17288608Wow.  This one took a bit to get going.  Not at all like the other Jack Howard books I’ve read.

Set primarily in Egypt, we’re following the story of the heretical pharoah Akenaten and his infamous journey into the desert to follow the faith of the one god Aten, and the creation of the fabled City of Light.\

Well, that’s what we’re given to believe.  But after the prologue chapter, the rest of the book is split between the present and a mere fifty years of the past.

So instead of following Jack Howard as he jet sets around the world, dodging bullets and saving lives, we primarily follow a Brittish soldier names Mayne in the same desert back in 1885 as he does his own secret service/archeological surveys for Queen and country.

It’s not until chapter 19 that things got interesting for Jack and his buddy Costas, but as soon as they do we’re back to Mayne again.  The ratio of the story is essentially one chapter of Jack and Costas to every five chapters of Mayne and his story.  Not that it wasn’t interesting, but not what I was expecting so it took time for me to get into it and really enjoy it.

Interesting points tho that I need to look into for myself, Tutkanamun is supposedly the son of Akenaten, and Nefertiti was his queen.  I’m a bit of a Egypt history/mythology buff, but I’ve never heard of that before so that deserves some independent research on my part.

Next, we’re finishing up something that has been in the works for a long time.  The last of the Resident Evil books, Code: Veronica.

221271A desperate search for her missing brother once again pits Claire Redfield against the terrifying bioweapons of the Umbrella Corporation. Her quest leads her to a remote island where a mad genius has unleashed every grotesque creature at his disposal to stop her from interfering with his horrific agenda.Catapulted to the bottom of the world, Claire is at last reunited with the man she came to find. Chris Redfield has been fighting a one-man war of his own against Umbrella’s most terrifying creations…and is now on a collision course with the man who betrayed the S.T.A.R.S. in Raccoon City. A man who should, by all rights, be dead: Captain Albert Wesker.