Saturday, June 25, 2016

The stone Book of Thoth was history's potent tablet of destiny... THE IBIS APOCALYPSE

The stone Book of Thoth was history's potent tablet of destiny, containing the ibis-god Thoth's forbidden Words of Power.
Deeply-cut hieroglyphs pitted the stone ... pits of hell with the power to change history. As they did for Rameses. And Hitler... 

Now everybody wanted it.

One renegade archaeologist, an outsider to mainstream Egyptology, wanted to get to it first, to stop them.

But why did he imagine that he would be immune to its shuddersome influence?

Amazon Kindle and paperback

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Apocalypse followed, each time it emerged in history. Thoth's Stone Book of Power

A shuddersome stone
The stone Book of Thoth was history's potent tablet of destiny, containing the ibis-god Thoth's forbidden Words of Power.

Deeply-cut hieroglyphs pitted the stone ... pits of hell with the power to change history. As they did for Rameses. And Hitler... 

Deeply cut glyphs... pits of hell

Now everybody wanted it.

One renegade archaeologist, an outsider to mainstream Egyptology, wanted to get to it first, to stop them. 

But why did he imagine that he would be immune to its shuddersome influence?

Amazon Kindle and paperback

Did the ibis-headed Thoth write this prophecy, holding a reed pen in elongated fingers..? 'THE OBELISK PROPHECY'

The Obelisk Prophecy of Thoth

Did the ibis-headed Thoth, Egypt’s Lord of Words, Time and Magic, write this prophecy, holding a reed pen in elongated fingers as he is depicted in stone reliefs? Perhaps, as he moved across the surface, the fibrous sheet crackled like electricity under his hand.

A translation of the fragmentary remains reads:

Friday, June 17, 2016

THANKING FOR RANKING my adventure fiction on Amazon Kindle (Have you star-rated any of these Egypt adventure thrillers?)

An author's 'catch-up appeal' to past, current and future readers

I've never resorted to Amazon star-ranking of the friend, family, bought or author-traded variety, but it is a surprising fact that many people will tell you how much they enjoyed reading your book/s, yet overlook giving a simple click on the star-ranking button on the Amazon site (with or without a quick review).

If you genuinely enjoyed any of these novels below and want to give a ranking next time you're on the Amazon site, please do. 

Delightful ancient Egyptian cosmetic palette

Adding beauty to the beautification process - British Museum

OSIRIS in all shapes and sizes (British Museum)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What is the 'authentic Egypt feeling' for fiction readers?

“Roy Lester Pond joins my favourite Egypt fiction authors like Christian Jacq” – Goodreads.


The allure of choking gold, cruel riches and seductively beautiful art, the radiance of eternity, the shiver of the unknown, of mystery, myth and mummies, sphinxes with secrets, death, enigmatic glyphs, magic and curses 

Monday, June 13, 2016

My carriage of dreams...

From steam trains to the Internet.

When I was a small boy, I travelled across Africa on a steam train, enclosed in a compartment of glowing wood and leather surfaces like an antique writing desk. 
I would listen to the scribble of the Garratt locomotive out front penning its way along the lines like a scratchy nib and I would dream my dreams.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

"HUNTING HATHOR" fiction poster

Available as a separate adventure in 'HUNTING HATHOR' or as a tale within a novel in 'THE SMITING TEXTS' (AMAZON)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The OBELISK Prophecy.: One Egyptian obelisk is the key to saving civilization (The Egyptian Mythology Murders Book 2) Kindle Edition

NEW edition "EGYPT EYES' - A satellite eye-in-the sky penetrates a shocking secret under the sands...

Now on Amazon Kindle AMAZON US ***** 5 stars

“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.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mythology. Murder. Mystery. The shadow side of Egypt, now in paperback too


Kindle edition

HUNTING HATHOR. A short fiction jolt to the heart for Egyptian mythology adventure lovers

A mythic adventure. "Wonderfully clever and original." 

Can one bowman hunt down and stop the Egyptian goddess Hathor-Sekhmet, sent by Ra to destroy humankind? Was it the most impossible mission in all of creation? 

This story first appeared in the archaeological adventure thriller The Smiting Texts, (as a tale within the novel) but is published here separately for lovers of adventure, mythology and ancient love.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New paperback edition THE HERO VIRUS

Why would a mysterious earth assailant plant reckless courage in the population instead of fear?

First on Kindle, now in paperback.

it was amazing

Hero Virus

GOODREADS: "THE HERO VIRUS" “5 stars for being so different from other apocalypse books."

“What an interesting story. Reading their blogs and each viewpoint was unique. I felt like I was with them on their journey.”
 New paperback edition - AMAZON

An Australian outback escape novel, an RV motorhome, a world apocalypse - "THE HERO VIRUS"

An ex-Afghanistan war hero with PTSD takes his family on a flight into South Australia's heart... racing to find sanctuary in a unique underground town called Coober Pedy.

What is the mysterious meteorite landing in the desert landscape of Woomera, South Australia, the largest missile testing range on earth. 

THE HERO VIRUS is a new world where the population is infected by courage, shutting down the cautionary switch in the brain, but only a frightened hero is still immune.

The US President addresses America:

I switched on the radio to calm my nerves.

It was a sound grab from the United States… a Presidential address.

The swell of the national anthem inflated the long open space of the RV like pressure in a balloon.

The words held a chilling irony.

O, say, can you see?
by the dawn's early light?
what so proudly we hailed, at the twilights least gleaming.
whose broad stripes and bright stars,
through the perilous night,
oe'r the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there.
o, say, does the star spangled banner yet wave?
for the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

Home of the brave...

A male voice announced the President, who spoke after a pause.

“My fellow Americans, today our nation truly is the home of the brave, not just in name, but also in action.

Today our air and naval forces launched simultaneous strikes on the nuclear facilities of North Korea, Iran and Pakistan.

No longer will we tolerate fear, pacification and appeasement.

We are strong, we are brave and we are determined no longer to tolerate rogue states that threaten us. Furthermore we have put on notice the silent enablers of chaos, China and Russia, to desist in their support of lawless regimes or suffer the consequences.

America has never been stronger. America has never been braver.

Our economy and stock market are on a high and show record levels of confidence… we have nothing to fear, but fear itself. God Bless America, home of the brave.”

I stabbed the radio button, switching it off.

‘It’s all going to crash,” I said.

“The economy?” Belinda said.


“It’s about time we stopped pussyfooting around tyrants,” she said.

“Yeah, sock it to them!” the kids cheered on their mum from the back.

I despaired.

How could I, a frightened has-been hero, protect my family in a world infected by courage, a world where the brave ended up dead?

A movement on the side of the road snagged my eye. Oh no.

A Highway Dancer.

A woman stepped out onto the highway and my hands froze on the steering wheel. Before I could swerve, she skipped out of our path, coming to a stop on a painted demarcation line as our RV shaved her body, the wind of our passing raking her hair and dress.

“Wow, she’s good,” my pre-teen daughter Tash said. “I wonder if I could do that?”

“You’re never going to try.”

Human road kill.

The remains of Highway Dancers littered the roadsides, food for crows...

THE HERO VIRUS - Amazon Kindle (and now also paperback)

Monday, June 6, 2016

No civilization will ever last as long as ancient Egypt's

Spanning a dizzying abyss of time

It's amazing to think. 

No civilization ever lasted as long as ancient Egypt's

Egypt's unique geographical situation and a uniquely cohesive set of beliefs contributed to its astonishing continuity.

It's difficult to imagine any civilization in the future lasting as long. 

Ancient Egypt's civilization spanned a dizzying abyss of time.

Picture a line-up of Egypt’s rulers stretching into the distance.

Imagine we are moving past this assembly on a river of time, like a water ride in a theme park, journeying back to the first historical dynasties and earlier.

We’ll ignore more recent history - a string of one hundred and forty seven Ottoman rulers, fifty seven assorted Mamelukes, over one hundred Fatimid, Abbasid and non-Abbasid rulers, scores of Byzantine Period Christian rulers and a line of forty three Roman Emperors.

We’ll start with Cleopatra, for, although Greek, she actually went native, spoke the language and adopted the religion.

Ready? We’re off.

We build up momentum and Cleopatra glides by in her Love Boat, arm in arm with Marc Anthony, her sails making the wind drunk with their perfume, but wait, there’s a cavalcade of six earlier Cleopatras and a fleet of fourteen Ptolemies stretching into the distance before we pass the monolith of Alexander the Great and the Macedonian kings.

Now the Persian hordes engulf us in the Second Persian period before we reach the last Egyptian born pharaoh, the magician-king Nectanebo II, working his magic on model wax ships floating in a bowl of water.

We’ve still got around two thousand, two hundred and seventy years to go before we get back to the pyramid age.

We travel through ten more dynasties and over fifty kings, including a detour of a hundred years as we see a line of Nubian, or Kushite, pharaohs mount the Horus throne, before we tumble into the darkness and chaos of the Third Intermediate Period.

Then we enter the New Kingdom and a new golden age in a line of three dynasties and thirty-three kings.

We rush by eleven Rameses kings alone, including Rameses the Great and his colossal seated statues at the Temple of Abu Simbel.

We see the boy king Tutankhamun posing for his golden mask. It’s still almost two thousand years before the pyramid age.

Now we pass the sun-drunk Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti in their brand new city of Akhetaten mushrooming magically in the desert wilderness of Amarna, then a parade of other pharaohs, including multiple Amenhoteps.

And then it’s on to the Thutmosids and Pharaoh Thutmosis the Third in his chariot and blue war crown, leading his armies out of Thebes to conquer the Levant.

Moving back in time before Thutmosis, we find the female pharaoh Hatshepsut applying her strap-on symbol of kingship, a false beard.

Dynasties seventeen, sixteen, fifteen, fourteen, thirteen and a parade of over ninety kings passes by - compare this with the mere sixty six monarchs of Britain.

We find ourselves in darkness and turmoil as we hit the Second Intermediate Period and the Hyksos conquest of Egypt. Foreign rulers take over for two centuries.

We rise on to meet classical times, an austerely refined age called the Middle Kingdom. Eleven pharaohs slide past in all their gravitas, including Amenemhat III, builder of the Great Labyrinth.
Astoundingly, there’s still around eight hundred years to go before we get back to the Old Kingdom pyramid age.

Then a veritable chaos of kings tumble by, not quite ‘seventy kings in seventy days’ as in the first intermediate Period, but something very like it. We plummet into an age of chaos called the First Intermediate Period and we hear screams. It’s a horror section of three hundred years, where emaciated figures of death and famine leap out to terrify us like ghoulish animatrons.

As we regain speed, we come upon a line of thirty-six more kings. Dynasties six, five, four, three, two, one, flash past like numbers in a rapidly descending lift.

We have finally arrived at the age of the pyramid builders and the Early Dynastic period.
Worker hordes pitch stone pyramids like immense limestone tents on the plateau of Saqqara, including the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Step Pyramid of Zoser.

We’re over five thousand years from our present day. But have we hit ground zero yet?

Not quite. Other shadowy kings, as many as thirteen, with names like ‘Crocodile’, ‘Catfish’ and ‘Scorpion’, are beginning to emerge from the darkness of prehistory. There seems to be an unknown number of basements beneath.

We have just reached the borders of myth and history… “

(Part of an address to a US audience given by Anson Hunter, renegade Egyptologist and theorist in my novel ‘The Ibis Apocalypse’… out in Kindle and in paperback, Amazon, along with follow-ups 'The Hathor Holocaust' and 'The Ibis Apocalypse')

See my Egyptian Series and other adventure novels here at AMAZON KINDLE

Friday, June 3, 2016

Dynasty Z... for Zero. Mythic adventure set far back in ancient Egypt's deep time

Available on Amazon Kindle

Dynasty Zero. A primordial clash of humans, gods and demon demigods.
A young demigod boy, a future unifier of pharaonic Egypt, also known to history as Narmer or Menes, lived on the fault line between deity and humanity. It was a time of the gods and demigods, when the throne of the god Horus shook and the weak hands of men stretched out to catch the crown and seize the scepter of Egypt.
Mythic adventure fiction.