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Publisher's Summary

A novel of Ancient Egypt from the best-selling author of River God. Wilbur Smith is a master at the helm of one of the greatest stories of all time.

On the banks of the Nile, a hero will rise.

Across the lush plains of Egypt, Taita, a freed eunuch slave, wears his authority lightly. Not only is he the close advisor to the Pharaoh, but he is guardian to Pharaoh Tamose's two teenage sisters, the young beauties Tehuti and Bekatha.

But the kingdom is not at peace. They have been fighting Southern Egypt's constant and historic enemy, the Hyksos people in the north, since time began. To finally crush them, Pharaoh must turn to his most trusted friend. Taita, philosopher, poet and expert strategist, has a plan that will see Egypt destroy the Hyksos army and form a coveted alliance with Crete in one move. This plan will take him, his expedition commander Zaras, and their mighty warriors on a perilous journey up the Nile, through Arabia to the magical city of Babylon, then across the open seas to Crete.The many dangers will cost lives and time, and they will meet battle and betrayal head on. But Taita must not forget his two charges, the spirited young princesses, whose attraction to the very warriors who lead the fight threatens Taita's meticulous plan and the future of Egypt itself.

©2014 Wilbur Smith (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for River God:
"Superlatively evocative…Smith's descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages and River God has relentless momentum" (Observer)
"Big, brave and blockbusting … brilliantly detailed descriptions of life on the Nile" (Mail On Sunday)
"Grand mythical material…. the set pieces are fabulous" (Times Literary Supplement)
"High adventure … there is never a lull in his majestic novel overflowing with passion, rage, treachery, barbarism, prolonged excitement and endless passages of sheer, exquisite colour" (The Washington Post)
"A rich, compelling look back in time to when history and myth intermingled" (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile" (Denver Post)
"An epic of sex, death and intrigue in the Valley of the Kings … richly written … packs in the action … excellent" (Weekend Telegraph)

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The Egyptian series

It was confusing as Taita was once again a eunuch whereas in the Quest he was restored to a man?

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Gripping story

couldn't stop listening. the story line is gripping and the characters crystal clear and precise in description. it was a book that will be on my favourites list

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PLEASE WILBUR!!!!!! Give us something new

Wilbur, Wilbur, Wilbur!!! Where has all the inspirational story-telling gone? This is just a boring monologue that makes one want to vomit every time your self-obsessed main character chooses to tell us just how brilliant he is with everything he does (almost once a page).

We know you just write the outline now, but get someone new to flesh it out! AND, try coming up with a new story-line with some imagination.If not, it would be preferable if you stop writing now, rather than continuing in this vein and taking our coin just because of what you have done in the past.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-22-16

highly recommended

Sterling proformance from Mike Grady, as usual Wilbur Smith keeps the action going at a pace.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • 11-03-15

Yet another great book by Wilbur Smith.

I have read or listened to all of Wilbur Smith's books and enjoyed them all, though my particular favourites are those featuring Taita and all his adventures. In this latest book he has been ennobled by Pharoah Tamose To whom he is a close advisor and also guardian to the Pharoah 's two younger sisters the princesses Tehuti and Bekatha.
Egypt is still fighting its greatest enemy the Hyksos who occupy Southern Egypt and Taita comes up with a plan which he hopes will destroy them and this involves making an ally of King Nimrod of the Babalonians and forming an alliance with Crete by marrying the two Princesses to the Supreme Minos. This of course involves Taita,his commander Zaras and the two princesses in a hazardous journey from the Nile through the Arabiandesert to beautiful Babalon and thence to Crete by land and sea...
I would recommend this book to Wilbur Smith's many readers and anybody else who enjoys an epic story .
Beautifully read by Mike Grady.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lesley
  • 07-29-15

Marvellous and enthralling story wonderfully narrated

As usual Wilbur Smith writes a gripping story. The breadth and depth of the characters and places and the excitement of the events that follow one after the other keeps the listener spellbound to the end. I wanted it to go on and on.

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  • andrew knight
  • 04-03-16

desert god

great listen great storyline well orator well spoken and clearly spoken to a tee of excellence

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr G Whitehead
  • 02-29-16

Not Up To Usual Standards

What would have made Desert God better?

Seems a weak story, going back in time, when I think we all would of preferred to go forward with Taita after leaving us in limbo after THE QUEST I hear a new Egyptian book is coming out in October, I do hope it is better than this one and has a return of Taita in a follow on from THE QUEST not dragging up his passed again.

What was most disappointing about Wilbur Smith’s story?

did not seem like a Wilbur smith novel, just different, like it was co written, but I wish he would not have a co writer in any of his books

What didn’t you like about Mike Grady’s performance?

Not bad, best of a bad book

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment, not up to his usual very high standards and I have read all of Wilber smith at least 2 times

Any additional comments?

GET RID OF THE CO WRITER, LOOK AT ALL THE NEGATIVE AND DISSAPOINTING COMMENTS, NEVER SEEN SO MANY IN A WILBUR SMITH BOOK, I do hope he does not ruin the new one in march

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • 12-01-14

Boring not what I was expecting...

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who enjoys the details of battle.

What will your next listen be?

Sophia's Secret

Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Grady’s performances?

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Wilbur Smiths other books, The River God, The Quest and The Warlock .<br/>I was extremely disappointed in this book.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 11-24-16

enjoyable but tedious

I was glad to finish but as Wilbur gets older and is helped. the books lose the story telling that we all enjoy. perhaps that is too harsh. his original books that are 100% Wilbur were fantastic. now he is 60% and you can tell.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 02-19-15

History,come to life with some " va va va voom!"

I quite liked this but then I am a fan of Wilbur Smith and am prepared to forgive a few indiscretions. Who doesn't love the pharaohs? Smith effortlessly takes one into the world of ancient Egypt, Crete and the and of the Minotaur, Babylon and its Hanging Gardens. Its all the places you would have loved to see in their full splendor. Smith does that for you. He takes the fades murals, adds paint, smell color and taste.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Russ
  • 11-03-14

Very Disappointing - Never Again !!

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No One, I have read / listened to every other Wilbur Smith book, which I have throughly enjoyed. But ...... following this book, i will never buy another Wilbur Smith book.

What could Wilbur Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it !!

What three words best describe Mike Grady’s voice?

Monologue, boring, unfeeling

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

Any additional comments?

Yes, I understand this is fiction; however Taita turned into a self righteous, condescending 'superman' who is fantastic at every thing and no-one is his equal !!Please do not waste your time or money on this abysmal piece of writing!

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  • Khonsu
  • 11-23-17

Compare this to The Seventh Scroll ...

The Seventh Scroll was a masterpiece of Egyptian research, culture, religion, assumed magic of the times, battles and pharaonic rule.

This is a stereotypical Egyptian novel that has little imagination, intrigue or plot. How much was ghost written would have to be asked.