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  • Hardcover: 507 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802119182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802119186
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.4 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 831,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For as long as I can remember, the two great loves of my life have been writing and archaeology (three if you include travelling in out of the way places, especially deserts). For many years I worked as a field archaeologist in Egypt, notably in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, and all my novels to a greater or lesser extent draw on my experiences excavating and living in Egypt and the Middle East. My main protagonist, Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police, is a composite of a number of people I know, and while his colourful adventures are products purely of my imagination, the world he inhabits is very much a real one. Through Khalifa I try to explore issues such as terrorism, contemporary Middle East politics, religion and government corruption, all against a backdrop of the extraordinary history and archaeological heritage of that part of the world. To find out a bit more about me and my novels, check out my website: www.paul-sussman.com.

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"An intelligent, compelling, beautifully written thriller. You will enjoy every page of this breathtaking ride - and the secret at the heart of it will knock the top of your head off" -- William Bernhardt "The Hidden Oasis is a rip-roaring gem of a read - you are in for a real treat!" Raymond Khoury, author of the bestselling The Last Templar "Another winner from Paul Sussman - hands down one of the best writers of international suspense in the business. Told with authority and style, excitement melds with adventure - you can feel the scorching desert heat and the chapping, acrid winds. The Hidden Oasis offers bone chilling thrills, a flair for the macabre and off-the-charts suspense. Superb" Steve Berry, author of The Templar Legacy, The Romanov Prophecy and The Charlemagne Pursuit "A compelling, high-octane adventure novel that seamlessly meshes past and present to bring vividly to life one of the most enduring mysteries of ancient Egypt. The author's extensive knowledge of Egyptian pre-history is effortlessly woven into a fast and furious tale studded with thrilling chases, characters who are rarely what they seem, implacably evil villains and a delightful heroine. Deception, deceit and lies abound and the plot twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, all the way to the awesome climax." James Becker, author of The First Apostle & The Moses Stone "The Hidden Oasis evokes a lost world of primordial myth that men have sought since the very dawn of history - the twist: this time, the seeker is a female mountain climber! Amidst non-stop action - and literal cliffhangers - Paul Sussman again convinces us that there is nothing boring about the lost worlds of archaeology" KATHERINE NEVILLE, author of The Eight --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The thrilling new archaeological adventure from the bestselling author of The Last Secret of the Temple. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lally on 11 Dec. 2009
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After reading Paul Sussman's totally brilliant and hugely compelling Last Secret of the Temple, I was hoping that this new novel would be even better, but it's actually a bit of a let-down. It's very good, and if you want to read a thriller in the Dan Brown tradition it's certainly recommended. But although Hidden Oasis starts well, the denouement doesn't quite hack it, and at the end it all tends to fizzle out. I don't want to write a spoiler of a review, but I'm wondering if the ending was imposed on Mr Sussman by his publishers?
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. Cook on 28 Sept. 2009
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From the moment you open this book and see the maps of the the Egyptian desert and the enigmatic hieroglyphics, you know you are in for a treat. And then you turn over and are swept immediately into a savage sacrificial throat-cutting episode in the heart of the Great Sand Sea 3000 years ago... and you're off on an action-packed and gripping Indiana Jones style adventure featuring a contemporary archaeologist/Egyptologist, a heroine whose idea of fun is solo climbing up massive cliff faces, varied Bedouin elders, a very dodgy criminal with a penchant for imaginative murders (and a fear of cockroaches!) plus a spook or two, all drawn together throughy a long-lost secret allied with a very modern threat. It's cinematic in feel as it whisks the reader from scene to scene, the action is unrelenting with plenty of in-the-nick-of-time escapes and near misses, and the climax is truly inventive and edge-of-the-seat exciting. The background knowledge is pretty impressive too but this isn't the kind of book where you need to concentrate hard on a complicated history or it doesn't make sense. It's much more fun than that! And definitely a book you won't want to put down until you've finished. It would make a brilliant stocking-filler pressie too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Smith on 18 Jun. 2010
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I like the author's writing, and I greatly enjoyed his two previous books. This is in many ways a bigger work, and displays his very deep and thorough knowledge of ancient Egypt, as well as being an exciting and compelling chase thriller as the hero searches for perhaps the most famous - or notorious - of Egypt's lost relics, the Benben stone. My problem is the ending, which is simply unbelievable on every level, almost descending into farce. This is both in terms of the hero's actions - having almost escaped from certain death in a collapsing valley, he then decides to run back into it to try to rescue somebody who minutes earlier ordered his execution, for no reason that makes the slightest bit of sense - and in what happens to the landscape, which is not simply unlikely but physically, geologically and geographically impossible. That was disappointing, hence only three stars.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Byrnes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2009
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I confess to buying this book mainly because so much of it was located in the Gilf Kebir, an area of Egypt which I know and is very close to my heart. But I also enjoy a good thriller.

The book starts off very well. The rather gory story of the transport of an unidentified object into the Western Desert by the priests of Old Kingdom Egypt is followed by a switch to 1986 when a plane carrying an also unidentified cargo crashes in the same area. We then move to 2009 with the arrival of in Egypt of a female rock climber (Freya) to attend the funeral of her desert explorer sister who apparently killed herself. But it soon becomes clear that suicide may not have been the real cause of death. A bag discovered with a dead body by Bedouin near the Gilf Kebir area is delivered to Freya, in lieu of her sister, and this is the trigger for a series of violent events. The connections between these events and the subsequent meetings and action are labyrinthine. There are lots of car chases, threatened tortures, dramatic escapes and personal secrets revealed along the way. There's even an impromptu archaeological excavation at Abydos (don't read this bit if you're an archaeologist - your blood will run cold)

It is a good romp and the storyline mixes political wranglings from the time of the Iraq-Iran war, underworld arms and other unsavory dealings and CIA interests with a good dose of Egyptology and archaeology. The characters include our heroine the strong minded but guilt-ridden (and beautiful) rock climber Freya, our Egyptologist hero Flin (damaged but trying to make amends for his past) and a collection of goodies and baddies from intelligence agencies, the Bedouin and the underworld.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 July 2012
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Paul Sussman's third novel The Hidden Oasis is an excellent page turning romp. From start to finish I have really enjoyed this. He writes so convincingly about the settings and characters that from the moment you dip into the book at any time you are immediately transported to the steaming Egyptian desert. I enjoyed it so much that I am going to continue immediately onto his next novel which has just come out, The Labyrinth of Osiris.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Gray on 4 May 2011
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I have enjoyed trmendously Paul Sussman's previous book, The Last Secret Of The Temple. I was looking forward to reading this and had set aside time to read it quickly. However, it is a great disappointment. Unlike his previous book, it is full of unnecessary swearing, unnecessary violence and too many coincidences to be believable. Examples of what I mean by coincidences being 'just in the nick of time', 'missed by inches', and countless tales of things happening when 'all is lost'. This is a continuing theme throughout the second half of the book. Also, if the end was not so dire, it would be laughable. Poor and disappointing.
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