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Subject: Christian Jacq
Date Posted: 8/28/2007 8:39 AM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
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Has anyone read any of his ancient Egypt series?

This one sounds good:The Empire of Darkness : A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Jacq, Christian. Queen of Freedom Trilogy. Vol. 1.)
Author: Christian Jacq
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Book Type: Paperback

I was wondering if they were along the lines of McCullough's Rome series with pretty accurate history along with plenty of action. Anyone know?

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 4:14 PM ET
Member Since: 7/25/2006
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I have read only The Wise Woman, the 2nd book in Jacq's Stone of Light series. After reading it, I took his other books off my wish list.

It was OK reading; the history, though not deeply delved, seemed accurate. The plot was fairly high on action (much more so than the first book of the series, I'm told), and simple to follow. Characters rather stereotypical, not complexly drawn. The writing struck me as repetitious, a bit on the romancy side, and more history than mystery.

I would much prefer to spend my  historical Egypt time with Lauren Haney's Lt. Bak series or Lynda S. Robinson's Lord Meren. I found both  to be better written, more complexly drawn, and more historically informative. 

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 3:39 PM ET
Member Since: 9/21/2005
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I just started reading the first book in this series last night.  It was late and I was tired, or maybe like Larry said - there are better books out there - but I had no trouble putting it down to go to sleep.  And if a book is really good, I'm more than happy to give up sleeping to finish reading it.  I'll give it another go tonight.