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Before I tell you about me, perhaps I should say a bit about the books, and why I've chosen to write a modern adventure series based in Egypt, but with ancient Egyptian mysteries at the core.
My interest in Egypt was sparked as a sixteen year old when my parents took me and my brother on a 1 week holiday during our Autumn half term. We had three days in Cairo and four in Luxor. It was 1984. I was hooked. My imagination was overwhelmed by the immensity and the sheer AGE of everything. Since then I've been back to Egypt eleven times - always choosing the Nile as my destination. I have visited the Red Sea, but I don't dive, and I strongly believe the sea is for fish not humans, so it's never captured me in quite the same way as Cairo and Luxor, and the Nile and Lake Nasser cruises.
There are now 6 books in the series following Meredith Pink's Adventures in Egypt, with more planned. The books are set in the present-day. Each sets out to solve an ancient Egyptian mystery, focusing on the "empire" period of the New Kingdom in the eighteenth and nineteenth dynasties.
I love ancient Egyptian mysteries. Are there more undiscovered royal tombs? What riddles does the Sphinx pose? Are the pyramids aligned with the stars? I hope my protagonists Merry and Adam can grapple with some of these questions and provide an enjoyable lighthearted read at the same time.
I'm also the author of "Shades of Gray" (no, not that one !!). Mine's a family saga, written under the name of Fiona Wilson and also available for download.
I live in Kent, England, with my two impish Burmese cats. To find out more about my love of Egypt and my books, please visit my website and blog at www.fionadeal.com
on July 16, 2012 :
This is a terrific book to get into for anyone interested in visiting Egypt, adventure or romance. The central mystery following on from the chance discovery of some hieroglyphics hidden away by Carter keeps the story moving along at a good pace. But the book is enlivened by Fiona Deal’s knowledge of Egypt and its ancient mythology.
I’ve been on a tourist vacation visiting the sites in and around Cairo and along the Nile and recognised various places mentioned. However, the additional insights which the author provides were a joy and showed the research and level of interest sparked by the subject matter. The detailed information never seemed to deter from the pace demanded by the storyline.
The style was engaging and down to earth with occasional poetic touches: “hills riddled with holes like a mountainous Swiss cheese made of mellow gold rock”. It also described the lives of the ordinary people against the background of current events in Egypt as it goes through its post-revolutionary days providing a ‘behind the scenes’ look beyond the tourist attractions. There is an acknowledgment to the spirit of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, not a bad comparison. Could be a call to Hollywood for this feminine version!
The main character, Meredith, does lurch from crisis to crisis and enjoys all the attributes of the romantic heroine.
Read it. It will enhance your holiday, and, if you’re not planning on visiting Egypt, you’ll wish you were.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)