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The Hidden Oasis

The Hidden Oasis

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by Paul Sussman, Gordon Griffin (Narrated by)

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Freya Hannan arrives in Egypt for the funeral of her elder sister Alex, a desert explorer who has lived in the Middle East for the past fifteen years. Recently diagnosed with a degenerative neurological condition, Alex has taken her own life. Freya is met at Luxor Airport by a colleague of her sister’s, who drives her the 515 kms to Dakhla Oasis where Alex


Freya Hannan arrives in Egypt for the funeral of her elder sister Alex, a desert explorer who has lived in the Middle East for the past fifteen years. Recently diagnosed with a degenerative neurological condition, Alex has taken her own life. Freya is met at Luxor Airport by a colleague of her sister’s, who drives her the 515 kms to Dakhla Oasis where Alex lived. Only one other non-Egyptian is present at the funeral: Professor Flinders ‘Flin’ Brodie, 45 - tall, rugged, handsome - a world authority on pre-dynastic Egypt. The funeral over, Freya spends the next few days sorting through her sister’s possessions and finding out more about her suicide. As she does so, she becomes increasingly uneasy.

When a Bedouin turns up at Alex’s home with the objects they have found in the desert, explaining that she had promised to pay them for news of any unusual remains - especially Soviet remains - discovered out in the western wilderness, Freya realizes that it is not only her sister’s death that raises questions, but her life as well.

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Library Journal
In Sussman's third archaeological thriller—following The Last Secret of the Temple (2008), also available through Recorded Books—rock climber Freya Hannan attends her sister's funeral in Cairo and finds herself enmeshed—together with her sister's old friend, Egyptologist Flin Brodie—in layer upon layer of intrigue surrounding a search for the elusive desert paradise known as the Oasis at the End of the World. While compelling, the story requires listeners to suspend disbelief as it reaches its climax, and its plot similarities to Raiders of the Lost Ark render it predictable. Prolific British narrator Gordon Griffin (www.gordongriffin.com), while providing a wide range of voices/personae, seems challenged by the American accent. Recommended for those liking adventure, intrigue, and violence. [The Grove pb is scheduled to be published in September 2010.—Ed.]—Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence
Publishers Weekly
Set largely in Egypt's vast western desert, Sussman's entertaining if formulaic third archeological thriller (after The Last Secret of the Temple) starts out as an Indiana Jonesian quest for a legendary desert paradise known as the Oasis at the End of the World. When Alex Hannen, a former CIA agent living in Egypt, is found dead, an apparent suicide, her estranged sister, Freya, a world-renowned rock climber, travels to Cairo for Alex's funeral. Freya, soon realizing her sister was murdered, vows to bring the killer to justice. After befriending one of Alex's closest friends, enigmatic Egyptologist Flin Brodie, the unlikely duo find themselves on the run from a host of assassins, spies and government agents—and charging headlong into one of the biggest archeological discoveries in centuries. The smart pace and attention to character development compensate for some dubious plot twists toward the end reminiscent of a weird X-Files episode. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
Egyptologists, gangsters and spies race across the desert in search of an ancient oasis and the treasure concealed therein. Professional rock climber Freya and her sister Alex, an explorer working in Egypt, hadn't spoken in a long time, though they were extremely close as children. So when Freya gets a call informing her that Alex has died due to an injection of morphine, allegedly self-administered despite the explorer's lifelong terror of needles, she sets out on an emotionally trying trip to attend the funeral. While Freya is staying at her sister's house, a mysterious Bedouin emerges from the desert with a backpack he asks her to give to Alex, not knowing that she is dead. Soon thereafter, Freya returns to the house to find it being ransacked by vicious thugs; when they discover her lurking outside, a chase ensues. Fearing for her life, Freya flees to Cairo and the protection of Dr. Flin Brodie, an Egyptologist friend of Alex whom she met at the funeral. Flin and Freya almost immediately find themselves pursued by a local crime lord and a shady CIA operative with unknown motives as they rush to find an ancient desert oasis that seems somehow connected with Alex's death. Sussman (The Last Secret of the Temple, 2007, etc.), himself a sometime field archaeologist, gets off to a slow start but eventually settles into a tense groove, occasionally leavened by flashes of classic screwball humor. Although the British author gets some details wrong (Yanks hardly ever say "bloody" or "arse" and always know what a Hardees is), for the most part his American characters feel real. But the narrative too often bogs down in an excess of detail, and in the novel's final quarter twist after unwelcometwist slows the pace to a painful crawl. Above-average middle doesn't quite compensate for a slow start and painfully bloated conclusion.
From the Publisher

The Hidden Oasis is a rip-roaring gem of a read….You are in for a real treat!” –Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar

“Another winner from Paul Sussman—hands down one of the best writers of international suspense in the business. Told with authority and style, excitement melds with adventure—you can feel the scorching desert heat and the chapping, acrid winds. The Hidden Oasis offers bone chilling thrills, a flair for the macabre, and off-the-charts suspense. Superb.”—Steve Berry, author of The Charlemagne Pursuit

The Hidden Oasis is that rarest of literary entities: an intelligent, compelling, beautifully written thriller. You will enjoy every page of this breathtaking ride—and the secret at the heart of it will knock the top of your head off.”—William Bernhardt, author of Capitol Offense

The Hidden Oasis evokes a lost world of primordial myth that men have sought since the very dawn of history—the twist: this time, the seeker is a female mountain climber! Amidst non-stop action—and literal cliffhangers—Paul Sussman again convinces us that there is nothing boring about the lost worlds of archeology.” –Katherine Neville, author of The Fire

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The Hidden Oasis 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
EasyWriter More than 1 year ago
Pick up this book and you'll find yourself spending longer on the treadmill, missimg more meals and finding less time to vegetate in front of the TV. With his third offering, Sussman has come up with a story that is so much fun it will briefly take over your life. Tell your family it will only be temporary. Get ready for ancient Egyption myths, modern Middle East politics, creepy arms dealers, fanatical CIA agents and am ending deep in the Sahara that will keep you turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't familiar with Sussman's books. I love the history, archaeology, and characters. Lots of twists and turns which mixed together to make this a great book.
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out-of-focus More than 1 year ago
The Hidden Oasis was a good story, written well, and original, however I hold the publisher responsible for all the glaring editorial errors: misspelled words (once, even a main character's name was misspelled), grammatical errors, line breaks. This was so distracting that it was not a smooth read. How frustrating it must be for the author, and how embarrassing it should be for the publisher. I was amused to see that there were also misspelled words on the publisher's website. However, if you can get through all the editorial oversights the book is fun to read.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Egypt, former CIA operative Alex Hannen commits suicide. Her estranged sister American mountain climber Freya arrives in Cairo for her funeral; but even before reaching Egypt, she has had a hard time picturing Alex killing herself. In Cairo, Freya quickly concludes that her sibling was murdered because the doctor who ruled suicide had no idea her sister could not have injected morphine into herself as Alex was down right phobic in her fears of needles. Though they had a schism Freya vows to get justice for her sibling. Frey becomes friends of Alex's buddy, pre-dynasty Egyptologist Flin Brodie, who is working a dig in the western desert in search of the legendary lost for almost four millennia at theOasis at the End of the World of Zerzura. As he gets closer to the find of the century, Flin and Freya are soon in deep trouble from assassins who may be working for the government. The third Egyptian archeological thriller (see THE LOST ARMY OF CAMBYSES and THE LAST SECRET OF THE TEMPLE) is a fast-paced action-packed thriller that keeps reader attention throughout even with some enigmatic late implausible twists. Like its two predecessors the story line has a modern day Indiana Jones like feel to it as one thing leads to another especially when Freya and Flin meet. Fans will enjoy Paul Sussman's solid though by the book suspense saga as the lead couple appear reaching their end in ironically a paradise Oasis at the End of the World. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, bn. Harriet klausner just cost you another sale. Why pay good money fir the book when this plot spoiling so called reviewer just told everything that happens? Pleaae do something about her already. Ppl ate sick to death of her.