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The Seventh Scroll

Ancient Egypt, Book 2
Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Series: Ancient Egypt, Book 2
Length: 24 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

She glanced down at the drawer in which she kept all her floppy disks. That and all the other drawers had been pulled out and thrown on the floor. They were empty, of course; along with the disks, all her notebooks and photographs were missing. Her last connections with the seventh scroll were lost. After three years of work, gone was the proof it had ever existed.  

A hunt for treasure. A battle to stay alive.   

When Royan Al Simma is the victim of a vicious attack that leaves her husband dead, her only thought is that she must continue their joint work: to use the secrets of the seventh scroll to find the hidden tomb of Pharaoh Mamose and its untold trove of lost Egyptian riches. To do so, she must bury her grief and partner with the eccentric aristocrat Nicholas Quenton-Harper, a man who shares her passion for the ancient world.  

But the men who killed her husband are not yet finished. As Royan and Nicholas draw closer to the Pharaoh's tomb, enemies are gathering - people who will stop at nothing to ensure the scroll's promised treasures are kept from Roman's hands....  

©1995 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Average adventure thriller

Almost struggled to get through this. Wilbur Smith's first Egypt book, River God, was excellent, this loosely linked follow-up, a modern day based story of a couple searching around Ethiopia for a tomb is not on the same level. The lead male and female characters are fairly dull being too nice and perfect through most of the story, the male lead seems to be expert in whatever tasks arise, and generally a bit smug. The dialogue between the characters is often pretty corny as well. Found the story improved somewhat in the second half when the villain fully comes into the story. Decidely average Wilbur Smith though - have read various other novels by the author that are better than this.

The narration was very good, good voice characterisation, did take a couple of chapters to get used to, but think that's normal when changing books, but fine after a short time listening.

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Far better than book 1

I have to admit, after having struggled through book 1 River God. I seriously considered abandoning the series. That's how much I'd disliked not so much the story but the characters in book 1. However, I'm glad I persevered and read book 2. The characters were far more affable, if not exactly likeable and definitely more relatable.

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Just one chapter

I feel it would be easier to read if it had chapter breaks instead of it being read in one big block. Otherwise enjoyed the contents and the way the modern elements were worked in to the previous book.

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Outdated Sexism

The story itself was good, but no need in this day and age for the sexism. Its outdated. The voice adopted for Nicolas Q Harper was appalling. Sounded like Terry Thomas.

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The seventh scroll

I found it very difficult to put down. Brilliant. always wanting to know what came next.

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Brilliant story telling

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this story, read this book years ago but Mark's narration brought the whole book to life . Have got the Warlock installed ready to go !

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Great follow up to River God

Again a much loved book and, well, still sort of following the story of Tiata the slave, but bringing everything right up to date. We find Tiata in a tomb. This book takes on a separate but intriguing story all the same. Finding ancient artifacts, especially those of ancient Egypt can put you in all sorts of peril. Especially when someone else would prefer you to do the finding whilst they reap the spoils. Bringing it up to date, does not mean you are safe in Tiata's world. A great follow up. Enjoy.

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Narrator was awful

I really wanted to listen to this book as the story looked like a good adventure. However the narrator is dreadful, every line is delivered to a pattern that repeats over and over with his voice rising on every fourth word or so. He made the action sequences sound like a shopping list read by an air steward giving out safety advice

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Good old Wilbur Smith

Great story! And can Wilbur Smith ever resist having rebels and poachers in his writing

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Great Story

Gripping story line, spoiled (only slightly) by sycophantic references to the author, which I found a bit tacky!

Apart from that, a great tale!

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  • Leon K.
  • 26-02-19

Found it hard to stop listening

I read the book years ago and at that time I considered it the best book I had ever read. Now, with audible it was so much better that I am re-looking at all of the other Wilbur Smith books again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-20

Full circle

Enjoyed story from first book coming full circle into modern age with this adventure... Tahita lives on.

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  • Michele Haines
  • 12-12-19

I Fell In Love With The Characters

If you haven’t read Wilbur Smith YOU NEED TO! I am so sad because I have now finished all of his series along with all but one of his novels. I’m saving that for an up coming road trip with my husband.
Mr. Smiths writing style is so very extraordinary, vivid, alive, I feel like I am a character in one of his stories his novels are so easy to melt into. I feel as though I can, smell the air, taste the salt of the sea, feel the stinging heat of the desert, touch the minerals and rocks, hike through the jungles, go on Safari, feel the splashing rain, smell the mineral iron smell of blood, ride a horse....I JUST DO NOT KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS HOW FABULOUS THESE NOVELS & SERIES ARE!
***THANK YOU Wilber Smith for sharing your stories with the world, I for one am richer for it.

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  • Patrick Wiborg
  • 01-10-19

One of my favorites!

The story is great. Thankfully I read the River God before this. The only thing I disliked was the 2 or 3 times the author actually mentions himself. It takes me out of the story. Still it's one of my favorites!

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  • JDD
  • 07-03-19

Modern follow up

Beautiful descriptions of Egypt and Sudan, bring back memories of my visits. Story offers a good flow f rrrrrrrrrrrrr5 em a different perspective. No surprises though.

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  • Toddhopper
  • 04-04-19

Awesome book!

Loved the book. Narrator was excellent. He switched through the character voices flawlessly. I highly recommend.