In 523 BC, the Persian pharaoh Cambyses dispatched an army across Egypt's western desert to destroy the oracle at Siwa. Legend has it that somewhere in the middle of the Great Dune Sea his army was overwhelmed by a sandstorm and lost forever. Two and a half millennia later, a mutilated corpse is washed up on the banks of the Nile at Luxor, an antiques dealer is savagely murdered in Cairo, and a British archaeologist is found dead at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara. The incidents appear unconnected, but Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is not so sure...
©2002 Paul Sussman (P)2004 W F Howes Ltd
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Well read but not as riveting as I thought it would be; a little disappointing. The characters seemed to stay on the page, rather than draw me in as I hoped they would.
"I wasn't convinced."
great idea for a mystery novel, good narration, but I found the story a little predictable. the plot has a few holes. characters were nicely developed. excellent descriptions, I felt transported to Egypt.
"Great reader, bad writing"
predictable, cliche ridden drivel spoils this book. Maybe a different author could improve it?
Formulaic, predictable, rubbish.
It ended. I was horribly fascinated by how bad it was so forced myself to listen to the end just to confirm my view on how predictable it was.
Great reader. Would have given up otherwise.
fantastical researched surprising
firefox by michael asher
I missed clues to the identity of the antagonist, so maybe a little help would have been nice. I was a little shocked at the protagonists reactions, which obviously became clear as the plot unfolded.
No particular emotional reaction, but enjoyable.
I got a bit board in the middle thinking the ending was predictable, it wasn't. well not all of it! enjoy
After a slow start the book twists and turns from historical past to modern day with a mixture of murder intrigue mystery crossed lover the book reveals it all. Twisting from thinking that the heroine has found her lover but then hitting betrayal for greed and twisting again towards remorse. Then finally the title comes into its own and the book ends on anew high of being once again lost.
The last part where the betrayal turns to a new found supportiveness
Liked them all due to the part they played
Liked it all
Well worth reading from all aspects of interest
Like Best? The use of an Egyptian Policeman who was neither corrupt or a homicidal imbecile.
Worst. A slow, predictable and tedious story line
They blurred together so I cannot pick out one
No. I like historical fiction and have read many books similar to this one where the author takes historical events and tie them into a modern story. I can see that Paul Sussman has done a lot of research but this book just does not do anything for me.
"Excessive blasphemy spoils it!"
The amount of blasphemy in this otherwise pleasant tale spoilt what could have been a very pleasurable experience.
I understand what Paul Sussman wrote is all you can publish but why not consider giving warnings regarding blasphemy and the like. Bad language I can live with even if I would prefer not to but swearing using the names of religious leaders of the major faiths is very distasteful and if I had known about it I would have simply chosen another book.
What added to it was the reverence with which Islam was treated compared to the brash cursing of Christianity.
I wondered if this was because the author is sympathetic to Islam or was simply anti Christianity. Either way it spoiled a good listen.
Finally I had to smile when I read your guidelines which included the prohibition of "Harsh, profane, or discriminatory language" mmmm!
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