The Pharaoh story sort of sank beneath the murky waters of the Nile..

Pharaoh: A NovelPharaoh: A Novel by David Gibbins
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The most interesting part of the book was the extended Author’s Notes. The author clearly has a passion for events he writes about. In fact if he wrote a non-fictional book based on his own personal connection and extensive knowledge I can imagine that being very well received.
As a fictional story this book is disjointed and didn’t flow very well.
In the attempt to fit in every single factual detail in, especially minutiae detailed descriptions of weapons, the plot never really takes off. There was a sense of storyline confusion in the beginning, that started out as archaeological expedition linked to Akhenaten and ended up focusing on a conflict in the Middle East which laid the foundation for the fundamentalists of our era.
It felt like every time I turned a page the author was headed off into yet another rabbit hole. Not that the rabbit holes weren’t interesting, they just didn’t connect well. So it was a case of how does this link into the Pharaoh again? Right, it doesn’t. So why were the first chapters about artifacts from this Pharaoh’s pyramid?
I guess it was to ensure the reader ended up in a specific place in the desert where a war skirmish and rescue mission took place in history.
So why wasn’t the focus on that in the first place?
Good question.
Based on the cliffhanger it appears as if this might be followed up second one to expand upon the pyramid story perhaps. It would have made more sense to separate the two distinctive tales in the first place.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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