The House of Death: a Mystery of Alexander the Great Book Summary and Study Guide

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The year is 334B.C., just as Alexander the Great is beginning to set out to conquer the world. Amidst all the excitement of the Grecians, one man only wants to be left alone and yet is drawn into the intricacies of political intrigue.
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His name is Telamon, a physician who is running away from his past in Egypt where he committed a murder. Because of this one chink in his armor, Telamon is blackmailed by Alexander's mother to go be with Alexander and protect him from spies and assassins. Shortly after Telamon arrives at the campsite, an assassin/spy is found amongst them. Alexander tells Telamon to discover the identity of the spy and report only to Alexander himself.

Telamon, who maintains a disguise as the king's personal physician, begins his search to only be disappointed that his suspect ends up dying. Meanwhile, the army is moving onward to enter Persia at the Hellespont. After a long investigation, which includes some wonderful deduction by Telamon, and an intense battle sequence, Telamon begins to understand the character of Alexander better as he sees that Alexander has known whom the killer was the whole time and wanted for the killer to send misinformation to the king of Persia. Because of Telamon's intelligence, the king at the end sends Telamon on a special mission to match wits with the assassin and kill him/her.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   ancient greece Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   killer purposefully leaves puzzle clues    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   politics Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Turkey

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths

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