The future of Egypt lies in the hands of chief detective Rahotep. Sent on a clandestine mission, he crosses enemy empires and rogue states to deliver a top-secret letter, from the Queen to her arch-enemy, the King of the Hittites.
Rahotep knows he may not return from this mission. But he also has a personal motive driving him on, and personal demons he must face. Will he conquer them in time to save Egypt’s greatest dynasty, and his own family, from the terror that threatens them all?
EGYPT: The Book of Chaos is an epic tale of adventure and intrigue from a master storyteller. It shines a light on one of the most compelling unsolved mysteries of the Ancient world.
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Drake crams plenty into his plot - murder, court intrigue, a rogue army roaming the hidden valleys of the Middle East and a ruthless female warrior with the hots for his hero - The Sunday Times (Culture)
In Drake's hands, ancient Egypt comes to life with all its treachery, vengeance, passion and power. A stunning achievement -
Drake takes an ancient, long-lost civilization and makes it feel frighteningly familiar. I was captivated from first page to last -
Richly imagined, fiendishly plotted, gruesomely evocative, this is the storytelling equivalent of 'shedeh' - the most prized of ancient Egyptian beverages -
This much can be stated with assurance: this novel will be a huge hit with fans of the series, of Egypt-themed mysteries, of modern-day thrillers, and - what the heck - anyone not included in those groups - Booklist (starred review)
NICK DRAKE is a screenwriter and an award-winning poet. He has been Literary Associate at the National Theatre and worked with Nicholas Hytner and Nicholas Wright on the stage version of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. He is the author of two previous novels featuring Rai Rahotep, Nefertiti, which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Best Historical Crime Novel Prize, and the critically acclaimed Tutankhamun.