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I have pretty much enjoyed the Jack Howard Series so far until I got to this book. I really wanted to like it because of the Egyptian subject and the adventure you would imagine that would come along with it. BUT I was disappointed! As I listened more and more to the book, the narrative began droning on and on and on about military campaigns and different Officers in the army in Egypt and it just got away from the exciting adventure that the other books in the series had. I did get through it but I found myself daydreaming and not paying attention because I felt like I was back in school with a boring professor just droning on about dates and times. I really was disappointed with the ending. The climax just ends just where you should start the adventure!
I do like David Gibbins as an author because of the cool archeology and historical tales he incorporates in his books but this one unfortunately fails in my opinion. Hope the next one is better!
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Would you try another book from David Gibbins and/or James Langton?
I've heard David Gibbins writes great stories, but this isn't one of them. The narrator was fine, it's the book that's boring.
What was most disappointing about David Gibbins’s story?
I'm at the halfway point, and from the synopsis and cover, I expected to be reading about Akhenaten, but he's barely even been mentioned up to this point. However, if you're interested in the minutia of British rifle cartridges from the 1880's, this book is for you. Nearly the entire book thus far has been about Britain's participation in the Sudan during the Mahdist War. Which is not what I was looking for. I'm a huge Egyptology buff, and was expecting something about... oh, maybe a Pharaoh. It's barely keeping my attention, and I have to keep going back because I find I have zoned out from boredom. At this point, I'm not even sure what's going on with the 1880's storyline, I've completely lost interest over the last hour.
Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
First book of Langton's. As I said, he did a good job, story is the problem.
What character would you cut from Pharaoh?
The British officers all seemed to blend in to each other, I can't even recall any of their names.
Any additional comments?
I will try a different Gibbins novel, I have heard that others are much better than this one.