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The Castors of Giza by Chris Hambleton
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The Castors of Giza

by Chris Hambleton

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In the golden age of Egypt, the glory of the kingdom is rising to unprecedented heights. The united kingdom is thriving and expanding, and great stone monuments are rising from the fertile banks of the Nile.The Fourth Dynasty of Kemet is growing stronger under its ambitious new leader, Pharaoh Khufu. His father, King Sneferu has established a legacy of extravagant monuments and massive building projects, and his son will not allow himself to become a lesser king. With the science of pyramid construction now perfected, Khufu has determined to build the grandest monument of all time: the Great Pyramid.Itennu, a rising official for the new king, has been commissioned for a critical mission: to discover and secure new mineral resources in the arid eastern wilderness. And construction of the new pyramid cannot begin unless the expedition succeeds.Over the course of his journey, Itennu encounters a man who will profoundly change the way he sees the world, a man who has been promised to become the father of many nations.… (more)

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Interesting historical novel, not a romance but true historical fiction, set in ancient Egypt and Old Testament times, and covering some of Abram/Abraham's travels and the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza. So how was that big sucker built? The author uses Joseph Davidovits' theory of dissolving the limestone and casting it in place, which to my lazy mind, at least, certainly beats the idea of hauling tons of stones up various ramps. Only the granite chunks used in the King's Chamber would have needed cutting and dragging.

Unfortunately the book's pace drags a bit in places, too, and judicious editing could have trimmed a good 5K-10K words. The ending relies on letters sent back and forth and telling (rather than showing) to conclude the story, and another proofreading pass wouldn't have hurt. The story's plot-driven and the characters feel developed but shallow, but the details, the geography, and the theories keep it interesting. Let's call this one four stars. ( )
  GunnarGrey | Mar 17, 2014 |
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