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.
"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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By Jane on 03-11-15
Yet another great book by Wilbur Smith.
I have read or listened to all of Wilbur Smith's books and enjoyed them all, though my particular favourites are those featuring Taita and all his adventures. In this latest book he has been ennobled by Pharoah Tamose To whom he is a close advisor and also guardian to the Pharoah 's two younger sisters the princesses Tehuti and Bekatha.
Egypt is still fighting its greatest enemy the Hyksos who occupy Southern Egypt and Taita comes up with a plan which he hopes will destroy them and this involves making an ally of King Nimrod of the Babalonians and forming an alliance with Crete by marrying the two Princesses to the Supreme Minos. This of course involves Taita,his commander Zaras and the two princesses in a hazardous journey from the Nile through the Arabiandesert to beautiful Babalon and thence to Crete by land and sea...
I would recommend this book to Wilbur Smith's many readers and anybody else who enjoys an epic story .
Beautifully read by Mike Grady.
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By Ian Coltman on 12-01-15
couldn't stop listening. the story line is gripping and the characters crystal clear and precise in description. it was a book that will be on my favourites list
By Julian on 26-10-14
PLEASE WILBUR!!!!!! Give us something new
Wilbur, Wilbur, Wilbur!!! Where has all the inspirational story-telling gone? This is just a boring monologue that makes one want to vomit every time your self-obsessed main character chooses to tell us just how brilliant he is with everything he does (almost once a page).
We know you just write the outline now, but get someone new to flesh it out! AND, try coming up with a new story-line with some imagination.If not, it would be preferable if you stop writing now, rather than continuing in this vein and taking our coin just because of what you have done in the past.