A novel of Ancient Egypt from the best-selling author of River God. Wilbur Smith is a master at the helm of one of the greatest stories of all time.
On the banks of the Nile, a hero will rise.
Across the lush plains of Egypt, Taita, a freed eunuch slave, wears his authority lightly. Not only is he the close advisor to the Pharaoh, but he is guardian to Pharaoh Tamose's two teenage sisters, the young beauties Tehuti and Bekatha.
But the kingdom is not at peace. They have been fighting Southern Egypt's constant and historic enemy, the Hyksos people in the north, since time began. To finally crush them, Pharaoh must turn to his most trusted friend. Taita, philosopher, poet and expert strategist, has a plan that will see Egypt destroy the Hyksos army and form a coveted alliance with Crete in one move. This plan will take him, his expedition commander Zaras, and their mighty warriors on a perilous journey up the Nile, through Arabia to the magical city of Babylon, then across the open seas to Crete.The many dangers will cost lives and time, and they will meet battle and betrayal head on. But Taita must not forget his two charges, the spirited young princesses, whose attraction to the very warriors who lead the fight threatens Taita's meticulous plan and the future of Egypt itself.
©2014 Wilbur Smith (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for River God:
"Superlatively evocative…Smith's descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages and River God has relentless momentum" (Observer)
"Big, brave and blockbusting … brilliantly detailed descriptions of life on the Nile" (Mail On Sunday)
"Grand mythical material…. the set pieces are fabulous" (Times Literary Supplement)
"High adventure … there is never a lull in his majestic novel overflowing with passion, rage, treachery, barbarism, prolonged excitement and endless passages of sheer, exquisite colour" (The Washington Post)
"A rich, compelling look back in time to when history and myth intermingled" (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile" (Denver Post)
"An epic of sex, death and intrigue in the Valley of the Kings … richly written … packs in the action … excellent" (Weekend Telegraph)
couldn't stop listening. the story line is gripping and the characters crystal clear and precise in description. it was a book that will be on my favourites list
Wilbur, Wilbur, Wilbur!!! Where has all the inspirational story-telling gone? This is just a boring monologue that makes one want to vomit every time your self-obsessed main character chooses to tell us just how brilliant he is with everything he does (almost once a page).
We know you just write the outline now, but get someone new to flesh it out! AND, try coming up with a new story-line with some imagination.If not, it would be preferable if you stop writing now, rather than continuing in this vein and taking our coin just because of what you have done in the past.
"Boring not what I was expecting..."
Anyone who enjoys the details of battle.
I enjoyed Wilbur Smiths other books, The River God, The Quest and The Warlock .
I was extremely disappointed in this book.
"Very Disappointing - Never Again !!"
No One, I have read / listened to every other Wilbur Smith book, which I have throughly enjoyed. But ...... following this book, i will never buy another Wilbur Smith book.
Not written it !!
Monologue, boring, unfeeling
Yes, I understand this is fiction; however Taita turned into a self righteous, condescending 'superman' who is fantastic at every thing and no-one is his equal !!Please do not waste your time or money on this abysmal piece of writing!
"History,come to life with some " va va va voom!""
I quite liked this but then I am a fan of Wilbur Smith and am prepared to forgive a few indiscretions. Who doesn't love the pharaohs? Smith effortlessly takes one into the world of ancient Egypt, Crete and the and of the Minotaur, Babylon and its Hanging Gardens. Its all the places you would have loved to see in their full splendor. Smith does that for you. He takes the fades murals, adds paint, smell color and taste.
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