Robin Levin, Author
Her father, Harry Levin was a world war two veteran who had a PhD in chemical engineering and whose work opportunites in the aerospace industry led him to settle in Southern California. Her mother, Rivie Levin was a housewife until the age of 43 when she started college and studied English literature. She subsequently made a living as a technical editor. She has one brother who has a PhD in operations research from U,C. Berkeley who works for the California Public Utilities Commision.
Robin graduated in 1971 with an BA in anthropology and zoology. She studied medical technology at the Cooper Hospital School Of Medical Technology in Camden NJ. After getting her California license she worked for two years in the laboratory of the Salinas Clinic of the National Farm Worker’s Union, then headed by Cesar Chavez. After that she worked in a variety of jobs in the clinical laboratory field, most recently at the Berkeley Heart Lab in Alameda. She has recently retired.
Robin is divorced and has one adult daughter. Her other interests are tropical fish and Scrabble.
Robin has had a life-long love of history and historical fiction. Her favorite authors are Robert Graves, Colleen Mac Cullough, Mary Renault, James Michener, Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee.
Robin recently published her first historical novel, The Death of Carthage, about the first and second Punic wars between Rome and Carthage, and is working on several other books about ancient Rome. This is a review of The Death of Carthage by Russell Roberts of the US Review of Books
  The US Review of Books

The Death of Carthage
by Robin E. Levin
Trafford Publishing

reviewed by Russell Roberts

“In the sixteen years that I served in the Roman cavalry I never had the slightest animosity toward the enemy on the battlefield.”

In the ancient world there were no greater antagonists than Rome and Carthage. The two went at it hammer-and-tongs for years, leading to the three Punic Wars. It was during the second war that the immortal Hannibal nearly defeated Rome, leaving historians to ponder the course of world events had that actually happened. Ultimately Rome won out, however, and razed the city of Carthage to the ground in an act that some attribute partly to revenge and partly to fear.

Those days are brought vividly to life in a remarkable new book by Robin E. Levin entitled The Death of Carthage. The book is divided into three parts: Carthage Must Be Destroyed, narrated by a Roman soldier; Captivus, narrated by a Roman soldier taken prisoner; and The Death of Carthage, narrated by the prisoner’s son, who takes part in Carthage’s final destruction.             

This is no blood-soaked sword-and-sandal epic. Battle descriptions are kept to a minimum. Instead, utilizing first-person narration, Levin paints a complete picture of daily life during that time, and how it was to live during a period of almost perpetual war. In a refreshing change from the cliche, we fight for the glory of Rome’s mindset, characters are allowed to have thoughts and feelings that question war,  and the devastation of losing a child.                             Sprinkled throughout the book are revelations about Roman life, such as the fact that women were forbidden by law to cry in public. Superbly researched and deftly written, The Death of Carthage is a treat not just for the history-lover but for anyone who enjoys a terrific book.