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Call Me Pharaoh [Kindle Edition]

L. M. Beyer
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His name is Pharaoh Farrow, and he lives a thousand years after human life has spread to the stars and joined non-human life in the rowdy commerce of the galaxy. Maybe someday he'll retire to that sheep farm he's always talking about, but until then he works as a private investigator, earning just enough to keep his old ship repaired, food in his belly, and beer in the cooler.

When a wealthy and secretive man hires him to find his daughter, Pharaoh assumes it's just another missing persons case, no different from jobs he's handled a hundred times before. The pay will be good, but only if he lives to collect it, because he soon finds himself trapped between worlds at war, negotiating with pirates and spies, waylaid by the ruthless Lethian rebels, and arrested by the galaxy's equally ruthless Delian League of Spacefaring Systems.

Could things get worse? Oh, yes. He could find the woman all of them are looking for.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Temfield Books (12 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089HFM7C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #482,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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~~A very long time ago, I asked my father for a book to read. He handed me "Slan" by A. E. van Vogt. I finished that book, asked for more, and my father opened the door to his library of science fiction. It was a small room with a big collection of paperbacks carefully arranged on shelves he had built himself. I read them all, from Isaac Asimov to H.G. Wells, and have wanted to explore the galaxy ever since. Sadly, I had to settle for writing about it.
~~The science fiction stories I write assume that we will one day colonize other planets in this solar system and beyond. They also assume we will meet other forms of life and enter into trade agreements with them. The hero of my first book is Pharaoh Farrow and he is human. He would rather talk than fight, but if forced to fight he will use his fists, his wits, and sometimes a gun. He does not own a magic wand. He has not yet met a dragon or a mage but is willing to admit he hasn't seen everything.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By nixlyn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read a lot of books of all genres hence am always looking for something new and preferably cheap. This book had me from page one. In some ways it is a good old sci fi with may weird and wonderful beings and a good old fashioned hero who has many failings but is basically a good guy who wants to do what is right. The plot is fantastical, unbelievable and thoroughly enjoyable! There is a nice vein of humour running throughout.

Most importantly, the writing is so good that it draws you along and absorbs you. I could see this working well as a film - as long as it was done properly.

I finished it in one sitting and immediately went to buy the next one - except this is the first in a series (I hope!).

If you like a great tongue in cheek story then buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Five Star Gem 24 April 2013
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Call Me Pharaoh fully deserves its 5 Star rating. You can read my full review from the American site below, but if you like old fashioned action adventure Space Opera with a bit of humor, try this one. It is worth it.
Think Keith Laumer. When I first read this, that was the writer whose style I felt was being evoked. Take a 'Look Inside'. I think you will be hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for a rising Star! 9 Aug. 2012
By John Patin - Published on Amazon.com
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.... I think I may have just stumbled across an important new Talent in the Science Fiction field. Call Me Pharaoh is written with a polished flair that often reminded me of the light and insouciant style of the much missed Keith Laumer. It is exciting to see someone of that caliber enter the field.
.... Pharaoh Farrow is a P.I. working out of a barely functional old survey ship. Desperate for cash, he takes on what seems to be a rather ordinary Rich Mans' Daughter Gets Kidnapped case. To his dismay, he finds himself in the middle of an interstellar war and that finding the missing heiress is the key to ending not only the war but preventing the End of Everything. It is a sometimes funny, always entertaining ride that will leave the reader with no regrets. There is no pretense or preaching in this book, just good solid reading fun.
.... Call Me Pharaoh is more than worth the price of admission. It is also a professionally edited and formatted work with none of the unfortunate glitches one sometimes finds in self published works. I can't promise there isn't a comma or two in the wrong place, but that is why I have my own editor. This book is a gem and a bargain to boot. Buy it. Read it and enjoy, then call your friends and tell them that a new Talent has arrived on the SF scene. That may sound like hyperbole, but it is not. Just read Call Me Pharaoh and see for yourself.
.... As a fellow writer of Science Fiction, I welcome L. M. Beyer to the ranks. If this premiere effort is any indication of her future work, the genre will be well served indeed.
.... Finally, because I am also a writer in the same genre and to still any suspicion that I am shopping for a reciprocal review, I specifically ask this author to not review anything of mine. Ever. I am that serious about this. Besides, I'm not sure I could stand the comparison. She is that good.

Addendum: One of the other reviewers thought the Prologue was a bit wordy. Nah... It's perfect! ;>
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sci-Fi Interstellar Adventure 2 July 2012
By Larry B. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Call Me Pharaoh" by L.M. Beyer is a great book in my favorite genre, Science Fiction. This interstellar action adventure is face paced and full of twist and turns in its' plot. I really liked the lead character and was able to identify with him and put myself into the story. The storyline was well developed and easy to follow even with all the twist. This book was hard to put down.

I highly recommend "Call Me Pharaoh" by L.M. Beyer
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Private investigator in space 17 Jun. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this on a free day and the description sounded interesting. I found the book very interesting and the characters well developed. Pharaoh always seems to get in trouble and most the time it is not his fault. It always has you wondering what will go wrong next. I think it would make an interesting movie or TV show.

I felt the prologue was a little wordy but the story itself was not. A good read
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did they tell you he saved the Galaxy, as he says? 17 Jun. 2012
By SGL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The story of Pharaoh Farrow. Interstellar P.I. begins simply enough in a bar (where else) His task is to find and return the daughter of a wealthy business man. As the story progresses he finds that not only does her father want her, but every powerful sentient race in the Galaxy wants her! Can he find her and maybe just maybe save the galaxy? It's light hearted and well written, populated with interesting characters and events.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING! 7 Oct. 2012
By Linell Jeppsen - Published on Amazon.com
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Oh my goodness, I loved this book! This is the sort of story that gains your interest from the very beginning with poignant humor, and accelerates headlong into an action adventure tale starring a snarky, slightly crooked, but deeply honorable space jockey, named Farrow Pharoah.

Pharoah is minding his own business when his old, but serviceable freighter, The Hilda suddenly goes dead in the water (or, in this case, deep space). He and his ship have been seized by a rich businessman, who hires him to find his missing daughter. Pharoah doubts the outcome of his search, but the money (carats) is too good to pass up, so the game is on. Little does he know that "Daddy's little rich girl" holds the future of the galaxy in her hands!

Pharoah will need to reach deep inside himself as he is hunted, beaten, jailed, and chased throughout many worlds and star systems, both in Alpha and Beta space, to find his prize. That the prize doesn't want to be found only complicates an already deadly mission, but, if nothing else, Pharoah needs that cash!

You will meet many wonderful, terrifying, and downright crazy aliens in this space opera; and an old freight-hauler, named Hilda, who knows she's inadequate but will do her best for her Captain, a zany cast of humans, and most of all, one of the coolest protagonists I've run across in years!

Yay! 5 resounding stars for this wonderful piece of science fiction!
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