The greatest mystery of the ancient world remains the identity of whoever set fire to the Great Library in Alexandria.
One hundred years later, Heron of Alexandria - the city's most renowned 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.
©2011 Thomas K. Carpenter (P)2012 Thomas K. Carpenter
Listened to the audio version. This book has plenty of intriguing action-- definitely an impossible revision of history, but does make you aware of the some of the tensions of the day. Very good desert chase scenes and excellent creativity with respect to the inventiveness of the protagonist. She invents basically the forerunner of a steam locomotive.
A little bit far-fetched, but fun and interesting. This book is more for adults--- though not too bawdy.
Heron is one gutsy woman! She perseveres in extremely painful difficult impossible circumstances.
Elizabeth is a really good reader! Her pace allows you to be creative with the emotions and she doesn't try to over engineer it.
This was a phenomenal book! The history, inventions, mystery, and intrigue were amazing! I've always been intrigued by this time period and the technological advances of in this area of the world. This was everything I could've asked for and more! A must read! Narration was excellent.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
An early inventor and mathematician, Heron of Alexandria, born in 10 AD, lived and worked about 100 years after the reign of Alexander the Great . . . in this fictional tale of the "creator of temple miracles", Heron is a woman, who has assumed the identity of her dead twin brother, an interesting twist on a real historical figure . . . as I listened to the story, I became more and more enthralled with the characters and the strange and mysterious beliefs of the ancient Romans . . . steeped in idolatry and pagan worship, and always seeking the next "miracle" . . . which Heron worked to give them by way of her ingenious engineering skills . . . ancient Alexandria was both a fascinating and a sad place . . . women had no place in the ancient world . . . but to be used by men . . . thus Heron's disguise . . . the investigation of the fires that had burned Alexandria more than 100 years prior, during the reign of Alexander the Great was very interesting . . . as was the history of the Library of Alexandria . . . all in all, some of the book was far fetched, bordering on fantastic . . . the war machines and some of Heron's other inventions stretched the imagination . . . but it made me like the story all the more . . . the next book is Heirs of Alexandria . . . and I can't wait to see what Heron is up to next!
This is the start to a great series. The author imagines that a real person, the brilliant inventor Heron of Alexandria, was actually a woman in disguise. This is a great premise, and Elizabeth Klett is the perfect narrator to voice this exciting story.
I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!
Loved the balance of science and learning within the political constraints of ancient Alexandria. Somewhat philosophical approach to politics, religion, slavery, sexism and learning. All the problems weren't resolved - the characters still lived within the constraints of their world but progress was made.
Enjoyed the characters and the plot. You have to pay attention to catch the more subtle points. Would have enjoyed more. Very good read.
The narrator's habit of enunciating EVERY letter of a word became old very quickly and seemed unrealistic for the characters. The narrative itself dragged on and on and on with a lot of details that were ultimately unnecessary to the plot, which in the end left me wondering, "What was this even about?" The author should stick to historical narration and leave the mysteries for the experts.
I have no idea whether this book is any good, because after two minutes, I turned it off. The narration sounds like Siri did it. With so many truly gifted narrators out there, there is no excuse.
Read this book in paper form if it appeals to you, but do not waste your money on the robotic audiobook.
I think the writing was interesting, but the narration was so bad that it distracted from the book and made listening painful. The story is much like those in the new steam punk category because of all the mechanical devices, automatons and reference to Alexandria as the clockwork city. It was interesting to know that these mechanical devices that seemed other worldly were actually made hundreds of years ago. I also enjoyed the characters; but be forewarned, there is violence and the ongoing threat of rape.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
Another narrator and a better writer. Not to be flippant but this book is a mess.
Pretty much everything. The writing is very amatuerish and awkward.
I can't think of one. This could have been a good historical novel and I thought it would be. Instead the book is filled with inconsistency and is an narrative nightmare.
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