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[(The Lost Army of Cambyses)] [by: Paul Sussman] (Englisch)

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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0802143784
  • ASIN: B001O9CC1Q
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21 x 16,6 x 3,1 cm
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In 525 BC the Persian emperor Cambyses II invaded Egypt and successfully overthrew the native Egyptian pharaoh, Psamtek III, last ruler of Egypt's 26th Dynasty to become the first ruler of Egypt's 27th Persian Dynasty. Cambyses II sent his army to Siwa Oasis in the Western Desert to seek (or seize) legitimization of his rule from the oracle of Amun, much as Alexander the Great would do in the 4th century BC. However, the army was overtaken by a sandstorm and buried.

For centuries adventurers and archaeologists have tried to find the lost army, and at times, tantalizing, though usually false glues have been discovered. Within recent years all manner of artifacts and monuments have been discovered in Egypt's Western Desert. Here and there, new discoveries of temples and tombs turn up, even in relatively inhabited areas where more modern structures are often difficult to distinguish from ancient ruins. Very recently, when a geological team from the Helwan University geologists found themselves walking through dunes littered with fragments of textiles, daggers, arrow-heads, and the bleached bones of the men to whom all these trappings belonged.

So far so good the reality which forms the background of this amazing crime story which will hold you from page one and only lets you go with the very last page. It is a page turner where fact and fiction merge into a one. Paul Sussmann knows how to hold the reader's interest, develops the personalities and the story in a convincing and interesting way. The various leads merge at some point, the twist are not outrages in the sense that one asks oneself "Where the hell is this coming from".

There are some aspects one needs to think about: terrorism, its roots and its effects.

All in all a book I highly enjoyed and can equally recommended
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Ideal companion 20. September 2007
Von Dr. S. Meintjes - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
The Lost Army of Cambyses by Paul Sussman is exactly the kind of book to have on a vacation, or on a long haul flight.

Cambyses was a Persian King who conquered Egypt in 525 B.C. thereby becoming the first Pharaoh of the 27th Dynasty. According to the great Greek historian Herodotus, he sent an army of 50,000 men into the desert to subdue an oracle, but the army vanished, apparently buried by a sandstorm.

Around this piece of history the story is masterfully built. It is located in Egypt, and involves the subterranean antiquity trade - the price men are willing to pay for possession of artefacts, but also the distinction of being the discoverer of new sites.

Tara's father is a world-renowned British archaeologist, living in Egypt, and who unexpectedly, and uncharacteristically, invites her to visit. Upon her arrival she finds him dead. She is almost killed the next day, while her attackers shout: "Where is the piece?".

Inspector Khalifa of the Egyptian police force has other gruesome murders that he investigates, and Westerners are killed in several terrorist incidents.

Without giving the plot away - the story leads to the lost army of Cambyses, but with a few delicious twists in the tail. The line of suspense is kept taut throughout the book, and the characters of Tara, Inspector Khalifa and supreme terrorist Sayf al-Tha'r are well-developed. Daniel, the lover, is a but vague, but his role has an unexpected outcome in the tale.

Besides a good whodunit, the book's pleasure lies in two things: the brief but very informative facts given about Egyptology, and the arguments and discussions about the justification for terrorism, in this case, Islamic fundamentalism. It is hard to remain politically non-committal, but Sussman manages to argue both sides with empathy.

This is what is called a "page-turner" and the ideal companion when you want the time to fly by. Enjoy.
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One of Egypt's Unsolved Mysteries 14. November 2004
Von J. Chippindale - Veröffentlicht auf
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It is always an exciting time for me when I find a new author who writes about the subjects I am interested in. This is Paul Sussman's first novel and he certainly seems to have the magical gift of storytelling. The book is based around a well documented event in early history. In 523 BC the Persian Emperor Cambyses sent an army across Egypt's desert to destroy an oracle at Amun. Somewhere in the deserts the army of 50,000 men were destroyed by a sandstorm. The book is set in modern times and there is much murder and mystery involved. Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is brought in to solve the crimes, but even he is amazed by the sting in the tail that this book has in store for the reader. This really is a gripping book, one of the best I have read this year, and I commend it to you.
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Dunes of Deception 23. April 2009
Von Jeannie Mancini - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Paul Sussman's Lost Army of Cambyses is an action packed archaeology adventure thriller that reads like an Indiana Jones movie. I found the first half of the book rather slow and boring. I came close to giving up and not finishing it. However, I am glad that I did push on for the story proved to be an entertaining read. The writing is not fabulous in this debut but I believe the author shows enough talent that he will improve with the next book in the series . This novel appears, and at times is, rather predictable until the last quarter where the reader is served up some very pleasant and unexpected surprises to make the over 500 pages worth plodding through. So I do offer the suggestion to stay with it if you at first are skeptical.

My first impression during the initial 300 pages, was that I was disappointed in the lack of character development, and the lack of feeling that I really was in Egypt. These sections of the story take place in the cities of Cairo and Luxor. There was an absence of detailed description of anything pertaining to Egyptian culture, customs, food, clothing, or landscape. The author talks about ancient Egypt, he refers to early explorers and of the famous tombs and monuments, but during this first half, all the reader views is city life that could have taken place in any city in the world due to this deficit. Another complaint during these early pages is the violence. Torture, rape, gruesome hideous acts of murder, and crude language that was all a bit over the top and highly unnecessary for this kind of fun adventure novel. I am not prudish nor am I squeamish when language or violence is somewhat appropriate to a story and is not overdone for shock value. This tactic of writing just made me think the author was amateur and needed much polish.

The plot revolves around the sudden finding of a new tomb, and an artifact coming from that tomb now valuable enough for the local bad guys to hunt and chase down anyone who might know the whereabouts of it. This hunted-after relic is supposedly a clue to finding the legendary lost army of King Cambyses who in 523 B.C., mysteriously disappeared out in the deserts around the Siwa Oasis. There are many repetitive scenes where we get nothing but terrorists racing up and down Egypt following the good guys, chasing the people who might have information on the whereabouts of this newly found antiquity that will provide riches beyond belief to the local fundamentalists. And then there is the profoundly overdone plotline that I have read before in many other similar novels, of the young woman who in most of these stories is the daughter of a famous scholar or scientist, who arrives on the scene to find him dead. Therefore she must now find out why and whodunit. Dad had found something, she must now find where he hid it, now the bad guys are after her.....same old, same old, heard this story SO many times in other books I couldn't believe that I came across it again in this overly touted debut that sold over a million copies.

But, once you begin the second half of this rollercoaster ride through the deserts of Egypt the story starts to get more engaging, the reader is graced with more action, more mystery and finally exciting chapters that do offer up archaeological history, tombs of the buried ancients, hieroglyphs to decipher, jeep rides over skyscraping sand dunes, blazing gunfights, quicksand demises, family drama, and passion and deception between past lovers reunited. So although my first take was not enthusiastic, my final reaction was that when all the ingredients were stirred together, a nice mix of pure fun got dished out.
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archeology and terrorists 28. Januar 2007
Von Robbie De Clercq - Veröffentlicht auf
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Paul Sussman really knows what he is writing about and is able to bring it in an interesting manner. The main theme, the search for the lost army of Cambyses, is combined with the terrorist threat that is present in today's Egypt. This is a great book with a lot of action and humour, but the plot is a disaster. How would anyone be able to believe that the main character, inspector Khalifa, is able to succesfully defeat a whole group of terrorists, in the middle of the desert by himself? It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie. A happy ending is fine by me, but it has to be a bit believable. Nontheless, this didn't ruin the book for me. Sussman is able to bring his story in a convincing manner, and although I didn't like the plot, I still recommend it.
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Good writer; trashy book 17. September 2005
Von Robert Hazelwood - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
That Sussman is a talented novelist is clear from his characterization of the protagonist Yusuf. He also shows considerable knowledge of Egypt and archeology. These could be the elements of an excellent book or series of books.

Unfortunately, he seems to have Hollywood movie rights in mind instead. "Cambyses" could go straight to video as a B-actioner with its über-villains, cartoon henchmen, impossible coincidences, repeated hairbreadth escapes, stupid action sequences, apocalyptic conclusion, etc. It's further marred by needlessly gruesome descriptions, and soiled by the gratuitous rape / humiliation threats of a ludicrously obscene thug. All you can say about him is "Oh, come on...".

This book could have been a treasure, but it's just trash.
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