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New York Times best-selling author Wilbur Smith returns with the eagerly awaited next installment in his thrilling Egyptian series. The Quest continues the story of the Warlock, Taita, wise in the lore of the ancient Gods and a master of magic and the supernatural.

Egypt is struck by a series of terrible plagues that cripple the Kingdom, and then the ultimate disaster follows: the Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up. Something catastrophic is taking place in the distant and totally unexplored depths of Africa from where the mighty river springs. In desperation, Pharaoh sends for Taita, the only man who might be able to find the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes. But none have any idea of what a terrible enemy lies in ambush for the Warlock in those mysterious lands at the end of their world.

©2007 Wilbur Smith; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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"Once again Smith deftly blends history, fantasy and mythology." (Publishers Weekly)

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Dissapointed beyond belief

This is my first review of any product, yet I feel compelled to weigh in on how much disapointment I feel in this book. I have read almost every book Wilbur Smith has written with great pleasure. Action, adventure, foreign and exotic locales, compelling charaters...all are what I expect from Wilbur Smith. His Egypt series previously was cut from this same cloth.

With THE QUEST, however, he has gone off the tracks. Not only does the supernatural overshadow the action, history and adventure, the smarmy LORD OF THE RINGS reader lays on the goo even more.

I will not be able to finish even Part 1 of this book and I strongly suggest that Wilbur Smith fans approach with exteme caution.

If only I had been wiser I wouldn't be stuck for a month with no book to enjoy.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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What a dissappointment

Somewhere between "The River God" and "The Quest," I think Wilbur Smith lost his mind. The former was a ripping good historical yarn, full of the kind of detail that brings the past alive. The latter takes a hard turn into fantasy, literally. I couldn't finish it.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Jillian
  • Massillon, OH, United States
  • 02-01-10

A sin against his own work.

If you really want to know Smith's take on stem cell research, or you would like to taint your memories of Smith's best work, buy this book, but if you are interested because you loved River God turn back now. Even the reader of the series, Dick Hill, decided to take a pass. Follow his example. I'm angry that I wasted my money.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Wadie
  • Santa Ana, CA, United States
  • 10-03-10

Not a mystery

This has magic and assorted weirdness. I was looking for a mystery set in Ancient Egypt. This is a fantasy book set in Ancient Egypt. Not what I was looking for!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What Happened??

I have read or listened to over 10 previous books by Wilber Smith, all enjoyable. I was excited to get the next in the Egypt series. I could not be more disappointed. This will probably be the first of many audio books I will not finish. All previous books have had some basis in history. This is without anchor. Too much supernatural mumbo jumbo (inner eye, mixing of Greek and Egyptian mythologies.) I have enjoyed his books before, because, in the process of a good story, there was some history to learn. This feels like it is happening on another earth.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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At last an unabridged Wilbur Smith novel on Audible.

I have listen to every Smith audio book produced and there a large number of them in the libraries available to me. I have never found a single one to be a disappointment and this is no exception. The supernatural element is different for Smith, but highly enjoyable and well done.

This is a full bodied work that entertains from the beginning to the very end. Smith is a master at this. Why we don’t have all of his works on Audible is a mystery to me. They are excellent.

This is my first written review on Audible. I took the time to do this because the other reviews could not be more wrong. I don’t know what they are looking for in fiction book from an author like Wilbur Smith. This is a good listen.

I am a fan of King, Koontz, James Lee Burke, Crichton, Card, Lee Child, Larry McMurtry, John Grisham, Thomas Harris, Richard K Morgan, Tom Clancy, Ann Rice, and a large number of fiction writers.

I have over a 1000 audio novels. All of them are unabridged. I know a good listen when I here one.


19 of 24 people found this review helpful

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I've never written a negative review before, but I had to throw my two cents in on this one. I have enjoyed many Wilbur Smith books over the years and have been entertained by this story telling set in a historical context. After so many other entertaining books set on the African continent I was eager to read (listen to) his take on ancient Egypt. Sadly, I was disappointed. There was little of the real Egypt (which I have visited a number of times), and instead concentrated on a bunch of mystic mumbo jumbo that detracts from any real characters or story lines. I would not recommend this to anyone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I couldn’t be more unimpressed with this book. It was a sad attempt at vaguely erotic fiction, lacking the nerve, ability or knowledge to pull it off. It was a total waist of time and money. If I could give it less than one star I would.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 08-16-10

I don"t get it...???

I have listened almost all of Mr Smiths books...! But this one I've tried to listen 3 times but each it time I STOP & say to my self "...what is going on or where in _ _ _ _ am I...?

Sure wished Audible gave rebates...!!!!!! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • Dearborn, MI, USA
  • 09-01-07

The Quest...for a better story

This is my first Wilbur Smith book, so i won't hold it against him, since he receives generally high praise for many of his other volumes.

Imagine your spouse's boss has invited you over for dinner with her and her husband. After a modest and unimpressive dinner, they insist on showing you vacation slides, and you feel obligated to stay. In the interminable parade of photos of people you don't know in places you've never been, every so often, an interesting pictures pops up, which keeps you from falling asleep, but on the whole, you'd rather just be done with it and back in your car, actually moving somewhere.

This was my experience with this book.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful