The Mark of the Pasha : Mamur Zapt

  • by Michael Pearce
  • Narrated by Bill Wallis
  • Series: Mamur Zapt
  • 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gareth Cadwallader Owen is the Mamur Zapt, the Head of the Khedive's Secret Police. However, unlike his British colleagues, Owen works for the Khedive. It's not a comfortable perch, as agitation for political and social restructuring grows. Furthermore, Owen is married to a pasha's daughter, Zeinab, herself straddling a cultural divide. The Khedive has declared a procession. He's going to drive around Cairo with his ministers. Owen, who has spent his career defusing political time bombs, learns from his agents that the streets have been made dangerous by threats of real bombs. The first order of business is to ward them off. The second is to ensure the safety of an impending major European delegation to the capital...

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What the Critics Say

"As usual, Pearce infuses the delightful narrative with an irresistible blend of humor, politics, culture, and intrigue." (Booklist"The convincing period detail, combined with comic touches, will charm newcomers as well as established fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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Egypt comes to life

What did you like most about The Mark of the Pasha?

Michael Pearce brings early 20th century Egypt to life with his stories about the Mamur Zapt and there is a lot of context for the current uprisings we see on the news in the summer of 2013.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The mamur zapt, Captain Owen is Welsh, and sometimes feels British and other times feels more sympathy with Egypt than Britain. He solves problems in an unorthodox way which often confounds the bureaucracy of the day.


Which character – as performed by Bill Wallis – was your favourite?

Bill Wallis reads(performs) the book well, with a gentle narrative tone, but there is clear distinction between the characters and their motivations.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I would not make a film of my favourite books as films seldom capture the clever narratives and nuances of character that emerge when reading a well-written book.


Any additional comments?

More of Michael Pearces books need to be made available electronically and via audible, as they have a good story combined with an historical perspective of the country through the eyes of its citizens, both temporary (British army and "advisors") and permanent (Egyptians, Copts, Armenians, etc)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-05-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios