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The Egypt Game (Game #1)
Author(s):  Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Paperback: 215 pages
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: July 7th 2009 (first published 1967)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0808553038
ISBN-13: 9780808553038

Book Summary
The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she's not sure they'll have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop, Melanie and April decide it's the perfect sport for the Egypt Game.

Before long there are six Egyptians instead of two. After school and on weekends they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code.

Everyone thinks it's just a game, until strange things begin happening to the players. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?



Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (Christ the Lord #1)
Author(s):   Anne Rice
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
Publication date: October 31st 2006 (first published November 1st 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345436830
ISBN-13: 9780345436832

Book Summary
With the Holy Land in turmoil, seven-year-old Jesus and his family leave Egypt for the dangerous road home to Jerusalem. As they travel, the boy tries to unlock the secret of his birth and comprehend his terrifying power to work miracles. Anne Rice's dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel, based on the gospels and the most respected New Testament scholarship, summons up the voice, the presence, and the words of Jesus, allowing him to tell his own story as he struggles to grasp the holy purpose of his life.



itle: Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Ancient Egypt #3)
Author(s): Wilbur A. Smith
642 pages
Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication date:  September 16th 2002 (first published October 1995)
ISBN13: 9780312980382

Book Description
One of the world's most acclaimed adventure writers returns to the world of ancient Egypt with the stunning sequel to the New York Times bestselling River God. In the wake of a sixty-year war over the reign of the kingdoms of Egypt, two young pharaohs have risen to claim power, but only one can succeed, deciding the fate of his empire forever...

The mission of Prince Nefer, rightful heir to the throne, is to rebuild a magnificent kingdom in the stark and tumbled ruins of the embattled city of Gallala. The desire of Lord Naja is to destroy his rival and rule the land with unholy supremacy. But Nefer has on his side the warlock Taita, a matchless ally and legendary priest of notorious powers...

To see their dream come true, Nefer and Taita must stay one step ahead of the depraved assassin, survive the tortuous shadow of her ever-pursuing armies, and outwit the shocking betrayals of is own flesh and blood. As Nefer's courage increases, and as Taita's magic grows more beguiling, so grows stronger the power of their tireless enemies....

Now, with the threat of tyranny and blood thundering closer and closer toward the vulnerable gates of Gallala, the ultimate battle for Egypt will begin...



itle: The Seventh Scroll (Ancient Egypt #2)
Author(s): Wilbur A. Smith  
614 pages
Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks  
Publication date: April 15th 1996 (first published 1995)
ISBN13: 9780312957575

Book Summary
For 4,000 years, the lavish crypt of the Pharaoh Mamose has never been found...until the Seventh Scroll, a cryptic message written by he slave Taita, gives beautiful Egyptologist Royan Al Simma a tantalizing clue to its location.

But this is a treasure cache others would kill to possess. Only one step ahead of assassins, Royan runs for her life and into the arms of the only man she can trust, Sir Nicholas Quenton-Harper-a daring man who will stake his fortune and his life to join her hunt for the king's tomb. Together, they will embark on a breathtaking journey to the most exotic locale on earth, where the greatest mystery of ancient Egypt, a chilling danger and an explosive passion are waiting.

Steeped in ancient mystery, drama and action, The Seventh Scroll is a masterpiece from a storyteller at the height of his powers.



itle: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Author(s): Simon Singh
432 pages
Published: Anchor 
Publication date: August 29th 2000 (first published January 1st 1999)
ISBN13:  9780385495325

Book Summary

In his first book since the bestselling Fermat's Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II, to the incredible (and incredibly simple) logisitical breakthrough that made Internet commerce secure, The Code Book tells the story of the most powerful intellectual weapon ever known: secrecy.

Throughout the text are clear technical and mathematical explanations, and portraits of the remarkable personalities who wrote and broke the world's most difficult codes. Accessible, compelling, and remarkably far-reaching, this book will forever alter your view of history and what drives it.  It will also make you wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.



itle: Walking Across Egypt
Author(s): Clyde Edgerton
240 pages
Published: University of Texas Press 
Publication date: June 23rd 1997 (first published January 3rd 1987)
ISBN13: 9780345419071

Book Summary
She has as much business keeping a stray dog as she would walking across Egypt–which not so incidentally is the title of her favorite hymn. She’s Mattie Rigsbee, an independent, strong-minded senior citizen who, at seventy-eight, might be slowing down just a bit. When teenage delinquent Wesley Benfield drops in on her life, he is even less likely a companion than the stray dog. But, of course, the dog never tasted her mouth-watering pound cake. Wise and witty, down-home and real, Walking Across Egypt is a book for everyone.



itle: The Quest (Ancient Egypt #4)
Author(s): Wilbur A. Smith
718 pages
Published: (first published 2007)
Publication date: April 6th 2007
ISBN13: 9781405005807

Book Summary
Wilbur Smith returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to his thrilling Egyptian series. Following on from River God, The Seventh Scroll and Warlock. The Quest continues the story of the Warlock, Taita, wise in the lore of the ancient Gods and a master of magic and the supernatural.

Egypt is struck by a series of terrible plagues that cripple the Kingdom, and then the ultimate disaster follows. The Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up. Something catastrophic is taking place in the distant and totally unexplored depths of Africa from where the mighty river springs. In desperation Pharoah sends for Taita, the only man who might be able to win through to the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes. None of them can have any idea of what a terrible enemy lies in ambush for The Warlock in those mysterious lands at the end of their world.



itle: Egypt
Author(s): Lonely Planet Publications (Manufactured by), Anthony Sattin, Mary Fitzpatrick, Siona Jenkins, Virginia Maxwell
588 pages
Published: Lonely Planet Publications
Publication date: May 1st 2006 (first published 1999)
ISBN13: 9781740597418

Book Summary
The voracious energy of Cairo, the grandeur of Luxor's monuments, the laid-back vibe of Dahab and the remote beauty of the Western Desert oases: Lonely Planet's bestselling guide to Egypt packs in more treasures than Tutankhamun's tomb.
Meet The Pharaohs - an illustrated Pharaonic Egypt chapter by world-renowned Egyptologist Dr. Joann Fletcher brings the ancient rulers to life.
Cruise The Nile - for felucca fun, Agatha Christie-style nostalgia or kid-friendly cruising, our expert tips make finding the right trip a breeze.
Dive In - the definitive Red Sea diving guide will get you underwater and feeling on top of the world.
Sleep In Style - whatever your style, opinionated reviews bring you the best city hotels, Nile flotels, budget hostels and sunny resorts.
Get Organized, Stay Connected - tap into authoritative advice on transport, safety, Internet access and digital photography.



itle: Egypt
Author(s): Jane Dunford (Editor), Joann Fletcher (Editor), Carole French (Editor)
368 pages
Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
Publication date: August 1st 2007 (first published 2001)
ISBN13: 9780756628758

Book Summary
Located in Africa with coastlines along the Mediterranean and Red seas and maintaining an important cultural base for over 3,000 years, Egypt is a magnificent and alluring destination for many travelers. With more than 1,000 full-color photographs, advice on exploring the Pyramids, boat tours along the Nile, and trips to the Red Sea, DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide: Egypt details everything that any traveler will need to experience this "jewel of the Nile." Providing a listing of over 200 hotels and restaurants, an Arabic Phrase Book, and transportation maps, this is the perfect guide for getting around Cairo, Sinai, Rhoda Island, and the Western Desert.



itle: On the State of Egypt: A Novelist's Provocative Reflections
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany, Jonathan Wright (Translator)
192 pages
Published: American University in Cairo Press
Publication date: April 1st 2011 (first published January 1st 2009)
ISBN13: 9789774164613

Book Summary
The bestselling author of he Yacaoubian Building and hicago turns his attention to current affairs in Egypt.
In the novels and short stories of Alaa Al Aswany, characters struggle with class differences, police brutality, poverty, sexual harassment, and political corruption; now, in a new collection of the weekly newspaper columns previously published in Arabic, Al Aswany considers these same issues that torment modern Egyptian society. He has a great deal to say about one of the most pressing questions on everyone's mind: who will be the next president of Egypt, and how will he be elected? He discusses the moral ambiguity of appointed politicians, the suitability of democratic reforms in a Muslim society, and the inherent contradiction in the actions of the religiously observant policeman who tortures or the man who harasses women. Critical, controversial, and straightforward, Al Aswany asks his government to serve the people, and the people to demand what they deserve.



itle: Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution
Author(s): John R. Bradley
256 pages
Published: University of Texas Press 
Publication date: April 29th 2008
ISBN10: 1
ISBN13: 9781403984777

Book Summary
The government of Egypt banned Inside Egypt in 2008—the first time a book on Egyptian politics had been banned in the country in decades—and quickly rescinded it after the media firestorm that followed. The book depicts the country before the collapse, and then explores recent events in Egypt and the realization of the predicted revolution. Through interviews with ordinary Egyptians and extensive travels in the country, Bradley reveals why Egypt was vulnerable to a popular uprising and how it could bring about an Iranian-style theocracy in a country once noted for its plurality and tolerance.



itle: Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #112)
Author(s): Ian Shaw
208 pages
Published: USA
Publication date: October 21st 2004 (first published July 22nd 2004)
ISBN13: 9780192854193

Book Summary
The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination--mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations. We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt, but is it the right one? How much do we really know about this once great civilization?
In this absorbing introduction, Ian Shaw, one of the foremost authorities on Ancient Egypt, describes how our current ideas about Egypt are based not only on the thrilling discoveries made by early Egyptologists but also on fascinating new kinds of evidence produced by modern scientific and linguistic analyses. He also explores the changing influences on our responses to these finds, by examining the impact of Egyptology on various aspects of popular culture such as literature, cinema, opera, and contemporary art. He considers all aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, from tombs and mummies to the discovery of artifacts and the decipherment of hieroglyphs, and from despotic pharaohs to animal-headed gods. From the general reader interested in Ancient Egypt, to students and teachers of ancient history and archaeology, to museum-goers, this Very Short Introduction will not disappoint.



itle: War in the Land of Egypt
Author(s): Yusuf Al-Qa'Id
192 pages
Published: Interlink Publishing Group
Publication date: November 1st 1997
ISBN13: 9781566562270

Book Summary
Egypt on the eve of the 1973 October war. A young man has been drafted into the army. His father, the village elder, persuades a poor night-watchman to send his own son as a stand-in. But the impersonation plan goes horribly wrong, with tragicomic results.

Qa'id's tale of the fiasco--steeped in irony and black humor--parodies outrageous corruption and ludicrous bureaucracy. A skillfully crafted mosaic of life in modern Egypt.



itle: Our Horses in Egypt (Romney Family)
Author(s): Rosalind Belben 
288 pages
Published: Chatto & Windus
Publication date: February 27th 2007 (first published 2007)
ISBN13: 9780701175948

Book Summary
Philomena, fat and lazy when she is requisitioned from an English field at the start of the First World War, sails for Egypt with the territorial regiment, the Dorset Yeomanry. She serves faithfully, charging the dervishes in the Western Desert and enduring the privations of Allenby’s great campaign in Palestine. She recovers from wounds to swelter through a summer in the Jordan Valley. She takes part in the triumphant advance on Damascus – only to be sold off in Cairo among the 22,000 horses left behind by the War Office after the Armistice.

By 1921, the forceful Griselda Romney, a war widow – in the author's Hound Music she was a child – has discovered that her old hunter, Philomena, could be still alive. With her six-year-old daughter, and of course Nanny, Mrs Romney sets out to Egypt, to find Philomena and to rescue her…

Our Horses in Egypt depicts the work of a troop-horse in the Army – and of exotic Cairo, in political unrest – as meticulously and exuberantly as Hound Music recreated the milieu of Edwardian fox-hunting.



itle: Tree of Pearls, Queen of Egypt
Author(s): Jurji Zaydan, Samah Selim (translator), ???? ?????
232 pages
Published: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: December 1st 2012 (first published 1914)
ISBN13: 9780815609995

Book Description
Shajar al-Durr, known as Tree of Pearls, was one of the most famous Arab queens and the only woman in the medieval Arab world to rule in her own name. Her narrative is one element of a much larger story of the unsettled political climate of thirteenth-century Egypt. In this eponymous novel, Zaydan charts the fall of the Ayyubid Dynasty and the rise of the Mamluke Dynasty through the adventures of Tree of Pearls and Rukn al- Din Baybars, a young Mamluke commander who eventually triumphs as the ruler of Egypt. War, political intrigue, murder, and a female ruler who was born a slave combine for an irresistible story, while Zaydan’s keen observations on royal politics and subverted gender roles offer readers a richly detailed glimpse of the cultural milieu of the time.

Tree of Pearls, originally published in 1914, is the last in a famous series of historical novels written by Zaydan, an accomplished historian whose books continue to be read widely in the Arab world today. Selim’s fluid translation introduces an English audience to one of the Arab world’s influential writers.



itle: Andy Shane and the Queen of Egypt (Andy Shane)
Author(s): Jennifer Richard Jacobson
64 pages
Published: Candlewick 
Publication date: April 8th 2008
ISBN13: 9780763632113

Book Summary
Pushy Dolores really wants Andy to do a school project together — but sometimes you need to take your time to make the right choice.

The school Culture Fair is coming up, and Andy Shane has to pick an African country to learn about. Deciding isn’t easy for Andy, so he’s glad when Granny Webb gives him a scarab beetle, which he knows is a symbol of Egypt. But when Andy tries to tell Ms. Janice, Dolores Starbuckle springs up with her gold jewelry and glitter sandals and claims that she is the queen of Egypt. Dolores always gets her way — but this time Andy doesn’t feel like caving in. What will it take for him to share his project with the bossy queen? Fans of the endearing Andy Shane will be happy to see him holding his own in his new early-chapter-book adventure.



itle: Cairo Practical Guide
Author(s): Lesley Lababidi & Deborah Cowley & Aleya Serour
269 pages
Published: Amer Univ in Cairo Pr
Publication date: 15 Nov 2011
ISBN-10: 9774164679
ISBN13: 9789774164675



itle: Islamic Monuments in Cairo: The Practical Guide
Author(s): Caroline Williams
286 pages
Published: American University in Cairo Press; Revised edition 
Publication date: November 6, 2008
ISBN13: 978-9774162053

Book Description
This is a new edition of the popular guide to Cairo's monuments. Cairo's Islamic monuments are part of an uninterrupted tradition that spans over a thousand years of building activity. No other Islamic city can equal Cairo's spectacular heritage, nor trace its historical and architectural development with such clarity. The discovery of this historic core, first visually by nineteenth-century western artists then intellectually by twentieth-century Islamic art specialists, now awaits the delight of the general visitor.This new, fully revised edition of a popular and handy guide continues to walk the visitor around two hundred of the city's most interesting Islamic monuments. It also keeps pace with recent restoration initiatives and newly opened monuments such as the Amir Taz Palace and the Sitt Wasila House.



Title: Children of the Storm (Amelia Peabody #15)
Author(s): Elizabeth Peters
334 pages
Published: Constable
Publication date: 2003
ISBN13: 9781841198279

Book Description

The fifteenth adventure for Amelia, Emerson and the whole Peabody-Emerson clan!

At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond (yet firm) grandmother, hopes that for once, this will be a quiet year with Ramses no longer undertaking perilous missions for British intelligence and no old enemies on their trail.

Amelia is sadly mistaken. Past dangers cast shadows across the seemingly peaceful present, and a new adversary - unlike any Amelia has ever encountered - will chart a course that puts her beloved family directly in the path of destruction.



Title: Seeing a Large Cat (Amelia Peabody #9)
Author(s): Elizabeth Peters
389 pages
Published: London : Robinson 
Publication date: 2003 (first published 1984)
ISBN13: 9781841194868

Book Description
Elizabeth Peters's books about Egyptologist Amelia Peabody are like longer, more literate versions of those letters some relatives send to keep people up to date on their family adventures. They're also lively feminist spoofs on the two-fisted Victorian adventure novels that inspired the Indiana Jones films. In this ninth book in the Peabody series, it's 1903, and Amelia and her clan--irascible husband Emerson, fearless son Ramses, gorgeous ward Nefret--are in Cairo, dealing with everything from mummies (both the ancient and more recent varieties) to affairs of the heart. Previous Peabody paperbacks include The Hippopotamus Pool and The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog.


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