Joseph H. Levie Creates Alternate History of 18th century Europe

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New alternate history novel imagines a world where the Holy Roman Empire stayed in power.

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True Successor’ a joy to read

In his new novel of alternative history, “True Successor” (published by iUniverse), author Joseph H. Levie has written a story in which Charlemagne’s Western Roman Empire survived and flourished.

“True Successor” begins in 1812. It starts in Sapoda, a small crossroads town nestled in the neutral zone between the New Roman and Mongol empires. Mikail de Reuter, a young political officer bored by his job and worried about his prospects, is only there to visit his girl, but Mongol cavalry looking to clear a path for an invasion come to kill him. He knows he has been betrayed and runs for his life.

In New Rome Emperor Charles Martel IV has had to contend with many enemies just to keep Charlemagne’s crown on his head – and that head on his shoulders. So far he has managed to hold things together. In Mikail’s story he glimpses an enormous treasonable conspiracy years in building. As the Emperor begins a frantic hunt for them, the conspirators realize that unless they strike first they will soon be dead.

“True Successor” is a fast-moving good read about power politics, strong personalities and curdled love in a dysfunctional imperial family. Levie says, “We live briefly in that city and meet and hear not only the great men of the realm, but young lovers, clerks, soldiers and ordinary men and women shopping, drinking in its taverns and walking its streets.”

“At the story’s heart lies the old Roman tradition of dysfunction within the Roman Imperial family,” says Levie. “The ambition of competent and powerful men and women and the unforgiving injuries they have done to each other become the engine of history – and a marvelous human interest story. History buffs, people fascinated by the Romans and lovers of alternative histories will find ‘True Successor’ a joy to read.”

True Successor
By Joseph H. Levie
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 248 pages | ISBN 9781475970685
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 248 pages | ISBN 9781475970692
E-Book | 248 pages | ISBN 9781475970678
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Joseph H. Levie, an attorney and banker, has nurtured a lifetime interest in the Roman and Chinese empires. Since he first saw Charlemagne’s coronation robe and crown in Vienna as a young man, he has wondered what would have become of Charlemagne’s empire had someone been able to revive it. He lives in New York.

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