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Paul Sussman’s two great passions have always been writing and archaeology. He fulfils the former by working as a freelance journalist and the latter by spending two months of each year excavating in Egypt. He is thirty-five and lives in London with his wife.
'My name is Raphael Ignatius Phoenix and I am a hundred years old - or will be in ten days' time, in the early hours of January 1st, 2000, when I kill myself...' Raphael Ignatius Phoenix has had enough. Born at the beginning of the 20th century, he is determined to take his own life as the old millennium ends and the new one begins. But before he ends it all, he wants to get his affairs in order and put the record straight. That includes making sense of his own long life - a life that spanned the century. He decides to write it all down and, eschewing the more usual method of pen and paper, begins to record his story on the walls of the isolated castle that is his final home. Beginning with a fateful first adventure with Emily, the childhood friend who would become his constant companion, Raphael remembers the multitude of experiences, the myriad encounters and, of course, the ten murders he committed along the way...And so begins one man's wholly unorthodox account of the twentieth century - or certainly his own riotous, often outrageous, somewhat unreliable and undoubtedly singular interpretation of it.
Although struggling with personal tragedy and immersed in a case of his own - mysterious well poisonings in the Eastern Desert - Khalifa agrees to do some digging. What he discovers will change both men's lives for ever. As their investigations intertwine, the detectives are drawn ever deeper into a sinister web of violence, abuse, corporate malpractice and international terrorism. And at its heart lies a three thousand year-old mystery that has already taken two lives, and will soon be claiming more.
Fast paced action adventure with a plane-load of enriched uranium disappearing in the Sahara and twenty years later being discovered in a sacred place. Its cargo must now be ‘hushed up’. This is a complex tale with plenty of twists and an excellent climax. Good escapist stuff. Comparison: Clive Cussler, Matthew Reilly, Wilbur Smith.
Eine Sammlung hochst bizarrer Migeschicke - Pleiten, Pech und Pannen, die die Betroffenen oftmals mit dem Leben bezahlen.Irre Storys - unglaublich, aber wahr. Nur kranke Hirne waren in der Lage, die abstrusen, schier unglaublichen Berichte zu erfinden, die der Englander Paul Sussman aus den Spalten der Weltpresse zusammengetragen hat - eine Blutenlese unglaublicher Migeschicke, die wieder einmal beweist: Das grote Narrentheater ist das Leben selbst. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)
Unglaublich amusant und kultverdachtig: Paul Sussman erzahlt in seinem Roman "e;Das letzte Gestandnis des Raphael Ignatius Phoenix"e; mit viel schwarzem Humor von einem skurrilen, aber doch irgendwie liebenswerten alten Mann und seiner fast das ganze 20. Jahrhundert umspannenden Lebensgeschichte. Raphael Ignatius Phoenix hat Stil. Manchmal lebt er seinen leichten Hang zur Exzentrik aus, aber letztlich geht ihm nichts ber Eleganz und geordnete Verhltnisse. Daher ist es selbstverstndlich, dass er zu seinem bevorstehenden 100. Geburtstag ein Gestndnis ablegt. Denn sein Ehrentag wird der Tag seines Todes sein. Und da es sich nicht schickt, einfach so aus der Welt zu scheiden, schreibt er zuvor den lngsten Abschiedsbrief aller Zeiten - und beichtet ganz nebenbei zehn Morde, die ihm unter anderem mit Hilfe eines Halloween-Krbisses, der Reileine eines Heiluftballons und eines Erdbeer-Sahnehrnchens unterlaufen sind. "e;Ungezgelt, exzentrisch und unterhaltsam."e; - The Guardian
A pulse-pounding archaeological thriller that's a must-read for all fans of Dan Brown and Clive Cussler. In 523 BC, the Persian emperor Cambyses dispatched an army across Egypt's western desert to destroy the oracle of Amun at Siwa. Legend has it that somewhere in the middle of the Great Sand Sea his army was overwhelmed by a sandstorm and destroyed. Fifty thousand men were lost. Two and a half thousand years later a mutilated corpse is washed up on the banks of the Nile at Luxor, an antiques dealer is savagely murdered in Cairo, and an eminent British archaeologist is found dead at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara. At first the incidents appear unconnected. Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is suspicious, however. And so too is the archaeologist's daughter, Tara Mullray. As each seeks to uncover the truth, they find themselves thrown together in a desperate race for survival - one that forces them to confront not only present-day adversaries but also ghosts from their own pasts. From a mysterious fragment of ancient hieroglyphic text to rumours of a fabulous lost tomb in the Theban Hills, from the shimmering waters of the Nile to the dusty backstreets of Cairo, Khalifa and Mullray are drawn ever deeper into a labyrinth of violence, intrigue and betrayal. It is a path that will eventually lead them into the forbidding, barren heart of the western desert, and the answer to one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world . . . At once an adrenaline-packed thriller and a wonderfully evocative archaeological adventure, THE LOST ARMY OF CAMBYSES marks the debut of a great new storyteller.
The bestselling, pulse-pounding archaeological thriller that's a must-read for all fans of Dan Brown and Clive Cussler. Jerusalem, 70 AD. As the legions of Rome besiege the Holy Temple, a boy is given a secret that he must guard with his life. Southern Germany, December 1944. Six emaciated prisoners drag a mysterious crate deep into a disused mine. They too give their lives to keep the secret safe - they are murdered by their Nazi guards. Egypt, Valley of the Kings, present day. A body is discovered among some ruins. It appears to be an open-and-shut case but the more Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police uncovers about the dead man, the more uneasy he becomes. And his investigation turns out to be anything but routine. Khalifa doesn't know it yet, but he is on the trail of an extraordinary long-lost artifact that could, in the wrong hands, turn the Middle East into a blood bath. It's a dangerous path he's taking - and to make matters worse, he's not alone... From ancient Jerusalem, the Crusades, Cathar heretics and coded medieval manuscripts to the Holocaust, hidden Nazi treasure and the murderous present-day, The Last Secret of the Temple is a thrilling, rollercoaster ride of adventure in search of a two thousand year-old mystery and a pulse-pounding race against time.