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Completely Engrossing Historical Fiction: Lost Scrolls of Archimedes by Tom Roberts

Book Review of Lost Scrolls of Archimedes Tom Roberts in his award winning book, Lost Scrolls of Archimedes, gives us a fascinating window in to the world as it existed in the times of Cleopatra and Marc Antony.

Weaving a rich tapestry of love, betrayal, assassinations and a nail-biting adventure on the Ionian Sea, Tom resurrects an embalmed civilization and its people to vivid, breathing life.

The Lost Scrolls of Archimedes is a thoroughly engrossing historical fiction in which the men and women of ancient Egypt find themselves at a crossroads of new ideas — about slavery and justice and technology.

The book keeps us on the edges of our seats, with many twists and turns. Marcus one of the key characters in the book is a a uniquely tormented but visionary soul. Through blood and fire, war and peace, Marcus faces a desperate struggle that will reshape the future of the world. Will he measure up to our expectations? Will his feelings for the beautiful and brilliant Electra, handmaiden of Queen Cleopatra, blossom into love? Would the dangerous court intrigues and the endless wars allow them a life together?

Marcus’s man-at-arms, Tatus yearns for a quiet existence away from the intrigues of court, and yet is a ready to die for Marcus. Will he prove to be loyal to the end or will he betray his master? Will his dreams of a quiet life away from the warring Egyptians come true?

All these twists and turns come together very harmoniously in this action packed book – I found myself snatching time during work-breaks and in the evening, I curled up with this enjoyable book and a warm cup of tea, eventually finishing this page-turner at 2am in the morning.

Tom’s book also reminded me of why I especially love historical fiction. The book has a steady flow of details related to life in ancient Egypt in full filmic splendour, and as a result it is satisfying on so many more levels than simply that of a narrative. I watch from the window that Tom has created for us, in his well researched book, the fascinating inner lives of people across time and place. And, I found myself transported to that ancient world, mesmerized by the details of the daily life of people and their beliefs and practices. The book is really a treat for lovers of historical fiction.

What also won my heart was the beautiful surprise ending. With historical fiction, authors are often at a disadvantage as the reader already knows the ending. In this book, since the setting of the story is in Queen Cleopatra’s court, we automatically develop a soft spot for the beautiful queen as she goes to battle Octavian. We already know the outcome of that battle. And yet, even as he stays true to the historical facts, master storyteller Tom Roberts manages to delight us with a wonderful ending.

Award Winning Engrossing Historical Fiction

In 2019, at the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards, the Lost Scrolls of Archimedes, by Tom Robert was awarded Gold for best unpublished historical novel. Reading through the book, it becomes obvious why Tom’s book was selected.

The Lost Scrolls of Archimedes, by Tom Roberts is an absolutely riveting page-turner which won’t let you put it down till you have finished reading it. If you are looking for a truly engrossing historical fiction, you won’t be disappointed. I loved this book and I am sure you would enjoy it as well.

Book Review of Lost Scrolls of Archimedes

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About the author: Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts is the author of an historical novel and a short story collection. In 2019, at the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards, his historical novel, Lost Scrolls of Archimedes, was awarded Gold for best unpublished historical novel (publication planned for first quarter 2020).

Author Tom Roberts A software engineer in a previous life, Tom began writing in 2017. He is avid reader of ancient history and technology and a member of the Florida Writers Association, the Atlanta Writers Club, and the West Florida Literary Federation.

His favorite authors are Bernard Cornwell, Patrick O’Brian, Steven Saylor, and Arthur C. Clarke. An Air Force veteran and father of two great kids, he loves dogs and enjoys hiking, classical music, video games, and college sports. Other roles he’s had: surveyor, adjunct faculty member, HS computer science teacher, and candy store owner.

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