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Wilbur Smith
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Book Description

6 April 2007 Egyptian Novels (Book 2)

A fading papyrus, nearly four thousand years old. Within it lie the clues to a fabulous treasure from an almost forgotten time . . . a riddle that becomes a savage battle across the unforgiving terrain of North Africa.

When her husband is brutally murdered, beautiful half-English, half-Egyptian Royan Al Simmu is forced to seek refuge in England. With eminent archaelogist Nicholas Quenton-Harper, she can pick up the pieces of her shattered life and find the courage to return to Ethiopia. For Duraid. And for the dreams of an ancient Pharoah . . . Because others will stop at nothing to claim the prize as their own.

'A desert sandstorm couldn't get pages turning faster than Smith' Independent On Sunday

'Full blooded, muscle-on-bone-crunching treasure hunt . . . it is non-stop action' Daily Express

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Product details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (6 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330449958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330449953
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,145 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.
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"A high-tech treasure hunt from a master storyteller at the top of his considerable form."- "Kirkus Reviews" "Great adventure...a smashing story."- "Ocala Star-Banner" "Intoxicating...a heady mix of exotic adventure, romance and Egyptology. Smith is a master." - "Publishers Weekly" "Life-threatening dangers loom around every turn, leaving the reader incredibly exciting and satisfying read."- "Chattanooga Free Press"

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The Seventh Scroll: a fading papyrus that holds clues to the location of the Pharaoh Mamose's tomb - and the hoard of treasure within - written nearly 4,000 years ago by a slave, Taita.

Royan Al Simma and her husband Duraid begin a search for the burial chamber that takes them from the Nile to the uplands of Ethiopia. But there are others who would kill to claim the prize, and a savage battle to unlock the scroll's secrets begins.

When Duraid is brutally murdered, Royan is forced to seek refuge in England. With the help of eminent archaeologist Nicholas Quenton-Harper, she picks up the pieces of her shattered life and finds the courage to return to Ethiopia. Together Royan and Nicholas embark on a dangerous journey to solve ancient Egypt's greatest mystery . . .

'A desert sandstorm couldn't get pages turning faster than Smith' Independent on Sunday

'Full blooded, muscle-on-bone-crunching treasure hunt . . . it is non-stop action' Daily Express


--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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This book continues the story of Taita , the eunuch , from the River God novel . It is a tale which blends the vagaries of love , war , friendship and deceit in one spellbinding tome . It follows the discovery of The Seventh Scroll , a faded , 4000 year old parchment which can lead the finder to the treasures of an Egypt long gone but never forgotten . When Duraid al Simma is murdered , his research partner and wife Royan narrowly escapes with her life . She escapes her husbands killers and returns home to her English mother . Here she meets Nicholas Quentin-Harper , an almost bankrupt Lord . The adventure is just about to begin . Together they begin the search for the lost treasure . It's a search which taxes all members of the expedition , forges new alliances and threatens to destroy all parties . They need to find a way to defeat there enemies , old and new . The Seventh Scroll rattles along with barely a pause for breath , covering a number of countries and four millenia . Truly spellbinding , utterly amazing . Wilbur Smith paints a picture with words , so vivid you could almost be accompanying the expedition . He is back to his very best , leading where others can only try and follow . Fantastic .
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most definately entertaining book 5 Oct 2001
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Having gone through the life of Taita, the slave from the River God, I was delighted to find out that there was a sequal to the book--this one.
It was wonderful to hear all about the way Taita had built the dam and created the water tunnel which protected the entrance to the well known tomb full of riches.
What was most special was the way Wilbur wrote this story with so much detailed information that I actually felt I was there. I could hear the river, I played the game that our dear friend Taita took to a different level entirely when he designed the traps and I could see the paintings in the tombs lit by the stunning glory of all the treasures held within.
If you enjoy amaizing adventures and the most realistic facts then you will enjoy this book, but! read the River God first.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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This is the most amazing book I have ever read. From page one you are trapped in its world. Wilbur Smith weaves a perfect blend of mystery, adventure, intrigure, murder, romance and sex in this tale of a present day treasure hunt left for us by the clever Taita almost 4,000 years ago. It follows from a previous novel and true story - (but you don't have to of read it!) River God. This story/biography was discovered in an Egyptian tomb encased in ten alabaster jars by a team of archaeologists in 1988 and the translation given to Wilbur Smith to convert to a more modern literary style. The Pharoah from River God leaves behind a fortune in artefacts that are cleverly hidden and mischeviously written about by the ostentatious Taita. In the Seventh Scroll we join these archaeologists and a gang of collectors in the search for the pharoah's tomb and his bounty. Wilbur Smith truly is a master at mystery stories, and I am now an avid fan - fifteen more novels to go!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 26 Feb 2003
I was just 15 yaers old when I read this book for the first time and in the 4 years that heve followed, I have lost count of the number of times I have read the Seventh Scroll, and the other two books in the trilogy.
The text of this book is highly accessible, and is humourous and witty in places. It draws you in to a web of deceit, intrigue, love, all set in the background of Egypt and Ethiopia.
However good I thought this book to be, it does not compare to the excellence that is the River God.
Wilbur Smith, however, is a writer who transports the reader to another dimension, and will leave you wnating more. I couldn't read fast enough!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read ! 20 Mar 2005
The Seventh scroll was the first Wilbur Smith book I read and it left me exhausted. I couldn't turn the pages quick enough the story is fasinatining and whisks you along without pause. On the discovery of the seventh scroll the clues left by Tatia over 4000 years ago are unravelled leading eventually to the where abouts of Pharoh Mamose tomb.A frantic race to beat the bad guys in a good old "Indian Jones" style as well as a step back in time to Egypt to follow the cuning of Tatia at the time.
Just brilliant and I'd also recomend "The Sunbird" and "The River God".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demands your attention! 27 Jun 2005
Firstly, let me say that no Wilbur Smith book set in Egypt will ever deserve less than a 5 star rating. In spite of this, The Seventh Scroll is just a tad below River God and Warlock, but it is still a great read.
One thing to note about The Seventh Scroll is the choice of characters to lead, Dr. Royan al Simma and Sir Nicholas Quenton-Harper. In keeping with Wilbur's style from River God, these characters are introduced very early on which results in their traits being described very fully. A good thing, because it allows for the plot to continue without restrictions, and at its fast pace.
Sir Nicholas has many things in common with River God's hero, Tanus as they are both heavily reliable warriors of their time but, unlike Tanus, Sir Nicholas is not infallible. On the other hand, Royan is extremely likeable for her intelligence and mannerisms, but is still a lot unlike any of the female characters from either River God or Warlock. I was relieved to note that Wilbur had decided not to recycle his character traits, unlike many other authors. I particularly enjoyed reading about Royan!
Overall, this is a book that will entice you into reading it. In my own personal experience, I had no intention of beginning it when I first picked it up at 4am some morning- but I ended up reading 15 pages. Similarly, I read 200 pages in just under two hours a few nights ago to finish it at 7am because I just had to know what would happen!
My only complaint is that Wilbur Smith has found his niche in these Egyptian novels (Sunbird, River God, The Seventh Scroll, Warlock) but he does not seem inclined to add any more titles to the list. It is a shame. These are clearly my favourite books.
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