The Lost Army of Cambyses by Paul Sussman

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In 523 BC, the Persian pharaoh Cambyses dispatched an army across Egypt’s western desert to destroy the oracle at Siwa. Legend has it that somewhere in the middle of the Great Dune Sea his army was overwhelmed by a sandstorm and lost forever. Two and a half millennia later a mutilated corpse is washed up on the banks of the Nile at Luxor, an antique dealer is savagely murdered in Cairo, and a British archaeologist is found dead at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara.

The incidents appear unconnected, but Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is suspicious, as is the archaeologist’s daughter, Tara Mullray. Lured into a labyrinth of intrigue, violence, and betrayal by a mysterious hieroglyphic fragment and rumors of a mythic lost tomb, what began as a search for the truth becomes a race for survival. Confronted by both present day adversaries and ghosts from their pasts, Khalifa and Mullray find themselves on a trail that leads into the desert’s unforgiving, burning heart, and the answer to one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world.

About Paul Sussman

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Paul Sussman is a journalist, author and field archaeologist, whose first novel, The Lost Army of Cambyses, was an international best seller that was translated into twenty-eight languages. He lives in London.
Published April 22, 2008 by Grove Press. 596 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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Khalifa also finds that the Egyptian and British governments are extremely interested in the case—though the representatives of the British embassy and the Egyptian Antiquities Bureau who join the investigation seem more interested in learning how much he knows than in providing him with any info...

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Sussman's accomplished first thriller mixes an ancient legend of an invading Persian army swallowed up by a sandstorm in the Egyptian desert with the explosive politics of modern Egypt.

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All of these strands come together in this exciting and riveting story that takes the reader to Cairo, Luxor, and deep into the Western Desert.

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