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THE GOD CATCHER: An Ancient Egypt Novel [Kindle Edition]

Scott Peters
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An impoverished orphan tries to win a place as a painter in Tutankhamen's unbuilt tomb.
  
When his father dies, young Ramses' life begins to fall apart. Life on their farm had been so wonderful, as steady and bright as the Egyptian sun. Now, however, he's an orphan in his own home.
People whisper that Ramses caused his father's death. They say his skill at drawing is something no farm boy should have. They say his drawings angered the gods, who struck down his parents as punishment. It's a thought too horrible to face. Could it be true?
In the dark days that loom ahead, Ramses begins a desperate search for answers about his identity.
  
This well researched story, set in the golden era of Tutankhamen or 'King Tut', combines fact, fiction, and the magic superstition that formed an important part of life in ancient Egypt. Anyone interested in archaeology and art history will be fascinated with this inside look into the lives of tomb builders: the people who painted, sculpted and carved the ancient burial sites of Pharaohs. The village that captures our hero's hope, originally called The Place of Truth and now known as Deir El Medina, still exists. Its archaeological remains can be visited today.
      
Praise for Scott Peters' books:
  
"Tears were shed, I'll admit it."
~ Jazz Young
   
"Peters is such a natural and gifted storyteller"  
~ Steve Donoghue, Historical Novel Society
  
Chapter 1
Egypt 1323 B.C.
  The boy jerked back in shock. 
  What had he done?
  Drawings surrounded him on all sides. They covered the Nile's soft, sloping riverbank, all grooved into the sand with his sharpened stick. A chariot fight. A pair of wrestlers. A panther chasing a fleeing gazelle. 
  But that's not what he was staring at.
  Was it an illusion? Was it the wind?
  He focused on his drawing of Osiris. 
  No. There it was again! Osiris's eyes--eyes made of sand--were moving. They shifted to the acacia stick in the boy's hand. The god's gaze locked onto it. The eerie sand-eyes studied the simple tool that had drawn his huge form on the riverbank. After a moment, the sand-eyes shifted back to Ramses' terrified face. 
  Ramses sucked in a shallow breath. The air felt suffocating as a tomb. 
  What had he been thinking--drawing the God of the Underworld? 
  Why, when he'd never drawn a single god in his life, had he done so now?
  Because he hadn't been thinking. That's why. He'd been drawing mindlessly, his worries elsewhere. He'd been thinking about his father and the strange priest, back at the farmhouse. 
  Standing in the dense heat, Ramses tried to tear his gaze from the god's painful radiance. The hot earth had grown almost blinding. It hurt to look at Osiris. 
  Ramses' throat went dry as the desert.
  A strange, crackling tension spread around them, filling the clearing. On the ground, the God of the Underworld seemed to shift, first left and then right. Just a tiny amount, but enough to make the lines in the sand shudder. 
Ramses couldn't move. 
  Osiris's image expanded a fraction. Then the shifting started again. Back and forth. Back and forth. Faster. Stronger.
  Something whispered over Ramses. His skin turned cold. It was an ibis bird. The movement broke the spell. Ramses fell back a few feet, breathing hard. Meanwhile, the white winged creature came to rest on the Nile's dark surface. Opening its curved beak, it pecked at the floating reeds.
  On the ground, Osiris went still.
  I was seeing things, Ramses told himself. It was an illusion! Just the heat. A mirage.
  He wanted to believe it--that he'd dreamed it all. But this wasn't the first time something like it had happened. 
  
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Historical Novel Society
Set in the ancient Egypt of 1323 BC, this is the story of a boy named Ramses who has great skill at drawing but, when we meet him, horrible luck: his parents have died, and their farm has passed to his imperious, short-tempered Aunt Zalika and Uncle Hay, who install themselves in the family home, install their sickly son Sepi in Ramses' old room, and send Ramses himself out to work in the fields with the rest of the hired hands. Fortunately, the farm manager and his wife are kind people who stick up for Ramses--and he also gets along quite well with his cousin, who one day informs him that the revered temple called the Place of Truth is looking outside its own dwindling ranks for a new apprentice. There's to be a contest, and Ramses longs to compete, despite all the obstacles in his way. This novel is billed as a young adult story, but Peters is such a natural and gifted storyteller, so adept at bringing the sights and sounds and smells of ancient Egypt alive, that readers of all ages will be swept along. 
--Steve Donoghue, Historical Novel Society, 2012, All rights reserved
 
  

From the Author

Q: Why do you think people love ancient Egypt?
A: Most readers will agree--something magical happens the first time you hear about ancient Egypt. Maybe you see a mummy movie or visit a museum. Or, like me, a teacher hands you a mysterious worksheet at school. At that moment of discovery, a jolt grips you with intense curiosity. 
  
Q: Fascination draws you in?
A: Exactly. Who were these people? What did their strange symbols mean? How did they create such intense history and what were their daily lives like? You wonder what it would be like to walk the streets of ancient Egypt and see what they saw.
  
Q: What defining moment made you write about ancient Egypt?
A: On a school field trip to a museum, I saw a mummy in a glass case. The mummy's fingers were poking through the wrappings. When I got over how wonderfully creepy it looked, something happened. It dawned on me that those fingers, that hand, once did normal human things; tucked a child in at night, held another person's hand, brushed hair out of eyes on windy days. All thousands of years ago. Somehow, the emotion of the person was still there in that mummy. He wasn't just an artifact. He was a person with stories to tell. I decided then and there I wanted to give life to the ancient past in a way that was fun and approachable.

Q: What message do you have for your readers?
A: I know many of you are Egypt obsessed like me. Thanks for letting me share my love of ancient Egypt with you.
  
  
Other books by Scott Peters:
  
The Zet Mystery Series---(Books 1-3)
Book 1: Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll
Book 2: Zet and the Egyptian Amulet Mystery
Book 3: Zet and the Egyptian Princess Mystery
  
Coming Soon:
Scott Peters' Secret Book Of Mummies

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Egyptian Summer read. May 8, 2012
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Ramses, a young Egyptian farm boy in the time of Tutankhamen, has always secretly dreamed of being an artist in the sacred village called the place of truth. This dream is ever more impossible each day as his world unravels around him. His Mother and Father die suddenly and his farm is taken over by his Aunt Zalika and Uncle Hay who begin to treat him as a slave when he is the rightful heir to their farm. All he wants to do is draw, but his evil relatives make sure he cannot.

Fortunately for the boy the farm manager Sobek and his wife look after Ramses, and make sure he is fed and not beaten too badly by his Aunt and Uncle.

When a contest to discover a new apprentice in the Place of Truth arises, Ramses must try to enter but how will he afford the precious papyrus sheet to create his entry? How will he make the journey? When a Tutor comes to groom his cousin for the apprenticeship he sees his chance...

Filled with action and suspense, this book will transport you back in time. A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read May 14, 2012
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I totally enjoyed this book... another hit by Scott Peters... I liked the action and intrigue and I didn't want to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Egyptian Adventure July 14, 2013
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"The God Catcher" is a heartwarming adventure that's set in ancient Egypt and revolves around a young boy's struggle to become an apprentice to the Chief Scribe, the governor of an artisan village called the Place of Truth. A gifted artist whose pictures take on a life of their own, Ramses is little more than slave labour on the farm his aunt and uncle confiscated after the death of his parents. Continually thwarted by his aunt who wants her son to win the examination that will determine the next apprentice, Ramses is equally determined to enter his submission if he can procure a piece of papyrus which could entail dealing with a devious grave robber and his henchmen.
In a subplot Neferet, the Chief Scribe's daughter and apprentice to the village healer is continually tormented by Layla, a jealous rival who hates her because of her friendship with Paneb, the former apprentice who leaves the village to seek his fortune in Memphis. But when the lives of Ramses and Neferet collide not only will a lasting friendship emerge but both will overcome adversity and realize their potential.
I loved the contrast in personalities in this well-written and captivating story; the passionate artist Ramses, duty bound to save his parents farm and protect his friends; the reticent and sickly Sepi who loves his cousin but hesitates in any confrontation with his domineering mother; Neferet, warm-hearted and strong-willed who lashes out against injustice.
Into the mix add the hate-filled, power-hungry and greedy Uncle Hay and Aunt Zalika so different from the generous and caring farm manager Sobek and his tender-hearted wife Hebony who protect and support young Ramses in his dream.
Woven into a story that deals with tragedy, rejection, insecurity, and bullying are elements of friendship, loyalty, love and triumph. This is a emotionally charged and gripping story that's well-worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully enjoyable June 28, 2013
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This book is extremely enjoyable. There is much tense action along with a splash of Cinderella,
Egyptian version of course. In whole, a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters December 21, 2012
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Five stars for awesome characters! I totally fell in love with them, despite our cultural barrier, and found myself rooting for Ramses during the entire roller-coaster of a journey. The boy is born with a gift that no one can explain and everyone sees as a curse- except Ramses father and mother. After they die and his aunt takes over the farm, Ramses finds life getting harder and harder. His only hope of escaping a life of insignificance and abuse is to use his ability- but how can he if the whole world is out to get him?
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Scott Peters writes ancient Egypt adventure stories. Peters has always had a fascination for all things ancient Egyptian. In addition to writing, Peters has created over 300 museum, science center and theme park installations for such places as the Smithsonian, the Washington Children's Museum, Walt Disney World and Paramount Pictures. Peters also helped design an interactive TV show for the Nickelodeon Channel.

Be sure and visit Scott Peters online:
email: info@scottpetersbooks.com
website: www.ScottPetersBooks.com
blog: www.EgyptAbout.com

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