The Quest [NOOK Book]

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A stunning, heart-pounding, journey into the lost world of the Pharaohs.
Wilbur Smith has earned international acclaim for his bestselling River God, The Seventh Scroll, and Warlock. Now, the unrivalled master of adventure returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to his thrilling Egyptian series with his most fantastic story yet. The Quest continues the story of the Warlock, Taita, wise in the lore of the gods and a master of magic and the ...
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Overview


A stunning, heart-pounding, journey into the lost world of the Pharaohs.
Wilbur Smith has earned international acclaim for his bestselling River God, The Seventh Scroll, and Warlock. Now, the unrivalled master of adventure returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to his thrilling Egyptian series with his most fantastic story yet. The Quest continues the story of the Warlock, Taita, wise in the lore of the gods and a master of magic and the supernatural.
Egypt has been struck by a series of terrible plagues, killing its crops and crippling its people. Then the ultimate disaster befalls the kingdom. 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 the Pharaoh sends Taita, the only man who might be able to find his way through the hazardous territory to the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes. But not even Taita can have any idea of what a terrible enemy waits in ambush in those dark lands at the end of their world.
No other author can conjure up the violence and mystery of Ancient Egypt like Wilbur Smith. The Quest marks his stirring return to the acclaimed series and proves once again why fans such as Stephen King praise him as the world's "best historical novelist."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Fans of bestseller Smith's ancient Egyptian series will welcome the fourth book in the saga, which picks up where Warlock(2001) left off. The powerful magus Taita and his loyal ally, Col. Meren Cambyses, have returned to Egypt after a journey of many years only to find the country beset by a series of plagues that include giant flesh-eating toads and river water turned to blood. Pharaoh Nefer Seti asks the pair to find—and eliminate—the source of his country's torment, a mission that sends Taita and Meren on a perilous quest in which they must contend with fierce creatures both natural and supernatural. Once again Smith deftly blends history, fantasy and mythology, but newcomers should be prepared for grisly deaths and mutilations. 225,000 printing.(May)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Library Journal

Popular novels don't always fit neatly into a single genre (e.g., mystery, romance, or sf) but rather combine elements of several genres and straddle categories, creating interesting hybrids. The Questis such a book, encompassing fantasy, adventure, and historical fiction via concepts both mythical and New Age. The eunuch and magus Taita, last seen in Warlock, is back with companion Meren Cambyses. Egypt is struck by plagues of flesh-eating giant toads, and the annual flooding of the Nile fails. Pharaoh Nefer Seti sends the pair on a journey to discover the cause of the plagues and drought believed to originate at the source of the Nile, unaware of the terrible enemy who lies in ambush. Malign sorceress Eos, nearly as old as civilization, will tax Taita, Meren, and Fenn, a reincarnation of Lostris. Eos's evil supporters attempt to beguile Taita in the enchanted Cloud Gardens, where they promise to make him whole again by means of the diabolic procedure known as seeding. Audie Award-winning narrator Simon Vance brings a modulated English-accented sensibility to this story; his voices add extra vitality to the narration. Recommended for libraries with large popular fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and swashbuckling adventure collections.
—David Faucheux

Library Journal
Smith brings back the warlock Taita, who finds bad news when he's compelled by the pharaoh to discover why the Nile has failed. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A perceptive Egyptian eunuch who starred in Smith's 1994 River God returns, 100 years older and wiser, ready to take on the stinking bitch goddess who has brought ruin to Egypt. The Egyptian magus Taita, castrated more than a century previously at the peak of his virility, has traveled to the Indian subcontinent with his trusty younger companion, Meren, seeking new wisdom. Undergoing a ghastly operation at the hands of a lady colleague, Taita acquires a handy second sight that lets him see the auras we all throw off, radiances that tell whether we're straight shooters or lying dogs. On the way back to Egypt, Taita and Meren team up with Demeter, a savant even older and wiser than Taitu, who has a whale of a story for them. It seems that an ancient she-devil, who's taken the name of Eos, is gunning for them. She's a liar. She can change herself into anything, and she can suck the goodness right out of you while you are having sex with her. When the two wise men and Meren finally reach Egypt, they find their beloved homeland reeling from the effects of a seven-year drought. The Nile is down to a trickle where nothing lives but giant flesh-eating toads that gobble poor old Demeter, but not before Taita has picked his brains for every scrap of magic wisdom. The drought is the doing of Eos, of course. Taita's friend the pharaoh sends him and Meren and a small army with orders to travel to the source of the Nile, find Eos and put a stop to the misery. Their journey, told in the breathlessly epic Smith tradition, takes years and costs the lives of hundreds of men and thousands of beasts. Taita runs into some really good magic in Eos's horrid lair, and finds love with a reincarnated beauty. Atough slog.
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Praise for The Quest

“Best historical novelist: I say Wilbur Smith.”—Stephen King

“Smith brings to life…the world of Egypt so much so you can almost feel the heat and taste the dust as the narrative builds to cracking pace.”—Irish News

'Fans of blockbuster thriller writer Wilbur Smith will not be disappointed with The Quest'– Financial Times

'Smith writes with a fresh, crisp style... full of zest... The Quest is a hefty but gratifying read, long-awaited by his legion of admirers' – Daily Express

'No one does adventure quite like Smith and, true to form, his latest is a swirling torrent of unexplored depths and manliness in ancient Egypt' – Daily Mirror

'This eagerly awaited sequel to Smith's gripping Egyptian series continues in a truly magical tale' – Woman magazine

'The Quest is not a book for the easily queasy. After reading the scene about Bronze Age brain surgery, you'll never look at bamboo shish kebab skewers the same way again. It is a novel that is violent, fast moving and utterly engrossing' – Edmonton Journal

'It's the sort of book readers live for, the sort that sates, however  fleetingly, the primal need for story that so often these days doesn't get fed' – Vancouver Sun

‘For a light-hearted take by Monday Magazine, read the views of some famous mummies.’

“Fans of bestseller Smith’s ancient Egyptian series will welcome the fourth book in the saga, which picks up where Warlock left off. … Once again Smith deftly blends history, fantasy and mythology, but newcomers should be prepared for grisly deaths and mutilations.”— Publishers Weekly

“Smith’s Africa is bewitching. We see and hear elephants, lions, hippos, and wild, weird creatures. Lakes and plains stretch as far as the horizon. His descriptions of the landscape are so real it seems we should be able to find these places on the map. … Smith’s narrative is a page-turner. His characters are absorbing and believable. We fear for our heroes and cheer for them when they triumph in bloody battle. … When supernatural powers open up the ground before us, we teeter on the brink and can hardly stand to look over the edge… and yet, we must.”—The Salt Lake Tribune

 

Praise for Wilbur Smith

“Smith is a master.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of the world’s most popular adventure writers.” —The Washington Post Book World

“A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship.” —Tulsa World

“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.” —The Times (UK)      

"Best Historical Novelist—I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa.  The bodices of rip and the blood flows.  You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."—Stephen King

"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."—The Washington Post Book World

“The world’s leading adventure writer.” —Daily Express (UK)

"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."—Sunday Times

“Smith is a captivating storyteller.” —The Orlando Sentinel

“No one does adventure quite like Smith.” —Daily Mirror (UK)

"A thundering good’ read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith’s books.” —The Irish Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429921596
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Series: Novels of Ancient Egypt , #4
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 65,298
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.50 (d)
  • File size: 593 KB

Meet the Author


WILBUR SMITH was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Miachaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Ridiculous and definitely outrageous at times

    I have been Wilbur Smith's fan for the longest time and have always enjoyed his books,rushing to finish one book so that I can start another.
    Now The River God,The Seventh scroll and The Sunbird left me feeling that I had lived those lives,but this one is really just unlike his works.It was okay at the beginning until Lostris suddenly came back from the dead.He took all of Eos'incredibly omnipotent magical powers and he is sill suffering like mere mortal men.The witch is dead,he had suck her dry but she is still ???? It is just unbelievably boring towards the end and it has been torture reading the last few chapters.I guess Wilbur Smith is running out of stories.However I still believe he is one of the best storytellers of all time.This one is just not good enough

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2011

    Skip this one!

    I have enjoyed Wilbur Smith's books for some time, but before Smith started writing I enjoyed H. Ryder Haggard . . . most of this book is a blatant imitation of parts of SHE, King Soloman's Mines and other Haggard Books. Don't bother to read it, get the original.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    QUEST by WILBUR SMITH

    The 4th and hopefully not the last in the series. There is more sexual content in this than in previous stories but it works well and is tastefully worked. This is the first time I have seen this author on the bookshelves in the USA. I have read most of his works when living in the UK. If he is new to you, get River God and you will be hooked.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    Off in another world

    Have been a fan for over 20 yrs.Don't know where he was going with this book.I have loved all of his works but this one is like someone else wrote it.( and not very well).Please come back, stay away from the wierd, out-of-this-world-trash and bring the real Wilbur Smith to life again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    Wretched gibberish

    I am a Wilbur Smith fan. I have read almost every one of his books, and own about 90% of them, many of them signed 1st editions. His various African series were great, as were his 'stand alone' novels. His early Eyptian work was good. But his work of the last few years is disappointing. He has regressed and seems preoccupied with sexual adventures. I started The Quest twice and could never get further than about 100 pages. Pure gibberish....a sad end to the work of what was once a fine novelist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    Smith should stick to historical novels.

    I am a great fan of Mr. Smith but this is one book that I sarted but did not finish. Enough with the gods and demons already! Stick to what you do best: historical novels, please!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    Save your money

    Disappointing. It was a labor to get through. Filled with childish nonsense. Nothing like the excitement of the previous works. Mr. Smith you failed to entertain us with this work it was best unwritten.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    Love Mr. Smiths writing including the first book of Egypt and the immortal Taita BUT give me a break, just too much fantasy and Stepen King raves about Wilburs great writing of historical fiction. Yes Ok please Wilbur let's go back to Africa, Cheers, Michael

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    Just read it and enjoy, give yourself up to the mystical powers, the incredible abilities, including sexual...without telling yourself too many times that what Taita does isn't possible. I just wish they would include better maps to track his lengthy travels. What WILL he do next?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2007

    Don't Waste your Money

    Had to throw the book away, could not bear to read it. Full of strange descriptions of sex

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    How the Mighty has fallen!

    What happened to the Wilbur Smith we once knew and loved? I couldn't wait until his next historical novel of colonial Africa arrived each summer. In fact, 30 years ago I actually sold my car, emptied my savings account and flew to South Africa after reading his earlier works. I was a lifelong, diehard fan and still was until The Quest came out. Telepathy, witches, riding on the backs of hyenas, man eating toads?????? I truly didn't know whether to laugh, cry or vomit. Mr. Smith, what is worse? You wasting such a writing talent or me wasting my money and time reading such dreck? To other avid W. Smith fans- don't waste your time with this book! Save your money for the upcoming Harry Potter book...you'll be guaranteed a better plot and far less fantasy in Rowlings' book than this sorry excuse for a novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    News

    Here is where I post my bulletins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    SIRENS

    Plug your ears!!

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    I really wonder if someone else wrote this horrible book and use

    I really wonder if someone else wrote this horrible book and used Wilbur Smith's name. It was truly awful from start to finish. River God is incredible, one of the best stories I have ever read. To think the same man wrote that and wrote this, I almost cannot believe it. Bringing Lostris back from the dead was ridiculous. Giving Taita his manhood back - by any means - ridiculous. The entire EOS storyline was ridiculous. I love Wilbur Smith's work and was terribly disappointed with The Quest. I read Warlock, which was not bad, but he should have stopped the story there. Before I read this book I wanted to read some of his other books, now I am not sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series of novels is absolutely captivati

    Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series of novels is absolutely captivating. Once I start reading his book, I cannot put it down. His imagination and descriptive powers are rare and the pace of his story is engaging. One of the best authors I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Good story!

    Entertaining. Lots of action. But, the main character just couldn't make any mistakes, could he? Everything went his way. Nice read, though.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Not for me!

    I could not maintain an interest in the story line. Some of Mr. Smith's earlier books on ancient Egypt were interesting to me, but this one seemed to much of a stretch in the characters and to much like "fairy tale" happenings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Great Storyteller

    Exciting and great visual detail. We expect no less from Smith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2011

    hi

    friend

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

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    A better listening experience than Reading, but well worth the time.

    Having only been exposed to Warlock and The Quest, I don't have a definite idea of what I expect from the author. Generally speaking, I'd rather be surprised than have an author trundle out their 'tried and true' formula. So, the more it strays and encompasses the better I like it. However, I found his writing style ponderous. I liked the subject matter enough to buy the Compact Disc of both Warlock and The Quest, and I have to say, I enjoyed listening more than I enjoyed reading. I never got passed the first chapter of Warlock. I didn't even crack open The Quest, just went right to the disc.

    The Quest was a little different in style than Warlock. It didn't have the same sense of storytelling that Warlock had. The time jumps, without mention, were the hardest, I think. Apparently the 'first part of the final battle' took months? That wasn't the 'feel' that I got from it, and wouldn't have known, if it hadn't been mentioned. That being said, after the fact, it made sense. Unlike other reviews, I have no issue with the residual magic that was left in the temple of Eos that needed to be confronted. I believe that the tenet of lingering magic holds true for this.

    In all, this is a very good story. I would never give it as a gift because the writing style is ponderous, but it is definitely worth the time, although to reiterate, I prefer the disc for this writer.

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