This is an adventure about the desert and the things that may lurk in the uncharted territories. There is a historical side (with a Persian army disappearing around 523BC) and a modern side as a historical team try to unravel the myth of the army that is rumoured to have disappeared somehwere in the desert. The reason that the army never returned is soon discovered and the historians have to fight for their lives. If I revealed any more it would ruin the excitement of what is a fantastic book. Have fun racing through this tale!
Having been to the Western Desert myself, I was very interested to read Bown's fictional account of an expedition to the area. What I was not expecting was to be treated to the thriller that he has produced. Based on a few lines from Herodotus, Bown has created a complex story that takes the reader from a twentieth century British asylum to the ancient Persian conquest of Egypt. The lost oasis of Zerzura is intertwined with ancient Greek myth and the army sent by Cambyses II that never reached its destination, as the action moves from the 500s BC to the 1990s. Good historical detail is mixed with sharply drawn characters and fantastic, thrilling action sequences that are cinematic in scope. A cracking read.