Alexandria: Book Two in the Sword of Agrippa Series


TIME TRAVEL/SCI-FI/METAPHYSICAL:  Caesar, Cleopatra, her half-sister, Samia, and Agrippa are eager to explore a tomb of the pharaohs. They discover dozens of tablets that they all know of, but have never seen. Caesar is fascinated with maps and finds an impressive example in the main chamber. The quartet is unable to explore the sealed rooms, and come up with a theory that the inner room doors will open if the outer door of the pyramid is closed. Samia and Agrippa volunteer to be closed within the pyramid.

Roy is a leading consultant in the study of dreams. He studies and records peoples’ dreams on a TV monitor while the subject is in a sensory deprivation tank. He is also studying his own dreams, which he believes are past lives known as samskaras. Roy, too, is fascinated with maps and sees himself in ancient Rome ushering in a new era.

“Alexandria” is a thought-provoking novel featuring two stories in one. The first story is set in ancient Egypt, the second in the near future. At first, the two stories have little in common, but Caesar’s explorations of the pyramid and Roy’s visions of the past bring the two together. Due to the shortness of the piece (only six chapters), there is little in the way of plot or character development. "Alexandria" does not work well as a standalone novel; readers need more information needed from the first in the series in order to appreciate this book. “Alexandria” is unique and fanciful, best read after “Antioch: The Sword of Agrippa Book 1”.

Belinda Wilson