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well worth the reading and it gets a hold on us early in the story. Following through is well rewarded.Published 6 hours ago by Dennis A Reardon
Barry Unsworth has created a cast of villains of almost pantomime proportions in this tale of double cross and deceit in the desert. Read morePublished 10 months ago by keetmom
There was a lot of semi-technical, historical and archeological information that could have been written in a more interesting manner. Read morePublished 15 months ago by CTK
Unsworth is a good writer and I like very much his other books. This one though feels like unfinished somehow, probably because it ends abruptly. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Slow, uninteresting reading. Good characters in a slow, terrible obvious,dull plot. Might be helped if there were a or some maps -- a major failing. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by K. Marin
Barry Unsworth - who died in 2012 - was always more adventurous in his subject matter than his younger English contemporaries. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by John Fitzpatrick
I love archeology and historic fiction. This book has both in a quick read that is also rich in interpersonal drama.Published on December 9, 2011 by Squirrel
The Assyrian Empire burst onto the world historical scene by smashing the ancient Sumerians and their gods. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by A.D.
I understand this seems a bit slow, but he is such a good writer, I cannot put it down. Just a great read, great characters.Published on April 20, 2011 by Sydney Carton