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Desert God by Wilbur Smith
  

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It started with the magnificent River God in 1993. Now we have its sequel. Wilbur Smith has gone back to the start of his Egyptian series but you do not have to have read any of them to revel in this. It is ace; he is truly the master of this type of high adventure. This features eunuch Taita who was a favourite of the previous Pharaoh and is now an adviser to the present one. Through devious dealings and dastardly plans he has tricked the Cretans and now intends to make an ally of them by offering the Pharaoh’s daughters in marriage. Full of detail with action or romance on almost every page, this is truly compelling stuff.

If you like Wilbur Smith you might also like to read books by John Gordon Davies, Michael Asher and Naguib Mahfouz.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In the distant past on the plains of Egypt, Taita, a freed eunuch slave, is in the enviable position of being an adviser to the Pharaoh – and even has the responsibility of being guardian to the ruler’s two teenage sisters. But the country is at war with itself as well as with its historical enemy, the Hyksos in the North. The Pharaoh is determined to crush them at all costs – and believes that Taita can help him do it. For many years, Wilbur Smith’s name has been synonymous with the massive blockbuster thriller, and his epic and ambitious tales have gleaned a devoted readership, and a recent comprehensive rethinking of approach has paid off handsomely. The reader is plunged into a vividly realised evocation of life in ancient Egypt – but one presented with insights into the various characters that infuse a very contemporary feel.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

Desert God by Wilbur Smith

Ex-slave. Philosopher. Chosen one. Taita has risen from nothing to become the most trusted man at the Pharaoh's side. Only he can plot a mission that will return Egypt to its former glory. Only he can muster the force that can break the back of Egypt's greatest enemy. On the banks of the Nile, a hero will rise. Across the lush plains of Egypt, Taita, a freed eunuch slave, wears his authority lightly. Not only is he the close advisor to the Pharaoh, but he is guardian to Pharaoh Tamose's two teenage sisters, the young beauties Tehuti and Bekatha. But the kingdom is not at peace. They have been fighting Southern Egypt's constant and historic enemy, the Hyksos people in the north, since time began. To finally crush them, Pharaoh must turn to his most trusted friend. Taita, philosopher, poet and expert strategist, has a plan that will see Egypt destroy the Hyksos army and form a coveted alliance with Crete in one move. This plan will take him, his expedition commander Zaras, and their mighty warriors on a perilous journey up the Nile, through Arabia to the magical city of Babylon, then across the open seas to Crete. The many dangers will cost lives and time, and they will meet battle and betrayal head on. But Taita must not forget his two charges, the spirited young princesses, whose attraction to the very warriors who lead the fight threatens Taita's meticulous plan and the future of Egypt itself.

Reviews

Praise for RIVER GOD:

'Superlatively evocative...Smith's descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages and [River God] has relentless momentum'
-Observer

'Big, brave and blockbusting ... brilliantly detailed descriptions of life on the Nile'
-Mail on Sunday

'Grand mythical material... the set pieces are fabulous'
-Times Literary Supplement

'High adventure ... there is never a lull in his majestic novel overflowing with passion, rage, treachery, barbarism, prolonged excitement and endless passages of sheer, exquisite colour'
-The Washington Post

'A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled'
-San Francisco Chronicle

'A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile'
-Denver Post

'An epic of sex, death and intrigue in the Valley of the Kings ... richly written ... packs in the action ... excellent'
-Weekend Telegraph

About the Author

Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written nearly thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.

Wilbur Smith lives in London and continues to have an abiding concern for the peoples and wildlife of his native continent, an interest strongly reflected in his novels.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Wilbur Smith

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Historical Fiction
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9780007535651

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