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The Quest (Egyptian Novels) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Wilbur Smith
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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of bestseller Smith's ancient Egyptian series will welcome the fourth book in the saga, which picks up where Warlock (2001) left off. The powerful magus Taita and his loyal ally, Col. Meren Cambyses, have returned to Egypt after a journey of many years only to find the country beset by a series of plagues that include giant flesh-eating toads and river water turned to blood. Pharaoh Nefer Seti asks the pair to find—and eliminate—the source of his country's torment, a mission that sends Taita and Meren on a perilous quest in which they must contend with fierce creatures both natural and supernatural. Once again Smith deftly blends history, fantasy and mythology, but newcomers should be prepared for grisly deaths and mutilations. 225,000 printing.(May)
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Wilber Smiths saga of ancient Egypt continues. Taita, beloved advisor of the pharaoh, sets out on a quest to rid Egypt of the plagues that threaten the kingdom. Taita knows that the witch Eos is behind the troubles and that he must travel to the source of the Nile to confront her. Simon Vance is an indefatigable narrator. Long narrative passages move swiftly, and dialogue is sharp. Vance keeps the rhythm of the story moving as Taita and his comrades face difficult odds in the conflict with Eos. Their struggles and the accompanying suspense are intense. While Vances portrayals of the main characters are strong and forceful, he also depicts the tenderness between Taita and Fenn, and their friendship with Meren. J.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 931 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 644 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0330412728
  • Editeur : Pan (9 avril 2008)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0330412728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330412728
  • ASIN: B003GK21Q2
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Quest 8 mai 2007
Par J. C. Duc
Format:Relié
After a laborious start, somewhere between The Matrix and Lord of the Ring, Wilbur Smith eventually gets down to "King Solomon's mines" territrory, where he fares a lot better.

For the first say 100 pages, you will want to drop the book and think no editor probably dared talk down a succesful writer, then it gets a lot better once the journey start, the cannibals get into the act, blood starts to flow, and so does the story.

Taita lost a lot of its spark and petulance in this latest and sometimes belaboured installement.

Brilliant book for the beach or a holiday in the (rainy) countryside!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Last in the Egyptian novels 18 mai 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have read all the novels in this series and have enjoyed then all. Wilber Smith knows how to construct a good read and these books are well worth reading.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 read (or re-read) river god instead 29 mai 2007
Par David W. Straight - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
River God, the first in the series, is a solid 5-star book, eminently

re-readable. Seventh Scroll gets 4 stars, Warlock 3. There seems to be

a trend here. I get the feeling that Smith took a lot more time in the

conception and the writing of River God than he did with this book.

There's just too much that doesn't hang together properly and which often

leaves a bad taste in your mouth--like biting into a spoiled part of an

apple.

The Nile in Egypt has dried up--the result of machinations by the evil

Eos, so Taita takes a very small force upriver to locate the problem.

It turns out that Eos has dammed the Nile where it leaves Lake Victoria.

Bizarrely, that does not seem to have raised the lake level at all, but

never mind. I kept thinking about how if someone dammed the Mississippi

close to its source, would the riverbed be dry at St Louis, New Orleans,

etc? The Nile does have other tributaries (such as the Blue Nile, etc),

but not as many as the Mississippi, of course. The plot device seems

weak.

A much weaker plot device--which carries the book through over 100 pages,

involves stem-cell therapy carried out by Eos' minions. Pregnant women

are killed and their bodies are fed to crocodiles. Taita is horrified

by this, but he is perfectly willing to reap the benefits--the restoration

of his genitals. Helping people restore lost genitals, eyes, limbs, etc,

seems quite out of character for the evil Eos. In fact, the sole reason

for this whole device is that Taita benefits and can now enjoy sex again.

He has sex with Eos (unnecessarily graphic--did Smith want to sell the

episode to Playboy or something?) and more importantly, he now can have

sex with his 12 (13?) year old companion. If Anna Nicole Smith's marriage

to a 90-year-old bothers you, try a 150-year-old Taita and his 12-year-old

mistress (I kept thinking that Taita shouldn't date anyone younger than

130 or so...).

Another puzzle centered around Taita's force of 100 troops--which quickly

shrank to about 20 or 30--not very much for such a long dangerous journey.

Fights with native tribes accounted for many of the losses: one of the

world's greatest magicians seems content to use his bow and arrows in

these fights--why not quick bloodless victories using his magic? There

are too many things that just do not feel right in this book--and this

is in very marked contrast to River God, where the action and plot hangs

together well and makes sense. River God has the feel of a carefully

crafted novel--which is in contrast to this book.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 possibly the worst book written by this author so far ! 28 mai 2007
Par V. Kodunthirapully - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
i have been an avid fan of Wilbur Smith for close to a decade and anxiously awaited to read his lates tome . unfortunately this book has been a complete disappointment. almost feels like it was ghost written by someone else ! the plot is weak , the storyline is dragging and the climax is wanting .

i just wish he had never written this book . warlock itself was not spectacular like River God but this one misses its mark by a mile . the picture that he draws of Africa and its many tribes is riveting but the rest of the story plods on to its inevitable encounter. there are no surprises , no sudden plot twists.

i am gutted !
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Harry Potter Goes Up the Nile Without Credibility 26 juin 2007
Par J. Arthur - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I have read and enjoyed Wilbur Smith's books. Couldn't wait to get my hands on The Quest. I can't tell you how disappointed I was when I realized the book is in no way historical fiction. It is fantasy. It's filled with magic and spiritualism that made it impossible for me to suspend my disbelief. Perhaps his young wife liked Harry Potter and asked her husband to write her a book about wizards; or maybe in the early-going where he describes that lobotomy-like operation where Taita gets a knitting needle stuck behind his eye socket is actally a recounting of a procedure performed on the author. Supernatural nonsense has no place in historical novels. I put the book aside and started The Religion which IS historical fiction and is everything WS's books used to be.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Who was the real writer of this pseudo Taita chronicle? 2 août 2007
Par J. Hamlet - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Who was the ghost writer of this pseudo Wilbur Smith novel? Granted there are a few parts with that famous Wilbur Smith touch; wonderfully descriptive action that fairly leaps from the page with its realistic imagery. But, alas, most of the book is filled with fantasy, mysticism, and a sad attempt to re-do our beloved eunuch, Taita, into a rather unbelievable character. I have always rather liked Smith's flawed heroes, the eunuch, the hunchback, and characters with human frailties that bring a superb realism to his books. That touch of raw realism coupled with his superb imagery that compares with Conrad always put Smith's books on the top tier. But this exercise in magic, mysticism, and eroticism is a real let down from the superb series before.

Skip this one.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 An unfortunate disappointment 24 juillet 2007
Par EEB - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Having re-read River God so many times I've lost count, and enjoyed both Seventh Scroll and Warlock fairly well, I was so excited for a new novel involving Taita. Unfortunately, this book is such a departure from the focused adventures of Taita's past it hurts the series and the characters we've come to know.
Continuity is one huge issue in this book - suddenly Lostris' baby name isn't Lanata, it's Fenn. Suddenly Taita met her at a different age in her life (around age 12 versus knowing her from when she toddled behind Tanus as a child). Suddenly her hair is blonde, rather than raven's wing black. Just these items, without the fantastical plot line, were enough to destroy the credibility of the story and make you wonder if Wilbur Smith found a ghost-writer or just thought no one would notice.
The plot itself isn't terrible, it is just such a complete departure from the reality-based storylines of the past novels. The sex scenes become boring and gratuitous, quite frankly, and the word choices (e.g., "manroot") are better suited to Playboy than an author of Smith's calibre.
All in all, for those of you who loved River God & Warlock, avoid The Quest at all costs - it destroys your recollections of the characters as it becomes mired in its own plot devices. Sorry, Mr. Smith.
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