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Fast-paced thrillers about quests for ancient artefacts are popular at the moment. This one centres around an Egyptian device supposed to have the power to predict a person’s death and change destiny. I found it a little improbable towards the end, but if you can suspend your disbelief far enough it’s worth it. Set in the 1970s, a time of great upheaval for Egypt, when control of the past, the famous history of Pharaohs and Gods, can mean political triumph, no-one can be trusted. A human story of love, loss, fear and doubt is coupled with a race-against-time to fulfil, or disprove, an ancient prophecy. Exciting stuff.

Comparison: Kate Mosse, Dan Brown, Sam Bourne.

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Synopsis

Sphinx by T.S. Learner

Alexandria, Egypt, 1977. During a clandestine dive to an old shipwreck, archaeologist Isabella Warnock unearths an artefact unlike anything she has ever seen: an astrarium, a powerful ancient device rumoured to have shaped the destinies of pharaos and kings since the beginning of time. But her discovery comes at a terrible price, and it falls to her husband Oliver to keep the priceless object safe. Grief-stricken, Oliver refuses to believe in the astrarium's mysterious significance - until he finds himself up against someone willing to go to any lengths to obtain the powerful device. Catapulted into an extraordinary world of conspiracy and Egyptology, where age-old sorcery and ancient legends clash violently with modern-day ambitions and the gritty world of oil exploration, Oliver has little time to get the astrarium to safety, before he, too, pays with his life...

Reviews

Daringly new and resolutely no-nonsense * Telegraph * An enjoyable fast-paced thriller * Sun * Sphinx is an unusual joy among recent apocalyptic thrillers for its convincing characters and well-crafted prose. Learner is that rare beast: a wordsmith who can spin a yarn * The Times *


About the Author

British playwright and novelist T.S. Learner has lived in Australia for many years and now divides her time between London, California and Sydney.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th January 2010

Author

T.S. Learner

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www.tslearner.co.uk/

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
560 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Crime / Mystery
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Thriller / suspense
Adventure

ISBN

9780751543476

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