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City of the Horizon (Egyptian Mysteries) Paperback – 8 Apr 1993
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About the Author
Anton Gill was educated at Chigwell School and Clare College, Cambridge. He became a full-time writer in 1984 after a few years working in the theatre, for the Arts Council and for the BBC. He is the author of a number of books, largely in the field of contemporary history, including studies of Germany before, during, and after World War II. He is also the author of "Art Lover", a highly acclaimed biography of the collector of surreal and abstract art Peggy Guggenheim. When he isn't writing, Anton Gill travels. When he is, he lives in Bloomsbury, London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Down on his luck and with few choices (none of them admirable), a dispirited Huy is literally plucked off the banks of the Nile by a school mate friend Amotju, who has a problem. Knowing Huy's traits from childhood, Amotju convinces the despairing Huy to help him: it's the ages-old story of jealousy and romance. Amotju is an incredibly wealthy man who has some of the eyes and ears of the power structure of the time.
Still, the story goes much deeper as soon Huy finds himself in that tangled web we weave Sir Walter Scott so clearly wrote about: a murder here, a robbery there, thefts, political and religious intrigues,the secret police, and more murders, just as the new boy pharoah Tutankhamun comes into power. Amotju seems to be a saving grace for Huy, who literally seems to be brought back to life with these opportunities to help his love-stricken friend.
It is no surprise that Gill creates a well-written, well-thought out storyline and he especially triumphs with the character of Huy. The author's penchant for landscape and atmosphere seems to capture the time and place, at least as perhaps lay readers of the period might imagine them. His plot development moves repidly and surely to a convincing climax and ending. Readers will readily want to move on to the next episode, "City of Dreams" and then the last "City of the Dead." All are excellent reads.