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. Book 1 of The First Dynasty Series, The First Pharaoh gives us an understanding of the culture Narmer lived in and shaped, the battles he fought to unite his people, the woman he loved and nearly lost, the enemies even in his own court who plotted against him, and his many successes and painful failures. Above all, we see how Narmer's loving relationship with Anhotek defined his personal vision for his country and its people.
Written on a huge tapestry, The First Pharaoh allows us to share Narmer's far-reaching visions for Egypt's future that were so compelling and that ultimately proved so enduring. The First Pharaoh tells the inspiring story of the mythic journey of the visionary hero, through obstacles and triumphs, wars and peace, love and hate, to launch the greatest civilization ever to appear on Earth.
©2012 Lester Picker (P)2012 Lester Picker
Definitely in my Top 50.
As King Narmer noted wistfully, "The saddest day in a man's life is the day his father dies." So very true. This book continually showed the benefits of a good father-son relationship as well as the side effects of a bad relationship. This story line struck a little too close to home. But I really enjoyed it.
Adam's voice produced an excellent narration and one I very much enjoyed. This is the first time I have heard him read and I enjoyed it very much.
I hope that Adam narrates books #2 and #3 when they are released.
King Narmer when he decided to take a second wife. All I could think of saying would be "Are you nuts?"
I bought this book on a whim based solely on the descriptive blurp of the plotline. I am glad I did.
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.
Anhotek. There was a lot of wisdom in the way he helped to guide Narmer to manhood.
The marriage of the Pharaoh to his Queen is a gripping, moving account of the love that the royals shared.
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.
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.
There's so much history in the book that in a second read I would concentrate on the historic detail -- perhaps with supplemental material.
So many it's hard to pick. Overall the relationship between the Prince/King and the shaman Anhotek was always evolving, moving and memorable -- filled with life lessons..
His delivered a good performance. Readers may note certain quirks in his speech but certainly none that detract significantly from his performance.
Anhotek! I was most invested in this character. Perhaps it was his dedication, wisdom, love and perspective that engaged. The ultimate father figure.
A very good read made moreso by the attention to historic detail. You will be entertained and nourished.
Let me start by saying this book was very well researched and the era it describes is one of great interest. Unfortunately, it felt to me more like someone trying to liven up a non-fiction narrative of the beginning of Dynastic Egypt with a folksy story than a thrilling piece of historical fiction. The story line itself left much to be desired with very few twists and turns creating a very flat, predictable journey through the life of Egypt's first pharaoh. Many moments of potential crisis or points of climax in the book led only to an abrupt change of time or were casually dismissed and forgotten. It just seemed like there were many missed opportunities throughout the book. If you are a huge fan of Ancient Egypt, it might be worth a listen...if you're looking for a great novel of historical fiction you're probably better off spending your credit elsewhere.
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