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Desert God (Ancient Egyptian Series #5)
     

Desert God (Ancient Egyptian Series #5)

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by Wilbur Smith
 

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Game of Thrones meets ancient Egypt in this magnificent epic from one of the world’s biggest-selling authors—a novel that conjures the magic, mystery, romance, and bloody intrigue of a fascinating lost world . . .

On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita—slave and advisor to the Pharaoh—finds himself at the center of a vortex

Overview

Game of Thrones meets ancient Egypt in this magnificent epic from one of the world’s biggest-selling authors—a novel that conjures the magic, mystery, romance, and bloody intrigue of a fascinating lost world . . .

On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita—slave and advisor to the Pharaoh—finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas. With the future of Egypt itself on his shoulders, Taita enters a world where the line between loyalty and betrayal shifts like the desert sands, evil enemies await in the shadows, and death lingers on the edges of darkness.

“A thrilling tale . . . as magical as it is enlightening—not just about history, but about the heart of a heroic man.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Labyrinth

Editorial Reviews

The Times (London)
“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.”
Washington Post Book World
Praise for Wilbur Smith: “One of the world’s most popular adventure writers.”
Stephen King
“Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith...You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August.”
James Rollins
“Here is a story as mgical as it is enlightening--not just about history, but about the heart of a heroic man.”
San Francisco Chronicle on River God
“A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled.”
Washington Post Book World on The Seventh Scroll
“This old-fashioned adventure novel keeps the reader enthralled all the way to its very exciting conclusion.”
Publishers Weekly
08/04/2014
Popular historical novelist Smith spins his latest yarn about ancient Egypt (after The Quest), once again focusing on the eunuch Taita—a slave turned close advisor and confidante to Pharaoh Tamose. Smith is a masterful storyteller, carefully blending intrigue, action, and suspense on a solid foundation of history. In this case, he depicts Egypt in the 16th century B.C.E., when the country was struggling to repel the invading Hyksos people. Taita convinces the pharaoh to seek an alliance with Sumeria and Crete, but before this can be accomplished, the Egyptians must break the secret alliance between the Hyksos and the Cretans. To do this, Taita takes the two royal princesses, Tehuti and Bekatha, to Crete’s ruler, the Supreme Minos, and offers them in marriage. The journey is marked by bandit attacks, kidnapping, desert pursuit, betrayal, and vicious fighting. Moreover, Taita, who loves the princesses as if they were his own daughters, becomes concerned that their arranged wedding to the Cretan king will end in disaster after Tehuti reveals a dangerous secret to him. Add pirates, chariot racing, and large-scale natural disasters, and the result is a graphic, gory, and exciting tale of ancient conflict and intrigue. Agent: Kevin Conroy Scott, Tibor Jones. (Oct.)
Library Journal
08/01/2014
Octogenarian Smith (River God) is still going strong and so is the eunuch Taita, one of his major recurring characters. The cunning Taita, an adviser to the pharaoh, is warlike and athletic, unlike his more stereotypical brethren. He sees danger for ancient Egypt from an alliance between the Minoans and the Hyksos, warlike nations that have cut off Egypt from the Mediterranean. Taita must break up the alliance and see to it that both of Egypt's enemies are defeated. VERDICT What's the recipe for commercial fiction success? Start with solid history along with plenty of action, sex, and brutal violence. Mix some mythical creatures, volcanic eruptions, and tidal waves with a dollop of true love, and the result is an entertaining adventure. Smith's fans in general and fans of Taita from the Egyptian series will be pleased.—Robert Conroy, Warren, MI

Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-23
Delving again into ancient history, Smith (Vicious Circle, 2013, etc.) returns to the adventures of Taita, first a slave and then diplomat-warrior for pharaohs.From a Thebes redoubt, young Pharaoh Tamose rules part of a divided Egypt. Hykos invaders control the lower Nile. Tamose, however, has a secret weapon: the eunuch former slave, Taita, a polymath genius. To reclaim lost land, Tamose, with Taita carrying the emblem of absolute authority (the royal hawk seal), must form alliances with King Nimrod of Babylon and the Supreme Minos of Crete. First, Taita leads a false-flag raid on the Hykos' Mediterranean fort of Tamiat, looting a treasure of silver ingots. Next comes a cross-desert trek to Babylon, all thirst and duplicitous Bedouins. Along the way, Taita loses his battle to preserve the virginity of the pharaoh's nubile sisters, Tehuti and Bekatha, meant as brides for the Supreme Minos of Crete, meaning sure diplomatic complications. Finally, amid sea battles and barbaric rituals involving giant aurochs, Taita, guided by visions of the goddess Ishtar, secures the alliance, an arduous undertaking because "the Minoans in general were a sullen and difficult people, and extremely hostile towards strangers and foreigners." Taita serves Tamose well and becomes "a nobleman and a member of my inner council," but as a protagonist, Taita is a one-note hero: constantly self-congratulatory, too inevitably right, too sure to survive. Smith, in fact, tends to write characters as uniformly good or bad. In a narrative that often seems rushed, key elements are covered by quick exposition to accelerate the plot, as when Mount Cronus erupts and Taita rescues Tehuti and Bekatha. However, there's also much action, battles and gore, and sufficient particulars of landscapes and people, food and drink to satisfy history buffs.With Minoan civilization destroyed by the eruption, Taita routs the Hykos, albeit still in perilous control of lower Egypt, which suggests Smith's eunuch/warrior/statesman has another adventure in store.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062403926
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/26/2016
Series:
Ancient Egyptian Series , #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
348,808
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author

Wilbur Smith is one of the world's most popular novelists, with more than 125 million copies of his books sold worldwide in twenty-six languages. A native of central Africa, he divides his time between Cape Town and London.

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Desert God 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading River God because I was sucked in by raving reviews. I caution everone, if you are looking for a good historical fiction don't waste your time with this series. If you want to read a fairy tale situated in ancient Egypt then this might be the book for you. So the one star rating is because I was led to beleive this was historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big Wilbur Smith fan. Desert God was the least interesting most boring book of all his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot finds the words. I first read the novel over a decade ago and to this day I read it again and again. It would make a remarkable movie... but it would be a crime to lose any of Smiths' remarkable descriptions. His characters have great depth and you come to care for their plight. I still cry at the death of Tanus as though this time it would be different.
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Another cant-put-it-down book by Wilbur Smith
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Wrangler More than 1 year ago
Wilbur Smith never disappoints!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wilbur Smith again takes us back to Egypt when men thought they were gods and demigods. It's always interesting that the main character is probably the smartest man in the world and gets into and out of trouble in almost every chapater. If you are a fan is history you will enjoy most everything Wilbur Smith writes. If you are a fan of sword and sorcery stories, you too will enjoy all of the Egypt books by Mr. Smith.
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I have enjoyed Wilbur Smith's writings since the 60's when I would lie awake with a flashlight under the covers all night to finish one of his adventure novels. His historical novels exceeded even that devotion and the latest is as good as the first "Taita" novel. I have re-read them all at least once and can't wait for the next to discover what excitement he's going to get into in the future. Smith does his homework and the history is almost as good as the thriller. Always excellent and always a page-turner!
Sanddollar59 More than 1 year ago
So enjoyed catching up with Taita again.  I just finished reading this and can not wait to re-read it.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love god dont sin be happy.God tells you when your will end theres nothing to fear about.GOD loves us very much