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The Hidden Oasis | [Paul Sussman]

The Hidden Oasis

Egypt 2153 BC: 80 priests set out under cover of darkness with a mysterious object.... Albania, 1986: A plane takes off bound for the Sudan. Somewhere over the Sahara it disappears.... The present: a mummified corpse is discovered in the dunes with a roll of camera film and a clay obelisk inscribed with a hieroglyphic sign.... Three unconnected events - or so it seems.
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Publisher's Summary

Egypt 2153 BC: 80 priests set out under cover of darkness with a mysterious object....

Albania, 1986: A plane takes off bound for the Sudan. Somewhere over the Sahara it disappears....

The present: a mummified corpse is discovered in the dunes with a roll of camera film and a clay obelisk inscribed with a hieroglyphic sign....

Three unconnected events - or so it seems.

©2009 Paul Sussman (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-10-10
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Hot and Heavy in Egypt"

    I found this a highly entertaining historical thriller. Well researched ( with abit of whimsy and license of course ), the action rolls along, and there were enough twists and turns to keep interest.
    It's always kind of fun to hear an English narrator emulate American accents, but not distracting.
    Recommended.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Chrystal Jacksonville, NC, United States 04-17-11
    Chrystal Jacksonville, NC, United States 04-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Adult situations"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. The story was good and it kept me guessing. But, the first part of the book has a lot of Adult Situations. I almost stopped listening because there was a lot of vulgarity and brutality. I can handle some violence, most mysteries and thrillers have violence but the language and violent sexual situations were off-putting. I think books need ratings like movies and tv. This is an R-rated book. I will probably listen to another of this author's books but now I know what to expect.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Putnam Valley, NY, United States 01-29-12
    Melinda Putnam Valley, NY, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Fantastic, fast-paced Thriller"

    Don't even try to guess what will happen next. This was one of the best thrillers. I couldn't put it down. The last five hours are absolutely amazing--better than Indiana Jones! The narrator was great as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New York, NY, United States 07-18-11
    Michael New York, NY, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Well read. Implausible last third of book."

    While the first half to two-thirds of The Hidden Oasis develops an interesting dual plot, the rest of the book contains scene after scene of last minute near-death escapes by the hero and/or heroine. Couple that with science fiction goings-on in an imaginary Egyptian tomb, I imagine it must have been difficult for the narrator to keep a straight face as he trudged through to the end of the story, despite his excellent effort to keep the reader's attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Chaska, Mn United States 10-29-12
    Scott Chaska, Mn United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a bad read"
    Where does The Hidden Oasis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average compared to the majority of the books I have listened to. Would listen to it if I never had


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    for the most part


    Have you listened to any of Gordon Griffin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Portales, NM, United States 12-04-11
    Steve Portales, NM, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun adventure story."
    Would you try another book from Paul Sussman and/or Gordon Griffin?

    Maybe


    Has The Hidden Oasis turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gordon Griffin?

    Yes


    Could you see The Hidden Oasis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I thought the story was good. What irritated me was the lead female character being represented as emotionally weak at times even though the character is a world class rock climber.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Trevor
    8/31/10
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    "Started well..."

    I thought this would be brilliant - having read the content and reviews of the book on-line. The end result was not great. I thought I was in for a fast paced thriller but it ended up as a vastly over long and pendulous ordeal. The characters are good and beliveable but the story just becomes more and more ludicrous the further in you go and it ended up like a montage of about 30 other books. I was glad when I (finally) got to the end. Shame.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Watford, United Kingdom
    5/30/12
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    "Better & Better"

    If you are a fan of Paul Sussman's books based in Egypt, then you'll love this.

    It is classic Sussman, but taken to another level. Without wanting to spoil anything, nobody is what they seem; CIA agents with hidden agenda, shady characters who are playing for the opposition and a pair of henchmen who are impossible to dislike, and whilst not quite coming good, having two hidden redeeming features. The ending is one of the most exciting cliffhangers, literally, I've "read" in a long time. Even Inspector Khalifa makes a cameo appearance.

    Gordon Griffin is the narrator, and does his usual sterling job. It is rather strange, however, having just finished one of his, to find characters graced with the same voice as someone from a totally different book, but this is entertaining in itself.

    The plot might disappoint anyone expecting pure factual Egypt, but come into the book with an open mind and a desire to be entertained, and I can guarantee that you'll enjoy it as much as I have.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    BristolUnited Kingdom
    5/23/10
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    "Oh dear..."

    Well, i checked the reviews on Amazon before getting this and can only conclude they were written by his mum....
    Tedious, irritating writing style and very thin on plot.
    Pants.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • June
    Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom
    3/3/11
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    "The Hidden Oasis- thoroughly enjoyed"

    This is a well written book based in modern Egypt (prior to recent political events) good descriptive writing though I felt that the plot became a little unbelievable towards the end - though maybe that is one of the attractions of stories linked to ancient egypt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Skelmersdale, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    9/11/10
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    "indiana Jones book"

    This was a good story, Indiana Jones type story but had some good twists and turns in it, I don?t think it explained the mystery of the hidden Oasis, what was the artefact what was it use for, but it had a good end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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