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Christian Jacq is an Egyptologist who also writes best-selling novels mostly set in ancient Egypt but he's also written a few novels set in Egypt in modern times. Jacq has a doctorate in Egyptian Studies from the Sorbonne, and later founded the Ramses Institute with his wife, which is dedicated to the photographic preservation of endangered archaeological sites.
One of Jacq's latest novels is 'Tutankhamun: The Last Secret'. Best known is the five book series about pharaoh Ramses II, weaving true historical details into epic novels of love, life and deceit. His "Place of Truth" series, "Queen of Freedom" trilogy and the stand-alone novel, "The Black Pharaoh" are also international bestsellers.
Many of his books wander into the realm of the supernatural, residing of the fringes of historical fiction and fantasy.
French readers may also be interested in
"Karnak et Louxor" by Christian Jacq .
As far as we can establish it is not available in English.
The new novel from Christian Jacq - and it's a bit different. New York lawyer Mark Wilder is shocked to learn that he is the illegitimate son of Howard Carter - and is sucked into the search for a lost papyrus. Archeologists deny its very existence and mystical forces unleash themselve to protect it. in undertaking his father's mission, the lawyer finds himself up against unexpected enemies, including the CIA and the Egyptian police.
Young scribe Kel becomes the scapegoat - unjustly accused of murder - at the centre of a sinister intrigue of the ancient Egyptian state. The only person he can rely on - his beloved Nitis, the beautiful priestess, vanishes, and Kel's hunt for her borders on desperation. His own destiny and the destiny of Egypt are horribly intertwined - but human beings who choose violence and death must face the vengeance of the gods.
The pharaoh has two vile power-hungry siblings, a decadent older brother, and a corrupted older sister who married his teacher. His marital life was varied, and for the sake of the story, Jacq bestows upon Ramesses only three biological children. The other 'children' are young officials trained for government and nicknamed 'sons of the pharaoh'. Each book in the series takes a fact from Ramesses' life, and plays with it to weave an epic fictional tapestry.
The Temple of a Million Years was originally published under the title The Eternal Temple.
Our top favourite audio versions editions of Christian Jacq's Ramses novels are the unabridged ISIS Audio Books read by Stephen Thorne - but they're expensive and can be hard to track down.
Simon & Schuster Audio produce alternative abridged editions narrated by Martin Shaw.
Beneath the Pyramid is the first book in the Judge of Egypt Trilogy. Set in the Age of Ramses, Egypt's power in unchallenged - but the Pharaoh is the focus of a dark conspiracy. Only an idealistic judge and a young doctor stand between Egypt and oblivion.
The two other titles in the trilogy are Secrets of the Desert and Shadow of the Sphinx.
In The Empire of Darkness we are introduced to the tale of Queen Ahhote and her crusade to liberate her nation from the Hyksos oppressors. The trilogy continues with War of the Crowns and The Flaming Sword.
Jacq uses real names, characters and scandals from the craftsman's village at Deir al-Madinah to reconstruct life in his novels set in this extraordinary place. The opening book is Nefer the Silent, followed by The Wise Woman, Paneb the Ardent and finally, The Place of Truth.
Christian Jacq explains how hieroglyphics first evolved, why they became a forgotten language, and how linguists and other detectives learned how to read them.
Includes a short guide to learning how to use hieroglyphics.
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The Son of Light (1997)
The Temple of a Million Years (1998) (also sold under the title: "The Eternal Temple")
The Battle of Kadesh (1998)
The Lady of Abu Simbel (1998)
Under the Western Acacia (1998)
Nefer the Silent (2000)
The Wise Woman (2000)
Paneb the Ardent (2000)
The Place of Truth (2000)
The Empire of Darkness (2002)
The War of the Crowns (2003)
The Flaming Sword (2003) The Queen of Freedom Trilogy (omnibus) (2008)
Beneath the Pyramid (2004)
Secrets of the Desert (2004)
Shadow of the Sphinx (2004)
The Tree of Life (2005)
The Conspiracy of Evil (2005)
The Way of Fire (2005)
The Great Secret (2005)
The Divine Worshipper (2008)
The Black Pharaoh (1999)
King Solomon and Master Hiram (2002)
Champollion the Egyptian (2002)
The Tutankamen Affair (2003)
For the Love of Philae (2003)
The Great Magician: The Count of Thebes (2008)
Tutankhamun: The Last Secret (2009)
The Judgement of the Mummy (2009)
The Judge of Egypt Trilogy (2008)
Egyptian Magic (1985)
Fascinating Hieroglyphics (1997)
Magic and Mystery in Ancient Egypt (1998)
The Living Wisdom of Ancient Egypt (1999)
The Wisdom of Ptah Hotep (2006)
This information may not be complete and has been compiled from other sources