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Empires of Sand | [David Ball]

Empires of Sand

After four trips to the Sahara and extensive historical research, David Ball crafted this sweeping adventure novel spanning two continents and 15 years. Set against a backdrop of the crumbling French Empire’s attempts to colonize the Sahara Desert, Empires of Sand follows the lives of two cousins who are raised as brothers but destined to become enemies. It is 1870, and France is at war with Prussia.
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Publisher's Summary

After four trips to the Sahara and extensive historical research, David Ball crafted this sweeping adventure novel spanning two continents and 15 years. Set against a backdrop of the crumbling French Empire’s attempts to colonize the Sahara Desert, Empires of Sand follows the lives of two cousins who are raised as brothers but destined to become enemies. It is 1870, and France is at war with Prussia. The son of a French count and a Saharan noblewoman, Moussa has been born to privilege. His cousin Paul will be an Army Officer like his father. For two young boys, the siege of Paris is merely another grand adventure. But as tensions rise, the French become more and more suspicious of “outsiders.” When Moussa and his mother are forced to flee to her homeland, it will be 10 years before Moussa and Paul meet again—on opposite sides of a brutal battle for control of the Sahara. David Ball has created a swashbuckling tale with something for everyone. With his masterful narration, George Guidall perfectly captures the struggles of two men as their personal loyalties shift in a rapidly changing world.

©1999 David W. Ball (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

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    "experience all human emotions in one book"
    Would you listen to Empires of Sand again? Why?

    Yes..... IT has a spell bounding story of greed bravery additions evil love hate misinterption of feelings, bulleying perservence, lust, treachery, and any other human failing you can think of and you never know what is coming next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the half arab mosa as he has all the good characterists of a human and is a really good guy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Haven't finished yet but so far, Mosa's
    timid relationship with the women he loves and his patient tolerance for his best friend


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    a book to rival gone with the wind.


    Any additional comments?

    George Guidall is superb as the perfect reader for this novel

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    Jeffrey Gig Harbor, WA, United States 01-30-13
    Jeffrey Gig Harbor, WA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A blistering history of the Tuareg"
    What did you like best about Empires of Sand? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed most of the characters. I thought they were fairly well thought out and certainly what is amazing is that this is the authors first novel. The story was entertaining but not enthralling This is not a "page turner". Had I not been a big fan of the narrator I might not have finished it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Karma is karma.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration gives added meaning to the way words are used. if you have listened to enough of his narrations you are familiar with his various "people". This doesn't detract from the book. I really don't care that all the women sound like Irene Kennedy or the men like Mitch Rapp.


    Do you think Empires of Sand needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I was not left hanging because the story was too fanciful for my limited imagination.


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