©1995 Editions Robert Laffont; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
I was very disappointed . Yes I was very disappointed when the book ended and there wasn't a sequel out yet.
This is historical fiction at it's finest. Great characters & plot along with a very good narration.
I reommend this book highly.
The boy Ramses is a cliche of perfection: the fastses swimmer, the best archer, a perfect scribe. His ethics and beliefs are modern humninatarian. In short: he is a bore. Any obstacles he encounter on his way is overcome within a page or two and even though he travels up and down the Nile the descriptions of ancient Egypt are so generel and non descript that I never felt I was there. In my oppion this is only for very forgiving hardcore fans of historical fiction with egyptian setting.
While the story was fairly engaging, the abruptness of the ending left me cold. I have no objection to an author writing trilogies - I often seek out multiple volume stories. But I appreciate series in which each book could, if necessary, stand on its own. This book stopped so suddenly, I could envision Christian Jacq simply reaching the magic number of words required by the publisher and barely bothered to insert a period on the last sentence before hitting the submit button. I intend to wait 6 months to see if I even still care about these characters before buying the next installment.
I love historian fiction. I love the insights you get into life in times past. The story has almost no historian context. It is basically a mundane mystery thriller told with modern dialogue. If you want a story about Ramses hanging out in a bar with Moses and a bunch of college buds, go for it!
Even George Guidall's excellent narration couldn't save it!
It was interesting to learn about the history, people and intrigue surrounding the preparation of Ramses to succeed his father as Pharaoh. However, the narration is exceedingly dull. George Guidall uses the same voice for every character, male or female, and it was very confusing to figure out who was "speaking".
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