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Wilbur Smith
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6 April 2007 Egyptian Novels (Book 1)

Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of the Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood as weak men inherit the cherished crown.

In the city of Thebes at the Festival of Osiris, loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather to pay homage to their leader. But Taita - a wise and formidably gifted eunuch slave, sees him only as a symbol of a kingdom's fading glory. Beside Taita stand his proteges, Lostris, daughter of Lord Intef, beautiful beyond her fourteen years; and Tanus, proud, young army officer, who has vowed to avenge the death - at Intef's hand - of his father, and seize Lostris as his prize. Together they share a dream - to restore the majesty of the Pharaoh of Pharaohs on the glittering banks of the Nile.


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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (6 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330449931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330449939
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
For all the latest information on Wilbur visit facebook.com/WilburSmith

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"A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile."-"-Denver Post"
"Vivid and fascinating...Packed with passion, war, intrigue and revenge."--"Orlando Sentinel"
"Vivid detail...Sumptuous storytelling...A feast!"--"Detroit Free Press"

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Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. And a legend shattered by greed... Now the Valley of the Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. 'An epic of sex, death and intrigue in the valley of the kings...richly written...packs in the action...excellent' Weekend Telegraph 'Grand mythical material...the set pieces are fabulous' Time Literary Supplement 'Superlatively evocative... Smith's descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages...(River God) has relentless momentum' Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the eminent storyteller's masterpieces 19 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I've read many of Wilbur Smith books and I classify River God as the second best after 'The Sunbird'. Everything mixes perfectly in this book and Smith tells us the epic story of a great ancient nation who at a point lose everything and they have to fight for their lost glory. I think that what is unique in this book, comparing to other Smith's books, is that the main hero is not one of the superman-like guys but rather a castrated slave, Taita. Someone who uses his intelligence much more than he uses his muscles. It is through his eyes that we see all the story evolving, since as a slave he has a duty to be a historian in ancient Egypt, but he also plays an active role in influencing the policy of the Pharaoh. Further, the love story between Taita, the Queen, Pharaoh and the warrior Tanus is of unparallel beauty. As for the blood and violence, yes- you guessed rightly- they are as ever present in this Smith book. However, I believe that violence in River God is not exaggerated (as it happens in some of Smith's other books) but rather is well integrated with the other ingredients of the story (e.g. romance, description of daily life in ancient Egypt etc.).Further, since the action of this book doesn't take place in South Africa the readers won't have to question themselves of whether Smith is in favor of Victorian imperialistic ideas. For those reasons I believe that River God can be appealing not only to committed fans of W. Smith but to a more general audience who likes reading this type of literature. In the future this will be one of Smith's books that people will refer back to and it won't be forgotten.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The God of adventure books 11 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
This is a definate must read for all fans of adventure, intrigue, romance, action and a whole host of other genres.
River God combines an enthralling storyline, unforgetable characters and intense, bloody combat.
It's an exciting account of the egyptians' war with the hyksos, vividly showing us the world of the nile valley through the eyes of the humble, slave Taita. The sheer detail of the egyptians' way of life- their clothes, weapons, food etc really transports you back to the days of pharoahs and pyramids.
It's a long, detailed book that never bores or seems too brief.
There are plenty of epic battles, violence and other boyish features, but at heart it's a tragedy- an unusual love triangle between the princess Lostris, the warrior Tanus and Taita, the slave and eeunuch. It's a heart rending tale of an impossible love between a slave and a princess that caused one of the only times I have ever cried.
There is something for most people here- gore, love, adventure and friendship but some more sensitive readers may be put off by some unpleasent mental pictures and truly evil characters.
This book begins a deep story and family tree that continues in the just as spectacular sequel, Warlock.
So, this is a book for those who like an epic, inspiring read who aren't afraid to cry and who don't mind a bit of violence.
This is a VERY good book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece from the world's eminent storyteller 19 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've read many of Wilbur Smith books and I classify River God as the second best after 'The Sunbird'. Everything mixes perfectly in this book and Smith tells us the epic story of a great ancient nation who at a point lose everything and they have to fight for their lost glory. I think that what is unique in this book, comparing to other Smith's books, is that the main hero is not one of the superman-like guys but rather a castrated slave, Taita. Someone who uses his intelligence much more than he uses his muscles. It is through his eyes that we see all the story evolving, since as a slave he has a duty to be a historian in ancient Egypt, but he also plays an active role in influencing the policy of the Pharaoh. Further, the love story between Taita, the Queen, Pharaoh and the warrior Tanus is of unparallel beauty. As for the blood and violence, yes- you guessed rightly- they are as ever present in this Smith book. However, I believe that violence in River God is not exaggerated (as it happens in some of Smith's other books) but rather is well integrated with the other ingredients of the story (e.g. romance, description of daily life in ancient Egypt etc.).Further, since the action of this book doesn't take place in South Africa the readers won't have to question themselves of whether Smith is in favor of Victorian imperialistic ideas. For those reasons I believe that River God can be appealing not only to committed fans of W. Smith but to a more general audience who likes reading this type of literature. In the future this will be one of Smith's books that people will refer back to and it won't be forgotten.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of all time 22 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
I first read this book when I was 14 at school, I recently re-read it at whilst at University in a bored period between exams. I distinctly remember the first time I read it that not only could I not put it down, but that when I HAD to do other things, I couldn't really think of anything other than the story.

Wilbur Smith has written over 30 books I think now, most of them are similar in many ways expecially his most recent offerings, this book stands out amongst his because it is so different. It is basically an epic tragedy played out on the banks of the Nile about 3000 years ago. The main theme of unrequited love between a slave, Taita, castrated as a punishment when 16, and his charge Lostris is absolutely heartbreaking, but somehow the way it is written makes the story uplifting!

You really must read this, even if you have read another of Smith's books and not enjoyed it, this is something else, read it, reread it, and it will always stay in your thoughts. Wilbur Smith truly is a legend, and this is his Magnum Opus.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
Got to love Wilbur Smith. What an incredible storyteller he is, producing fantastic descriptions and imaginative plot lines.. Pure magic.
Published 6 days ago by Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want it to end!
Could not get enough of this book ! Paints a picture of ancient Egypt far better than any TV Documentary could, with so much detail that you feel you can almost touch the past. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Dogstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I've read all the Egyptian novels. Great reads! Real page turners - you can't put them down! Wilbur at his best!
Published 1 month ago by JanetH
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine read
Another fine novel his descriptions make you feel your in ancient Egypt watching the novel unfold will defiantly buy the rest of the Egyptian series
Published 1 month ago by stephen mclelland
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This is not the first time I have read this book but it still grips me . This edition needs to be proof read again as there are quite a few grammatical errors
Published 2 months ago by Neil Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Description accurate
The description of this used item was accurate. The book was in very good condition, but the cover was worn
Published 2 months ago by geoffw
5.0 out of 5 stars River God (Egyptian Novels) by Wilber Smith
This is the first book that I have read by this author. I have always been keen on Egypt and its history since a young girl and loved the sense of wonder and mystique of ancient... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Assassin's Creed fan
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth a read
My favourite book by this author. You really believe in all the characters, especially the kind, loyal, vain and longsuffering Taita. Well recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Tracy Railton
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge book not in size but in stature.
The story telling of Wilbur Smith brings an image of the lives of the characters to so much more than ink on paper . An expansive of time and space and distance . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Edward Rush
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Couldn't put it down
This was recommended to me and I wasn't disappointed. Great read and started the next one The seventh scroll. Looking forward to reading all the Egyptian novels
Published 2 months ago by Gillybobs
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