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Terry

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  • The First Pharaoh: The First Dynasty, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lester Picker
    • Narrated By Adam Hanin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Throughout antiquity Egypt was a land of hundreds of tiny villages, with constantly warring tribes, loosely divided between Upper and Lower Egypt. Then, in the space of a few extraordinary decades, the impossible happened. An incredible man, King Narmer (also known as Menes), united Upper and Lower Egypt. The First Pharaoh retells the story of Narmer and his epic journey, seen through his eyes and those of his Chief Scribe, the shaman Anhotek.

    VCJ says: "Not my usual read BUT...."
    "Fascinating Read!"
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    What did you love best about The First Pharaoh?

    Picker's powerful use of language is both elegant and enlightening, and as I turned the pages I found myself being transported into the land of Kem. This novel wonderfully depicts 3100 year old Egypt, and the man who became its first Pharaoh.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anhotek. There was a lot of wisdom in the way he helped to guide Narmer to manhood.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The marriage of the Pharaoh to his Queen is a gripping, moving account of the love that the royals shared.


    Who was the most memorable character of The First Pharaoh and why?

    Anhotek, Chief Scribe and Shaman. I liked the back and forth of the relationship that Anhotek had with the Pharaoh. He seemed to balance his many roles as surrogate father, adviser, Chief Scribe and Shaman with wisdom and common sense.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel immerses the reader into the intrigue, uneasy alliances, treachery and the strain imposed on the young Pharaoh as he sought to fulfill his vision of unifying the two ancient kingdoms.

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