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The Eyes of Pharaoh by [Eboch, Chris]
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One of the earliest civilizations in the world arose in Egypt over 5000 years ago. The pharaohs ruled Egypt for 2500 years--but not without challenges.
 
Ramses the Third ruled during the New Kingdom, the golden age of Egypt. At that time, the great pyramids were already a thousand years old. Egypt remained the first and greatest superpower of the world, a land of plenty with rich fields fed by the annual Nile floods.
 
Foreigners flocked to Egypt as immigrants and traders, seeking a better life. But when Egypt closed its borders to foreigners facing famine at home, resentment sometimes turned to violence. In his 30 years as Pharaoh, from about 1184 to 1153 BC, Ramses had to defend the borders at least three times from foreign invaders. These included the Libu, a tribe from the area that is now Libya. His military also traveled to distant lands to meet foreign enemies.
 
At home, Ramses faced threats from the priesthood, a workers' strike at the royal necropolis, and even a palace murder plot.
 
 The story of Seshta, Horus, and Reya is set during this time. Other than Ramses the Third, all characters and events are fictional, yet their lifestyles and attitudes are based on what we know of ancient Egypt.

The Eyes and Ears of Pharaoh was a real position at the head of Egypt's secret police. Young dancers performed at parties or worked in the temples. An ambitious young man might join the military, hoping for advancement. A poor boy might feel lucky to work as an apprentice toymaker.
 
Religion was part of everyday life, but individual devotion varied, and most people had a favorite god or goddess from among the large pantheon that watched over Egypt. (Seshta takes her name from the goddess of learning.) People believed the ba, part of the soul, traveled at night in dreams.
 
I have tried to reach across the millennia and capture life in ancient Egypt. Most of all, these characters were created with the belief that in every culture, throughout history, people are motivated by the same emotions; that no matter our age or background we can do great things if we work together; and that nothing is more precious than a good friend.
 
For more information about ancient Egypt, visit my website at chriseboch.com for a list of resources plus lesson plans to use in the classroom.

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Praise for The Eyes of Pharaoh

Likable characters and some surprising plot twists keep you wanting to know what will happen next. 

...fast paced mystery that has so much history and culture hidden in plain sight.... You won't be able to put the book down until you learn what happens to the three friends. 

...exciting action with interesting characters, a brisk plot line and historically-accurate details of the book's setting. 

... An intriguing mystery embedded within a book full of beautiful writing.... Evocative descriptions which make you feel like you're right there, running through the markets with Seshta or sitting by the river watching the fishermen. 

...fast paced plot, interesting and "real" characters, and excellent writing. 

The best Ancient Egyptian story I have come across for a while, even if it is a children's book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pig River Press (December 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RR1718
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Format: Paperback
I read the Kindle edition of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. High quality of writing. The story and the setting are easy to picture in your mind: Eboch makes a far-off world seem up-close and personal. Judging by the many lively details included as the story unfolds, the author must have done extensive background research. The plot moves forward at a good pace, and you're not far into the story before you're finding it hard to put down. Likable characters and some surprising plot twists keep you wanting to know what will happen next. To me this book seems about right for an upper middle school reader or even early high school. A teacher could get a lot of mileage out of using this book to complement a unit on ancient Egypt.
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This was a most enjoyeble story. It was short enough to read through in one evening, it had a good plot, and believeble characters. It was also honest and open about aspects of the Ancient Egyptian culture that many modern readers may not like, but it did not dwell on those. To me, this was the best Ancient Egyptian story I have come accross for a while, even if it is a children's book.
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Chris Eboch's THE EYES OF PHARAOH is an intriguing mystery embedded within a book full of beautiful writing. Seshta and her friends are fun characters, well-drawn, and the book draws you along from chapter to chapter as you want to know what happens next.

The best parts of the book, though, are the evocative descriptions which make you feel like you're right there, running through the markets with Seshta or sitting by the river watching the fishermen.

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Mid School students and their teachers will love this fast paced mystery that has so much history and culture hidden in plain sight. Seshta,the temple dancer, and Horus,a toymaker's apprentice face one obstacle after another as they search for their friend Reya,a soldier in Egypt's army who has learned of a possible invasion by outsiders. Even when the situation seems hopeless, Seshta and Horus never give up on their goal of finding their friend. You won't be able to put the book down until you learn what happens to the three friends.
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THE EYES OF PHARAOH delivers what I expect from author Chris Eboch - exciting action with interesting characters, a brisk plot line and historically-accurate details of the book's setting. The concepts of loyalty and friendship are as relevant today as they would have been to the main characters in this book despite the thousands+ years difference in time. Another good read from a solid author.
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Great story . I enjoyed it. It makes you feel like you were therein Ancient Egypt.
Much better to read then a history book. But still has an educational element to it.
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The author submitted a copy of this book to me in exchange for a review.

The story moves quickly and is packed with adventure, action, culture, and history. It's fun to read and to get to know the main characters. This book will be very appealing to young readers who have a particular interest in ancient Egypt and especially those readers who need a book that is more of a challenge to read. I imagine that this will be the perfect book for a tween or advanced younger reader once they've finished some lessons on the ancient Egyptians. This will be a great reinforcement of those lessons and will really put things into perspective for them. The history lessons will be more relatable after reading this book, which is something parents will absolutely love.
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