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Africa, America, Asia
3500 B.C. - A.D. 1000
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April-June 2005

McCarthy, Terry. The Sword of Hannibal [June 2005; North Africa, 3rd century B.C.]. Strabo, an unscrupulous mercenary, joins the Carthaginian army in Spain, and schemes to steal a fortune in gold from Hannibal’s personal guards.

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Alva, Napp. Persia [Persia, 6th-5th centuries B.C.]. King Darius, the princess Roxana, the prophet Daniel, and the Greek strategist Miltiades make their appearances in a fictional recreation of the Persian empire at its height.

Avakian, Arra. The Eaglet [Armenia, 5th century A.D.]. The king of Persia threatens Christian Armenia with invasion unless it submits to the Sun God.

Davis, William Stearns. Belshazzar [Mesopotamia, 6th century B.C.]. A tale of the conquest of Babylon by Cyrus of Persia, first published in 1902.

Dissanayake, Daya. The Healer and the Drug Pusher [Sri Lanka, 10th century A.D.]. A blind Persian sailor, landing on the coast of Sri Lanka, is cured by Buddhist monk-physicians using methods dramatically different from those of modern medicine.

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Elray, John. Khalifah [Arabia, 7th century A.D.]. Forced to embrace Islam, Mu’awiya seizes the occasion to vie with Mohammed’s descendants for control of the fledgling Islamic empire.

Flaubert, Gustave. Salammbo [North Africa, 3rd century B.C.]. The Carthaginian princess Salammbo, sister of Hannibal, lives through the death struggle of the African imperial city.

Fontaine, Michele. Harem Sister [6th-5th centuries B.C.]. Sold into a harem by her family’s killers, Amat is befriended by a mysterious slave boy and a former priestess of Isis.

French, Judith. The Barbarian [Persia, 4th century B.C.]. The princess Roxanne, suffering from amnesia, accepts the Pharaoh Ptolemy’s word that she is an Egyptian aristocrat until Kayan the Barbarian sneaks into her palace and reacquaints her with her warlike past. (Sequel to The Conqueror)
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