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?

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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

Friday, November 25, 2016

UPDATE: Dear Sarah Parcak, space archaeologist... what the -?

UPDATE:
ICY PYRAMID KEEPS POPPING UP IN  NEWS!  WELL, SARAH?

HERE IT POPS UP AGAIN TODAY 14/12/16







Internet abuzz


Have you found this site on Google Earth, Sarah? 

I believe you like to browse on Google Earth when you're not doing serious satellite remote sensing work. 

What do you make of it?




What are we looking at ? Astonishingly symmetrical weathering? Freakish geological formation? Or...
 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

An ancient Egyptian false door, a vanished archaeology team member. TEXT MESSAGES FROM ETERNITY




HERE ON AMAZON

An ancient Egyptian false door, an impossible warning from a vanished archaeology team member.
Is missing archaeology team member Lucas Burrows trapped in Egypt’s ancient past during an age of terror – and sending warning messages to today through the archaeological layers of time?
‘WARNING! ANCIENT GLOBAL THREAT…’ the scratched graffiti message appears in a newly found Egyptian tomb, along with a modern biohazard symbol.
Who sent it?
What mysterious plague has hit the population of Egypt in the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his young co-regent, the sun-struck Akhenaten? Why is it seen as a judgement by the angry sun god Ra?
Lucas, a physician and World Health Organisation expert on pandemics, must find its source and the antidote in time to save the ancient past and the future.
Especially when his lover, the lustrous Italian-born Egyptologist Giulietta, is exposed to the deadly contagion. Can he warn her in time and save her - and can they ever hope to be reunited?



“Roy Lester Pond joins my favourite Egypt authors like Christian Jacq.”
“A furious pace keeps the reader engrossed.”

‘TEXT MESSAGES FROM ETERNITY’ expands ‘THE RA VIRUS’ with a new additional Part 2 in the story ‘THE ATEN SCOURGE’


EGYPT SAFER to go than stay home? Whet your appetite with some mysterious Egypt fiction here...


We were alone inside the tomb of ancient Egypt's "Napoleon' - Pharaoh Thutmosis lll

Amazingly, you can find reflective solitude in Egypt - a visit to the Valley of the Kings some years ago. Even quieter now.





"WHAT THE -?" Pyramid in Antarctica? Pyramids do set the imagination going...

Internet abuzz


Sometimes I feel that my flights of fantasy as an Egyptology based mystery adventure writer go a little far.
Yet not this far... to Antarctica.
What the -?
Indeed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

‘Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad...’ Madly brave. FREE. THE HERO VIRUS

FREE for 3 DAYS A non-Egypt apocalyptic novel set in Australia's outback. Kindle

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

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Feb 14, 2016 Cherye elliott rated it it was amazing
Hero Virus

"What an interesting story. Reading their blogs and each viewpoint was unique. I felt like I was with them on their journey.

5 stars for being so different from other apocalypse books."

NEW ON AMAZON KINDLE

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ancient Egypt's empire of the sand...

Scene outside Egyptian temple of Wadi el Sebua in Nubia - Rameses II

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The MUMMIES ARE COMING for children (and adults)

Nigel-Fletcher Jones cites another example of Mummymania with a new children's picture book 'How I became a Mummy' that tackles the human side of mummies... Looks like gruesome fun.

But it's not the first.

The humanising movement is well under way with 'The Princess Who Lost her Scroll of the Dead' - a pre-teen novel with photos of artefacts. 

A young princess in the tomb wakes up to find that a royal scribe has tricked her and replaced her priceless Book of the Dead with an empty rolled up scroll.  How will she negotiate the twists and turns and dangerous challenges of the underworld without the protective spells  in her magical 'passport' to eternity?

Amazon Kindle and paperback

And of course the 'humanised mummy' is already here for adults
in the story of a mysterious female mummy - the adult novel "THE EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY MURDERS" where we can't help rooting for the mummy in spite of the chaos she is causing.

Amazon Kindle and paperback
 

The ancient EGYPT technology “SPIKE” - an abiding mystery...

What came to spark the stratospheric rise of ancient Egyptian civilization?



In a land and age of mysteries, this for me is still the greatest mystery of all.


How did an ancient agrarian society suddenly flower into technological mastery – the Egyptian dynastic civilization suddenly arriving fully formed it seems, employing advanced writing, architecture, producing the first great buildings in stone, medicine, astronomy, mathematics, mummification...

Is the 'spike' the most discomforting mystery of all?


Like my fictional alternative Egyptologist Anson Hunter, I am not a great fan of ancient alien or Atlantean influencers.


If they existed, the Egyptians, assiduous record keepers, were mightily ungrateful about their benefactors, leaving them not a jot of thanks.



Yet there stand the pyramids in all their dizzying external and internal symmetries... discomforting accomplishments for mainstream Egyptologists.

And an inspiration for me as a fiction writer in books like this...






Thursday, November 10, 2016

An Egyptologist with a bow, a missing arrow, a searching dog... 'The SARCOPHAGUS'

'Snakeback', the archaeologist's pet Rhodesian Ridgeback or African Lion Dog

Excerpt from the Egyptian mystery adventure "The SARCOPHAGUS":

Wilson Ryder bent his bow and shot an arrow into the desert and watched it shrink in the sky. Snakeback ran after it and he followed. The dog ran on. He hurried after it. How far had the arrow traveled? 
They came to the spot where he was sure the arrow must have fallen. 
Snakeback was standing on the spot, looking puzzled. 
Ryder looked ahead and saw a dark-haired girl holding his arrow, felt the challenge of her stare, then watched her walk away from him, carrying it to the cliffs. 
She climbed the rocky cliff path to the tomb entrance.
She disappeared into the dark mouth of the tomb. 
Ryder and Snakeback followed...

Neith, Egyptian Mistress of the Bow and Ruler of Arrows

Built to hunt lions and run all day without a drink, the Ridgeback with a snake of raised fur on its back.
 
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ESCAPE INSIDE the covers of an Egypt fiction read...


MYSTERY>ARCHAEOLOGY>DISCOVERY>ACTION ADVENTURE>THE UNKNOWN


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

An Egyptian archaeologist with a bow shoots an arrow into adventure "THE SARCOPHAGUS"

Egypt action adventure fiction "THE SARCOPHAGUS" (AMAZON KINDLE)
(Excerpt)


"They are coming," Neith said in a low voice. "Two of them, very fast."

The group had just passed a big outcrop of rock and faced a bare stretch of plain. Ryder stopped and peered into the gloom. The dark silhouettes of twin-horsed chariots were running an oblique line towards them, throwing up ribbons of dust. Ryder was struck at once by their speed. Demon charioteers, she had said. They were certainly traveling at demonic speed.

But then the Egyptian chariot was a lightning fast and deadly weapon. Egyptian innovation had taken the cumbersome Aryan invention and made them skeletal, lighter and infinitely more nimble and they ran between two horses at breathtaking speed so that they became high-speed launching platforms for the missiles of their occupants - arrows and spears.

Ryder handed his shoulder bag of food and water to Janet and slipped his composite bow off his shoulder.

He took two broadhead alloy arrows and kept one arrow in readiness in his hand, while nocking the other to the bowstring.

He drew the arrow to the anchor point at his chin. 
Ryder felt that unique convergence of senses that the marksman knows. The world reduced to his target. Their place on the horizon and the line his arrow would take, bisected like crosshairs. He felt the space that lay between them, swept the emptiness like radar and then searched for the solidity of the target. His senses computed distance, windage, the speed of his assailants.

He had chosen the charioteer on the left, the one with the jackal head. He felt all these factors converge down and down to the point of an arrow.

He released.

They were around three hundred yards away and couldn't imagine themselves to be under threat yet. Egyptian bows had a range of around two hundred yards at best. The arrow blurred across the gap...


Monday, November 7, 2016

What does fiction's alternative Egyptologist make of alien theories?

Alien Egypt stories on the Internet

(Except - "THE SMITING TEXTS")

“YOU WANT me to what?” Anson Hunter said at the meeting.

“Help us find what appears to be an ancient weapon,” she said.

“Ancient weapon?”

“I know it sounds incredible,” the academic said.

“It does, even in my alternative, parallel universe.”

“Yet, astonishingly, this is what our authorities have been forced to consider.”

“You’re going to have to unpack that a bit,” he said.

The man in the big blue suit, who bulked up the small meeting table, and who sat flanked by young, careful-faced men, spoke up.

“Very few of us believe in remote killing, of the kind you’ve been describing, anyway, but we all believe in remote listening. We have intelligence that something ancient, called ‘the mother of revenge’ is being levelled against our country from the land of the Nile.”

“Maybe it’s a pharaonic submarine,” Anson said helpfully.

“Why not?” Dr Melinda Skilling said with a mocking smile, “some alternative theorists seem willing to believe that the ancient Egyptians possessed helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and armoured tanks, but submarines probably weren’t of much use in the shallower reaches of the Nile.”

This Egyptologist could dig in more ways than one, he observed.

He understood her allusion.

“You mean those mysterious symbols under a lintel in the Temple of Osiris in Abydos that seem to show an arsenal of modern weapons?” he said. “I may be alternative, but I’m not a crank. Nor am I a fan of aliens, or of pyramid and sphinx builders from Atlantis, although I like the way they exasperate Egyptologists. I’m sure there’s a more mundane explanation for the symbols and so I’ll leave that to you.”

“I don’t do mundane, Anson. I’d rather be working on the exhibition I’m curating than doing mundane, but the intelligence wires are humming and it’s apparently alarmed our government enough to request professional advice.”

“Then why ask me?”

“You’re special, not only because of your grasp of arcane Egyptian knowledge and practice, but because of your standpoint. I must confess that mainstream academics, restrained by what has been termed the ‘agnostic reflex’, are somewhat in the position of outsiders looking in, careful to keep an objective distance from Egyptian religion, mystical texts and esoteric practices. You, on the other hand, are a phenomenologist, one who believes that you must grant value and credibility to the sacred and engage with it experientially in order to appreciate it fully. I have a certain sympathy for that position.”

A certain sympathy. Was she trying to be nice? Perhaps. She’d certainly earned points from him for her candour.

But the blunt instrument in the big blue suit didn’t try for points. His words came down on Anson like a mallet.

“Frankly, to many people you’re just a wild theorist. And that gives you a lot more freedom to operate in. Nobody listens to you - and nobody watches you. We can hide behind you.”

Paperback and Kindle #1 in the series

Friday, November 4, 2016

PRE-TEEN ancient Egypt fiction - Kindle their imaginations

Kindle mystery and action adventures for pre-teens (under ROY POND)  on AMAZON

IMHOTEP means ‘he comes in peace’... a bit ‘alien sounding’?

Advanced genius who built Egypt's first ever pyramid - the step pyramid

"A satellite eye in the sky... a dangerous hidden secret beneath Egypt's sand" *****5 star Amazon US

(excerpt) 

The Ufologist said. "Some are convinced that Imhotep was the original ancient alien. Don’t you think that there is something a bit alien about the imp-like figures of Imhotep in the world’s museums, showing him as a tiny sage seated on a chair with a scroll across his knee and his elongated skull extruded inside a skullcap? Then there is the curious meaning of his name. Imhotep means ‘The one who comes in peace.’ Isn’t that canonically the message communicated by friendly, and sometimes deceptive, visitors from the stars, in countless science fiction stories and movies… ‘we come in peace’?”

"EGYPT EYES: A groundbreaking mystery thriller novel featuring the blogs and photos of renegade Egyptologist Anson Hunter.

With his luminous intelligence, thousands of years ahead of his time, Imhotep must have appeared as a being who had dropped out of the sky to early generations… designer and builder of the first great monument in stone, the step pyramid, deified after his death and revered by the later Greeks and Romans. 
All this and Imhotep fathered medicine, was considered a wizard, governed as Vizier and held high sacred office...
It was also said that Imhotep’s father was the creator god Ptah and his mother was the sky goddess Nut...

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mysterious, planetary eyes of ancient Egypt...




What secret had the satellite eye in the sky seen under Egypt's sands?


Dr Constance Somers, space archaeologist, once used satellite eyes in the sky to explore Egypt's hidden treasures. Now Anson Hunter was to be her eyes on the ground... but what is her dangerous secret?

"Egypt Eyes" - thriller fiction with Egyptian photos and a renegade archaeologist's blog; an adventure with a difference.




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A different 'Egypt eye' story - a private eye on a case in Egypt