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
Great story, great characters, tremendous social commentary on the nature of man, all set in historical perspective.
Absolutely. Mr. Ball makes history come alive and as usual Mr. Guidall makes any story better makes you actually feel what the characters do.
Ironfire which is another outstanding book by this awesome duo
Mr. Guidall makes the characters come alive, makes them real, he has such an amazing range and enunciation skills! He may be the best of only a handful of truly talented professionals
Moosa Devries: I would enjoy hearing about being part of the two cultures and having lived in both cultures what if anything coul ever bring peace between them. I think it would be great insight in or present times
Not as strong a story as I thought it would be very ho hum. I like historical and factual stories and I think this was a bit lacking in attention catching. Sorry. Not for me.
I enjoyed this tale of boyhood friends united in childhood turned into enemies by their cultural seperation. The narration kept the characters distinct, without being annoying.
I had never heard of this author before, but would read another of his books.
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.
the half arab mosa as he has all the good characterists of a human and is a really good guy
Haven't finished yet but so far, Mosa's
timid relationship with the women he loves and his patient tolerance for his best friend
a book to rival gone with the wind.
George Guidall is superb as the perfect reader for this novel
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.
Karma is karma.
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.
I was not left hanging because the story was too fanciful for my limited imagination.
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