Pharaoh

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Pharaoh

Postby dtietens » Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:31 am

Hi all,

Pharaoh (kindle release date 22 September 2016 on amazon.de)

Just received a message that WS will release a new book !
Looking forward to it.

Extract from amazon.de
EGYPT IS UNDER ATTACK.
Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded, All seems lost. Taita prepares for the enemy’s final, fatal push. The ex-slave, now general of Tamose’s armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt’s most desperate hour. With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned and the Egyptian army feasts upon its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor. Tamose is dead and a poisonous new era has begun. The new Pharaoh has risen. Pharaoh Utteric is young, weak and cruel, and threatened by Taita’s influence within the palace – especially his friendship with Utteric’s younger and worthier brother, Ramases. With Taita’s imprisonment, Ramases is forced to make a choice: help Taita escape and forsake his brother, or remain silent and condone Utteric’s tyranny. To a good man like Ramases, there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped and Egypt must be reclaimed. From the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta, PHARAOH is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to a time of threat, blood and glory. Master storyteller, Wilbur Smith, is at the very peak of his powers.
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Re: Pharaoh

Postby E-Hoog » Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:51 am

Hmm, sounds, I don't know, disappointing already :wink: . Where is this book positioned with respect to the others? It's been a while since I read them. Is this after Quest, or after Desert God (which was between River God and Warlock)?
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Re: Pharaoh

Postby johnrogers » Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:07 am

Really not certain if I will read it or not - thinking about it but not finding the inspiration so far today.
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Re: Pharaoh

Postby dtietens » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:20 am

Hi,
For what it is worth the books must set between "The Seventh Scroll" and "Warlock" as far as I remember the characters in each of them.
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Re: Pharaoh

Postby tedd » Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:48 pm

Is this a wholly WS book or does he have an assistant writer?
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Re: Pharaoh

Postby johnrogers » Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:14 pm

Changed my mind willing to go one more round with Taita,should be interesting I look forward to it who ever thought we would see 2 more books in the Egyptian series.I must say Taita has taken on many personalitys in the Egyptian series and I did not like his extreme arrogance in the last book it was relentless - ok I admit it Taita was getting under my skin again,read every book in the series and I still do not understand who or what the character is,I lost him half way thru Warlock when he gained his savant powers in the desert.
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Re: Pharaoh

Postby E-Hoog » Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:19 am

Good luck John. Let us know what you thought :-)
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Re: Pharaoh

Postby johnrogers » Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:04 pm

Pharaoh:A Novel of Ancient Egypt

Canadian pre order price $14.99 from Amazon ca - Release date Oct 18th/2016

Not 100% certain but I think it is entirely written by Wilbur Smith no co writer involved.Again I am not totally clear but I see no mention of a co author on Wilburs website or anywhere else.

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Re: Pharaoh

Postby jeffw » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:51 pm

Hi John, hope you're well.
Read the excerpt via facebook, premise is good, but writing terrible (my opinion). Prior to his, plus/minus, last half dozen and at a stage of semi retirement, Wilbur was bringing a book out every two years; now quadrupled his output..? And at 80+ years old..? Don't think so. Spends most of his time off fishing and travelling; Doesn't add up. Too old, the strain would see him off. Also, the style is totally different so don't be fooled by no co-author on the cover, only the most hardened of his fans refuse to accept the inevitable. Sorry, John, WS is being kept alive by his paymaster, the genius is long gone. A shame.
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Re: Pharaoh

Postby johnrogers » Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:45 pm

Yes for certain Jeff ,Wilbur has been pounding Facebook with promoting Pharaoh with a vengeance.All of the cover pics only display Wilbur Smith as the writer and there is no mention of a coauthor,saying that I checked out Wilburs website and noticed that not one of his books that was cowritten displays the coauthor name,so I guess it was just wishful thinking on my part that Wilbur was the only author.Regardless Jeff if only out of loyalty I will read Pharoah,even though reading Desert God killed off about 25 billion of my brain cells and may have damaged me forever.
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Re: Pharaoh

Postby jeffw » Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:56 am

Go for it, John, can't bring myself to venture any further in than the excerpt - would kick it over the fence and be forced to console myself with Sean and Duff heading for the Witwatersrand... The past is a safer place for me to be. Stay safe and stay in touch. Jeff
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Re: Pharaoh

Postby vincent » Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:14 am

I have just finished reading Pharaoh.
Mixed feelings but I do not want to spoil anything. Seems to fit in as a sequel to Warlock or Desert God but there are some serious time line errors so it is difficult to slot it in 100%. They did not spoil the story though.
This must be the 1st ever WS book that does not have any sex scenes at all. This was quite refreshing after the smut in the Cross books.
I suggest you all get it and read it. Even if you are not impressed let us give him a bit of slack.
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