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Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2) by [Taylor, A. K.]
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Finalist: Wisebear Digital Book Awards
Winner of the Bronze Medal Award and Best in YA Historical Fantasy in the 2013 Wisebear Book Awards!
Winner of the UP Authors Approved Award for the 2013 Fiction Challenge!

Praise for Escape from Ancient Egypt:

"Neiko has the potential for becoming a literary role model for young girls. The Escape From Ancient Egypt storyline is good conceptually with lots of action and we did find ourselves anxiously wanting to know how the author resolved Neiko's dilemna. Taylor also does a nice job of drawing the reader into the fictional world of ancient Egypt literally with her fantastic artwork interspersed throughout the novel."
~Wisebear Books

"An exciting and action packed book from start to finish. This is the story of a young girl who travels between different times and places, and leads a life in each. Neiko finds herself in some scary and challenging situations in each place, and the book has a good amount of suspense as the reader awaits her next move. The writing is fantastical and highly imaginative, without being too far-fetched that the reader will lose interest."
~Biblio Phanatic 5 Stars

"There is never a dull moment, and the book is punctuated with wonderful illustrations which break up the chapters. It reminds me of those books you read as a kid where you had to choose the ending and second guess what was coming. 
~N Bookwitch 5 Stars


When being stuck in the past has a whole new meaning...

What if your worst enemy sent you on a one-way ticket to the past? Worse, later he shows up and tries to play match-maker with a dominant historical figure while all of history and the future on the line? Survival is just one problem, but then add your friends into the mix...

Following an intense battle between the Indians and the Crackedskulls, Neiko and her comrades enjoy victory while her enemies suffer a crushing defeat. Victory is short lived for Neiko when Francesco pays her a visit at her home and sends her away in order to collect on his threat of revenge. She is banished into the ancient world of ancient Egypt during the reign of Ramesses II the Great on a one way ticket.

Lost and trapped in this ancient world, it doesn't take very long for trouble to find her. Taken by a rich man, she is reunited with three her friends that had been missing, and an eleven-year-old mystery is finally solved, but one of Neiko's friends is still unaccounted for. After escaping from the rich man and journeying to Thebes,Neiko and her comrades have actually jumped from the pan and into the fire.

Things go horribly awry when Pharaoh finds out about Neiko and becomes infatuated with her. Francesco comes to Egypt on orders to bring her back, but he has other plans. Can Neiko and her friends thwart Francesco, return to the 21st century, and escape from the past and one of the greatest kings that ever lived?

If you love the action, adventure, and time travel intrigue of Back to the Future and Time Machine (except without the time machine) and modern Native Americans in ancient Egyptbut the story of the Ten Commandments and the Prince of Egypt in reverse with a battle of wills and the motives of passion from Pharaoh, you'll love Escape from Ancient Egypt! 

**Looking for Book#1? Look under Neiko's Five Land Adventure

**New author looking for a field survival guide for marketing? Look for The Newbie Author's Survival Guide

About the Author

A.K. Taylor is a YA fantasy/science fiction adventure writer who has been writing since age 16. Taylor also draws her characters and designs her covers and illustrations which she also began at 16. Taylor has also written a nonfiction piece about self promotion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Soaring Eagle Books (Dec 19 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR3G4MS
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HASH(0x9dadfab0) out of 5 stars Wise Bear Books Reviews Escape From Ancient Egypt by A.K. Taylor -- 3.5 Paws! April 18 2013
By WiseBearMedia - Published on
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Escape From Ancient Egypt by A.K. Taylor is an ambitious book with some important messages, but also some structure challenges. It's important to note we are evaluating Escape From Ancient Egypt as a stand-alone novel, despite it being the second book in the Neiko Adventure Series, as we have not read the series' first installment. However, we have some basic knowledge of the first book as well as a cursory understanding of the plot and characters.

The author attempts to bring readers up to speed in the first chapter as Neiko updates her personal journal--we read as she writes. This is a good idea in theory, but there is a level of complexity to the author's fantasy which makes this background information difficult to fully comprehend in a few digital pages. This makes the novel's beginning a little confusing as there are a lot of characters and plot lines to explain. It takes a few chapters for readers to get their bearings, but stick with it as it does get easier.

While this book is written for young teens and up, the subject matter at times is far too mature for its intended audience. There is also an imbalance between the youthful tone of the writing and the seriousness of the content. Readers observe Neiko experience a range of emotions as she is transported back in time against her will to Egypt during the reign of Ramasses.

The novel's villain, Francesco, has schemed to remove Neiko from her position of power and authority within the hidden Hawote tribal community by secretly sending her to ancient Egypt using a magic crystal. When other leaders within the community discover where Neiko is, Francesco is commanded to bring her back. He returns to ancient Egypt not to rescue Neiko and her warrior buddies, but to ensure her permanent place 3,000 years in the past as an Egyptian slave. He also aims to become Ramasses' advisor and confidant. Francesco's goal is to learn from the great Pharaoh and then return to his own time to gain control of the seven tribes, and that can't happen if Neiko is around.

Francesco's plan seems to be going well--almost too well as Ramasses becomes obsessed with 21-year-old Neiko. The Pharaoh is determined to not only marry Neiko, but also to appoint her to be his Great Wife ahead of Nefeteri and other unnamed wives. The "great honor" brings with it the threat of immediate death to her in the event of Ramasses' own untimely passing. Apparently it was common in Egyptian culture for a great wife to be either buried alive or killed once her husband had gone the way of all the earth--a sobering thought at any age.

To say that Neiko is resistant to all that is going on around her without her knowledge or consent is a gross understatement, and yet many of her efforts to change her circumstances don't seem logical and perhaps a bit immature and repetitive. Neiko is essentially being abused mentally and emotionally by her fictional captor husband whose primary goal in the context of this storyline is to make Neiko love him. This doesn't seem to be appropriate subject matter for a young teen girl audience, given the adult ages of Neiko and we assume the much older Ramasses.

While Neiko won't give Ramasses the time of day despite their shotgun wedding of sorts, an odd union between her and Nefeteri develops. Neiko's de facto sister wife is sympathetic toward her. The women are more comrades than rivals. This is a nice surprise and effective as it would have been easier to pit the two women against each other, but then again, our protagonist has enough on her plate with Ramasses.

The Escape From Ancient Egypt storyline is good conceptually with lots of action and we did find ourselves anxiously wanting to know how the author resolved Neiko's dilemna. Taylor also does a nice job of drawing the reader into the fictional world of ancient Egypt literally with her fantastic artwork interspersed throughout the novel.

Our recommendation for this book would be for an older teen audience. That said, there is a fair amount of slang and unorthodox dialog that is better suited for a middle school or elementary age audience, hence the structure and balance issues we referenced at the beginning of this review.

As a digital work, this book exceeds all primary requirements for a good reader experience. What's great about digital publishing is the opportunity to resolve editing, dialog, and character issues for subsequent book release updates.

Neiko has tremendous potential as a literary role model for young girls as she can teach through her fictional examples how to take control of their own lives, but it has to be in context with the appropriate story for the right age group. In that respect, we look forward to future installments of the Neiko Adventure Series.

This book was reviewed as part of the Wise Bear Digital Book Awards competition. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dadfb04) out of 5 stars Good But Can Be Better April 23 2013
By Quality Reads UK Book Club - Published on
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Did the book description relate to the story? Not really. This book is part of series and the description doesn't provide as much information as I would have liked.

How did you feel about the opening / ending sequences of the book? I liked the opening sequence. But overall both opening and sequences appeared cluttered. It's as if the author tried to do too much with too many characters all at the same time.

Who was your favourite character and why? Neiko, I guess. As much as I appreciated the insight into the first book in the series, I think Neiko's character development was a little too weak. It was expected that you know her. If you haven't read the first book, you don't know her and it's hard to connect with the main character in this book.

What were the main relationships explored in this book? I think it was Neiko relationships with the people around her. It must be noted, the writing style seems fresh and young but the topic and situation seems well beyond Neiko's years. It worked in some sections and it didn't in other bits.

Was this book worth reading? I think if the structure is polished a bit more, I would definitely recommend this book to my other book club members.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.
HASH(0x9dadff3c) out of 5 stars The story would easily lend itself open to sequels, more stories of time travel and I would definitely be interested to read! April 19 2016
By M Yardley - Published on
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This book was engaging from the beginning. It transports the reader into different worlds, but does not get lost in being too complicated in it's structure. The character development is thorough and detailed, and there is plenty of action, fighting, and drama to keep the pace moving along at a rate which is enjoyable. The language is perfect for older teens to young adults, as the characters mainly talk in playful banter and slang. The main character is 21, and so I think this is probably a good target audience age to best be able to relate to her. The story would easily lend itself open to sequels and more stories of time travel which I would definitely be interested to read!
HASH(0x9dadff24) out of 5 stars Fun and engaging adventure Feb. 19 2016
By TFLReader - Published on
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I love this book for its portrayal of strong female characters. The book draws on some historical facts and information, so we encourage our young readers to continue learning as they engage in a real fun way of doing so. Any intrigue to entice further knowledge and understanding is a good thing. That being said, the story is original and bound to impress. The main character Neiko is transported from her home in a native American tribe, to the distant past in Ancient Egypt. Here she fights against the repressions of society at the time, and we see how she overcomes some dangerous situations. The book is exciting and packed with a vernacular that will appeal to older teens.
HASH(0x9dae0300) out of 5 stars Indians in Egypt? March 1 2016
By lynne - Published on
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I had not read the first book in this series, but it didn't take me long to feel comfortable with the story and the characters. The idea of Native American Indians running around ancient Egypt, in the time of Ramses II, was a little hard to accept, but if you're going to accept the idea of time travel, these things happen. I found the writing was exciting and captured my imagination, and the characters were sympathetic and well portrayed. I especially liked the character of Ramsses, and found his pride and belief in his own invincibility to be quite amusing. The outcome of the book was thrillingly written, and leaves one wanting more.