After four trips to the Sahara and extensive historical research, David Ball crafted this sweeping adventure novel spanning two continents and 15 years. Set against a backdrop of the crumbling French Empire's attempts to colonize the Sahara Desert, Empires of Sand follows the lives of two cousins who are raised as brothers but destined to become enemies. It is 1870, and France is at war with Prussia. The son of a French count and a Saharan noblewoman, Moussa has been born to privilege. His cousin Paul will be an Army Officer like his father. For two young boys, the siege of Paris is merely another grand adventure. But as tensions rise, the French become more and more suspicious of "outsiders." When Moussa and his mother are forced to flee to her homeland, it will be 10 years before Moussa and Paul meet again-on opposite sides of a brutal battle for control of the Sahara. David Ball has created a swashbuckling tale with something for everyone. With his masterful narration, George Guidall perfectly captures the struggles of two men as their personal loyalties shift in a rapidly changing world.
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"David Ball is not so much a writer as a caster of spells. George Guidall's voice gives depth and force to the magic. Ball paints on a vast canvas with bold, dramatic strokes. Look too closely and you may see the artifice. Relax and you will be sucked inextricably into the story. The historical background has been painstakingly researched, but the facts don't interfere with the romance. Built around two cousins, boyhood friends, the drama delivers beautiful desert women, a wicked bishop, a wild boar, a cruel nun, and poisoned dates. And armies. There are armies. Men die for honor on the rainy fields outside of Paris and in the driest, deepest reaches of the Sahara. B.H.C. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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