Friday, December 30, 2016

'HUNTING HATHOR' Was she HATHOR... Or HELL-CAT?

New issue. Amazon Kindle



A Mythic Adventure


“This tale of an ancient hunter's fate to recapture the goddess of devastation in order to save Egypt is particularly beautiful. Wonderfully clever and original.” THE TRUTH ABOUT BOOKS

“Great reading”  5 ***** stars, AMAZON US



Hathor-Sekhmet was the goddess with two faces, one, Hathor, the Sweet One, goddess of sexual love, joy, music and intoxication, the other, Hathor-Sekhmet, the terrible lioness of annihilation, sent by Ra to destroy humankind for their rebelliousness.

In her marauding stage they called her The Confused One in the Night.

Were there times when Hathor slipped from one state to another? One phase, goddess of love, shining in her beauty, and the next a wild and dreadful lioness of destruction? What would it have been like to come across Hathor, the young woman, and not know that she hid another side?
Note:
This story first appeared as a tale within a novel in the archaeological adventure thriller ‘The Smiting Texts’, but is released here in a separate edition for lovers of mythology and ancient romance.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

EGYPT ON iPAD adventure mystery fiction FOR PRE-TEENS...

Little Cousin Harry is really weird, but he is family, so Josh and Amy decide to play along with him. They join Harry in playing a series of totally spooky ancient Egypt computer games.
Trouble is, Harry's games become more and more real and dangers start to leak out of the games into real life and into their lives.
The popular Egypt series - now available in one monster book of three adventures.


 Amazon Customer:
“This book is great! This book had me spooked until the very end. I advise against reading it at night unless you're practically fearless.It makes you want to read until the very last word. I don't scare easily, but this book managed to scare me pretty bad. Plus, it's one of those books that you can read and re-read again and again. It's a great, scary book, that pulls you right into the action and doesn't let you out until you finish it. I recommend it to anyone that likes to be scared.”

Book 2 Who knows the secret of... THE MUMMY'S TOMB (USA) (Or 'The Mummy Tomb Hunt' (Australia)

Book 3 'The Mummy Rescue Mission' (Australia)


***** 5 star
“I literally consumed those three books when I read them! I sat and read the books in two days, and even when I wasn't reading them I was thinking about them. Though from memory I distinctly remember The Mummy Monster Game being my favourite, it's safe to say when I read them this time, the last in the series, The Mummy Rescue Mission was my favourite - I could literally feel the desperation Harry, Amy and Harry felt in trying to save Aunt Jillian. I had to keep reading at such a fast pace as though I had to keep up! I like the idea of mixing video games with Egyptology, being that both those things interest me. I'm glad I finally got my hands on these books…. now I can read them as often as I like.”
Carli
Fantasy adventure fiction (based on a fact)
"One terrific story..." -  Editor-at-Large, Children's Books, New York.

*****5 stars "Great Egyptian imagery"- Goodreads reader


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See what over a dozen young 'Goodreaders' said in GOODREADS:-

Note: fiction for young readers under author name ROY POND
(Adult fiction appears under ROY LESTER POND)

Monday, December 26, 2016

2 novels about meteorite pathogens, 'TEXT MESSAGES FROM ETERNITY and 'THE HERO VIRUS'

Interesting 'Big Think' article - a validation for two new novels 
 with an SF flavour?



Now here are two very different novels featuring mystery pathogens that both have an extraordinary impact on humankind.

One story is set in ancient Egypt in my time travel novel 'TEXT MESSAGES FROM ETERNITY', where an epidemiologist from today finds himself trapped in an Egypt during a reign of pestilence. An 11th Plague of Egypt?

Did an obelisk shaped, oriented meteorite bring a virus to ancient Egypt, sent by a vengeful god Ra? Can Lucas Burrows save the people and his archaeologist love Giulietta who is digging at a contaminated site in the future?

The other novel is based in the mysterious Australian outback.
Showers of meteorites bring a space virus with a starting effect in 'THE HERO VIRUS'. 

The virus suppresses the cautionary impulse of fear in the amygdala of the human brain, creating reckless courage... and world chaos.

TEXT MESSAGES FROM ETERNITY
THE HERO VIRUS

Check them out on Amazon Kindle


 

World Health Org epidemiologist finds himself in ancient Egypt during plagues of Akhenaten and Amenhotep III period..



Was there an 11th Plague -  a space virus sent by a vengeful Ra? (Amazon Kindle)



SEE AMAZON KINDLE

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Can a solitary bowman hunt down Egypt's Female Destroyer of Humankind?





A Mythic Novella.


Author’s note: This story first appeared as a tale within a novel in the archaeological adventure thriller ‘The Smiting Texts’, but is released here in a separate edition for lovers of mythology and ancient romance.

“This tale of an ancient hunter's fate to recapture the goddess of devastation in order to save Egypt is particularly beautiful. Wonderfully clever and original.” THE TRUTH ABOUT BOOKS
“Great reading”  5 ***** stars, AMAZON US

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Stretch back for a 7-book Egypt "archaeological thriller binge read”

Anson Hunter alternative Egyptologist series: "Brings ancient Egypt compellingly to life"

THE SMITING TEXTS
HATHOR'S HOLOCAUST
THE IBIS APOCALYPSE
THE RA BOAT JUDGEMENT
EGYPT EYES
THE FORBIDDEN GLYPHS
THE GOD DIG

And now a long short-story
THE GIRL and the GOD DOG



Sunday, December 18, 2016

'A spinning cylinder curved around the mummy’s head like a night sky arching over Egypt.'


'The Egyptian Mythology Murders'.


The radiation scan - at a dose lethal for the living - blasted through her linen windings. It was like a penetration of sunlight warming the bones after the ache of the desert night.
The machine hummed. A spinning cylinder curved around the mummy’s head like a night sky arching over Egypt.
The sand-dry cells of the body, spread out in an undulating landscape on the CT tray, stirred in a sudden breath.
Life! Resurgent life! It eddied, thickened, mounted in force, blowing, gusting, then blasting through the mummy like a desert sand storm...

Fiction on Amazon Kindle

Who were THE OGDOAD, reptilian, alien-like creatures of ancient Egyptian creation mythology?


The mystery of The Ogdoad features in 'THE GIRL and the GOD DOG'. New Kindle fiction.

Eight alien-looking deities.

Reptilian forebears.

Nun and Naunet, meaning ‘the Abyss’, Heh and Hauhet, meaning ‘Infinity and Formlessness’, Kek and Kauket, ‘Darkness’; Amun and Amaunet, ‘Hiddenness’, the four male gods in the Ogdoad represented with frogs’ heads, the four goddesses with snakes’ heads.

The Egyptians believed that before the world was formed, there was a watery mass of dark, directionless chaos. In this chaos lived the Ogdoad, four frog-headed gods and four snake-headed goddesses of chaos. The watery mass, without shape and form, had its echoes in the Biblical Genesis, while the reptilian progenitors of humankind had echoes of Darwinism and evolution. It was said that the energy created by their coupling created the primeval mound and the egg of creation. Following creation, the Ogdoad ruled the earth during a Golden Age. They then died and went to live in the Duat, or Underworld. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

What is the mystery behind The Girl and the God Dog? New short fiction

An Anson Hunter Egyptology novella. The Girl and The God Dog


Alternative Egyptologist and theorist Anson Hunter is dealing with two black dogs in his life.

The first black dog keeps appearing on a riverside walk, straining on a lead behind a young woman... a girl he recognizes as a famous Oxford Egyptologist and documentary television presenter.

Is she trying to attract his attention?

The other dog is a bad bout of the ‘black dog of depression’, something that has plagued him for most of his life, not helped by his rejection by mainstream Egyptology.

New on Amazon Kindle
Which dog will lead Anson into greater peril in this mystery that reaches its climax in a forbidden sanctuary in Egypt?

Monday, December 12, 2016

UPDATE: MUMMIES EXHIBITION REPORT. A delight, yet the modern guilt of the zoo hangs around today’s exhibitionism



The moral dilemma - and delight - of mummies


The Egyptians called their wrapped and mummified dead ‘The Helpless Ones.’



Carry that thought with you as you step with me into the darkness of an exhibition area, following dim passages like a tomb.



A pre-emptive video greets you as you stand in the company of fellow visitors.



The new Egyptian Mummies Exhibition at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum is all about science and real lives, you are informed. Modern, non-invasive CT technology does not disturb the sanctity of the dead.

We've come a long way from this
Just a twist of the knob on a display shows what lies beneath.


And yet...

A little while later, as I gaze down at the ancient Egyptian chantress Tamut, (and wonder if I should pry into her personal medical scans, available on a display) I can’t help feeling a twinge of guilt.


Is the modern technology of CT medical imaging, like Superman’s X-ray vision, any less invasive and voyeuristic than ripping off a lady’s clothing to see what’s underneath?



The mummies behind the glass are as helpless as animals behind bars.



Of course we love to peek at mummies. Just as we do at the magical creatures inside zoo enclosures. Both are wildly popular.



Yet both are relics of a grand age of imperialism over nature, history and culture.



Today, zoos and museums (with mummies) are both in the business of preservation. 



Themselves included.



The current is running against them. Which is a shame, because I like anything that popularises ancient Egypt (and that showcases our precious wildlife).



In fact, I feel a little churlish even thinking these thoughts because the latest exhibition is very very good and yes, quite sensitively handled.



It is also highly atmospheric.



The Egyptian authorities have tended to criticise the British Museum in the past for its choice of moody lighting in exhibitions, but I’m all for mystery. Let's avoid the fairground.



So go see it - and enjoy some guilty pleasure. 

There are lots of wonderful things to see besides the mummies.

'Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives' runs until 25th April, 2017




It's not just the mummies that revivify ancient lives for the beholder, but also little gems like these

Sunday, December 11, 2016

THE MUMMIES ARE HERE : New World Premiere Egyptian Exhibition

Looking forward to a mummy fix visit tomorrow - last time I saw some of these guys was at the BM in London
I do love an Egyptian Exhibition.

And I'll try not to think of my latest novel while I'm there tomorrow (The Egyptian Exhibition Killings) 


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A team of investigators brought blindolded to a site. Then the darkness turns deadly.


Did Cleopatra really die in ancient Alexandria as history tells?
What if ‘the queen of poisons’ took a brew (like Shakespeare's Juliet) that merely gave her the ‘borrow’d likeness of shrunk death’?
Revelation, mythology and ancient evil in a startling adventure.
A group of mysteriously chosen investigators is brought together and driven blindfolded in Land Cruisers to a lost site in Egypt…
An historical fantasy writer, a young female Egyptologist, a cold-case detective, a documentary film-maker, an historical scholar…
Then the darkness turns deadly.
The sanctuary of an immortal queen.
Mortal dangers for those who penetrate its secrets

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cleopatra and a deadly secret...an archaeological murder mystery thriller




Imagine Cleopatra took poison (like Shakespeare's Juliet) that merely gave her the ‘borrow’d likeness of shrunk death’
"Revelation, mystery and and ancient evil... in a modern day adventure".

On AMAZON KINDLE

"CLEOPATRA Tomb of the Undead Queen" - adventure thriller

adventure mystery fantasy, AMAZON Kindle



Did Cleopatra really die in ancient Alexandria as history tells?
What if ‘the queen of poisons’ took a brew (like Shakespeare's Juliet) that merely gave her the ‘borrow’d likeness of shrunk death’?

Revelation, mythology and ancient evil in a startling adventure.
A group of mysteriously chosen investigators is brought together and driven blindfolded in Land Cruisers to a lost site in Egypt…
An historical fantasy writer, a young female Egyptologist, a cold-case detective, a documentary film-maker, an historical scholar…
Then the darkness turns deadly.
The sanctuary of an immortal queen.
Mortal dangers for those who penetrate its secrets.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

"EGYPT EYES" Thriller book trailer

A satellite eye-in-the-sky sees a forbidden secret under Egypt's sands...

The space archaeology thriller on Amazon Kindle 



EGYPT EYES - “Be my eyes in Egypt,” she said. The celebrated young Egyptologist and space archaeologist Dr Constance Somers had once explored ancient Egypt’s lost treasures using satellite imagery. 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. A groundbreaking adventure and mystery fiction with an Egyptologist’s blogs and photos.



 

Friday, December 2, 2016

"The EGYPTIAN EXHIBITION KILLINGS" - New Issue

 Amazon Kindle
From mysterious ancient Egypt to an unknown underworld beneath The British Museum...

THE EGYPTIAN EXHIBITION KILLINGS - Egypt fiction

A blockbuster new Egyptian exhibition comes to London from the tomb of the Crocodile Queen...
 

When a new blockbuster ancient Egyptian exhibition arrives, mysterious events and a string of killings soon follow.
The investigative team of Jennefer, a curator, and Jon a police antiquities detective, must track down the shocking truth in a hidden underworld beneath the city - and discover a shocking secret from ancient Egypt, linked to a modern day conspiracy that takes its impetus from the ancient past.
In the footsteps of THE EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY MURDERS and THE OBELISK PROPHECY.

A flashlight beam approached in the darkness of a storm drain, throwing halos around the circular tunnel.
Behind it came a maintenance worker in a luminous vest and wearing a safety helmet.

But helmets were no protection against jaws with the greatest biting force per square inch of any creature on earth.

A thing out of ancient Egypt’s mythology waited, standing perfectly camouflaged amid the waste and effluvium of modern urban life.

The Snatcher, the Tearer, the Rager from Dark Water.

The powerful body and jaws, wrapped in tattered cloth, merged with the shaggy detritus of rags, threads, paper and plastic strips clinging to tunnel steps, ladder rungs and cracks in the walls. Like a sea-predator hiding amid seaweed, it watched the worker come closer, the pupils of its eyes slivered vertical moons, its jaws opening like a bridge, revealing nightmare teeth.

It needed food to replenish its strength for the task ahead.

It hissed and moved out of the waste.

With the blood of every new kill, it imbibed new life force and growing awareness of this age and this underworld place, and a sense of what must be done.

Some of these intruders it would devour, others it had more permanent plans for.

Now.
It struck.

(Excerpt from 'THE EGYPTIAN EXHIBITION KILLINGS',
3rd in The Egyptian Mythology Murders series - Amazon Kindle  
New issue
 

Who reads archaeological thrillers inspired by ancient Egypt?



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Doomed Prince - an ancient Egyptian 'unshaggy' dog story leaves us hanging...

The Prince and the Doom Dog?



There's a tantalising ancient Egyptian tale called The Doomed Prince. At the birth of the prince, oracular goddesses known as the Seven Hathors pronounced three alternative fates for the child.

Death by a dog. A crocodile. Or a snake.

One day, from the rooftop of a fortress built by his father to shield him from harm, the prince spied a man and his pet dog below. “What creature is that?” he asked a servant. “A dog, Your Highness.”

With the fateful turn of folk tales, the prince became obsessed with the idea of owning his own dog. The king relented, giving in to the youth’s pleading. “Let the boy have a coursing hound.”

“I cannot avoid my fate forever,” he told the king when he came of age.

He set off into the world to face his future, the faithful dog at his heels. After various adventures he duly came up against a snake and a crocodile – yet survived the encounters. What happened next? Maddeningly, the only surviving record of the prince’s story had suffered damage, leaving the prince’s fate and the reader of the story hanging by a papyrus thread.

Did the snake or the crocodile come back into the story to kill the prince? Or did the pet dog finally kill his master?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

New Cover. THE PRINCESS WHO LOST HER SCROLL OF THE DEAD

NEW ISSUE ON KINDLE

"THE PRINCESS WHO LOST HER SCROLL OF THE DEAD"...(Kindle)


Nefera wakes up to encounter a shock in her decorated and treasure-laden tomb.
Her royal scribe has cheated her and substituted a blank, rolled up scroll for her valuable Book of the Dead, hoping his crime will never be discovered and that he can sell the real one to someone else. Nefera suddenly realises that she has no magical passport-and-guide to the underworld of scary animals and animal-headed guardians. Hieroglyphs surround her on the tomb’s walls, but her papyrus scroll is totally blank, 
as if the text had been written in disappearing ink.

“My scroll is as empty as the desert. Where are my magical Words of Power?”

She quakes. Must she enter the shadowy world of animal-headed monsters and demons, alone, unprotected and guideless, clutching a worthless scroll? How will she ever reach the Egyptian heaven? She prays to the ibis-headed god of writing and spells: “Lord Thoth, send me Words of Power to take me through the underworld.”

It is a risky prayer. Hieroglyphs can come to life in the tomb and become uncontrollable forces....

NEW ISSUE. The Princess Who Lost Her Scroll of the Dead




Fact 1. Egyptian hieroglyphs – an alphabet menagerie - capture the essence, magic and appeal of ancient Egypt. Many of the symbols, more than a quarter in fact, were of animals, and the Egyptians greatly feared that these creature-symbols might come to life in the tomb and become uncontrollable forces – lions, jackals, snakes, vultures, crocodiles … [For this reason, scribes would sometimes damage hieroglyphs of living things, cutting off the head of a snake or a lion or showing animals pierced with knives or spears in order to render them harmless.]

Fact 2. A totally blank, rolled-up scroll, supposed to be a costly Book of the Dead complete with spells for survival, has actually turned up in a tomb – empty as the desert- leaving us to wonder about the fate of its owner, bereft of a magical passport.


"THE PRINCESS WHO LOST HER SCROLL OF THE DEAD"...(Kindle)


Nefera wakes up to encounter a shock in her decorated and treasure-laden tomb.
Her royal scribe has cheated her and substituted a blank, rolled up scroll for her valuable Book of the Dead, hoping his crime will never be discovered and that he can sell the real one to someone else. Nefera suddenly realises that she has no magical passport-and-guide to the underworld of scary animals and
animal-headed guardians. Hieroglyphs surround her on the tomb’s walls, but her papyrus scroll is totally blank, as if the text had been written in disappearing ink.

“My scroll is as empty as the desert. Where are my magical Words of Power?”

She quakes. Must she enter the shadowy world of animal-headed monsters and demons, alone, unprotected and guideless, clutching a worthless scroll? How will she ever reach the Egyptian heaven? She prays to the ibis-headed god of writing and spells: “Lord Thoth, send me Words of Power to take me through the underworld.”

It is a risky prayer. Hieroglyphs can come to life in the tomb and become uncontrollable forces.

A magical journey on a living lion couch


Nefera is swept up and carried away to experience a thrilling underworld journey. She rides on a nightmarish piece of tomb furniture, a living, golden lion couch with snarling lions’ heads, racing across a papyrus-like desert surface, where monster guardians pop up to challenge her and hinder her race to reach heaven.

She must succeed before the new dawn or perish forever. Can she reach her goal, especially when tomb robbers have broken into her newly sealed tomb and are stealing her treasures and possessions for the afterlife, one object after another, and now a mysterious boy, Ipy and his thieving monkey, Little Robber (both members of the tomb robber gang) suddenly appear and hitch a ride with her on her loping bed? Is the boy dead too?

Wracked by guilt, the boy tomb robber promises to help save the princess and the journeying companions become friends. What happens when the young renegade, filled with remorse and shame at his crime against Nefera, faces the Great Judge, alongside the royal Princess, who does not yet know his secret?

Kindle and paperback at Amazon.

As well as my adult thriller adventure fiction, written under the name Roy Lester Pond, you can find a range of fiction for young readers and young at heart - published under the name Roy Pond