Egypt 2153 BC: 80 priests set out under cover of darkness with a mysterious object....
Albania, 1986: A plane takes off bound for the Sudan. Somewhere over the Sahara it disappears....
The present: a mummified corpse is discovered in the dunes with a roll of camera film and a clay obelisk inscribed with a hieroglyphic sign....
Three unconnected events - or so it seems.
©2009 Paul Sussman (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
I thought this would be brilliant - having read the content and reviews of the book on-line. The end result was not great. I thought I was in for a fast paced thriller but it ended up as a vastly over long and pendulous ordeal. The characters are good and beliveable but the story just becomes more and more ludicrous the further in you go and it ended up like a montage of about 30 other books. I was glad when I (finally) got to the end. Shame.
I have always been an avid devourer of the written word. I am now no longer to read books and cannot wait for Audible day each month.
If you are a fan of Paul Sussman's books based in Egypt, then you'll love this.
It is classic Sussman, but taken to another level. Without wanting to spoil anything, nobody is what they seem; CIA agents with hidden agenda, shady characters who are playing for the opposition and a pair of henchmen who are impossible to dislike, and whilst not quite coming good, having two hidden redeeming features. The ending is one of the most exciting cliffhangers, literally, I've "read" in a long time. Even Inspector Khalifa makes a cameo appearance.
Gordon Griffin is the narrator, and does his usual sterling job. It is rather strange, however, having just finished one of his, to find characters graced with the same voice as someone from a totally different book, but this is entertaining in itself.
The plot might disappoint anyone expecting pure factual Egypt, but come into the book with an open mind and a desire to be entertained, and I can guarantee that you'll enjoy it as much as I have.
Well, i checked the reviews on Amazon before getting this and can only conclude they were written by his mum....
Tedious, irritating writing style and very thin on plot.
This is a well written book based in modern Egypt (prior to recent political events) good descriptive writing though I felt that the plot became a little unbelievable towards the end - though maybe that is one of the attractions of stories linked to ancient egypt.
This was a good story, Indiana Jones type story but had some good twists and turns in it, I don?t think it explained the mystery of the hidden Oasis, what was the artefact what was it use for, but it had a good end.
"Hot and Heavy in Egypt"
I found this a highly entertaining historical thriller. Well researched ( with abit of whimsy and license of course ), the action rolls along, and there were enough twists and turns to keep interest.
It's always kind of fun to hear an English narrator emulate American accents, but not distracting.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The story was good and it kept me guessing. But, the first part of the book has a lot of Adult Situations. I almost stopped listening because there was a lot of vulgarity and brutality. I can handle some violence, most mysteries and thrillers have violence but the language and violent sexual situations were off-putting. I think books need ratings like movies and tv. This is an R-rated book. I will probably listen to another of this author's books but now I know what to expect.
"Fantastic, fast-paced Thriller"
Don't even try to guess what will happen next. This was one of the best thrillers. I couldn't put it down. The last five hours are absolutely amazing--better than Indiana Jones! The narrator was great as well.
"Not a bad read"
Above average compared to the majority of the books I have listened to. Would listen to it if I never had
for the most part
"Fun adventure story."
Overall I thought the story was good. What irritated me was the lead female character being represented as emotionally weak at times even though the character is a world class rock climber.
"Well read. Implausible last third of book."
While the first half to two-thirds of The Hidden Oasis develops an interesting dual plot, the rest of the book contains scene after scene of last minute near-death escapes by the hero and/or heroine. Couple that with science fiction goings-on in an imaginary Egyptian tomb, I imagine it must have been difficult for the narrator to keep a straight face as he trudged through to the end of the story, despite his excellent effort to keep the reader's attention.
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