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Pagan's Sphinx [Kindle Edition]

William Webster
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Book Description

A battered journal left by the lone survivor of a plane crash provides a tantalising clue to an ancient mystery…

After years of leading overland expeditions all over the world, Ben Drummond is trying to settle down in England and forget the woman who broke his heart.

But he is summoned to Oxford by maverick archaeologist Dr Sarah Pagan, who believes she has discovered the whereabouts of a lost statue. Pagan believes the statue - of an ancient sphinx - could be even older than the Pyramids.

Proving its existence would turn conventional history on its head –allowing Pagan to vindicate herself and reclaim her lost reputation.

Pagan wants Ben to lead an expedition that will take her team deep into the desolate landscape of the Western Sahara.

Their first hurdle is to find the unmarked wreck of the crashed plane – but Ben soon realises they are not the only ones on the trail. A gang of art thieves have got wind of Pagan’s quest and are trying to follow the team so that they can loot the site for themselves.


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About the Author

William Webster is a pen name for award-winning UK writer Huw Thomas, who has written three other novels and a collection of short stories under his own name. A former journalist, he has also worked as a gardener and English teacher.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1680 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Engine House Press (November 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AGH0R5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unresolved March 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
No one wants to invest reading time for an unresolved ending. It was a good story and adventure but just ended. I was left unsatisfied with questions about the characters. Who gave them away? Where did Dr. Pagan get the funds for the expedition? Did Gavin betray them? Was the site destroyed? Just too many loose ends to be a great book or one that I would ask anyone else to invest time reading.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read December 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The book opens way back in the past with a group of children experiencing a total eclipse of the sun. The children are terrified as they are from a civilisation that worships the sun god and they fear it is the end of the world. As the eclipse passes they find they are at the mercy of a natural disaster which is far more devastating. This brief passage will become more meaningful as the book develops.

Back in the present time Ben Drummond, who runs a struggling gardening business receives a letter offering him a 3 month contract and is signed `Pagan' with just an address in Oxford. It transpires that Pagan is in fact Dr. Sarah Pagan, an archaeologist who has had her reputation tarnished by her belief that there is a sphinx which predates the famous one at Giza. She has acquired a diary which indicates that her theory may be correct and such a sphinx exists deep in the caves in the southern part of Morocco.

The first part of the book gives a lot of detail into the contents of the diary, and the team she assembles to mount the expedition. First there is Sarah Pagan herself (imagine a female Indiana Jones). Ben who used to lead expeditions around the world and is the reason he was recommended to Sarah by her niece Helen McKinley who is Ben's ex-girlfriend. Ben had asked Helen to marry him but she said `no' and subsequently moved to Australia. There is Dr Gavin Trevaunance, a geologist and his wife Becky. Finally there is Phil, who was Ben's ex-partner in the expedition business and is responsible for the supply and maintenance of the vehicles.

I am not going to give away details of what follows - suffice to say Sarah and her group are not the only people looking for the sphinx. There is a good mix of good guys and bad guys, red herrings and a number of twists.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pagan's Sphinx March 31, 2013
By Deniz
Format:Kindle Edition
I went through a lot of changing my mind reading this novel. At the beginning I was just not so sure. Then I kinda liked it, then I was not very interested and last I thought it was ok.

With all of that in mind I am not sure how to rate it.

I do like the idea of this book. It certainly was well researched and the basic story line is good fun. It's a kind of realistic Indiana Jones Type of story, archeology, mystery, some theirs and guns and even a bit of romance has been thrown in.
I love archeology, ancient ruins and their mysteries. I spent my childhood going on discoveries tours on ancient sights. And I even considered studying Archeology at some point. Add to that my nomadic nature. This should be totally the book for me; archeology, traveling (to places I have love and know well)

But I found it was to long wound. A lot of descriptions and scenario were thrown it that only got me bored, because they didn't add anything to the story line. Like the scenario of the bus driver. I felt there was absolutely no point to the actual story, and found myself wondering when we could get back to the important bits. In fact that happened to me quite a few times.

Most of the story is told from Ben's POV.
And through the course of this book, I grew to like him. He is your stereotype British dude in many ways. And views the world with rather British eyes. Which I think is what made him kinda believable. Ben is the most developed character, probably do to the fact that he is the narrator, but also he is very believable and rounded. His feelings and thoughts are layer out there, and I could totally associate with many of them.
In my opinion none of the other characters were as well developed. I kinda think it made the narration more believable thought.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pagan's Sphinx will intrigue you May 10, 2013
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Pagan's Sphinx will grab your attention from the first page and hold it until the end, when you will be sorry to leave the characters. It will make you lose sleep and be late for work in the morning while you read just one more page. The author is a good storyteller and the characters are real, with lots of grey rather than being all black or all white. While the author tells the reader that this book is completely a work of fiction, he has woven in plenty of facts, and you read the novel with a sense that it could actually be true. Unlike many current authors, this one doesn't chop off the book suddenly at the finish, but crafts a real ending, albeit one that allows for a sequel should he wish to create one. There are many layers of story here, and some subtle editorializing. But the final result is this: If you are a fan of suspense, action, history, archaeology, or romance, this book will give you what you crave.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, action packed read May 21, 2013
By Maya
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"Pagan's sphinx' is a great read for those that love the mysteries of ancient times and civilisations.

When I started reading it at first, I couldn't understand how Drummond would fit into the plot. However, the more you read, the less you want to put it down. Once the penny drops on how everybody fits together in the story, you can't wait to see what happens next. Pagan was a mystery from the very start to the very end. And to add to all the excitement of a new discovery, there is a war going on between rebels and the local authorities as well. And then an unknown band of terrorists join the action as well.

Who would have thought to go looking for a sphinx in the Sahara far removed from Egypt where we know it has been found?

Do yourself the favour and get yourself a copy. If you like Andy McDermott and Clive Cussler, you will love this action packed mystery just as much!
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3.0 out of 5 stars pagans sphinx
This is probably a good story. It's got an interesting premise. It's well plotted and written. The thing is, I didn't really care much about most of the characters. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good tale - improbable, but not implausible
I was't sure I was going to like this when I started but by the end I was hooked. Not a swashbuckling tale with ray guns and aliens, but a good mystery leaving one wondering,... Read more
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Published 4 months ago by ProTours1
3.0 out of 5 stars Suspension of disbelief but enjoyable.
Clever but simple storyline. Easy to identify with characters. A suspension of disbelief in the presented science is needed but otherwise a peasant read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you like Young Indiana Jones
The books had enough interest in places to keep me reading but dragged in other places that made me want to give up reading it or skip pages. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
A little hard to put all the separate parts together, but once the story "jelled" I found it very good. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pagan's Sphinx
This is not my usual type of story. But I enjoyed the plot and the descriptions of the Moroccan landscape are wonderful. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cindyaie
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book!
This was an interesting and enjoyable read. I would have liked it even more had they been able to finish the excavation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action and romance and mystery
I thought this was a great story and actually traced the path of this journey on Google Earth. Action aplenty, a smidge of romance, tons of archeology for those of us who are... Read more
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More About the Author

Writer, traveller, cyclist and gardener: I've always been a dreamer - I wrote my first 'book' while at primary school and making up stories has long been one of my favourite occupations.

I was born in Southampton, England, in 1965 and grew up in a small market town called Romsey.

Over the years that followed I worked as a journalist, PR consultant, gardener and, most recently, teaching English in Portugal.

My latest novel - Pagan's Sphinx - came out on 1st December 2012. This one's published under the pen name William Webster as it's a bit different from my other books. 'Pagan's Sphinx' is an adventure story about an archaeological expedition hunting for a lost statue that may provide a link to the lost civilisation of Atlantis.

My first novel - The Tale Of Findo Gask - was published in 2006 after winning the national final of a UK competition to discover new authors. I've also written several other books and published a collection of short stories.

'The Vault' is published in aid of the disaster relief charity ShelterBox http://www.shelterbox.org (I've been involved with this charity for a few years - I was previously in charge of PR & Fundraising at its UK HQ and in 2010-11 my wife and I undertook a 10,000-mile tandem bike ride in aid of ShelterBox!)

Please visit my blog - at http://hdthomas.wordpress.com - for more information about me and my books, as well as some of my thoughts on being a writer and the creative process. You can also find me on Facebook - look for 'Huw Thomas author'.

I'm always happy to hear from readers - contact me via the blog or Facebook.

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