Desert God : A Novel of Ancient Egypt

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<p>New York Times bestselling author Wilbur Smith hailed by Stephen King as the best historical novelist and one of the world s biggest-selling authors returns to Ancient Egypt in this breathtaking epic that conjures the magic, mystery, romance, and bloody intrigue of a fascinating lost world.</p> <p>Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt in this magnificent, action-packed epic. On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita slave and advisor to the Pharaoh finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas. With the future of Egypt itself on his shoulders, Taita enters a world where the line between loyalty and betrayal shifts like the desert sands, evil enemies await in the shadows, and death lingers on the edges of darkness.&quot;</p>

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This book is the continuation of the story of Taita, the extraordinary eunuch who served the Pharaoh's wife and now his two daughters. In danger from the Hyksos, the kingdom of Egypt is in peril of being wiped out and Taita has hatched a plan to help bring it back to its former glory. He intercepts a huge shipment of Minoan silver making it appear as if it had been taken by the Hyksos. He then brings a small portion of the booty along with the two beautiful princesses to Crete to form alliance with Minos against the Hyksos. Pretty darn clever, huh? As in the prior books, we get a glimpse into the life of the Egyptians and their advances in war and how they plied the seas. Taita, a eunuch who has dedicated his life to the service of the Pharaoh, shows off his prestigious intellect and ability to think outside the box in his plans. The Pharaoh gives him full rein to enact these plans and safeguard the princesses on their journey to Crete.

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New York Times bestselling author Wilbur Smith hailed by Stephen King as the best historical novelist and one of the world s biggest-selling authors returns to Ancient Egypt in this breathtaking epic that conjures the magic, mystery, romance, and bloody intrigue of a fascinating lost world.

Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt in this magnificent, action-packed epic. On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita slave and advisor to the Pharaoh finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas. With the future of Egypt itself on his shoulders, Taita enters a world where the line between loyalty and betrayal shifts like the desert sands, evil enemies await in the shadows, and death lingers on the edges of darkness."

New York Times bestselling author Wilbur Smith--hailed by Stephen King as the "best historical novelist" and one of the world's biggest-selling authors--returns to Ancient Egypt in this breathtaking epic that conjures the magic, mystery, romance, and bloody intrigue of a fascinating lost world.

Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt in this magnificent, action-packed epic. On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita--slave and advisor to the Pharaoh--finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas. With the future of Egypt itself on his shoulders, Taita enters a world where the line between loyalty and betrayal shifts like the desert sands, evil enemies await in the shadows, and death lingers on the edges of darkness.

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Series Title
Egyptian
Publisher
HarperLuxe, HarperCollins
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
ENG
Number of Pages
680
Author
Wilbur Smith
Is Large Print
Y
ISBN-13
9780062344113
Publication Date
October, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.33 x 5.71 x 1.46 Inches
ISBN-10
0062344110

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This book is the conti...
This book is the continuation of the story of Taita, the extraordinary eunuch who served the Pharaoh's wife and now his two daughters. In danger from the Hyksos, the kingdom of Egypt is in peril of being wiped out and Taita has hatched a plan to help bring it back to its former glory. He intercepts a huge shipment of Minoan silver making it appear as if it had been taken by the Hyksos. He then brings a small portion of the booty along with the two beautiful princesses to Crete to form alliance with Minos against the Hyksos. Pretty darn clever, huh? As in the prior books, we get a glimpse into the life of the Egyptians and their advances in war and how they plied the seas. Taita, a eunuch who has dedicated his life to the service of the Pharaoh, shows off his prestigious intellect and ability to think outside the box in his plans. The Pharaoh gives him full rein to enact these plans and safeguard the princesses on their journey to Crete.
Most helpful negative review
The fifth in Wilbur Sm...
The fifth in Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series was eagerly anticipated by his fans. Three previous novels had followed the fortunes of the eunuch Taita, while the modern day treasure hunt in The Seventh Scroll had added a further dimension to the tale. All had impressed me with their vision, the attention to detail, and the craft of a storyteller weaving intricate layers of plot within an adventure story that I never wanted to end. But then came Desert God.Sorry Wilbur, but this particular fan is bitterly disappointed. I genuinely hope there will be no more Taita adventures, because this tale is a big let down.It starts promisingly enough, with Taita leading a raiding party against the Hyksos foe that we have encountered in most of the previous stories. Again we are immersed in a world of ancient times, immediately swept away with our hero's audacious endeavours to support the cause of his pharaoh. We are introduced to more characters to which we are sympathetic, although there are (for my taste) several similarities in the descriptions given to characters from River God. On this occasion Taita must travel to Babylon before escorting two royal princesses to the island of Crete in an audacious plan to find new allies and finally rid Egypt of the marauding Hyksos.I bought this book just before going on holiday to Turkey, but it didn't come back with me. I deliberately left it behind because I did not want it to disgrace my bookshelf... I learned after my return that Wilbur Smith has occasionally used 'ghostwriters' to assist in completing his novels. If that is true, then it was never more obvious than in Desert God. I don't know precisely where it happened (as I can no longer look through the pages!), but at some point Wilbur definitely lost the plot and someone else picked it up again. The storyline rambles without direction somewhere before we reach Babylon, and from thereon we are steered away from anything resembling Smith's detailed and thorough plotting found in earlier books. The final chapters are puerile and belong firmly in the slushpile of nonsense. I really cannot believe in the character of Taita any more. Earlier stories had imbued his personality with the elements of a mystic, but Desert God leaves us with an impression of someone better suited to the fantasy creatures found in Marvel Comic Books.I'm sorry to depart from the voices of universal acclaim that usually greet Smith's work, because I have been a genuine fan. But this book is a disaster (in my view), and if anyone reading this has previously enjoyed the earlier Egyptian stories, and is contemplating reading Desert God, my advice is "Don't bother!"
Most helpful positive review
This book is the conti...
This book is the continuation of the story of Taita, the extraordinary eunuch who served the Pharaoh's wife and now his two daughters. In danger from the Hyksos, the kingdom of Egypt is in peril of being wiped out and Taita has hatched a plan to help bring it back to its former glory. He intercepts a huge shipment of Minoan silver making it appear as if it had been taken by the Hyksos. He then brings a small portion of the booty along with the two beautiful princesses to Crete to form alliance with Minos against the Hyksos. Pretty darn clever, huh? As in the prior books, we get a glimpse into the life of the Egyptians and their advances in war and how they plied the seas. Taita, a eunuch who has dedicated his life to the service of the Pharaoh, shows off his prestigious intellect and ability to think outside the box in his plans. The Pharaoh gives him full rein to enact these plans and safeguard the princesses on their journey to Crete.
Most helpful negative review
The fifth in Wilbur Sm...
The fifth in Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series was eagerly anticipated by his fans. Three previous novels had followed the fortunes of the eunuch Taita, while the modern day treasure hunt in The Seventh Scroll had added a further dimension to the tale. All had impressed me with their vision, the attention to detail, and the craft of a storyteller weaving intricate layers of plot within an adventure story that I never wanted to end. But then came Desert God.Sorry Wilbur, but this particular fan is bitterly disappointed. I genuinely hope there will be no more Taita adventures, because this tale is a big let down.It starts promisingly enough, with Taita leading a raiding party against the Hyksos foe that we have encountered in most of the previous stories. Again we are immersed in a world of ancient times, immediately swept away with our hero's audacious endeavours to support the cause of his pharaoh. We are introduced to more characters to which we are sympathetic, although there are (for my taste) several similarities in the descriptions given to characters from River God. On this occasion Taita must travel to Babylon before escorting two royal princesses to the island of Crete in an audacious plan to find new allies and finally rid Egypt of the marauding Hyksos.I bought this book just before going on holiday to Turkey, but it didn't come back with me. I deliberately left it behind because I did not want it to disgrace my bookshelf... I learned after my return that Wilbur Smith has occasionally used 'ghostwriters' to assist in completing his novels. If that is true, then it was never more obvious than in Desert God. I don't know precisely where it happened (as I can no longer look through the pages!), but at some point Wilbur definitely lost the plot and someone else picked it up again. The storyline rambles without direction somewhere before we reach Babylon, and from thereon we are steered away from anything resembling Smith's detailed and thorough plotting found in earlier books. The final chapters are puerile and belong firmly in the slushpile of nonsense. I really cannot believe in the character of Taita any more. Earlier stories had imbued his personality with the elements of a mystic, but Desert God leaves us with an impression of someone better suited to the fantasy creatures found in Marvel Comic Books.I'm sorry to depart from the voices of universal acclaim that usually greet Smith's work, because I have been a genuine fan. But this book is a disaster (in my view), and if anyone reading this has previously enjoyed the earlier Egyptian stories, and is contemplating reading Desert God, my advice is "Don't bother!"
1-5 of 7 reviews

I adore Wilbur Smiths...

I adore Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series and this was no exception! I hope he writes more!!!

Much Better than The ...

Much Better than 'The Quest' by far. A strong beginning and end with something of a weak and long middle, Desert God takes on the gap period between the end of 'River God' and 'Warlock' under the reign of Pharaoh Tamose. Smith's depiction of Egypt's neighboring civilizations - notably the Sumerians and Minoans - is unique in modern historical fiction. His take on Ancient Crete is a nice departure from his familiar environment of Upper Egypt, and contains a dramatic ending that might be Smith's best.Not as spectacular as River God, but a strong move back to the right direction after an uninspired showing with 'The Quest.' Some parts are still a bit unnecessary or downright strange, but the true areas of historical fiction are magnificently written.

This book is the conti...

This book is the continuation of the story of Taita, the extraordinary eunuch who served the Pharaoh's wife and now his two daughters. In danger from the Hyksos, the kingdom of Egypt is in peril of being wiped out and Taita has hatched a plan to help bring it back to its former glory. He intercepts a huge shipment of Minoan silver making it appear as if it had been taken by the Hyksos. He then brings a small portion of the booty along with the two beautiful princesses to Crete to form alliance with Minos against the Hyksos. Pretty darn clever, huh? As in the prior books, we get a glimpse into the life of the Egyptians and their advances in war and how they plied the seas. Taita, a eunuch who has dedicated his life to the service of the Pharaoh, shows off his prestigious intellect and ability to think outside the box in his plans. The Pharaoh gives him full rein to enact these plans and safeguard the princesses on their journey to Crete.

I always get caught up...

I always get caught up in Wilbur Smith's adventure novels and I did in this one too . I loved River God. Desert God does not come close to it but it does follows Taita who is a larger then life character who i adore. I fun read.

This was my first fora...

This was my first foray into Wilbur Smtih's ancient Egypt and I liked it quite a bit. The characters and world-building were excellent and have inspired me to pick up the previous books in the series. The main thing holding it back from a higher star rating for me was that it sometimes got bogged down in details, which put the brakes on the plot. The battle scenes, in particular, were obviously well-thought-out, but I didn't feel it necessary to have every single move spelled out on the page. I, personally, could have done with an overview or summary. However, I am aware that other readers won't feel the same and this may well be a Smith trademark, without which his faithful readers would be alienated. Overall, this was a rich, enjoyable satisfying read full of characters I didn't always like, but always cared about.

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