30166717Sixth in the Egypt series by Wilbur Smith, I was really looking forward to reading Pharaoh and for the most part I was not disappointed.

We rejoin Taita at least a decade after the events of River God.  Pharaoh Tamose is making one last mighty push to free Egypt at last from the Hyskos who invaded decades ago.  Alas, he does not live long enough to see his armies to victory, so it lies to Taita and an old friend in a new guise to win the day.

We see the return of the young princesses from River God, now grown, married, with children of their own and rulers along with their husbands of a new kingdom.  A kingdom which Taita and Ramses (the first I think?) must take refuse in when Tamose’ eldest son proves to be madder than a hatter and tries to have them both killed.

So Taita and Ramses flee to this new kingdom before being forced to return when the mad god king kidnaps Ramses’ betrothed and sparks a war between the two nations.  Of course Taita and Ramses win the day and Ramses becomes pharaoh along with this new queen, Cleopatra.


Wonder what the seventh book will be about.

However, I did notice a few things.  Like has Taita always been this bloody arrogant?  He is rich, brilliant, attracive, and favored by many and he knows it.  It seems like he has no humility but acts humble as a way to manipulate people.  And for an Egyptian books, where the main characters are all Egyptian born and bred, but they focus a lot on the Greek gods.  Granted most of the book doesn’t take place in Egypt, but you would think two of her native sons who still call it home would refer to her gods more than the gods of a foreign nation.

Other than that, I enjoyed Pharaoh, and despite of that it was a good book.

Onwards fearless readers!  Moving on to yet another of the Irish Country books by Patrick Taylor: The Wiley O’Reilly.

17910148Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly made most readers’ acquaintance in Patrick Taylor’s bestselling novel An Irish Country Doctor, he appeared in a series of humorous columns originally published in Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour. These warm and wryly amusing vignettes provide an early glimpse at the redoubtable Dr. O’Reilly as he tends to the colourful and eccentric residents of Ballybucklebo, a cozy Ulster village nestled in the bygone years of the early sixties.

Those seminal columns have been collected in The Wily O’Reilly: Irish Country Stories. In this convenient volume, Patrick Taylor’s legions of devoted fans can savor the enchanting origins of the Irish Country series . . . and newcomers to Ballybucklebo can meet O’Reilly for the very first time.
An ex-Navy boxing champion, classical scholar, crypto-philanthropist, widower, and hard-working general practitioner, Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly is crafty and cantankerous in these charming slices of rural Irish life. Whether he’s educating a naive man of the cloth in the facts of life, dealing with chronic hypochondriacs and malingerers, clashing with pigheaded colleagues, or raising a pint in the neighborhood pub, the wily O’Reilly knows a doctor’s work is never done, even if some of his “cures” can’t be found in any medical text!