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Egypt is under attack.
Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded. All seems lost.
Taita prepares for the enemy's final, fatal push. The ex-slave, now general of Tamose's armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt's most desperate hour. With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned and the Egyptian army feasts on its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor. Tamose is dead and a poisonous new era has begun. The new Pharaoh has risen.
Pharaoh Utteric is young, weak, and cruel, and threatened by Taita's influence within the palace--especially his friendship with Utteric's younger and worthier brother, Rameses. With Taita's imprisonment, Rameses is forced to make a choice: help Taita escape and forsake his brother, or remain silent and condone Utteric's tyranny. To a good man like Rameses, there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped, and Egypt must be reclaimed.
Described by Stephen King as "the best historical novelist," WILBUR SMITH made his debut in 1964 with When the Lion Feeds and has since sold more than 125 million copies of his books world-wide and been translated into twenty-six different languages. Born in Central Africa in 1933, he now lives in London and Cape Town."
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