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The Seventh Scroll

By Wilbur Smith

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Format: Paperback, 742 pages
Published In: United States, 01 February 2008
For 4,000 years, the lavish crypt of the Pharaoh Mamose has never been found...until the Seventh Scroll, a cryptic message written by he slave Taita, gives beautiful Egyptologist Royan Al Simma a tantalizing clue to its location.

But this is a treasure cache others would kill to possess. Only one step ahead of assassins, Royan runs for her life and into the arms of the only man she can trust, Sir Nicholas Quenton-Harper--a daring man who will stake his fortune and his life to join her hunt for the king's tomb. Together, they will embark on a breathtaking journey to the most exotic locale on earth, where the greatest mystery of ancient Egypt, a chilling danger and an explosive passion are waiting.

Steeped in ancient mystery, drama and action, The Seventh Scroll is a masterpiece from Wilbur Smith, a storyteller at the height of his powers.

About the Author

Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over 120 million copies. Smith was born to a British family in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa, and attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He has homes in Cape Town, London, Switzerland and Malta.

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Noted Egyptologist Royan Al Simma escapes an attempt on her life, but her husband, Duraid, is not so lucky. This husband-and-wife archaeological team was immersed in unraveling the secrets of the "seventh scroll." Written in a type of shorthand, the scroll dates back to the Hyksos invasion of Egypt and was recently discovered in the tomb of Queen Lostris, whose story is told in Smith's River God (St. Martin's, 1994). Grieving over the loss of her husband, Royan engages Sir Nicholas Quenton-Harper, a wealthy English collector, to assist her in completing the work she and Duraid had begun by locating the tomb of Pharaoh Mamose the Eighth, husband of Lostris. Through collective teamwork, Royan and Nicholas travel to Ethiopia, at great peril to themselves, as they try to uncover a 4000-year-old secret. This well-crafted novel is full of adventure, tension, and intrigue. Recommended for general readers.‘Maria A. Perez-Stable, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo

A search for the 4000-year-old tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh along the Nile's headwaters in Ethiopia is the focus of this intoxicating sequel to River God. A heady mix of exotic adventure, romance and Egyptology, it pairs blueblood, devil-may-care Sir Nicholas Quenton-Harper, who recently has lost his wife and children in a tragic accident, and half-English, half-Egyptian archeologist Royan Al-Sima, herself recently bereaved, in a desperate race to unearth Pharaoh Mamose's fabulous treasures. Their rival in this quest is Gotthold von Schiller, an old, crazed, murderous German collector of antiquities whose mistress, a porno actress, dresses up as an ancient Egyptian queen to titillate him. The major clue is the eponymous seventh scroll, key to the tomb's location, written by ancient Egyptian scribe Taita, who figured prominently in River God. As the novel opens, thugs hired by von Schiller steal the scroll, and thereafter the rival archeologist teams play a cat-and-mouse game with Taita across the millennia, avoiding lethal traps and deciphering red herrings, which will fool the reader too. The colorful cast includes alcoholic ex-KGB operative Boris Brusilov and ruthless Texan Jake Helm, von Schiller's slavish sidekick. Fans of intricate adventure and Egyptian lore will be captivated by Smith's capacious saga, which should serve to increase his audience in the States. This prolific and popular British writer-with 24 previous novels, he is a bestseller in England and elsewhere, to the tune of 65 million copies-is a master of the genre. 250,000 first printing; $250,000 ad/promo. (Apr.)

"Great adventure...a smashing story." --Ocala Star-Banner"A page-turner...Few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...His detailed portrait of ancient Egypt is fascinating." --Anniston Star (TX)"Throughout The Seventh Scroll, as in all Wilbur Smith novels, the plot twists and turns with constant surprises ... This old-fashioned adventure novel keeps the reader enthralled all the way to its very exciting conclusion." --The Washington Post Book World"It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and ... honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period. ... A consummate sequel, The Seventh Scroll perfectly complements River God, its phenomenally popular precursor. Smith excels at action sequences, getting his attractive heroes and despicable villains into and out of hugely entertaining predicaments, all the while tossing off vivid descriptions, bits of historical detail, and classic low-key British banter." --Booklist"This well-crafted novel is full of adventure, tension, and intrigue." --Library Journal"Intoxicating... A heady mix of exotic adventure, romance, and Egyptology. Smith is a master." --Publishers Weekly"A desert sandstorm couldn't get the pages turning faster than Smith." --Independent On Sunday"Full-blooded, muscle-on-bone-crunching treasure hunt ... it is non-stop action and thrill." --Daily Express"A rousing good sequel to River God that takes the immensely entertaining form of a high-tech treasure hunt ... A master storyteller at the top of his considerable form." --Kirkus Reviews"Life-threatening dangers loom around every turn, leaving the reader breathless ... An incredibly exciting and satisfying read." --Chattanooga Free Press Great adventure...a smashing story. Ocala Star-Banner A page-turner...Few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...His detailed portrait of ancient Egypt is fascinating. Anniston Star (TX) Throughout The Seventh Scroll, as in all Wilbur Smith novels, the plot twists and turns with constant surprises ... This old-fashioned adventure novel keeps the reader enthralled all the way to its very exciting conclusion. The Washington Post Book World It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period. A consummate sequel, The Seventh Scroll perfectly complements River God, its phenomenally popular precursor. Smith excels at action sequences, getting his attractive heroes and despicable villains into and out of hugely entertaining predicaments, all the while tossing off vivid descriptions, bits of historical detail, and classic low-key British banter. Booklist This well-crafted novel is full of adventure, tension, and intrigue. Library Journal Intoxicating... A heady mix of exotic adventure, romance, and Egyptology. Smith is a master. Publishers Weekly A desert sandstorm couldn't get the pages turning faster than Smith. Independent On Sunday Full-blooded, muscle-on-bone-crunching treasure hunt ... it is non-stop action and thrill. Daily Express A rousing good sequel to River God that takes the immensely entertaining form of a high-tech treasure hunt ... A master storyteller at the top of his considerable form. Kirkus Reviews Life-threatening dangers loom around every turn, leaving the reader breathless ... An incredibly exciting and satisfying read. Chattanooga Free Press" Great adventure...a smashing story. "Ocala Star-Banner" A page-turner...Few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...His detailed portrait of ancient Egypt is fascinating. "Anniston Star (TX)" Throughout "The Seventh Scroll," as in all Wilbur Smith novels, the plot twists and turns with constant surprises ... This old-fashioned adventure novel keeps the reader enthralled all the way to its very exciting conclusion. "The Washington Post Book World" It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period. A consummate sequel, "The Seventh Scroll" perfectly complements "River God," its phenomenally popular precursor. Smith excels at action sequences, getting his attractive heroes and despicable villains into and out of hugely entertaining predicaments, all the while tossing off vivid descriptions, bits of historical detail, and classic low-key British banter. "Booklist" This well-crafted novel is full of adventure, tension, and intrigue. "Library Journal" Intoxicating... A heady mix of exotic adventure, romance, and Egyptology. Smith is a master. "Publishers Weekly" A desert sandstorm couldn't get the pages turning faster than Smith. "Independent On Sunday" Full-blooded, muscle-on-bone-crunching treasure hunt ... it is non-stop action and thrill. "Daily Express" A rousing good sequel to "River God" that takes the immensely entertaining form of a high-tech treasure hunt ... A master storyteller at the top of his considerable form. "Kirkus Reviews" Life-threatening dangers loom around every turn, leaving the reader breathless ... An incredibly exciting and satisfying read. "Chattanooga Free Press"" "Great adventure...a smashing story."- "Ocala Star-Banner""""A page-turner...Few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...His detailed portrait of ancient Egypt is fascinating." - "Anniston"" Star" (TX) 'Throughout "The Seventh Scroll," as in all Wilbur Smith novels, the plot twists and turns with constant surprises ... This old-fashioned adventure novel keeps the reader enthralled all the way to its very exciting conclusion.' - "The Washington Post Book World" "It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and ... honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period. ... A consummate sequel, "The Seventh Scroll" perfectly complements "River God," its phenomenally popular precursor. Smith excels at action sequences, getting his attractive heroes and despicable villains into and out of hugely entertaining predicaments, all the while tossing off vivid descriptions, bits of historical detail, and classic low-key British banter." - "Booklist""""This well-crafted novel is full of adventure, tension, and intrigue." - "Library Journal" " Intoxicating... A heady mix of exotic adventure, romance, and Egyptology. Smith is a master." - "Publishers Weekly" 'A desert sandstorm couldn't get the pages turning faster than Smith.' - "Independent On Sunday " 'Full-blooded, muscle-on-bone-crunching treasure hunt ... it is non-stop action and thrill.' - "Daily Express" "A rousing good sequel to "River God" that takes the immensely entertaining form of a high-tech treasure hunt ... A master storyteller at the top of his considerable form.' "Kirkus Reviews" 'Life-threatening dangers loom around every turn, leaving the reader breathless ... An incredibly exciting and satisfying read.' - "Chattanooga"" Free Press" ""Praise for "Seventh Scroll" "Great adventure...a smashing story."- "Ocala Star-Banner""""A page-turner...Few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...His detailed portrait of ancient Egypt is fascinating." - "Anniston"" Star" (TX) 'Throughout "The Seventh Scroll," as in all Wilbur Smith novels, the plot twists and turns with constant surprises ... This old-fashioned adventure novel keeps the reader enthralled all the way to its very exciting conclusion.' - "The Washington Post Book World" "It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and ... honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period. ... A consummate sequel, "The Seventh Scroll" perfectly complements "River God," its phenomenally popular precursor. Smith excels at action sequences, getting his attractive heroes and despicable villains into and out of hugely entertaining predicaments, all the while tossing off vivid descriptions, bits of historical detail, and classic low-key British banter." - "Booklist""""This well-crafted novel is full of adventure, tension, and intrigue." - "Library Journal" " Intoxicating... A heady mix of exotic adventure, romance, and Egyptology. Smith is a master." - "Publishers Weekly" 'A desert sandstorm couldn't get the pages turning faster than Smith.' - "Independent On Sunday " 'Full-blooded, muscle-on-bone-crunching treasure hunt ... it is non-stop action and thrill.' - "Daily Express" "A rousing good sequel to "River God" that takes the immensely entertaining form of a high-tech treasure hunt ... A master storyteller at the top of his considerable form.' "Kirkus Reviews" 'Life-threatening dangers loom around every turn, leaving the reader breathless ... An incredibly exciting and satisfying read.' - "Chattanooga"" Free Press"Praise for Wilbur Smith"Smith is a master." "--Publishers Weekly ""One of the world's most popular adventure writers." "--The Washington Post Book World ""A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." "--Tulsa World""Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." "--The Times" (UK) "Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King "Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--"The Washington Post Book World""The world's leading adventure writer." "--Daily Express" (UK)"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--"Sunday Times""Smith is a captivating storyteller." "--The Orlando Sentinel""No one does adventure quite like Smith." --"Daily Mirror "(UK) "A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books." --"The Irish Times" "A high-tech treasure hunt from a master storyteller at the top of his considerable form."- "Kirkus Reviews""Great adventure...a smashing story."- "Ocala Star-Banner""Intoxicating...a heady mix of exotic adventure, romance and Egyptology. Smith is a master." - "Publishers Weekly""Life-threatening dangers loom around every turn, leaving the reader breathless...an incredibly exciting and satisfying read."- "Chattanooga Free Press" "The plot twists and turns with constant surprises. This old-fashioned adventure novel keeps the reader enthralled all the way to its very exciting conclusion."- "The Washington Post Book World" "Life-threatening dangers loom around every turn, leaving the reader breathless....An incredibly exciting and satisfying read."- "Chattanooga News-Free Press" "An entertaining yarn."- "Fort Worth Star-Telegram"

EAN: 9780312945985
ISBN: 0312945981
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Dimensions: 19.1 x 10.62 x 3.07 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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What can I say about the next installment of Wilbur Smith’s ‘Egyptian’ series, Excellent, moving, fast paced, historically correct, rich with description, plenty of action and intrigue. It is all of these things and more. It really is a page-turner that will keep you involved for hours at a time.

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