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Pharaoh: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Another interesting book in the series

    I like David Gibbins and found this book to be very good. The descriptions of the desert and of General Gordon were particularly well done. It helps to have read the previous books in the series because the author assumes that you know about the various characters and how they relate to the hero.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

    The most interesting part of the book was the extended Author's

    The most interesting part of the book was the extended Author's Notes. The author clearly has a passion for events he writes about. In fact if he wrote a non-fictional book based on his own personal connection and extensive knowledge I can imagine that being very well received.
    As a fictional story this book is disjointed and didn't flow very well.
    In the attempt to fit in every single factual detail in, especially minutiae detailed descriptions of weapons, the plot never really takes off. There was a sense of storyline confusion in the beginning, that started out as archaeological expedition linked to Akhenaten and ended up focusing on a conflict in the Middle East which laid the foundation for the fundamentalists of our era.
    It felt like every time I turned a page the author was headed off into yet another rabbit hole. Not that the rabbit holes weren't interesting, they just didn't connect well. So it was a case of how does this link into the Pharaoh again? Right, it doesn't. So why were the first chapters about artifacts from this Pharaoh's pyramid?
    I guess it was to ensure the reader ended up in a specific place in the desert where a war skirmish and rescue mission took place in history.
    So why wasn't the focus on that in the first place?
    Good question.
    Based on the cliffhanger it appears as if this might be followed up second one to expand upon the pyramid story perhaps. It would have made more sense to separate the two distinctive tales in the first place.
    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Only half a book

    The book only hints at the "Pharoh" connection throughout most of the book. It is literally only at the end of the book that the search for the pharoh becomes the primary topic.

    Most of the book deals with British expeditionary forces exploring the Nile. It is interesting, but I didn't buy this book to learn of their problems.

    The end of the book leaves the reader hanging in mid air. You KNOW that there will be a follow-up book.

    Right now, I doubt if I'll buy the follow-up book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Loved the history of Khartoum but it did drag some. Didn't like

    Loved the history of Khartoum but it did drag some. Didn't like ending leaving us hanging. Is this the last book for Jack Howard? Or will there be more? I hope so, I truly enjoy David Gibbins books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Not up to his past novels.

    Disappointed! Have read all of his recent novels and been very satisfied. However, this novel has no conclusion and should not have been published without one. Why leave readers with such a void? Was the plan to have a follow up novel in the future where the story will be complete? Should have been advertised that way prior to purchase.

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