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Pharaoh    by David Gibbins order for
by David Gibbins
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Dell, 2013 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Marine archaeologist Jack Howard has slipped into the water again to see if he can add to his impressive list of discoveries. Diving in the Red Sea Howard has found proof of a mass suicide by a pharaoh and his army. Of course the mystery centers on why such an event occurred in the first place.

Howard's search for answers takes him back through the ages to the discovery of the burial site of Tutankamun in 1922 and a reassessment of what happened to General Gordon's ill-fated garrison in Khartoum in the late 1880s.

Naturally, as is so often the case with this type of adventure fiction, as the story unfolds we discover that at the core of this mystery is a secret that could change the course of history and alter the future of mankind.

Be sure to read the Author' Note where there is a brief discussion in which Gibbins separates some of the hard facts from the flights of fancy that so much of this story is constructed around.

As this type of fiction goes Gibbins novels are a little more palatable than the competition mainly because he has actually worked as an underwater archeologist and he has taught the subject at Cambridge. He already has written six books in this series featuring Jack Howard and there's another on the way.

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