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Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2) by [Taylor, A. K.]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in The Neiko Adventure Saga (2 Book Series)

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About the Author

A.K. Taylor is a YA fantasy/science fiction adventure writer who has been writing since age 16. Taylor also draws her characters and designs her covers and illustrations which she also began at 16. Taylor has also written a nonfiction piece about self promotion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Soaring Eagle Books (19 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR3G4MS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,036,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'Escape from Egypt' is a breath of fresh air. The writing style is unique and promises to engage the reader through it's use of interesting time travel technique, and subsequent plot development. The protagonist is a strong female character, Neiko, and the story follows her battle against the evil villain Ramasses of ancient Egypt. There is never a dull moment, and the book is punctuated with wonderful illustrations which break up the chapters perfectly. It reminds me of those books you read as a kid where you had to choose the ending and second guess what was coming. Thoroughly enjoyable and will look out for further books from Taylor.
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Did the book description relate to the story? Not really. This book is part of series and the description doesn't provide as much information as I would have liked.

How did you feel about the opening / ending sequences of the book? I liked the opening sequence. But overall both opening and sequences appeared cluttered. It's as if the author tried to do too much with too many characters all at the same time.

Who was your favourite character and why? Neiko, I guess. As much as I appreciated the insight into the first book in the series, I think Neiko's character development was a little too weak. It was expected that you know her. If you haven't read the first book, you don't know her and it's hard to connect with the main character in this book.

What were the main relationships explored in this book? I think it was Neiko relationships with the people around her. It must be noted, the writing style seems fresh and young but the topic and situation seems well beyond Neiko's years. It worked in some sections and it didn't in other bits.

Was this book worth reading? I think if the structure is polished a bit more, I would definitely recommend this book to my other book club members.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.
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In 'Escape from Ancient Egypt' A.K. Taylor has combined fantasy and historical fiction, to create a YA novel that washard to put down. The writing was uncomplicated and fresh, making it a novel that was easy to read and so engaging. I was really drawn into the story and the protagonist Neiko is so likeable, I was rooting for her through her many troubles in the book.

Neiko finds herself as the victim of revenge, transported back in time to the era of Ancient Egypt. Out of her depth andcomfort zone, it's not long before she finds herself in trouble. The legendary Pharaoh, Ramesses has plans for her as does the man who sent her back in time. How Neiko deals with this double threat, kept me gripped to the final page. I can't wait to read other books in the series.
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An exciting and action packed book from start to finish. This is the story of a young girl who travels between different times and places, and leads a life in each. Neiko finds herself in some scary and challenging situations in each place, and the book has a good amount of suspense as the reader awaits her next move. The writing is fantastical and highly imaginative, without being too far-fetched that the reader will lose interest. The characters are well developed and it would be interesting to see what the author holds in store for them in follow up books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Neiko is loved by many and has the support and loyalty of ... 23 Nov. 2016
By S. J. Main - Published on Amazon.com
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Neiko is an Indian Admiral and a strong warrior girl of Hawote, the hidden land that coexisted with the United States, Canada, and Mexico. There are seven tribes in this story. Neiko is loved by many and has the support and loyalty of her own tribe, and her allies are willing to die for her. The Crackedskulls, Prince Bloodhawk, Raven, and Francesco are all enemies of the Hawote. Many wars have been fought between them for the right to rule the land.

Francesco has visions of becoming the Pharoah of Hawote. His plan entails changing the timeline by eliminating Neiko from the present and poisoning the Bloodhawks and the Ravens. He obtains a crystal stone that gives him the ability to go anywhere he desires or to send someone else to the past, present, or the future. Francesco finds an opportunity to confront Neiko and sends her to Egypt, about three thousand years in the past, during the reign of Ramesses the Great.

What intrigues me is that once Neiko finds herself in this ordeal, she does not panic at all. In fact, she continues along on her merry way and tries to find her friends who have been missing for the past eleven years. She and her friends have to find a way to return to the year 2001 and set things straight for the last time. On their journey, they are captured, enslaved, forced to fight, to marry, and many more wondrous things.

I like the plot of the story and all the action that went with it. The pace was good enough to carry the reader into wanting to know more. It is an excellent choice for kids to read and to enjoy. The way the warrior men supported and protected Neiko after being abandoned for eleven years was admirable. Their bond was unyielding, and Neiko was never treated differently for being a woman. They saw her as a warrior and loved her for who she was.

This book was very hard for me to review as I really do not like to address the hard work of an author in such a way. However, since I have promised myself to be sincere and truthful, I would like to also mention the parts that I did not enjoy.

There is an overwhelming load of characters and names in this book. So many, that I was beginning to wonder how many more are going to be introduced? Having not read book one also did not help. There was a severe lack of backstory and that is a great weakness for this book.

I can’t remember the last time I saw picture illustrations in a novel. A note to authors, if you plan to do such a thing, then make the images big enough to see. In this book they were small, and I could barely understand what it was supposed to display.

This story, in my opinion, is a good young adult book but not a good historical fiction book. There are tiny ancient facts, references, and back-story and in fact, what did exist was quite comical. If you are buying this for a kid, then it is okay, but anyone that has some knowledge on Ancient Egypt will find this book lacking many basic details.

In summary, I would recommend this book for children and young adults only. It has just enough excitement and action to keep the young mind wondering and wanting to know more.

Written by Jeyran Main
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and engaging adventure 19 Feb. 2016
By TFLReader - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book for its portrayal of strong female characters. The book draws on some historical facts and information, so we encourage our young readers to continue learning as they engage in a real fun way of doing so. Any intrigue to entice further knowledge and understanding is a good thing. That being said, the story is original and bound to impress. The main character Neiko is transported from her home in a native American tribe, to the distant past in Ancient Egypt. Here she fights against the repressions of society at the time, and we see how she overcomes some dangerous situations. The book is exciting and packed with a vernacular that will appeal to older teens.
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Future with Indiana Jones and the Prince of Egypt meets young Native American Indian girl named Neiko 8 Sept. 2016
By Cold Coffee - Published on Amazon.com
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Escape From Ancient Egypt by A. K. Taylor is book two in the Neiko Adventure series. Although penned as a series, each book stands alone with action adventure all its own. ‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’ is for those young adult readers who enjoy time travel to ancient Egypt with a Native American Indian twist.

The book starts out with a wonderful map drawing of Egypt Ca 1300 BC drawn by author. The seven photo illustrations were produced by a separate artist. Her book cover design is by Mallory Rock.

In chapter one, Neiko (main character) emerges from a portal and makes a log entry concerning Hawote, a “hidden land that coexisted with the United States, Canada, and Mexico”.

Forty-three chapters reveal realistic characters, imaginative fantasy with action suspense drama, easy to follow dialog that will keep the reader engaged anticipating the next carefully placed photo that brings visual enhancement to the story.

In order to give you the reader a feel for the author’s writing style, I quote a passage from chapter three and share a description of the illustration photo in this chapter.

“Neiko’s vision turned from the green light to the world spinning around her in dizzying speed. Neiko wasn’t moving, but she felt like she was in freefall—like someone had cut the cable from an elevator, and she was plummeting with it. Descending in what—space and time? The evergreen and colorful deciduous vegetation of the Hawote woodlands changed to a desert with a river with some greenery and palms nearby. The cool autumn air of Hawote in October transformed into stifling, searing, dry heat. Pyramids, sphinxes, and strange statues spun around her after her house, porch, and front yard disappeared within the vortex. It was nighttime in Hawote, but the sun rose and set as time flew by— from west to east—backwards. Beneath her bare feet the wood from her front porch turned to nothing then into hot, soft sand.

Neiko’s world stopped spinning, and the sun was high in the sky. Neiko watched the sun to be sure it didn’t move again. Wherever she ended up, she guessed the time must be about high noon there judging by the sun’s position in the sky after a few moments of observation. The heat was intense, and she discovered she must be somewhere far from home. “Where?” was the ultimate question.”

There is a photo of an Indian within this script. “The man chattered in a language she didn’t understand—God knows what he was saying to her. He thrust at her a fine scarab necklace. Neiko looked at him puzzled with her right eyebrow raised. The language didn’t sound like Arabic since she watched a lot of action movies. Neiko put up her hands and shook her head and signed “map” and “phone” and spoke the words in every language that she knew of but got nowhere.”

As you can see Neiko is far from home. You must become a detective yourself and read this book to find out how and why Neiko travels through time? What mystery involves Neiko and some of her friends? How does a Native American girl fit into ancient Egypt culture and what is a girl to do when the Pharaoh takes a romantic interest? What will it take to get Neiko out of the past and back home?

‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’ was the finalist in the ‘Wisebear Digital Book Awards’, winner of the ‘Bronze Medal Award’, ‘Best in YA Historical Fantasy in the 2013 Wisebear Book Awards’ and Winner of the ‘UP Authors Approved Award for the 2013 Fiction Challenge’.

I invite you to read the first book in this series titled ‘Neiko's Five Land Adventure’ and ‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’ as both books stand alone with their own adventure.

Cold Coffee Press/Cafe endorses Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2) by A. K. Taylor. I reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on September 8, 2016.

Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2)
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book. 12 Sept. 2016
By Emma - Published on Amazon.com
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Escape from Ancient Egypt is probably best suited for the young adult and teenager audience, but I still really enjoyed it from start to finish. It wasn't just a great fantasy novel, it also taught me things I didn't know before, about the Ancient Egyptian way of life, and the Pharaoh Ramesses II. The writing style was simple, but still had plenty of impact, with scenes and moods being well described, and the characters are 3-dimensional. I also really appreciated the illustrations in the book, as it really helped stir up the imagination, as well as visualizing the plot and characters.

The plot of a Native American girl being sent back in time to Ancient Egypt, might seem a little bit out there, but, it really did make for an exciting and unique novel, with a final conclusion that definitely makes you wanting more. I will be eagerly waiting for future books in the series by A.K. Taylor.
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read 23 April 2016
By Michelle Geist - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a really original plot idea. It uses the concept of time travel to transport the main character, Neiko, through different lands. Her life gets turned upside down by an evil and intricate story surrounding a powerful Pharaoh. Neikos is a strong and interesting leading character that I think young girls will be able to relate to. Some of the content is better suited to older teens and young adults. The use of illustrations, and facts about historical figures help to support the believability of the plot, and I hope this style of writing is carried on in further adventures with Neiko. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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