Saturday, June 23, 2012

What would Tutankhamun discoverer Howard Carter say about Space archaeology?


Eye in the sky on ancient Egypt's hidden secrets


What would Howard Carter, discoverer of Tutankhamun's tomb, have made of the new world of satellite technology? Would he have called it archaeology by proxy? Instead of peering by candlelight through a hole in a wall to view the hoard of treasures inside Tutankhamun’s tomb chamber, archaeologists today are peering down from space to see the treasures below the sand and in answer to the question “can you see anything?” they are saying “wonderful things!”

(Excerpt from the forthcoming Anson Hunter novel - 'Egypt Eyes', Number #5 in the Egypt adventure thriller series of investigative novels.)

What is a female space archaeologist's secret discovery?(Kindle) 


Thursday, June 21, 2012

The day ancient Egypt fell silent

Egypt's Philae Temple - the last hieroglyph was carved here


I can always feel a strong current of history swirling around the Temple of Philae, even though the whole temple has been moved from its original island to this one to save it from the horror that is the Aswan dam. These temple stones have been flooded not only by Nile waters over thousands of years, but also by the arrival of a new faith as a Roman decree swept away the old religion and ritual and even took away the old language. The last ancient ceremony took place here in this precinct, the last chant of the priests, the last rattle of the priestesses’ sistra, and the last hieroglyphic texts ever written were carved on its walls. I imagine the last moment, when a stone mason cut the very last glyph and then the chisel fell silent and so did Egypt.

It's a special place for me and for my archaeological fiction hero Anson Hunter.

The last rattle of the priestesses’ sistra
It's a sad reflection

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Akhenaten... a holocaust sun...The Hathor Holocaust adventure fiction

Akhenaten plays a role in the secret of The Hathor Holocaust


Akhenaten’s Aten, the sun disc deity, shown shedding beneficent rays that ended in hands holding the anhk symbols of life, had suddenly become ‘the sun that killed with the arrows of heat’.
From 'THE HATHOR HOLOCAUST'. Adventure fiction

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Novels of Investigation. Ancient Egypt's hidden dangers and secrets

An ancient Egypt adventure thriller collection with a twist of the unknown
Video slideshow (above)

Take a look at Amazon Kindle & Paperback.



 Update July 2012. NEW



‘Egypt Eyes’ –  “Be my eyes in Egypt,” she says to him. The celebrated young Egyptologist and space archaeologist Dr Constance Somers had once explored ancient Egypt from space. But now she is legally blind. She hires controversial, alternative Egyptologist Anson Hunter to be her guide on a Nile cruise. ‘Show me the hidden Egypt of your imagination,’ she says. But does she have a darker purpose, planning to use his unique skills to help her penetrate a secret and dangerous site that she found?
And why are agents of the US National Reconnaissance Office, a secret Intelligence agency in charge of satellites and overhead security, suddenly taking an interest in the work of the space archaeologist? Has she made a discovery in her satellite archaeology that has global security ramifications?
Anson must face unexpected enemies at every turn and use his skills to survive the dangers of a lost underground sanctuary as he tries to unlock its shattering secret.
‘Egypt Eyes’ is groundbreaking adventure and mystery fiction with an Egyptologist’s blogs and photos.

Book poster


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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Have you been smitten? Ancient Egypt adventure reading for Kindle and paperback


The smiting power of Egypt in a contemporary adventure series


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read on all levels - Shazartist.
This review is from: THE SMITING TEXTS A clash of superpowers... ancient Egypt and America. (Egyptology adventure thriller series) (Kindle Edition)
I just finished this great read. I found the book to be extremely engaging on all levels. I loved the intrigue without horror and it was full of interesting twists and turns. I also really enjoyed the characters and their development. It was very well written and for a book so full of information it kept you on your toes. I am so glad it is a trilogy, and will be purchasing the others.

"A sumptuous feast of Egypt's ancient past. The interspersed tale is particularly beautiful. Wonderfully clever and original." - The Truth About Books, UK.

"Compellingly brought to life ... a fast-paced adventure story that pulls you in and won't let go, even after the last page." - Read Between the Lines, Edinburgh.

"Such a great book! Very imaginative and factual at the same time... hopefully will reach a far wider readership than the Egyptology community." - Egypt Then and Now.



Monday, June 11, 2012

The power of ancient Egypt on the imagination... in adventure fiction

The power of a mighty civilization... and unseen powers and dangers from the ancient past


In this adventure thriller quartet, renegade Egyptologist Anson Hunter investigates the forbidden power of ancient Egypt and dangers for the world today.



(Excerpt from The Hathor Holocaust)
As he walked back to his hotel from The British Museum, he felt a sense of exposure. Currents, people and events swirled around him like the cold London air, crowding his world.
Fallen leaves from oak trees in a park cluttered the pavement, curled up like papyrus scrolls, archaeological spoil heaps of rust, yellow and brown. For a moment, his sneakers vanished under this detritus of time and the seasons. Dead leaves, yet they crackled like scrolls of power.
The pavement narrowed, the black railings of the park pushing him closer to the street and the passing traffic, rattling black London cabs and rumbling, red double decker buses that looked as if they were about to overbalance. A gust from a passing bus scattered leaves.
What was it that drove him?
A desire to save the world?
He recalled the same question put to him by the Egyptian man and the antiquities girl.
Aren’t you afraid you’ll trigger an apocalypse?
Was it simply a hunger to feel the crackle of the numinous, to find the great source of Egypt’s power heka?

Begin the series here
 Update July 2012. NEW



‘Egypt Eyes’ –  “Be my eyes in Egypt,” she says to him. The celebrated young Egyptologist and space archaeologist Dr Constance Somers had once explored ancient Egypt from space. But now she is legally blind. She hires controversial, alternative Egyptologist Anson Hunter to be her guide on a Nile cruise. ‘Show me the hidden Egypt of your imagination,’ she says. But does she have a darker purpose, planning to use his unique skills to help her penetrate a secret and dangerous site that she found?
And why are agents of the US National Reconnaissance Office, a secret Intelligence agency in charge of satellites and overhead security, suddenly taking an interest in the work of the space archaeologist? Has she made a discovery in her satellite archaeology that has global security ramifications?
Anson must face unexpected enemies at every turn and use his skills to survive the dangers of a lost underground sanctuary as he tries to unlock its shattering secret.
‘Egypt Eyes’ is groundbreaking adventure and mystery fiction with an Egyptologist’s blogs and photos.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The mysterious murder of a famous Egyptologist took place here…



False door... The Tomb of Mereruka, Sakkara

The Egyptologist slumped on the steps at the feet of the dead tomb owner Mereruka in a parody of adoration and humility that he had never exhibited in life.
She had gone, leaving him alone like this to die.
His long quest to penetrate the mystery of the underworld and the afterlife had ended here, inevitably, at the door of death. And, as he had always believed, death’s door went nowhere. This false-door behind Mereruka was not the boundary between two worlds.
Heaven was just a creation of the material world, like this door of unyielding stone.
He felt a pang of longing now that the hardness would somehow yield and the atoms of stone dissolve to reveal a haze of spiritual radiance beyond.
But it remained cold, hard stone.
Then, totally uncharacteristically it seemed, for the unbelieving man of archaeology, Emory let one arm fall to the ground and slowly, with a pointed finger, began to trace what looked like a religious valediction in the dust of the floor.
He stopped after writing a single word of four letters normally uttered at the end of a prayer, as if it marked the end of his life.
Amen…

Author’s note:
Who killed Anson Hunter's father in  

And what did the clue Amen mean? A prayer? Or perhaps the name of a pharaoh? There were four Amenhoteps and three Amenemhats, also Amenemesse, Amenemope and Amenrud, and there was the god Amen-re, from whom the word ‘amen’ originated...