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Paul Sussman
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5 Jun 2006

In 523 BC, the Persian emperor Cambyses dispatched an army across Egypt's western desert to destroy the oracle of Amun at Siwa. Legend has it that somewhere in the middle of the Great Sand Sea his army was overwhelmed by a sandstorm and destroyed. Fifty thousand men were lost.

Two and a half thousand years later a mutilated corpse is washed up on the banks of the Nile at Luxor, an antiques dealer is savagely murdered in Cairo, and an eminent British archaeologist is found dead at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara.

At first the incidents appear unconnected. Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is suspicious, however. And so too is the archaeologist's daughter, Tara Mullray. As each seeks to uncover the truth, they find themselves thrown together in a desperate race for survival - one that forces them to confront not only present-day adversaries but also ghosts from their own pasts.

From a mysterious fragment of ancient hieroglyphic text to rumours of a fabulous lost tomb in the Theban Hills, from the shimmering waters of the Nile to the dusty backstreets of Cairo, Khalifa and Mullray are drawn ever deeper into a labyrinth of violence, intrigue and betrayal. It is a path that will eventually lead them into the forbidding, barren heart of the western desert, and the answer to one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world . . .

At once an adrenaline-packed thriller and a wonderfully evocative archaeological adventure, THE LOST ARMY OF CAMBYSES marks the début of a great new storyteller.


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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (5 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553818031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818031
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,663 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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"'At last, at thriller that gets away from the hackneyed old "curse of Tut" stuff...the fast paced plot is one among many good things in this very assured first novel'" (Scotland on Sunday)

"'A tremendous adventure, one of the most intriguing mysteries of the past, a great novel masterfully written'"

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An adrenaline-packed adventure thriller set in Egypt about the hunt for a fabulous lost treasure.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book with a Sting in the Tail 26 Sep 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
It is always an exciting time for me when I find a new author who writes about the subjects I am interested in. This is Paul Sussman's first novel and he certainly seems to have the magical gift of storytelling. The book is based around a well documented event in early history. In 523 BC the Persian Emperor Cambyses sent an army across Egypt's desert to destroy an oracle at Amun. Somewhere in the deserts the army of 50,000 men were destroyed by a sandstorm. The book is set in modern times and there is much murder and mystery involved. Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is brought in to solve the crimes, but even he is amazed by the sting in the tail that this book has in store for the reader. This really is a gripping book, one of the best I have read this year, and I commend it to you.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Amelrode TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
In 525 BC the Persian emperor Cambyses II invaded Egypt and successfully overthrew the native Egyptian pharaoh, Psamtek III, last ruler of Egypt's 26th Dynasty to become the first ruler of Egypt's 27th Persian Dynasty. Cambyses II sent his army to Siwa Oasis in the Western Desert to seek (or seize) legitimization of his rule from the oracle of Amun, much as Alexander the Great would do in the 4th century BC. However, the army was overtaken by a sandstorm and buried.

For centuries adventurers and archaeologists have tried to find the lost army, and at times, tantalizing, though usually false glues have been discovered. Within recent years all manner of artifacts and monuments have been discovered in Egypt's Western Desert. Here and there, new discoveries of temples and tombs turn up, even in relatively inhabited areas where more modern structures are often difficult to distinguish from ancient ruins. Very recently, when a geological team from the Helwan University geologists found themselves walking through dunes littered with fragments of textiles, daggers, arrow-heads, and the bleached bones of the men to whom all these trappings belonged.

So far so good the reality which forms the background of this amazing crime story which will hold you from page one and only lets you go with the very last page. It is a page turner where fact and fiction merge into a one. Paul Sussmann knows how to hold the reader's interest, develops the personalities and the story in a convincing and interesting way. The various leads merge at some point, the twist are not outrages in the sense that one asks oneself "Where the hell is this coming from".

There are some aspects one needs to think about: terrorism, its roots and its effects.

All in all a book I highly enjoyed and can equally recommended.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Egypt's many Mysteries Brought to Life 15 Nov 2004
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
It is always an exciting time for me when I find a new author who writes about the subjects I am interested in. This is Paul Sussman's first novel and he certainly seems to have the magical gift of storytelling. The book is based around a well documented event in early history. In 523 BC the Persian Emperor Cambyses sent an army across Egypt's desert to destroy an oracle at Amun. Somewhere in the deserts the army of 50,000 men were destroyed by a sandstorm. The book is set in modern times and there is much murder and mystery involved. Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is brought in to solve the crimes, but even he is amazed by the sting in the tail that this book has in store for the reader. This really is a gripping book, one of the best I have read this year, and I commend it to you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great story 15 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I strongly disagree with review by minidiscdrive! Having chosen a book of a completely different genre to my usual choice, I was thrilled to have “invested my time” reading it. There is enough historical detail for those amongst us who are familiar with the territory, to realise that Paul Sussman must have performed some painstaking research. The story is a surprising blend of fascinating historical reference, and a most unexpected swashbuckling Indiana Jones style murder mystery with some great characterisation to boot. This includes an interesting portrayal of entirely fictional Muslim fundamentalists. (The book jacket quickly points out the book was finished well before the Sept 11th incident!) There’s even a smattering of heart (gut?) wrenching romance for those of us inclined toward that field. And the most important thing? It’s a great story. Excellent.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Army of Cambyses 29 July 2006
By JacquiB
Format:Paperback
Dan Browne who? This beats the Da Vinci Code hands down. I hope film bosses read this book.

I picked up The Last Secret of the Temple in duty free recently and could not put it down so I thought I would go for Sussman's first book. I was not disappointed!

Fantastic read - good characters, plot twists and the baddies are exceptional. It was good to read about my now old friend Khalifa - he's in 'The Temple' and you get to feel a real empathy for him. It makes a change for the characters not to be American.

My only criticism would be Sussmans, sometimes excessive use of swearing - especially certain words uttered by his female character... Its hated by alot of women but don't be put off by this criticism just read through it as its worth it.

Keep writing Mr Sussman.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive holiday read! 21 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
This is a fast flowing fictional adventure novel that makes for ideal reading on a long flight or on the beach. It's one of those books that you find yourself having to keep reading to see what happens next. If you are looking for a book to exercise the old grey cells, don't bother! If you are looking for a light read, then this is the book for you.
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Published 11 months ago by Marsha Sandy-Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Army of Cambyses
All Paul Sussman's books have kept me enthralled. So sorry there won't be any more as I have read them all now.
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Started off the wrong way with Paul Sussman's books by reading his last book first!I then decided that I should start from the beginning. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Silver Surfer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Army of Cambyses
Not quite as good as The labyrinth of Osiris.A bit far fetched.How an army can be buried in the desert and found by a nut case beggars belief.
Published 12 months ago by Dai
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Took a bit of getting into not as exciting as I anticipated. Love Greek mysteries but this just lacked something. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Karen Little
5.0 out of 5 stars real page turner
l really enjoyed this pacy thriller, it has a good story line and lots of surprises throughout. The plot is well constructed and plausible. l would highly recommend.
Published 14 months ago by catherine burridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Just finished it, it came Saturday finished it on Thursday. great book thanks Amazon, cant wait to start the next.
Published 15 months ago by jo mitra
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery
A little more dated than I expected in terms of age of the book and the pages but acceptable and it's a book at the end of the day .
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I had read Paul's final book, which he completed before he sadly died, and really enjoyed the humour and storyline. Read more
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