The worldwide number one best seller.
Wilbur Smith returns to ancient Egypt in a captivating new novel that will transport you to extraordinary times.
Egypt is under attack. Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded. All seems lost.
Taita prepares for the enemy's final fatal push. The ex-slave, now general of Tamose's armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt's most desperate hour.
With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned, and the Egyptian army feasts upon its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor. Tamose is dead, and a poisonous new era has begun. The new Pharaoh has risen.
Pharaoh Utteric is young, weak and cruel and threatened by Taita's influence within the palace - especially his friendship with Utteric's younger and worthier brother, Ramases. With Taita's imprisonment, Ramases is forced to make a choice: help Taita escape and forsake his brother or remain silent and condone Utteric's tyranny. To a good man like Ramases, there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped and Egypt must be reclaimed.
From the glittering temples of Luxor to the citadel of Sparta, Pharaoh is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to a time of threat, blood and glory. Master storyteller Wilbur Smith is at the very peak of his powers.
©2016 Wilbur Smith (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for Wilbur Smith:
"Best historical novelist - I say Wilbur Smith." (Stephen King)
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." (Daily Mirror)
Praise for the Egyptian series:
"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)
As I wrote in my review of " Desert God", I found I could not engage with this book either for the same reasons as my review of it. "Pharoah" is just as bad, poor story, uninspiring dialogue and narration meant I could not finish it. I gave up within half an hour.
No, I have enjoyed well -researched and better written stories of this genre.
Given the poor dialogue it would have been an uphill struggle
Irritation and annoyance that I had wasted two credits on this book and "Desert God"
I will be careful to avoid both Wilbur Smith`s outpourings and Mike Grady`s monotonous tones.
Audible stories make me smile on the rainy days when I walk the dog, peal the veg, or am faced with a long lonely car drive.
There was plenty of action and gore, but it all started to seem a little implausible after a while. The deity elements took what could have been a good story and turned it into fantasy.
Narration was fine
I have followed the previous books in this series, now is the time to move on.
At first I didn't like the narrator, but as I listened further, I found the narrator added to the book quite a bit.
I found the plot quite formulaic, and in places contrived.
Not something that can often be said about a Wilbur Smith book. Or maybe Im getting more fussy as I get old er !
Nope my first one - but would be pleased to listen to his work again.
If you read River God, and then listen to this there is a significant drop in the quality of story and characterisation. In fact the characters feel lifted out of some of the previous books and just have different names.
It whiled away some time reasonable pleasantly, but if this were written by another author I would not be seeking out other books he had written.
Getting more than a little stale.
Tatias self conceit getting wearing and contrived.
Still a Good story, but Wilbur has become very predictable, Hero - Anti Hero - Boy meets Girl - Boy and Girl battle anti- Hero - with Tatias conceited assistance. Not the same originality or grit of say the Courtenay series.
There was no particular part I liked most or disliked most - it was all pretty humdrum - perhaps because the main character is always sooooo perfect and there is a lot of repetition about this, I found the use of certain words like "darling" not quite fitting into the theme !
There probably will be another book along the same lines...however if Wilbur Smith does and he researches the history ...based on the ending ...it could be epic!
Mike Grady narrated well - especially as the lead character, he was well suited, because he has a deep voice, he didn't pull off the female roles as well - but pleasant enough to listen too overall
Anything to do with Ancient Egypt I will go and see if this was a film...
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