- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Zaffre Publishing (June 27, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178576697X
- ISBN-13: 978-1785766978
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 458 g
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The Seventh Scroll: The Egyptian Series 2 Paperback – 28 June 2018
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Wilbur Smith is a worldwide phenomenon. His readership has built up over fifty-five years of writing. Born in Central Africa in 1933, Wilbur became a full-time writer in 1964 following the success of When the Lion Feeds, and has since published over fourty global bestsellers, including the Courtney Series, the Ballantyne Series, the Egyptian Series, the Hector Cross Series and many successful standalone novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. The establishment of the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation in 2015 cemented Wilbur's passion for empowering writers, promoting literacy and advancing adventure writing as a genre. The foundation's flagship programme is the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. For all the latest information on Wilbur visit www.wilbursmithbooks.com or facebook.com/WilburSmith
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If you enjoy this, you may enjoy other books about ancient Egypt such as Ramses: The Son of Light - Volume I
Modern archaeologists have found the queen's tomb and Taita's manuscripts. The Seventh Scroll is his story, and was translated and given to author Wilbur Smith to publish as the "fictional" "The River God".
Baddies kill one of the architects and steal the scroll. The surviving archaeologist--wife of the dead one-- enlists a professional (black market) antiquities hunter-collector-broker (grave robber) to search for the tomb of the Pharaoh Mamose that Taita built in Cush and told about in the scroll.
While the plot is straight-forward, there is lots of exciting action, well-developed characters and enough suspense to keep you looking forward to the next page.
The author does another intriguing thing in this book. He inserts himself into his own fiction, having a main character refer to Wilbur Smith as having authored the fictional "River God" from information uncovered in the first 6 scrolls found in the tomb. Of course it is the 7th scroll that the characters are after in this second book. This leads to some funny moments as the two main protagonists argue about just how accurate Wilbur Smith was in the first book; one of them goes so far as to dismiss Mr Smith as a hack writer who changes the historical record in order to include more sex and violence. It's a twisted loop whereby an author actually negatively critques his own work...I guess you have to be pretty secure in your own writing career to do that. Regardless, it works wonderfully here.
The book itself was only slightly less enjoyable than the first. When you get right down to it, this is a pretty straight forward adventure/treasure hunting story along the likes of "Romancing the Stone". But Wilbur Smith is an outstanding writer who has a knack for making you read just a little more and then still more despite any deadlines you may have to deal with. You know the two main characters will hook up by the end but its not predictable how that happens. The dangerous scenes in the book are really dangerous and the suspense is spot on. As for historical accuracy...everything sure seemed to be accurate based on my limited knowledge of ancient Egypt and my trip to that country a few years ago. I hadn't planned on reading this series this year but now I am already looking forward to the third book, "Warlock", where we get to return to the ancient times and see what happens next!