a huge history buff, and this book has a very interesting what if about it. It makes the reader ask why didn't the world's technology advance more than it did two thousand years ago, some of the world's most clever minds lived back in that time period. I do agree that some religions have tried to slow the advancement of knowledge down in history, I don't agree that all religions are like that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A pleasant diversion
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A very well written and told story. Much kudos to the author! DMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was completely entertained. Thank you so much.
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Most boring book I've ever read.