Egypt by Nick Drake
The Book of Chaos

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The future ofEgypt lies in the hands of the Medjay’s chiefdetective Rahotep in the final, gripping installmentof Nick Drake’s acclaimed Ancient Egyptian trilogy. Following Nefertitiand Tutankhamun, Egypt: The Book of Chaos putsRahotep on a high-stakes adventure across enemyempires and rogue states on a top-secret mission to secure the fate of thedynasty. Readers of Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatraand anyone fascinated by ancient cultures and unspoken secrets will beinstantly drawn in by Drake’s magisterial recreation of one of history’s greatunsolved mysteries. Incorporating his own research through the sites,monuments, ruins, and museums of Egypt, Drake brings vividly back to life anera long ago swallowed by the shifting sands of time in this powerful novel ofloyalty, ambition, struggle, and destiny.

About Nick Drake

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Nick Drake is the author of Nefertiti and Tutankhamun, the first two books in the Rahotep detective trilogy. He has published two award-winning collections of poetry, and his play was performed at the National Theater in London. His screenplays include the critically acclaimed Romulus, My Father (starring Eric Bana), which won Best Film at the Australian Film Awards in 2007. He lives in London.
Published December 6, 2011 by Harper. 335 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ancient Egypt's chief detective undertakes a secret mission away from home just as the government at Thebes is inconveniently in turmoil.

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To make the hazardous journey, Rahotep must break a promise to his family and set aside a search for a killer “strangely skilled at beheading teenage Nubian boys.” Everything works, from the dogged but flawed hero to the seamless melding of the murder inquiry with the larger political intrigue.

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“We had lived like gods on borrowed time, and now that dream was over.” Drake clarifies: “Ankhesenamun became the last surviving member of her dynasty, the eighteenth, when her husband Tutankhamun died aged around nineteen, the historical basis of this novel.” "Political intrigue and a fact-based...

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Upon his first view of the sea, Rahotep is nearly overcome: “I know the sea is made of water, but surely it is made of light, too;

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It’s as if the characters of a Dashiell Hammett book had suddenly jumped into a book about ancient Egypt!

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King Tutankhamun is dead and Egypt teeters on the precipice of chaos.

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On the journey back with the Hittite prince (a pretty pathetic specimen), the Egyptian party is captured by the Army of Chaos under its ruthless female leader, Inanna, and taken to the secret valley which is the source of the opium.

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