This novel really brings to life Alexander the Great, among other historical figures of the time. The narrator is a time traveler who comes to ancient Macedonia for a research expedition and ends up getting stuck in the past. It’s great fun reading his interactions with the locals as he attempts not to blow his cover. The novel gets off to a fast start and is easy to get into. The latter chapters bring a tremendous amount of historical detail which I assume is accurate – clearly the author did his research. – Amazon Review
An Epic Novel of the Rise of Alexander the Great
(The Ptolemaios Saga)
A split-second decision saves the life of a young boy – and changes the course of history …
Ptolemaios was supposed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. Instead, his rash intervention strands him in ancient Macedonia, where he is quickly captured and presumed to be a Persian spy. In the nick of time, King Philip II recognizes that Ptolemaios is strangely different from other Greeks or Persians – more educated, more “civilized,” yet also a talented fighter. Philip decides to find a use for Ptolemaios at his court.
But the Macedonian court is a snake pit, in every sense of the word. As newly-appointed companion to young Alexandros, presumptive heir to Philip’s throne, Ptolemaios must depend on his wits to stay alive and ensure the safety of the prince.
The stakes escalate as Philip II seeks to expand his power beyond Macedonia. Caught in a monumental struggle for domination and hegemony, Ptolemaois finds his loyalties tested. How can he stay true to the Macedonian royal house without violating his own, internal Prime Directive?
As he travels through the captivating world of ancient Greece, Ptolemaios meets not only King Philip II but also Queen Olympias, Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Demosthenes, and a host of young men and women striving to survive and achieve their destinies. Filled with white-knuckle adventures, aching romance, vivid battle scenes, and fascinating depictions of life three centuries before the birth of Christ, this epic novel will leave you thrilled, amused, enlightened, and intrigued. And best of all, it’s all (mostly) true.