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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (April 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802143784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802143785
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sussman's accomplished first thriller mixes an ancient legend of an invading Persian army swallowed up by a sandstorm in the Egyptian desert with the explosive politics of modern Egypt. London zoologist Tara Mullray comes to the pyramids at Saqqara to visit her father, a prominent archeologist. She finds him slumped dead in his apartment, apparently of natural causes. He has left his daughter an ancient, much-coveted wall fragment that he discovered, covered with hieroglyphics that may reveal the long-concealed site where the lost Persian army perished. The site would be not only an archeological gold mine but an incredibly valuable store of ancient treasure. Many shady characters are after the wall fragment, and Tara is caught up in a swirl of intrigue involving a malevolent Islamic fundamentalist leader, Sayf-al-Tha'r, who wants an Egypt freed of foreigners, and his associate, Dr. Dravic, a greedy, unscrupulous German professor. Helping her navigate the shadowy local politics is Daniel Lecage, an archeologist and former lover who left her for his other love, Egypt. She's also aided by Yusuf Khalifa, a thoughtful police inspector whose beloved older brother joined Sayf-al-Tha'r's radicals and was eventually killed by them. Sussman, who works on excavations in Egypt, has created a textured, well-researched and expertly paced debut. As the murders and thrills accumulate, the story veers toward melodrama, but the truly inventive plot twists come along at such a fast clip that readers won't mind.
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A cinematic, rip-roaring adventure mystery, brimming with details of Egyptian archaeology and history. Niceties such as character development and believable dialogue are swept aside in a tale that begins with the army of the title, which utterly disappeared in a raging sandstorm. Cut to the present day, when Tara Mullvay, zoologist, finally decides to visit her archaeologist father in Egypt and finds him dead. Meanwhile, inspector Yusuf Khalifa of Luxor is investigating two murders, both of which involve ancient artifacts and a mutilated corpse. Tara soon finds that a small artifact her father left for her has put her in grave danger, and Yusuf tracks a connection between his murders and Tara's father's demise in interesting ways. Tara's initial meeting with an old lover and their subsequent encounter with a cobra eerily echo Indiana Jones, while Khalifa's warm family life and gentle practice of Islam are aligned against an Islamic terrorist group whose tactics are chillingly recognizable. A glossary aids in tracking the rich lode of Egyptology (the author is an archaeologist). GraceAnne DeCandido
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By Brenda Pink TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 17 2009
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I read this book after reading Sussman's second The Lost Secret of the Temple. The Lost Secret of the Temple is definitely the better book. The storylines are similar - following archeologists who search for lost Egyptian tombs/artifacts. This first book fills in the background of Yusef Khalifa. However, I agree that the graphic violence of an attempted rape contributed little to the storyline and would have been best left out. Fortunately, there were no similar scenes in Lost Secret. What the books have accomplished with me is fueling a new found interest in ancient history and religions. Both books tend to drag in places and I think could have been shortened for the betterment of the storyline. However, I quite enjoyed this book and don't hesitate to recommend it to those interested in this genre.
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Format: Paperback
I liked the book for the uniqueness of the story. I liked the book very much on the development of all characters. My main criticism is Sussman used too many Egyptian words in the book and the majority of them did not add any value or further insight to the story. I don't see the value of knowing how to curse in Egyption, and since I know a little Arabic some of the words were not correct, such as the word "Khutbar" which should have been "Khutbah"! But overall it's a good book to read and I recommend it.
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By A Customer on Oct. 13 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is very well written and does an excellent job of intertwining an archaeological mystery with modern terrorists. It has a particularly nasty villain. It also brings an unusual setting -- modern day Egypt -- to life, with interesting, believable characters. I found it very engrossing and recommend it highly.
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