Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra

Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra

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Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra by Anne Rice, Christopher Rice

From the iconic and bestselling author of The Mummy and The Vampire Chronicles, a mesmerizing, glamorous new tale of ancient feuds and modern passions.

Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life. But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they, a figure drawn forth from the mists of history who possesses spectacular magical potions and tonics eight millennia old. This is a figure who ruled over an ancient kingdom stretching from the once-fertile earth of the Sahara to the far corners of the world, a queen with a supreme knowledge of the deepest origins of the elixir of life. She may be the only one who can make known to Ramses and Cleopatra the key to their immortality—and the secrets of the miraculous, unknowable, endless expanse of the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101970324
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 36,937
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Anne Rice is the author of thirty-six books. She lives in Palm Desert, California. Christopher Rice is the author of twelve books. He lives in West Hollywood, California.

Hometown:

Rancho Mirage, California

Date of Birth:

October 4, 1941

Place of Birth:

Rancho Mirage, California

Education:

B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971

Read an Excerpt

Proem
 
 
It was a tale told by the newspapers in 1914—of a spectacular find by a British Egyptologist in an isolated tomb outside of Cairo—a royal mummy of Egypt’s greatest monarch and, beside his painted sarcophagus, a vast collection of ancient poisons and a journal in Latin, written in the time of Cleopatra, comprising some thirteen scrolls.
 
Call me Ramses the Damned. For that is the name I have given myself. But I was once Ramses the Great of Upper and Lower Egypt, slayer of the Hittites, father of many sons and daughters, who ruled Egypt for sixty-four years. My monuments are still standing; the stele recount my victories, though a thousand years have passed since I was pulled, a mortal child, from the womb.
 
Ah, fatal moment now buried by time, when from a Hittite priestess I took the cursed elixir. Her warnings I would not heed. Immortality I craved. And so I drank the potion in the brimming cup . . .
 
. . . How can I bear this burden any longer? How can I endure the loneliness anymore? Yet I cannot die . . .
 
So wrote a being who claimed to have lived a thousand years, slumbering in darkness when the great kings and queens of his realm had no need of him, ever ready to be resurrected at their command to offer wisdom and counsel—until the death of Cleopatra and of Egypt itself drove him to an eternal rest.
 
What was the world to make of this bizarre tale, or the fact that Lawrence Stratford, discoverer of the mystery, died in the tomb itself at the moment of his greatest triumph?
 
Julie Stratford, daughter of the great Egyptologist and sole heiress to the Stratford Shipping fortune, brought the controversial mummy to London, along with the mysterious scrolls and poisons, to honor her father’s discovery with a private exhibition in her home in Mayfair. Within days Julie’s cousin, Henry, made frantic claims that the mummy had risen from its sarcophagus and tried to murder him, and talk of a mummy’s curse astonished Londoners. Before rumors could die down, Julie appeared in public with a mysterious blue-eyed Egyptian named Reginald Ramsey, who then journeyed with Julie back to Cairo in the company of beloved friends Elliott, the Earl of Rutherford, and his young son, Alex Savarell, and the aggrieved Henry.
 
More shocking events unfolded.
 
An unidentified corpse stolen from the Cairo Museum, grisly murders amongst the European shopkeepers of the city, and Ramsey himself sought by the Cairo police, and the disappearance of Henry. Finally, a fiery explosion left baffled witnesses and a frantic Alex Savarell grieving for a nameless woman who had fled the Cairo Opera House in terror, driving her motorcar into the path of an oncoming train.
 
Out of chaos and mystery, Julie Stratford emerged as the devoted fiancée of the enigmatic Reginald Ramsey, traveling Europe with her beloved, while in England the Savarell family sought to understand the exile of the Earl of Rutherford and the grief of young Alex for the woman he had so tragically lost to the flames in the Egyptian desert. Gossip dies down; newspapers move on.
 
As our story opens, the country estate of the Earl of Rutherford will soon be the location of the engagement party for Reginald Ramsey and Julie Stratford, as others far and wide hear echoes of the story of the immortal Ramses the Damned and his fabled elixir, though the mummified body itself, brought to London with such fanfare, has long since vanished.

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Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read both over two days, was not expecting it to follow directly after the ending of the first, a delightful surprise. Its true to Anne's style, so if you are not a fan of her writing you might roll your eyes a bit in places because she has her flourishes. Great adventure, added world building from the first and indeed the characters are true to the periods and classes they come from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet Jesus!!! Looking forward to the third book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another classic from Anne Rice this time teamed with her son Christopher. Furthering the immortal life of Ramses The Damned at the dawn of the First World War. I devoured this book in a few days. Next week I’m going to read it again to make sure I savor every tasty word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another mystical adventure that captivates, entralls and fascinates. I so look forward to the continuing saga of Ramses and Julie and all the other wonderful characters created by Anne Rice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn’t put this book down. Another winner from my very favorite author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Rice never ceases to amaze me.
Anonymous 22 days ago
I enjoyed finding out what the characters were up to and all of the new ones. Please write of them some more Anne
Anonymous 5 months ago
I enjoyed this second book of Ramses the Damned. It answered questions the first book left open and presented new ones, as well. Looking forward to the next book in series. My only reason for 4, not 5 stars, is that I preferred the writing style of the first book to this one. Thanx to Anne Rice for another great story!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Ok
Mark Slauter 12 months ago
I read the first in this series, The Mummy: Ramses The Damned, shortly after it was published, and this book wonderfully picks up where the first one ended. Julie, Ramses, the Earl of Rutherford, his son, and Cleopatra are seamlessly brought back to life. Two new characters, Queen Bektaten and the author Sybil Parker are great additions to the story line. The development of Bektaten is good: a queen that kiks ass and then takes names. Sybil has a connection with Cleopatra that is well played. While the book ends with most items wrapped up neatly, there is sufficient room to set up another book. See my complete video book review here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc-Cs1ApXbg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've waited years! Why was there no advertising for this book?
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
This is the decades-awaited sequel to Anne Rice’s The Mummy. I was so excited to read it that I had to go and buy the first part and read it first. The first one was almost as good as her vampire books (nobody can top Lestat in my eyes!). Unfortunately, this one wasn’t as good as The Mummy. It character hopped a lot and dragged a bit during the first half. Because of that, I had to keep putting it down and read something else. I know she wrote this with her son, so I don’t know if she wrote half and he wrote half or what, but it was a bit disappointing. The writing was still great, just took too long to get through. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous author and she has done it again..hope this is the start of a new series! Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it. Interesting concept. Nice resolution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good read by Mrs. Rice.
Christopher Carrolli More than 1 year ago
The wait is over. Ramses the Damned has returned. Anne Rice, his creator, has teamed up with her son, author Christopher Rice, and written the long awaited sequel to “The Mummy.” “Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra” is a flawless collaboration between mother and son. Even to the seasoned Anne Rice reader, the dual effort runs seamlessly, leaving the reader guessing where one author leaves off and another begins, but what is blatantly apparent is how creative talent runs in the family. The book takes place where its predecessor left off, in 1914, just as rumors stir of an oncoming world war. A Proem opens the beginning pages, providing the reader with a thorough synopsis of the previous events in “The Mummy.” Then, a prologue titled, “3600 B.C.: Jericho,” introduces the reader to a new character in the series, one that will be remembered well by Rice fans. Bektaten once ruled as queen of a great country, a civilization long dead and forgotten, erased by time and replaced by the Sahara Desert. Yet Bektaten bears another distinction. She is the immortal creator of the elixir, the same potion that gave Ramses the Great everlasting life. The story’s antagonist is Bektaten’s once Prime Minister, Saqnos, a wayward thief of her coveted elixir. After becoming an immortal, Saqnos attempted to recreate the elixir and failed. But what he did accomplish was the creation of a counterfeit elixir, one that gave extended life of two-hundred years. As a result, Saqnos created semi-immortals known as “fracti,” newly-inducted members of the monstrous alumni created by Anne Rice. In the hair-raising prologue, these beings lay siege to Bektaten, who bears a secret weapon from her mysterious garden of wonders. The strangle lily can turn immortals to ash. It is the undoing of all who have consumed the elixir, and the hook that reels the reader in to the final page. Like the first book in the series, “The Passion of Cleopatra” is filled with action packed suspense, page after thrilling page. Once again, the combination of suspense, intrigue, and romance compound the story into a follow up that sits equally next to the first book. The entanglement between the rejuvenated Cleopatra and the doctor she has seduced continues through a whirlwind of passion. She has proven to him her real identity. He is spellbound by her. But Cleopatra’s memories are fading, which leads to her weakening. She must find Ramses and consume more of the elixir. Bektaten thinks back on an old trusted friend, a high-priestess who was murdered for the precious elixir. After glimpsing a newspaper clipping of an upcoming engagement party, Bektaten forms her suspicions. Julie Stratford is to be married to Mr. Reginald Ramsey, the mysterious Egyptologist. Bektaten knows the story of Lawrence Stratford and the stolen mummy. She has also heard rumors of the immortal Ramses the Damned. She decides to attend the party. As usual, Rice’s characters meet up for an explosive and terrifying climax. The engagement party is one such event, one that won’t allow the reader to put the book down. The characters continue to mesmerize, especially Sybil Parker, an American author who writes novels centered in ancient Egypt. All her life, Sybil has had dreams and visions of Egypt. She recognizes Ramses from the newspaper photo and travels to England to meet him. But why does she recognize him? Exactly who Sybil is in connection to Cleopatra will enthrall the reader and answer questions Rice pond
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! I want more!! Thank you keep writing !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another favorite to add to my list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dumb, confusing plot with little character development, not o a par with author's previous works; stick with vampires