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I read The River God quite a long time ago, following on with The Seventh Scroll and then through the years. I have enjoyed every one of Wilbur’s books, but the Egyptian series is something special! Thank you for brining some further enjoyment into my life.
Wilbur Smith is my favorite writer of all times and I read and loved all his previous books. Unfortunately this book brings scarce new drama; a large part of its action had already been explored in his previous books of the Egyptian Series, and only seen here from a different perspective, with none of his wonderful story-telling style. The prose is dry and the characters lack complexity. Hui's personality is the only one which gets some attention, the rest are very basic and uninspiring. I'm sorry but I could only give it 3 stars!
I hovered between a 3 and 4 for this book. Being honest, I like least the Egyptian stories and co authorships does raise concerns sometimes. However the balance of a master story weaver and a highly proficient action adventure author allayed those concerns.
At times this story did feel like a bit of a part 1 scene setter but it moves along nicely if a little formulaic. I enjoyed it rather than devoured it as I would with previous novels and am looking forward to the next installment but that, when it arrives wont necessarily hit the top of the pile straight away.
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.
Readable but no where near as well written as Wilbur Smith's original books. I don't believe he had any hand in writing this at all. To me the storyline is contrived and unbelievable, especially Hui's ((where did that name come from and who could take it seriously?) So called escapes and rescue of his sister without encountering a single guard or even a slave!! The characters are not believable and even Tanus and Taita lack credibility. It smacks of an inferior writer jumping on Wilber Smith's bandwagon!