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5.0 out of 5 starsWilbur Smith Books
Reviewed in Canada on May 25, 2013
Probably one of the top 5 adventure authors in the world, has written well over 30 books, and every one hard to put down. You cannot go wrong with Wilbur Smiths books if you like adventure stories, these are all based in Africa. Can't wait for his next story to be published - newest coming soon "Vicious Circle" available through Amazon.ca or .com (fall of 2013)
2.0 out of 5 starsMade me feel quite uncomfortable...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2016
It's really hard to criticize this book without using lots of ***SPOILERS*** so don't read on if you care about that sort of stuff
OK so the whole "True love thing, spanning across time"... hmm actually it made me feel like Taita was grooming Fenn. When Aquer threatens to break the young girl "she's young enough for me" it's supposed to have sinister implications, but then Taita is there only a couple of weeks later and this is fine? Also the whole pedophilia/grooming thing... I don't really see how rejuvenating the body somehow makes it all ok, it's still an old experienced person grooming a minor and manipulating them
Right - that aside.... what's the final battle about... we've done swords, we've done arrows, we've done explosions... I wonder - has anyone done a final battle by copulation?
very very bizarre - however it's the usual wilbur smith well written page turner and kept me entertained but I wouldn't read it again nor recommend it
Smith’s books are always hit or miss, and this was a resounding miss. A bad rip-off of Rider Haggard’s SHE, right down to the fountain of eternal youth inside a volcano. SHE, however, did not have a a 156-year old capable of all-night rapes. And that was before he became young again. The whole story was unspeakably silly but worse, it was also very boring. Long before the end I was skimming through pages, wishing it would just end. Dreadful.
3.0 out of 5 starsfrom whom he sucks all the knowledge of the universe until she dies
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 24, 2016
Take a 150 year old eunuch, send him into darkest Africa with a small band of his chums to find out why some evil force has stopped the Nile from flowing. Give him all sorts of spicy adventures along the way, have him rescue a small scruffy looking child from the jungle who turns out to be the reincarnation of a dead Pharoh's wife, give them a few more adventures until they reach the lair of the evil one. Then get the eunuch back his "manhood" and the gift of eternal life in the surgery of mad physicians and let him loose with his new "manhood" upon the Evil One, from whom he sucks all the knowledge of the universe until she dies. Conjur up a volcano to destroy her and all her followers, sail back to Egypt, where your mates are given huge rewards by an eternally grateful Pharoh's and then ride off with your new wife, the grandmother of the present Pharoh, to find the fount of eternal youth so that the two,of you can live together for eternity. That's about it really, quite a tale!!
1.0 out of 5 starsA tedious travelogue in the company of a pedantic, patronising paedophile.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 7, 2019
I have been reading Wilbur Smith for decades and until now the worst I could say was "that was a tale well told". Even if not entirely engaged I have at least been entertained.
Not in this one. Old men leching after girls, grooming them. The puke-inducing sycophancy, "Oh Taita, you constantly amaze and delight me!" The wooden dialogue - while no expert on ancient Egyptian speech, "Thank you - you have saved us from vile durance!" being called out from a crowd doesn't ring in my ears any more than it trips of the tongue!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in this series but this I found shockingly poor. I skimmed great chunks of this book and am pretty sure I missed nothing - put myself out of my misery sooner in fact.
3.0 out of 5 starsInteresting conceptually, but not exciting or engaging
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2019
This book has all the ingredients of an exciting adventure story, without actually engaging the reader at an emotional level, which results in disappointment. In parts, it read like the old "Tarzan" novels. Given that the story timeline is set several millennia ago, the language used by the characters and the battle strategies often seem like it is 18th/19th century British Army, using rifles and guns instead of the bows and arrows the characters were using, a disconnect, which causes irritation while reading, as visualisation switches to the more modern era. Alas, the true quality of the Author's writing skill is displayed only in the Author's write up about his inspiration for the Egyptian series after the end of this book. That part is beautifully written!