By Paul Sussman
In 523 BC, the Persian emperor Cambyses dispatched a military throughout Egypt's western desolate tract to break the oracle of Amun at Siwa. Legend has it that someplace in the midst of the nice Sand Sea his military used to be beaten by way of a sandstorm and destroyed. Fifty thousand males have been lost.
Two and a part thousand years later a mutilated corpse is washed up at the banks of the Nile at Luxor, an antiques broker is savagely murdered in Cairo, and an eminent British archaeologist is located lifeless on the historical necropolis of Saqqara.
At first the incidents seem unconnected. Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is suspicious, in spite of the fact that. And so too is the archaeologist's daughter, Tara Mullray. As every one seeks to discover the reality, they locate themselves thrown jointly in a determined race for survival - one who forces them to confront not just present-day adversaries but in addition ghosts from their very own pasts.
From a mysterious fragment of old hieroglyphic textual content to rumours of a superb misplaced tomb within the Theban Hills, from the shimmering waters of the Nile to the dusty backstreets of Cairo, Khalifa and Mullray are drawn ever deeper right into a labyrinth of violence, intrigue and betrayal. it's a course that may finally lead them into the forbidding, barren middle of the western wasteland, and the reply to at least one of the best mysteries of the traditional international . . .
At as soon as an adrenaline-packed mystery and a splendidly evocative archaeological event, THE misplaced military OF CAMBYSES marks the debut of an outstanding new storyteller.
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Der Gemeindechor sang sich wacker durch mittelalterliche Choräle und moderne Wiegenlieder, die durch den geschmückten Raum schwebten, als sei nur Frieden in der Welt. Er sang gegen Finsternis und Kälte, gegen graues Elend und schwarzen Kummer an. Die nahe Geburt des neuen Gottes schien alles Böse zu vertreiben, eine Linie zwischen gestern und heute, zwischen Dunkelheit und kommendem Licht zu ziehen. Ethan schaute und lauschte, stimmte in die Choräle ein, wo dies erwartet wurde, erinnerte sich und versuchte zugleich zu vergessen.
Gerald nickte. « Gerald zuckte die Achseln. �Weiß ich noch nicht. Hab nicht darüber nachgedacht. « �Du weißt, dass wir das ausgeschlossen haben«, antwortete Chips und hob das Glas an die Lippen. Er war ein hochgewachsener Mann, schon etwas gebückt, aber drahtig, als hätten seine Muskeln an Kraft und Elastizität nichts eingebüßt. «, fragte Gerald. « Chips zuckte die Schultern. �Wir sind froh, dass du sie aufbewahrst. Aber du wirst immer älter – wie wir alle. Es ist an der Zeit, dass wir eine neue Möglichkeit finden.
Er konnte einen Tag dauern oder auch eine Woche. Niemand vermochte das genau zu sagen. Alle Männer der Patrouille waren alte Hasen, die sich mit Wüstenwinden auskannten. Zur LRDG wurde keiner genommen, der nicht mit ein paar Unannehmlichkeiten zurechtkam. Die Briten, Neuseeländer, Australier oder Inder gehörten allesamt zu der merkwürdigen Art Mensch, der die leeren Weiten und die glühende Hitze der Sahara mehr bedeuteten als ihre Heimatorte, ob nun die Home Counties bei London, das neuseeländische Wellington oder das indische Calcutta.