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Others are telling you the plot so I won't repeat it. What I will say is that the author had an amazing imagination when he wrote this story.
He places an American into a character that was not yet in existence (in the story) but was already part of our known history. Extremely clever idea and unexpected by me.
I cringed during part of the scenes because some of it was harsh, but the story still held my interest. I wanted more and did not want the story to end. I would have liked to see what happened to Diane when she returned to "our" time and had to explain where she and her boyfriend were. Very interesting story. I will read it again in a few weeks because there was so much going on that I want to absorb it again.
The problem with this one isn't in anything specific other than it's a solid, decently written and edited story you've read before if you have any interest in this genre. He goes there. Fortuitous circumstances allow him, with just the correct tools he's brought with him from our time, to do some wondrous (for the old timers) acts. This gets the attention of the ruler....and well, we go from there. Meanwhile, another party of moderns finds the going a bit rougher.
As far as I know the structure of this book was an original with Mark Twain, but gee, by now, it's been done over and over. There is nothing wrong with time travel books which not only can amuse, but can act as history lessons. This book is strong when it comes to that - life in ancient Egypt, but nothing special regarding the moderns' intrusion there. In that, it's more respectful than Twain was. He tended to regard the mythical Arthurian ancients as clownish bozos.
Anyway, a good read for a slight intro into ancient Egypt, but just so so for the time travel adventure.
What a difference one misconstrued symbol can make!
Jerry Dubs takes his readers on an unimaginable journey back in time, a time and era when humankind was evolving into great societies and civilizations that we today only dream about.
The story unfolds as three unsuspecting characters from the twenty-first century, exploring an ancient pyramid in Egypt, suddenly find themselves transported back five thousand years after deviating from the conventional tourist route and entering a off-limit corridor with a mislabeled, mystic inscription painted five thousand years ago.
I found the story very intriguing, the way Jerry Dubs develops the storyline, intertwining his unsuspecting twenty-first century characters into the ancient Egyptian cultural society. Initially construed as unknown gods by the Egyptians, the three are thrust into different directions among the various facets of the Egyptian realm. Who to trust, What to believe, and How to get back to their own time are of utmost importance.
The description of the ancient society was absolutely fascinating, from the clothes worn by the population of the time, the meaning of certain jewelry and how it was worn, the diverse gods and what they represented, and what is today considered the barbaric justice and penalties for going against authority. Although rout with violence and descriptive torture, the story also abounds with blooming love relationships, often intertwining and unexpected.
The beginning of the book contains a list of the characters in the story and their relationships. Mark it and keep it conveniently bookmarked. You will need it.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in history and how mankind evolved over the centuries.
I like the author's understated, conversational writing style. I don't like overblown prose, so this suited me.
I did get a little bored with the travelog style of story telling as he related the main characters' travels up & down the Nile River. It was almost as dry as Heroditus' version of his travels...
However, he did keep the storyline moving along at an acceptable pace. I liked how he portrayed both the good guys & the bad guys. He didn't make use of the stereotypical all bad, all powerful bad guys nor did he give the good guys syrupy perfection. He allowed his characters to be flawed & human, making mistakes just like anyone else can.
My one objection is that he gave the main protagonist a 'deus ex machina' in the form of a backpack filled with the most complete & amazing first aid kit... I mean really... Who would bring antibiotic meds on a vacation to Egypt? I can agree with the rest of the contents of the kit, but antibiotics? No. Antibiotics are prescribed for specific types of bacterial infections. You need to know which group of bacteria that you are treating before administering them... The same is true for broad spectrum antibiotics. So, no that part was totally unbelievable in my honest opinion.
Other than the above complaint, I enjoyed this book. I was even able to ignore the anachronistic camels... :)