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Publisher's Summary

The worldwide number one best seller.

Wilbur Smith returns to ancient Egypt in a captivating new novel that will transport you to extraordinary times.

Egypt is under attack. Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded. All seems lost.

Taita prepares for the enemy's final fatal push. The ex-slave, now general of Tamose's armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt's most desperate hour.

With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned, and the Egyptian army feasts upon its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor. Tamose is dead, and a poisonous new era has begun. The new Pharaoh has risen.

Pharaoh Utteric is young, weak and cruel and threatened by Taita's influence within the palace - especially his friendship with Utteric's younger and worthier brother, Ramases. With Taita's imprisonment, Ramases is forced to make a choice: help Taita escape and forsake his brother or remain silent and condone Utteric's tyranny. To a good man like Ramases, there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped and Egypt must be reclaimed.

From the glittering temples of Luxor to the citadel of Sparta, Pharaoh is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to a time of threat, blood and glory. Master storyteller Wilbur Smith is at the very peak of his powers.

©2016 Wilbur Smith (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Wilbur Smith:
"Best historical novelist - I say Wilbur Smith." (Stephen King)
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." (Daily Mirror)

Praise for the Egyptian series:
"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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slow

Struggled to finish it.
Narrator monotone
story slow

not what i was expecting given the books that lead up to this point.

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What happened to Taita the warlock

I have noticed in the most recent in this series that Taita's powers have all but been forgotten by their very author - still a solid story but an impotent Taita is no Taita at all....

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  • Phil Sylvester-Thorne
  • 10-03-16

A pale comparison to earlier work

By far the worst book he has written. Lacking in substance compared to the earlier in the series.

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  • Peter Scholey
  • 10-01-16

Worst ever Wilbur

I've read all his books. This is by far the worst. Boring. Over descriptive. Poor story. I wonder if Wilbur wrote this as it tries too hard. It's time to retire.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-13-17

Fantastically read, great continuation

Of the story from Wilbur Smith and an overall enthralling book. Looking forward to the last installation.

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  • M. Wilkinson
  • 06-19-17

Disappointingly paper thin.

I have greatly enjoyed many Wilbur Smith books, this one seemed utterly vacuous tosh. Either I have changed or the author has.

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  • jane macfarlane
  • 03-04-17

good listening

very good I enjoyed it very much. It was well read thank you very much

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-17

Loved it!!!

As always, Wilbur Smith has written another excellent addition to the Taita books. I have always and will always love his writing style and ingenious imagination.

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  • Miss L ttophi
  • 02-26-17

an ok book

for me not as good as some of his others but still one in the series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-17

Pharoah

The narrator's rendition was excellent. The book was typical of the authors work. Not as good as earlier books

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  • Deidre Smith
  • 12-24-16

As usual an excellent novel.

well read with strength and feeling. You could visualise every part. a must read, and listen to.

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  • kellie williams
  • 12-12-16

Boring

First Wilbur Smith Novel I have ever read/listened to.

Started okay but my God it's dull and I hate the pretentious lead character . I forced myself to listen to the end as i had paid money for it.