The Lost Army of Cambyses

The Lost Army of Cambyses

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In 523 BC, the Persian pharaoh Cambyses dispatched an army across Egypt's western desert to destroy the oracle at Siwa. Legend has it that somewhere in the middle of the Great Dune Sea his army was overwhelmed by a sandstorm and lost forever. Two and a half millennia later a mutilated corpse is washed up on the banks of the Nile at Luxor, an antique dealer is savagely murdered in Cairo, and a British archaeologist is found dead at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara.

The incidents appear unconnected, but Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is suspicious, as is the archaeologist's daughter, Tara Mullray. Lured into a labyrinth of intrigue, violence, and betrayal by a mysterious hieroglyphic fragment and rumors of a mythic lost tomb, what began as a search for the truth becomes a race for survival. Confronted by both present day adversaries and ghosts from their pasts, Khalifa and Mullray find themselves on a trail that leads into the desert's unforgiving, burning heart, and the answer to one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2002
ISBN: 9780802143785
0802143784
Branch Call Number: FIC Sussm 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 591 p. :,ill., map

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Dec 30, 2013

According to Herodotus, in 523 B.C., Persian emperor Cambyses dispatched an army of 50,000 men to the Egyptian desert to destroy the oracle of Amun at Siwa. Somewhere in that vast western desert, the army disappeared. In present-day Egypt, young scientist Tara Mullvay finds her archaeologist father murdered. The small artifact she discovers among his possessions soon puts her life in danger. In Luxor, police inspector Yusuf Khalifa investigates two brutal murders that involve ancient artifacts and a trail that leads him to Tara’s father and his excavations. Dangerous enemies, including a modern radical Islamic terrorist group, are after the artifacts and are determined to prevent Yusuf and Tara from finding the site of the lost army.

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