David Alkek is the author of three books, a contemporary mystery set in Dallas, a book of science and philosophy that investigates the purpose of the universe and A Requiem for Athens a work of historical fiction.
A dermatologist for over 40 years, David draws from his medical and scientific background to create his books. He is an avid reader and credits Arthur Conan Doyle, John Grisham, James Patterson, and Isaac Asimov for providing his inspiration.
In his free time David likes to write, play poker, garden, and attend writer’s workshops and book clubs. What David does not enjoy is being bored.
on Sep. 23, 2013 :
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
Have you ever wondered what it was like in the time of ancient Greece? Not just a bullet-point presentation of facts, but what possibly drove some of history's great events? David Alkek explores the time of Alexander the Great in such a fashion, giving an overview of the lives of great philosophers such as Aristotle; great artists like Phidias.
Although historical fiction, all events within REQUIEM FOR ATHENS seem plausible. I felt throughout that I was watching through a crack in time - witnessing events as a carefree observer. I enjoyed that Alkek didn't develop the characters too heavily, because they are not made-up figures. Each man and woman's character speaks for itself, through triumph and tragedy. REQUIEM reads easily enough, and I enjoyed the following of different characters' lives.
Studies of Greek and Macedonian customs, politics, and morals are delved into as part of the storyline. There are a few 'graphic' scenes regarding how women dressed and their roles in society, so this is not a book intended for children. I could have done without those descriptions, but they are easily skipped over if you wish.
Overall, I would read more historical fiction from this author, as he seems to do his homework. I only wish history books were this interesting! Happy reading.
(review of free book)