Desert God

Desert God

Large Print - 2014 | First HarperLuxe edition
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On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita -- a freed slave and advisor to the Pharaoh -- devises a plan to destroy Egypt's most feared enemy, the mighty Hyksos...With the future of the kingdom itself on his shoulders, Taita plunges into a world where the line between loyalty and betrayal shifts like the desert sands, evil waits in the shadows, and death lingers on the edges of darkness.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, 2014
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062344113
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 680 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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May 08, 2017

Wilbur Smith is a truly great writer and i love the way he develops his characters.
I believe i have read all of his series except for 2 in the African series and im looking for them now.
He writes fantasy but with elements of historical fact and my understanding is that he does a tremendous amount of research for each book and this series is one where many of his books were read all the way through in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series.

I would give it a 4.5/5

Apr 16, 2015

In response to Tylczak - Wilbur Smith writes fantasy/fiction not fact. I have every book (I think) WS has written and he tells a great yarn. Laughable is not a word that comes to me when I read Wilbur Smith.

Feb 20, 2015

Although it is mostly an entertaining read, this book should be clearly marked as "fantasy". The author does not seem overly concerned about historical accuracy and the description of Minoan Crete is laughable. I think if someone writes a novel using a real historical framework, they should try to get the framework right.

Having said that, it was an absorbing light adventure story. If you like it, try "Jason and the Golden Fleece."

Feb 08, 2015

Good read. You find yourself reading a story of four thousand years ago but visualizing maybe a cruiser, a frigate, a LST if you had sea duty. The diplomatic corps. with it's travel and intrigue. Throw a little love story in and you got the book.

Jan 08, 2015

Desert God --- by --- Wilbur Smith. The Pharaoh of Egypt seeks and alliance with the fierce and powerful Minoans to help him defeat the vicious Hyksos who have overwhelmed and occupied Lower Egypt cutting to Pharaoh off from the Middle Sea and isolating his kingdom. Impoverished and unable to pay for the soldiers to fight for his nation, Pharaoh sends his trusted advisor to lead a daring raid deep into Hyksos territory and steal from them a fortune in Minoan treasure. With stealth, the Egyptians flee up the Nile in three captured Minoan vessels and with a fortune in treasure. This is clearly a tale of adventure: caravans cross deserts; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon stir imaginations; the Middle Sea is navigated with slave oarsman pressed into service; the fierce Aurochs of Crete is slain. And those are just a few of the highlights. Yes, there’s swordplay and gore; death and blood. But there’s also a certain light heartedness that commends this book. Smith has put his name to a number of books: I look forward to reading all of them. What Robert Cornwell has done to the times of the Napoleonic Wars Smith does to ancient Egypt. And that’s meant as a compliment to both of them

Nov 20, 2014

An enjoyable read, but not a great one. His Egyptian Series does not come close to matching his African Series. Gave it 3 stars.

permastone Oct 17, 2014

Very enjoyable read, recommend to all Wilbur Smith readers and other who like stories about Egypt

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