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City of the Dead (Seven Wonders Series #2) Paperback – March 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; Original edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805447318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805447316
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

T. L. Higley holds a degree in English Literature and has written four previous novels. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Tracy L. Higley travels the world, brings back adventure and writes novels that transports readers to ancient times and places.

Visit her website at TracyHigley.com or meet up with her on Facebook at facebook.com/tlhigley.

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The building suspense moves the reader right along to the final page.
Alexis L. Gorin
This book is a fast moving historical fiction that gives one a good insight of life during the building of the Great Pyramid in Giza, as well as a who done it mystery.
D. Freeman
In her second Seven Wonders novel, T L Higley transports the reader to Ancient Egypt and the wonder of the Great Pyramids that stand to this day.
Rel Mollet

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rel Mollet on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
By the shores of the river Nile, the Great Pyramid rises by the blood, sweat and tears of thousands of men and guided by the brilliance of Pharoah's Grand Vizier, Hemiunu, a man determined his pyramids will stand for an eternity.

Neferet is the whimsical daughter of an artisan and a follower of the One True God, unafraid and devoted to her father and the small fellowship of believers who meet in secret.

When a murderer seems intent upon revealing a past tragedy that plagues Hemiunu's dreams, the city is thrown into turmoil as fears that the Scourge of Anubis, the god of the dead, is upon them. As Hemi investigates the murders, he soon learns that friends can become enemies and his power and integrity can be lost in a heartbeat.

In her second Seven Wonders novel, T L Higley transports the reader to Ancient Egypt and the wonder of the Great Pyramids that stand to this day. Tracy's research is impeccable and I was completely immersed in the culture of the day and the political posturings of Pharoah Khufu, a of man who believed he was god on earth. Tracy's characterisation is second to none, her pacing perfect and the suspense and intrigue had me engrossed from the start. Neferet's faith beckons to Hemi's deep longing for forgiveness and the heartache of hidden guilt and broken relationships is explored in depth. Weaving fascinating historical facts into a fast paced mystery and a touch of romance, City of the Dead is an exceptional read. I can't wait for Guardian of the Flame, the story of the Lighthouse of Alexandria coming in October, 2009.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on March 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Hemiunu is a great architect. His latest project is building the Great Pyramid of Giza. His cousin is the Pharaoh of Egypt. So you can imagine the pressure to complete the pyramid and quickly, no matter what. Something happens to put a wrench in Hemi's progress. Mentu-hotep the Overseer of Constructions has been found murdered. As much as Hemi would like to grieve he is on a strict time line, so he convinces Senosiris, the construction supervisor to take over as Overseer. A few days later; another body is discovered. This time it is the Pharaoh's wife, Merit. It seems that both Mentu-hotep and Merit shared something in common. They along with Hemi, the Pharaoh and a few of their friends went many years ago on a hunting trip. Something happened on that trip that is now coming back to haunt them. It seems their secret is no longer hidden. Someone is killing them one by one. Hemi makes it his mission to locate and stop the killer before it is too late.

City of the Dead is book two in T.L. Higley's The Seven Wonders series. I first discovered Mrs. Higley when I read the first novel in the series. Since then I have wanted to read the next book. What I like about this series is that the stories take you all over the world, during ancient times. The first third of the way into this book, I did find it to move somewhat slowly, even though two people had already been murdered. As I got further into the story it really started to pick up. This is because you were drawn in by Hemi and what happened on that day so long ago. The story would flash back revealing the events of the hunting trip. I can't wait to continue my journey in T.L. Higley's series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Breit on April 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a brilliant work of fiction and fact. It completely transports you back to Ancient Egypt when the pyramids are being made. All of her characters are brilliantly portrayed, each one with their own unique quality. The message was amazing. I loved the 'People of the One', since it brings so much Christianity into this novel. A great read, and I definitely reccomend it to all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacey VINE VOICE on April 15, 2009
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This second novel in the Seven Wonders series is a triumph! T.L. Higley's "City of the Dead" is a breathtaking trip to the silky sands and desert heat of Egypt that both educates and entertains! This incredibly talented author transports the reader directly to the Egyptian desert during the reign of Khufu (a.k.a. Cheops) and the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza (around 2560 B.C.) with historical accuracy and vivid imagery. The story of Hemiunu, the real-life cousin and vizier to the pharaoh, weaves historical fact (the building of the pyramid) with suspenseful fiction (a series of murders taking place during the building project). One-dimensional historical figures come to bold and brilliant three-dimensional life in this engrossing read!

Hemi is actively working on having the Great Pyramid built for his cousin, Pharaoh Khufu. The structure will not only be a crowning achievement for Pharaoh, it will be a monumental accomplishment for Hemi! Unless a series of murders (whose victims happen to be Hemi's friends) taints Hemi's reputation or stops the project. The serial killer, Anubis, leaves his calling card at each crime scene, taunting Hemi with each occurrence right up until the thrilling conclusion!

This novel absolutely has it all! Vivid snapshots depicting life in Egypt at that time are woven beautifully with a riveting story, and an active undercurrent of belief in God, romance, intrigue, mystery and suspense. I am anxious to read the accounts of the remaining 5 wonders!
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