Flood Tide

An Epic Novel of the Greek Invasion of Persia (Book 2 of the Ptolemaios Saga)

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
382 Pages
Reviewed on 07/01/2019
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Author Biography

Alexander Geiger is a history buff who has always wished he could travel back in time to visit some of his favorite historical figures, places, and events. The entire Ptolemaios Saga is an account of one such extended trip, intended to witness the dawn of the Hellenistic world. The men and women who lived, strived, fought, and loved during this seminal age didn't know their ideas, exploits, and accomplishments would reverberate all the way to the present day but, boy oh boy, did they leave a mark. Imagine being able to see, through the eyes of Ptolemaios Metoikos - who was actually there - all the adventures, sights, and colorful figures of that vibrant, memorable, and thrilling era. It's the author's hope that you will enjoy the ride.

In real life, the author is a graduate of Princeton University and Cornell Law School and a retired commercial litigator. He lives with his wife in in Bucks County, PA.

For additional materials about the Ptolemaios Saga, including sources, illustrations, maps, battle depictions, an author's blog, and descriptions of upcoming volumes, please visit https://AlexanderGeiger.com.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Flood Tide: An Epic Novel of the Greek Invasion of Persia by Alexander Geiger is the second book in the Ptolemaios Saga. A traveler trapped out of time. It's been nine years since he'd gotten stuck and managed to secure a position as Alexandros' bodyguard. All he wants is to return home but all he can do is fight alongside the king he serves and wait for his chance, but nothing is quite that easy as Alexandros' charlatan soothsayer has it in for him. Alexandros continues to lead his men into their next battle which faces a few complications when captive Memnon escapes. Elsewhere, Barsine will do whatever it takes to secure freedom for herself and her four children.

Alexander Geiger continues Ptolemaios' epic adventures as he's trapped in the past. Though referring to the future through Ptolemaios' perspective, the story completely focuses on this specific time in history. This chunk of time is spent on Alexandros and his conquering with various backgrounds on his different family members and acquaintances woven throughout for a thorough account of history. Geiger weaves together perspectives with Ptolemaios and Barsine as the primary views explored. As someone quite literally trapped out of time, Ptolemaios has quickly found a place for himself with Alexandros and his men, embracing these relationships while also keeping a distance for fear of altering the future. In a way, he's become comfortable with Alexandros and his men which is shown through their easy and often humorous dynamics.

Through his perspective, his struggle and displacement continue to be explored as he develops this conflict between loyalty to his men and his desire to find a way home. The presence of the charlatan creates the constant fear of all of his secrets being exposed and that's if he's not killed first. Through Barsine's perspective, the treatment of and cruelty towards women are explored as she's living in constant fear and as a mother is doing whatever it takes to protect her children. Though being a historical read, Flood Tide will appeal to anyone who enjoys time travel, epic battles, and strong characters. Geiger completely captures the era with actions and behaviors, battles and long rides while also weaving in plenty of humor.