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Initial post: Jul 25, 2008 8:56:22 AM PDT
I just discovered a work of fiction by a first-time author that is set in ancient Egypt that I would highly recommend. The book's title is "Soul and Shadow", and the author's name is Susan J. McLeod. It has a very different plot twist, and without giving the whole thing away, I'll just say that it weaves back and forth between the past and the present with two different characters that are inexorably linked. It is very well written and will hold your interest until the surprise ending. You really should check it out!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2008 6:17:48 PM PDT
informer says:
I saw this reviewed in the Romance Junkies site, it received their highest rating 5 blue ribbons -same as Debbie Macomber.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2008 10:41:41 PM PDT
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Posted on Feb 23, 2009 2:54:44 PM PST
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Jean Naggar says:
Several readers have given five stars to my memoir, SIPPING FROM THE NILE: My Exodus From Egypt, recently published by Stony Creek Press. This is my first published book, and I would welcome more reviews and more readers, and would like to direct anyone interested in the period following the Suez crisis of 1956 to check it out on the Amazon page. It is a personal memoir of a magical childhood in a large and loving Jewish family that came to an abrupt end when world politics scattered the ancient Jewish community of Egypt to the four winds.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 12:20:17 AM PST
Audrey says:
I'd like to recommend a Historical Fantasy novel for Young Adult readers
entitled, The Netherworld of Kemet (Ezra's Trial of Faith), by first-time
author A. R. Bey. Please visit http://www.arbey.info for more details.

Book Synopsis -

On the morning of the first day of seventh grade, twelve-year-old
Ezra Wallace dreams of a distant wasteland. Later that evening, he
learns that his parents are separating. However, when his history class
visits the local museum to observe a popular King Tut exhibit, he is
intrigued by a small golden elephant that once belonged to the late boy
king. When he discovers that the glass containing the artifact has been
mysteriously left ajar, he is tempted to steal it. Shortly thereafter, his
decision leads him on an unforgettable journey through the Netherworld
of Kemet (Amenti), a magical dimension filled with wonder and splendor.
There he encounters several famous pharaohs, enchanting queens, and
many Kemetic deities as they continue their eternal existence. Yet he
soon realizes that Amenti is not the paradise that it should be.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 2:14:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2009 2:17:05 PM PST
Jean Naggar says:
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Glimpse into a Strange and Wonderful World, February 26, 2009 [Re: SIPPING FROM THE NILE:My Exodus From Egypt]
By Bonnie Kistler (Philadelphia) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)
Tolstoy got it wrong: all happy families are not alike. The members of Jean Naggar's large extended family were a warm and loving people, yet their lives were so exotic. A truly international and multi-cultural family of unimaginable wealth, they were also rich in tradition and culture. The world they inhabited seems so foreign -- a palace in Cairo, boarding school in England, holidays in Geneva -- yet Jean Naggar successfully pulls back the curtain and draws the reader right into the heart of her family.

Before reading this book, I knew little about Egyptian Jews and how they prospered among their Muslim neighbors for so many centuries, and I never realized how Zionism and the Suez Crisis effectively ended their way of life. But despite the losses they suffered, this is a family that not only survived, it prevailed.

Sipping from the Nile is alive with detail and colorful characters. I can't remember when I've enjoyed a memoir more, nor learned more about a time and a people.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 4:10:25 AM PDT
Ravyn Karasu says:
The concept of "past meets future and back again" seems quite popular, especially in books involving Egypt. At least, it was when I was in high school...about 9 years ago LOL. "Akhetaten's Gates" is also sort of like that. It's a brief fast forward and rewind. I found it rather different in some ways [and not just saying that cuz I wrote it] because I like the powerful female characters. It was something I was certianly inspired to do with both the "lack" of information on Nefertiti's history at the time and the example set by Pauline Gredge in Child of the Morning [I think that's the title].

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 6:17:06 PM PST
S. L. Meyer says:
Anyone interested in Egypt should read the short stories of Alifa Rifaat (who was Egyptian) in a collection called "Distant View of a Minaret."

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 6:17:27 PM PST
S. L. Meyer says:
Anyone interested in Egypt should read the short stories of Alifa Rifaat (who was Egyptian) in a collection called "Distant View of a Minaret."

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 6:17:44 PM PST
S. L. Meyer says:
Anyone interested in Egypt should read the short stories of Alifa Rifaat (who was Egyptian) in a collection called "Distant View of a Minaret."

Posted on Nov 7, 2009 4:36:23 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2009 3:50:40 AM PST
Grego says:
Here's another one, which has even gained kudos from the infamous rouge John Anthony West.

The Voice of the Pyramid: a Blueprint for the Coming Age

His words:

If I were a food critic charged with reviewing a meal that was the gastronomic equivalent of THE VOICE OF THE PYRAMID I'd approach that task well-nourished, intrigued ... and very much at a loss for words. For I could not tell if I'd eaten fish or fowl or possibly unicorn filet mignon, and the preparation matched no known culinary tradition either.

So with this unassuming but effortlessly original little book. It's not academic Egyptology, nor any recognizable alternative Egyptology, and yet it 'feels' thoroughly Egyptian -- supra-rational and at the same time, in its own way, accessible, a profound teaching that is not exactly in plain sight but that functions rather at the edges of inner peripheral vision.

It is, indeed, a personal vision quest, the material derived from many deep meditation sessions (not to be confused with 'channelers' claiming to receive illuminated wisdom from Ascended Masters and archangelic sources operating in extra-galactic fifth and sixth dimensions - claims I personally distrust, though am no position to dismiss). It's not science, scholarship, symbolism or magic and yet it makes use of all, along the way conjuring up images, names and surprising indirect associations, not necessarily specifically Egyptian: alchemical texts, Castaneda without the peyote, rainforest shamans minus the ayahuasca, crop circles... And there's an urgency to it, obviously shared by the author and successfully conveyed. It keeps you (me, certainly!) reading.

John Anthony West

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 2:29:03 AM PST
Hi,
I can recommend a modern thriller set in Egypt, GOG - an End Time Mystery by Dan Richardson.

"A dark satire for an age when the righteous and ruthless shape our world, Gog - an End Time Mystery is written with a rare insight into Egyptian life, Middle Eastern geopolitics, and disinformation."

The language is rich, humorous and vivid. The plot is so `topical and possible'. The author has a good 'smell' for the anxieties/paranoia's/ ambitions, which exist amongst the Arab States, Israelis and all the rest of the Muslim/ Christian brotherhood!

GOG - an End Time Mystery

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2010 9:57:47 AM PDT
Jeff Marzano says:
You might be interested in the following books which are not fictional.

Elizabeth Haich claimed to be able to remember a past life she lived in very ancient Egypt where she experienced the mysterious initiation process.

It was like she saw seeing many of her possible future lives at the same time and she had the choice to actually live out those experiences in this physical world but she could have chosen not to.

Elizabeth chose to live out those lives physically and in those later experiences she met up with some of the same people she had known in Egypt.

Earlyne Chaney's book is also about the initiation process that she was able to somehow remember. Earlyne claimed that she went to Egypt in the 1900s and somehow remembered parts of the the initiation experience after getting permission to say inside the Great Pyramid one night. She claims that she met up with the goddess Isis at that time and Isis revealed something to her that many people will find hard to accept.

Earlyne was also given a mission by Isis to try to bridge the gap between the different religions that exist today. Unfortunately I have read some of Earlyne's other books and something went horribly wrong when she tried to fulfill this mission.

Both claimed to have experienced the initiation process inside a secret complex of passageways and chambers underneath the Giza plateau. This is I think what the great Edgar Cayce referred to as the Hall Of Records.

They both claimed to have seen Atlantean devices inside the pyramids and the Ark Of The Covenant, which Moses secretly took, was one such device.

Elizabeth Haich states that it was Moses' taking of this device that caused the evil pharaoh to change his mind about letting the Hebrews leave Egypt after first agreeing to let them go. This is an interesting theory because according to the bible the pharaoh did first agree to let them leave. Something must have happened.

There are theories that Moses, Jesus Christ, Pythagoras, and Plato also experienced the mysterious initiation process at some level.

These books are interesting since if you believe it they are like eye witness testimony of what life was like in Egypt going back maybe 5,000 years or so.

These authors claim the pyramids were already ancient even at that time.

Jeff Marzano

Initiation

Initiation in the Great Pyramid (Astara's Library of Mystical Classics)

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 3:26:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2010 3:31:43 PM PDT
C. L. Fluty says:
Please check out my recent novel, "Nefertiti, Immortal Queen", a tale told from the point of view of the artist Thutmose, who sculpted the famous bust of Nefertiti. It has been intensively researched, to be as accurate as possible, including up-to-date archaeological findings - many of which, of course, are interpreted differently and much fought over by various experts. The book was initially inspired by the research of British Egyptologist Joann Fletcher, who found evidence supporting the idea that the mummy known as "the Younger Lady" (KV35YL), found in a side chamber of Amenhotep II's tomb, is that of Nefertiti. I based the book on the assumption that Fletcher is right; in which case, her findings support the idea that Nefertiti briefly ruled as Pharaoh after her husband, Akhenaten's, death, and that she was apparently assassinated, then her mummy was later moved, stripped of its identity and defaced. Her murder and the terrible post-mortem punishment of her mummy could only have been inflicted by the angry traditional priesthood, who associated her with her husband's "heretical" monotheistic religion and resented her, a woman, ruling as Pharaoh.

I have also found a link between a real, historical person, the Grand Vizier Yuya, and the Biblical Joseph. Since Yuya was the father of Queen Tiye, who was Great Wife to Amenhotep III and father of Akhenaten; and was also father of Aye, Nefertiti's father, that ties the Israelites to the Royal Family at the end of the 19th Dynasty. In the soon-to-be-published sequel, "The Lost Queen: Ankhsenamun, Widow of King Tutankhamun", I tie the last member of the Thutmosid Dynasty back to the Israelites and the birth of Moses. I have also discovered that, in legal cases, the term "mosis", which normally meant "child" or "child of", is used to signify "the legal heir" to a title or property. Now, isn't that interesting? Stay tuned!
Cheryl Fluty, author
Nefertiti, Immortal Queen

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2010 6:14:18 PM PDT
Jeff Marzano says:
You may be interested to know that according to the Edgar Cayce material Joseph, who was sold as a slave by his greedy and jealous brothers, was Christ Himself.

According to the bible Moses was born as a Hebrew but rescued by an Egyptian queen and raised as an Egyptian.

I believe Moses was initiated into the secrets of the ancient Egyptian priesthood. This is where he learned about the mysterious Ark Of The Covenant. This Ark was I believe an Atlantean device which was brought to the earth from outer space.

There's the account in the bible where Moses kills an Egyptian because he had seen the Egyptian beating up a Hebrew.

Edgar Cayce corrects this and says the Egyptian had sexually assaulted Moses' sister.

We might wonder, if this is true, why is the bible wrong ? It could be that the writers didn't really know what happened or they intentionally left out that detail.

Also where it talks about the so called 'burning bush' I don't think that's exactly what it was. That's just the words they used to try to explain it.

The bible talks about the Ark Of The Covenant as being a sort of chest that contained the tablets that Moses received from God and I think the book of the law. But it may have been something more at one time.

As I said I think the Ark was some sort of mysterious device which allowed Moses to control the force of gravity and do other things.

It is not a coincidence that the stories about Abraham and Moses were included in the bible. Those two guys played a very important role in the spiritual development of the human race.

Jeff Marzano

Lives of the Master: The Rest of the Jesus Story

Edgar Cayce's Story of the Old Testament From the Birth of Souls to the Death of Moses

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 7:43:44 PM PDT
J.J. Makins says:
Most know about Cleopatra. Some know about Hatshepsut. Few know about the first female pharaoh who lived 3000 years before. This is the tale of her reign.

The King of Egypt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFvRylTxHzQ
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