In Egypt at the time of the 18th dynasty, a young, nameless boy serves as Oracle, voice of the gods. Kept as a virtual prisoner by cruel and evil priests, he is rescued by the future pharoah, Amenhotep. Smenkhkare, as he is later called, wholeheartedly embraces pharoah's worship of one god, Aten, a position that spells disaster for all. Son of the Sun cannot be termed a historical novel. The principal characters and major events of this very interesting and dynamic period are sketchily depicted. With the exception of Smenkhkare, the people and times pass as if in a dream. It is the psychic and spiritual powers of humans that concern the author. The book more accurately would be called a ``psychic journey.'' It will have limited appeal. Lydia Burruel Johnson, Mesa P.L., Ariz.