The Hidden Oasis

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The Hidden Oasis brings together a group of priests who hide a mysterious object in the desert in the year 2152 BC. Bedouin tribesmen, an ex-MI6 agent, a geologist, the CIA and various villains in a story set in modern Egypt. It is a tale of murder, global power politics, greed and violence with various groups’ search for the so-called Hidden Oasis where a mysterious weapon of great power has been secreted.

This is a very visual book. From the descriptions of the early morning desert through the descriptions of Cairo and the car and foot chases to the cataclysmic finale the author writes with an immediacy which brings the reader into the heart of the action. However, I found all the main characters one-dimensional and stereotypical while the archaeological descriptions, although of interest, were overlong. I felt that the book needed the services of a good editor to pare it down to what could have been a tight, edge-of-seat read. If you are looking for a book to read on a long flight or on the beach, this is for you.

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(UK) £6.99

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(UK) 9780553818734

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