In 523 BC, the Persian pharaoh Cambyses dispatched an army across Egypt's western desert to destroy the oracle at Siwa. Legend has it that somewhere in middle of the Great Dune Sea his army was overwhelmed by a sandstorm and lost for ever. Two and a half millennia later, a mutilated corpse is washed up on the banks of the Nile at Luxor, an antiques dealer is savagely murdered in Cairo, and a British archaeologist is found dead at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara. The incidents appear unconnected, but Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is suspicious.
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by Paul Sussman
by David Lodge
by Chris Ryan
by Lyndon Stacey
by Clare Morrall
by J.G. Ballard
"Gordon Griffin disappears . . . he narrates so well. He becomes the characters of this book, enhancing it with his timing and perfect interpretations. Archaeology meets terrorism in this richly descriptive thriller focused on Egypt. The story introduces listeners to the complex emotions that fuel the problems in the Arab world, but the politics are seamlessly incorporated into the massive sweep of the story. This is the kind of listening excitement that keeps one sitting in one's car as the plot speeds from the London Zoo to the Great Sand Sea. Here is the greatest archaeological discovery of all time, an entire army overwhelmed by a sandstorm in 532 B.C., and everyone wants to get their hands on it. Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police must do everything in his power to discover the army's location, including going against orders, not just out of duty, but also for vital personal reasons. B.H.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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