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Pharaoh: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Valerio Massimo Manfredi
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Jerusalem, 586BC, the Kingdom of Judah is on the verge annihilation by the Babylonians. In the chaos the Prophet Jeremiah rushes to save the sacred Ark of the Covenant. As he locates the preordained hiding place which will make it impossible to be found, he makes a terrible discovery . . .

The Middle East, in the early 2000s. William Blake, a renowned Egyptologist has been called in to oversee the discovery of an amazing, magnificent and strange tomb of a Pharaoh many miles from the Valley of the Kings, located in a militarily senstive spot. His research will lead him to an amazing and world shattering discovery concerning Moses and the tribes of the Israelites and their flight from the land of Egypt.

'Manfredi . . . shows silly old Dan Brown how it should be done' Daily Express

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"'Manfredi... shows silly old Dan Brown how it should be done' - Daily Express"

Waterstone's Books Quarterly

'there is no denying Manfredi's sense of adventure and command of his subject'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (25 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PYD3Z6
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. Further to numerous academic publications, he has published thirteen works of fiction, including the Alexander trilogy which has been translated into thirty-four languages in fifty-five countries. His novel The Last Legion was released as a major motion picture. He has written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world and has penned screenplays for cinema and television.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historical Thrill Mish Mash 2 Jun. 2009
This is the second Valerio Massimo Manfredi novel I have read, and the least satisfactory. Manfredi is a professor of classical archaeology, and the two novels I have read have an historical thread running through them. However, in "The Pharaoh", this historical thread is crudely intertwined with an admittedly prescient, but for me hackneyed, terrorist threat to the USA plot. The comparisons with Dan Brown are hard to avoid, and this novel tried to be too much like Brown and strayed from Manfredi's strengths. I sometimes wondered if the clunkiness of the writing was down to poor translation?

In summary, barely average, certainly not one to recommend, but it won't put me of Manfredi.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Dan Brown style thriller 22 Oct. 2008
By chuckles VINE VOICE
There are 2 types of books Manfredi writes, the historical fiction novels and the thrillers. This is the thriller genre. Of course with his background, the thriller has it's roots in ancient history, a la Dan Browns the Da Vinci code. Some of Manfredis attempts at this genre for me have not worked, however this one I thought was excellent. Written before 9/11 it predicts a scary possibility of international terrorism that was not so far away from fact. I finished this book in less than a week and it caused many a late night as I felt I had to read just one more chapter.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Archaeological Adventure 4 May 2008
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Few authors can be better equipped to write about the history of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome than Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Professor of archaeology at the university of Milan, he has carried out many excavations and expeditions in the Mediterranean region and has produced many factual books on historical matters, mainly military although he has still found the time to write several novels. This book is a archeological adventure story.

Manfredi is extremely adept at capturing the essence of the period he is writing about, whether that be ancient Egypt, Greece or Rome. This book takes place in the recent past but is heavily influenced by events from over 2,000 years ago. In 586 BC the Kingdom of Judah is caught up in a violent war with the Babylonians. A war in which Judah is unlikely to escape intact. During the ensuing chaos the Prophet Jeremiah endeavors to save the sacred Ark of the Covenant.

Over 2,000 years later the eminent Egyptologist William Blake is called to oversee the find of a magnificent Pharaoh's tomb located a number of miles from the Valley of the Kings. This in itself is incredible as it has always been believed among Egyptologists that the major tombs of the Pharaoh's existed only in the Valley of the Kings.

The site of the new tomb is located in a highly sensitive area, both politically and militarily. Blake's discoveries will lead to an amazing biblical discovery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 19 Feb. 2010
'Shows Dan Brown how to do it!' had been emblazoned across the front cover of this book and as I had read Manfredi before, I was intrigued. Manfredi's usual style of writing ensures the very best in researching the subject and as such transports the reader sucessfully to that era. If this story could achieve this benchmark and build upon the usual rollercoster ride offered by Browns work then it would be a truly great novel.

However whilst parts of the story are gripping, such as the opening of the tomb and resultant discoveries within, some areas are too slow and a section to do with the escape is to be honest a bit too far. Again the research is first class but in my opinion doesn't really attain the heights expected of either Manfredi or Brown works.

Worthy of a read but you may, like me, be dissapointed with the closing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pharoah - Manfredi 22 Feb. 2010
An interesting mix and quite a thought-provoking one. The Kingdom of Judah (poor old Zedekiah), Jeremiah and the Book of Kings, a soupcon of the prophet Baruch, the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in 586 BC and the Ark of the Covenant. In 2006 Egyptologist William Blake is at the centre of a discovery that involves Moses, a tomb of a pharaoh and the powder keg of war in the Middle East.

This is a very good read with a good incidence of 'can't put it down'. It could have ended happily half way, but it reaches new levels in the last part. The only reservation is that the last half has a marked degree of unreality about it. The quality of the writing and the historical plot reflects well the authoritative writing of a professor of classical archaeology.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear... 2 Jun. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read a number of Manfredi's previous truly historical novels and quite enjoyed them, but this one is a dud. I get the feeling he's tried to climb on the Dan Brown bandwagon, fallen off it, then tried to get back on a passing Tom Clancy bandwagon, and then fallen off that too... Very poor characterisation, weak, implausible plot line, a series of coincidences that go way beyond the 'suspend disbelief' margins. All in all, something I wish I'd not bothered buying. I hope he sticks to the historical stuff in future, as this is truly awful.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful 9 May 2011
This is simply an awful book, the plot has so many holes it's ridiculous, the characters are terrible, and some of the fudges to keep the tale going are ludicrous. I actually finished reading it as I couldn't help myself, it was a bit like the mocking fascination that drives you to watch poor b-movies. A complete waste of paper
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars not anywhere as good as his alexander books =.
i am a great fan of this author and loved his Alexander books. however this one was very disappointing and i didnt even bother to finish the book .
Published 23 days ago by Sharmeen Bhuiyan
1.0 out of 5 stars Moses is turning in his grave!
last week I had two Manfredi books in my hand this and 'The Lost Army'. I opted for this novel based on the cover - and yes I know you shouldn't judge a book and all that but I... Read more
Published on 20 April 2010 by James Shields
2.0 out of 5 stars Inappropriate
I thought this was quite interesting until Blake 'fell in love' after only 2 weeks with the girlie - I hate inappropriate sex scenes there's just no need for them - unless the... Read more
Published on 9 Feb. 2010 by Merlin56
1.0 out of 5 stars Very badly plotted thriller
This was my first Valerio Massimo Manfredi novel. I'm not encouraged to read any more. The archaeology-based opening was interesting, but once it turned into a thriller I found the... Read more
Published on 28 Aug. 2009 by Steve W.
2.0 out of 5 stars slow start
only in about 75 pages- slow start. If dan brown had done this, best seller would not have been on his list of accomplishemnts
Published on 31 July 2009 by carl
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
The author Valerio Massimo Manfredi is Professor of archaeology at the University of Milan. His novel caught my eye as it was based in Egypt; in April 2008 I finished studying... Read more
Published on 1 Mar. 2009 by Mrs. A. M. Chadwick
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by its cover
The cover picture and the blurb on the back of the book led me to believe that this book was about the discovery and excavation of an Egyptian tomb. Read more
Published on 8 Feb. 2009 by A. Simmons
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
I usually love Manfredi's work about ancient Egypt but was taken aback to find this book was a modern day adventure/thriller
Published on 29 Jan. 2009 by Julie Whitson
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