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this is apparently co written by Wilbur Smith and Mark Chadbourn, well I'm guessing but I have a feeling this was mostly Mr Chadbourns work. The plotline was jumbled, and the heros motives for doing anything were vague beyond any reality. Its plot line mirrored Call of the Raven: by Wilbur Smith and Corban Addison, hero has a difficult family background, loved by father above everything else, indifferent grandparent/mother, leave home to become 'villain on the run' , learn from their life changing experiences, become heroic fight the enemy, kill the enemy, save the day. Sorry Mr Smith, all becoming very much like Clive Cussler when he co-wrote books in his later years, formulaic , standard, and boring.
I have read all of Wilbur Smiths books including the Courtney’s. No character in this story even comes close to the strong, deep characters Smith has ever created. Even Taita is lessened to a mere mortal. This story is like a TV mini series. No character or plot development no brilliant descriptions of foreign lands. Surprising that Smith has allowed his Egyptian series to be watered down to this.