Pharaoh: A Novel

Pharaoh: A Novel

by David Gibbins
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Pharaoh: A Novel by David Gibbins

Perfect for fans of Clive Cussler and Dan Brown, Pharaoh is a pulse-pounding new adventure starring intrepid marine archaeologist Jack Howard, on the trail of a shattering revelation about an ancient secret buried deep under the Egyptian pyramids.
1351 BC: Akhenaten the Sun-Pharaoh rules supreme in Egypt . . . until the day he casts off his crown and mysteriously disappears into the desert, his legacy seemingly swallowed up by the remote sands beneath the Great Pyramids of Giza.
AD 1884: A British soldier serving in the Sudan stumbles upon an incredible discovery—a submerged temple containing evidence of a terrifying religion whose god was fed by human sacrifice. The soldier is on a mission to reach General Gordon before Khartoum falls. But he hides a secret of his own.
Present day: Jack Howard and his team are excavating one of the most amazing underwater sites they have ever encountered, but dark forces are watching to see what they will find. Diving into the Nile, they enter a world three thousand years back in history, inhabited by a people who have sworn to guard the greatest secret of all time.

Praise for Pharaoh
“[David Gibbins’s] love of archaeology and of diving really brings these books to life. . . . Add to this . . . a true passion for history and a writing skill that has grown book by book. By the time we get to Pharaoh the series is a serious example of how this genre should be written; it does not get much better than this. . . . Gibbins makes the astounding seem more than plausible, he writes the history in such a way that the myth feels factual or at least highly plausible, and it’s more that just places and names; it’s a philosophical undertone to the extended plot, to the ethos of Jack Howard and his search for the facts and the truth. . . . History, mystery and myth all brought together to astound the reading senses . . . a true leader of his genre and his art.”Parmenion Books
“Utterly absorbing . . . When the adventure is as exciting as it is here, it is too good not to be allowed to speak for itself. . . . Put aside your assumptions of what a thriller should be and instead immerse yourself in one of the best historical adventures you’ll read this year.”For Winter Nights
Praise for David Gibbins
“What do you get if you cross Indiana Jones with Dan Brown? Answer: David Gibbins.”Daily Mirror (U.K.), on Atlantis
“An exciting mix of fact and fiction, with shades of Clive Cussler and Indiana Jones.”—York Evening Press, on Crusader Gold

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345534712
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Jack Howard , #7
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 69,487
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David Gibbins has worked in underwater archaeology all his professional life. After earning a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, he taught archaeology in Britain and abroad, and is a world authority on ancient shipwrecks and sunken cities. He has led numerous expeditions to investigate underwater sites in the Mediterranean and around the world. He currently divides his time between fieldwork, England, and Canada, and is at work on a new novel about the further adventures of Jack Howard and his team in Egypt.

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Pharaoh: A Novel 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
RLRMN More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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