Desert God : Egyptian

  • by Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by Mike Grady
  • Series: Egyptian
  • 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A novel of Ancient Egypt from the best-selling author of River God. Wilbur Smith is a master at the helm of one of the greatest stories of all time.
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.

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What the Critics Say

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)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not Up To Usual Standards

What would have made Desert God better?

Seems a weak story, going back in time, when I think we all would of preferred to go forward with Taita after leaving us in limbo after THE QUEST I hear a new Egyptian book is coming out in October, I do hope it is better than this one and has a return of Taita in a follow on from THE QUEST not dragging up his passed again.


What was most disappointing about Wilbur Smith’s story?

did not seem like a Wilbur smith novel, just different, like it was co written, but I wish he would not have a co writer in any of his books


What didn’t you like about Mike Grady’s performance?

Not bad, best of a bad book


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment, not up to his usual very high standards and I have read all of Wilber smith at least 2 times


Any additional comments?

GET RID OF THE CO WRITER, LOOK AT ALL THE NEGATIVE AND DISSAPOINTING COMMENTS, NEVER SEEN SO MANY IN A WILBUR SMITH BOOK, I do hope he does not ruin the new one in march

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- Mr G Whitehead

enjoyable but tedious

I was glad to finish but as Wilbur gets older and is helped. the books lose the story telling that we all enjoy. perhaps that is too harsh. his original books that are 100% Wilbur were fantastic. now he is 60% and you can tell.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-09-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited