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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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Great Book

Loved the book. Paul Sussman is a great story teller. Tragic loss would have liked to have had more from him

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  • Barbara
  • 06-22-12

Interesting

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.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • jonas
  • 03-20-17

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.

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  • Gerald
  • 07-16-16

Great reader, bad writing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

predictable, cliche ridden drivel spoils this book. Maybe a different author could improve it?

What was most disappointing about Paul Sussman’s story?

Formulaic, predictable, rubbish.

Which character – as performed by Gordon Griffin – was your favourite?

N/a

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

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.

Any additional comments?

Great reader. Would have given up otherwise.

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  • MISS
  • 07-09-14

suprising

If you could sum up The Lost Army of Cambyses in three words, what would they be?

fantastical researched surprising

What other book might you compare The Lost Army of Cambyses to, and why?

firefox by michael asher

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No particular emotional reaction, but enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

I got a bit board in the middle thinking the ending was predictable, it wasn't. well not all of it! enjoy

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  • Jane
  • 07-07-14

Unpredictable

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Army of Cambyses the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Army of Cambyses?

The last part where the betrayal turns to a new found supportiveness

Which character – as performed by Gordon Griffin – was your favourite?

Liked them all due to the part they played

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Liked it all

Any additional comments?

Well worth reading from all aspects of interest

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  • M. Eyre
  • 04-07-14

Tedious

What did you like best about The Lost Army of Cambyses? What did you like least?

Like Best? The use of an Egyptian Policeman who was neither corrupt or a homicidal imbecile.
Worst. A slow, predictable and tedious story line

What will your next listen be?

Undecided

Which scene did you most enjoy?

They blurred together so I cannot pick out one

Did The Lost Army of Cambyses inspire you to do anything?

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.

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  • Cliff
  • 08-18-11

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!

Cliff Keeys

5 of 11 people found this review helpful