By Lauren Haney

The Gods blessed Lieutenant Bak, head of the Medjay police, with an extraordinary brilliance -- that is why he's the single to whom his commander turns in a time of desire. The explorer Minnakht has vanished into the monstrous and cruel Egyptian desolate tract -- or maybe has strayed perilously on the subject of Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut’s well-guarded turquoise mines -- and prior to Bak sails north on a brand new project he's to find the lacking guy. yet evil is touring with him and his Medjays within the caravan they accompany eastward. anyone -- or whatever -- is liable for the unusual rash of deaths that's quickly thinning the numbers in their fellow tourists. a simple look for a lacking adventurer turns into a twisted knot of treachery and blood -- person who threatens to strangle the lifestyles from Bak and his males and go away them buried for all eternity underneath the blistering sands.

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You sound like his father,” Bak said in a wry voice. Senna managed a sparse smile. “He’s a good friend to the people who dwell in this part of the desert. They know him well, know how at home he feels with them and their land. ” Bak gave the nomad a sharp look. ” “I was born to a tribe that dwells many days’ walk to the north. ” “While a boy, I was servant to a man who wished above all things to find gold. Each cool season he explored the Eastern Desert, trekking farther to the south than the year before.

With a warm smile, Amonmose hastened to meet him and ushered him into the camp, where he presented him to a tall man about forty years of age. ” He gestured toward Psuro and Kaha, drawing water from a well encircled by a waist-high stone wall built to prevent animals from fouling the precious liquid. Two donkeys were drinking from a rough-plastered stone trough, while a dozen or more waited nearby. The nomad tending them was carrying on a conversation of sorts with Kaha, who had some knowledge of several desert dialects, but was a master of none.

A young man of about eighteen years, slapping his leg with a fly whisk, strode up to the explorer. He would have been handsome but for the scars on his face. Like Psuro, he had been marked by some childhood disease. He was one of the pair who had been watching the men toil, making no effort to help. ” Nebenkemet exchanged a quick glance with Amonmose, then slipped away to return to the drovers and the task he had left unfinished. “This man you see before you is Wensu, Lieutenant. ” User’s face held no expression whatsoever and the words carried no hint of sarcasm, but Bak sensed animosity.

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