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Ramses: The Temple of a Million Years (Ramsès #2)

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The splendor and danger of ancient Egypt continues in the second volume of this magnificent saga. For Ramses, the Son of Light, the coronation has arrived. Now he will learn whether the friends of his youth--people such as Moses and the aging Greek poet, Homer--can truly be trusted. Shaanar, the young king's scheming older brother, still has designs on the crown, and in th ...more
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Iset
Feb 13, 2011 Iset rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Iset by: No one - impulse buy based on its setting in ancient Egypt
In the course of reviewing this book I've come to understand why Book 1 received such a more wide ranging set of reviews than this, Book 2 in the series - those who were underwhelmed by the first book understandably did not continue reading the series. I bought a stack of Christian Jacq novels from a bookstore a couple of years ago whilst on the prowl for historical fiction to do with ancient Egypt. Christian Jacq seemed to be prominently displayed, and the words "international bestseller" were ...more
Salymar
Jun 04, 2012 Salymar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I was in highschool, my grandmother bought me this book because I told her once that I loved Ancient Egyptian History (Tombs, Pyramids, Pharaohs and the like). Well, I did! But after I have read this. I AM THOROUGHLY DISAPPOINTED.

I read the first few chapters and it doesn't get any better per chapters! It's just simply BORING. The story revolves around the bold and confident leader, Ramses. We are told that he is in no doubt secure with his leonine, canine, and pirate bodyguards, and most i
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Maruf Hossain
Aug 23, 2016 Maruf Hossain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
পরাচীন মিশর নিয়ে রামেসিস সিরিজের দবিতীয় বই দয ইটারনাল টেমপল। পরথম বইয়ের চেয়ে দবিতীয় বইয়ের ভালো দিকগুলোর মধযে একটা হচছে কযারেকটারগুলোর ডেভেলপমেনট। রামেসিস এ বইয়ে আরও শকতিশালী চরিতর হিসেবে আবিরভূত হয়েছে। পরথম বইয়ে মোজেসের পরভাব ছিল না তেমন। এ বইয়ে মোজেস আরও শকতিশালী ও পরভাবশালী চরিতর হিসেবে হাজির হয়েছে। আরও ছিলেন হেলেন, হোমার, মেনেলাউসের মতো কয়েকজন চরিতর। সব মিলিয়ে বেশ উপভোগয একটা বই ছিল। ...more
Kawsar Mollah
Jan 08, 2017 Kawsar Mollah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
বছটার শুরু ভাল একটা সিরিজ দিয়ে ই করেছি। এখোন শুধু মাথায় ঘুরছে কবে সিরিজটা শেষ করব।

পরথম আনুবাদ হিসেবে ভালো ই কাজ দেখিয়েছেন অনুবাদক।
হযাপি রিডিং :)
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Chris
Mar 21, 2017 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hf, egypt
Very easy read, book #2 of a five book series, better than book #1. Covers the first 3 years of Ramses II reign as he consolidates his place as Pharaoh. I enjoyed the historical details most about the book. There is little depth in the characters, lots of court intrigue and an interesting take on Moses.
শুভঙ্কর শুভ
রামেসিসঃ ইটারনাল টেমপল, করিশচিয়ান জাঁকের রামেসিস সিরিজের দবিতীয় বই। পরকাশ হয়েছে “আদী পরকাশন” থেকে, আর রূপানতর করেছেন “মারুফ হোসেন”। কাহিনী সংকষেপের আগে রূপানতরিকের বযাপারে কিছু বলতেই হয়। একে হিসটোরিকাল ফিকশন তার ওপর ফরাসী থেকে ইংলিশ এবং পরে বাংলায় রূপানতর। সুতরাং পরথম কাজ হিসেবে একটা টাফ পরজেকটই ছিল, যেটা খুব সুনদর ভাবেই সফল হয়েছে ভরাতা মারুফ। সবচেয়ে ভালো লেগেছে ভাষার কারু। এই বারের পরবে যেটা উললেখযযোগয ছিল তা হলো চরিতরের গাঁথনি। নতুন অভিষিকত ফারাও, রামেসিসের কাঁধে এখন গুরু দায়িতব। নিজের রাজধানী ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Apr 23, 2010 Anne Hawn Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, egypt
This is the second book in the series and deals with the young Ramses II as he becomes Pharaoh and his early reign. This volume is about the early building projects which Ramses started and the various intrigues in the court designed to overthrow Ramses in favor of his older brother.

I found the reasoning behind all the buildings and monuments to be fascinating. The thought was that building the temples and tombs was a way of honoring the gods and protecting Egypt. When Ramses was crowned, his na
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Dawn
I am very curious and interested about Ramses II. I quite enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel was not as good.

The part of the story about Menelaus, Helen of Troy and Homer being in Egypt felt a bit far fetched, though there are certain historians that have proposed them all to have been alive at this time and that the Spartans might have landed there after the war. There is even a school of thought that believes Helen may have spent the entire Trojan was in Egypt.

It was really
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Briansmom
Sep 08, 2009 Briansmom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series, I liked; this one, I didn't. I really, really wanted to like it, and I tried. I was fascinated by the author's idea of the Moses/Ramses friendship and was eager to read his spin on that. But I didn't even finish it. (Way) Too much dialogue, and too many really non-believable situations. Also I found the many anachronisms really distracting.
Ilija Ilić
Definitely amazing! I liked it more then the first book. Its amazing!
Ali Crain
It's ok as long as you don't look to it for facts
Gözde Kaya
May 06, 2013 Gözde Kaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is amazing in that it is brimming with intrigues. When you finish it, simply you can't wait for the remaining three books of the Ramses series...
Frahorus
Trama
Siamo agli albori di quello che sarebbe divenuto forse il regno più luminoso di tutta la millenaria storia egiziana. Sethi I aveva ormai associato il figlio Ramses al trono del ‘Regno delle due terre’ perché, dopo il superamento di varie prove, gli era sembrato che gli dei avessero previsto per lui un futuro assai luminoso. La crescita spirituale del giovane principe non era però ancora certamente giunta ad una piena conclusione. Nemmeno dopo la morte del padre e la sua susseguente ascesa a
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Werehare
Dec 17, 2012 Werehare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
3/10

Fino a poche pagine dalla fine questo volume sarebbe stato addirittura peggiore del precedente, tuttavia la faccenda di Mosè risolleva un po' il ritmo della storia: a essere onesti la cosa è trattata con la solita freddezza che ammazza qualsiasi immedesimazione, tuttavia un tentativo mal riuscito è sempre meglio di niente. Per il resto, si vede che il libro è stato scritto insieme al precedente: zero evoluzione dell'autore, sempre i soliti dialoghi a copione, sbrodolate infodumpose, personag
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Denise
Oct 29, 2009 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He's young, handsome and rich. He's married to the most beautiful woman in the land. His name is Ramses and he's just become the new Pharaoh of Egypt.

But all is not as wonderful as it seems. He's suffered a personal tragedy in his marriage. His elder brother wants to usurp his throne. Members of his court are lining up against him. There have been attempts on his life. And he lives with the fear that he won't measure up to the high standards needed in a Pharaoh.

Book II of the five-book interna
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Daniel
Aug 27, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The copy I have is tittled "Ramses: The Temple of a Million Years." Apparantly it was renames at some point or there are different but simarily tittled novels by the same author. Dr. Jacq is described as a respected Egytologist and founder of the Ramses Institute in France on Wikipedia. He has written many novels. This book sounds almost like a novelization of translated hyroglyphics. Of, course that could just be the writing style. I happened across this novel in a book shop in Pattaya, Thailan ...more
Ashikur Rahman Bishal
বেডায় রাজা থুককু, ফারাও হইসে ঠিকাসে, কিনতু সমিসযা কুটি কুটি। ওই যে, বালযকালে পড়ছেন না; "সবাধীনতা অরজনের চেয়ে রকষা করা কঠিন"? এইখানেও সেইম কাহিনী। ফারাওয়ের গদি পাওয়ার চেয়ে অই গদি রকষা করা কঠিন! :3

আগের যতত গুটিবাজ আছিল, সব তো আছেই; সাথে আরও দুইখান যোগ হইছে। এক হালায় আবার ভয়ানক জাদুকর! পড়ার সময় ভাবতাসিলাম- আব তেরা কিয়া হোগা, রামেসিস?? মু হা হা হা...

তো যাই হঊক, পাই রামেসিস চকষে দেখি নাই, কিনতু সিরাম সুনদর যে হইছে, পইড়াই বুঝছি।

 শেষখান দিয়া তো যুদধের আভাস পাইলুম! পরেরটায় কুপাকুপি হইবেক মনে হয়। বযাটল অ
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Sue
Nov 22, 2015 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series of five books on the reign of Ramses II. I really enjoyed the first book but wasn't such a big fan of this one. The beginning was good and I enjoyed the ending more than I thought I would since the middle of the book really dragged. There were just too many story lines that stay unresolved. Once again the dialogue is often difficult just because it's poorly written or poorly translated. I could give it a pass in the first book but now it's annoying me.

I did find t
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Troels
Aug 13, 2013 Troels rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately the second book in the series makes me dread the next one.

It's hard to believe that Christian Jacq is a egyptologist, when you hear the descriptions of Ramses. A certain freedom I had expected, but Christian Jacq portrait makes Ramses so unbelievable a character that he could have been any Pharoh or wizard for that matter.
Jacq keeps repeating himself with descriptions of Nefertari and Ramses spiritual connection, their love, lovemaking etc. It's just filler and it is annoying to ke
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Brandon
I would have given it three and a half stars if possible. There was less action and bigger scale events in this one, compared to the first; nevertheless, it was still very well written and an interesting story about the Egyptian king Ramses. In book 2: he has now become king and is firmly sealing himself in the position as his political enemies continue to plot against him, but suffer repeated setbacks due to Ramses' repeated successes. Despite the lack of action it was still nice to see Ramses ...more
Sam
The prose this time flowed a bit better, and it wasn't as stilted as in the first book. There's a bit of intrigue and plotting going on, a bit of character development—but that's it. Just bits. There's also a certain amount of repetition, and I can't for the life of me work out if it's deliberate for some literary reason I'm missing, or if it's just the editor not paying attention. As with the first in the series, there are some interesting elements tucked away here and there, but it's not the m ...more
Dominika Kaníková
I have to say this was definitely an upgrade from the last book although i have to admit that i dont really recall what was in the first one and i dont care it doesnt seem like i've missed much . Reading it in spanish wasnt the greatest desicion. and i was so bored. The sequel was a lot easier to read for me the story was like a mixture of history and romance although i felt a little bit awkward sometimes while reading the 'romantic, parts of the story.
Kittengg
Mar 12, 2013 Kittengg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es una pentagogía de libros, pero aquí en Goodreads solo aparece el segundo. Es mi saga de libros preferida, la leí hace mucho años, cuando tenia 11 años, y me pareció maravillosa como el autor mezclaba historia+romance+ ficción y como el cree que pasaron las cosas(cabe destacar que el es arqueólogo) ,llegado un punto tu mirabas al cielo y pensabas ¿Que diría Ramses II? es increíble, altamente recomendado y mas a aquellos amantes de la historia egipcia ;)
Ian Mathie
Feb 27, 2012 Ian Mathie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second volume of Jacq's Rameses series is equally as enthralling as the first. charting the Pharaoh's early years in power, it awakens the mystery that fuelled Egyptian culture and shows the scope of envy and politics that went on behind the grande facade. Jac1 also introduces us to the detail of bureaucracy needed to run the Egyptian empire. Compelling reading in either language, but more eloquent in French.
Oscar Chavez
Dec 17, 2014 Oscar Chavez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, my-favorites
esta novela historia a mi parecer es bastante entretenida y al mismo tiempo a traves de la trama de la historia sobre Ramses aprendes mucho sobre el antiguo Egipto , mucho conocimiento valioso que no me imagine capaz de una civilizacion tan antigua, muchos hechos tan interesantes y cruciales sobre los antiguos que deberían ser enseñadas en las clases de historia.
Paul
Jul 01, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like a like luke-warm bath, this book was a mild pleasure. I'm confused what keeps me, but I've started the third book. This series has become like a mildly amusing, badly produced show I keep watching for some reason I can't quite pinpoint.

All the times I've bagged on formula lit and genre trash and lamented the wasted paper, are now haunting me.
Teresa
May 08, 2014 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually didn't finish the last 5 chapters but it was starting to get so annoying, if I read one more time how beautiful and perfect Nefertari was or how amazing their love was, or how they were destined to do such amazing things, I swear I'd vomit.
Katie Q
Jan 01, 2011 Katie Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have read Son of Light this book is the next natural progression in the saga of Ramses' reign.

It is equally as entertaining and easy to read as Volume 1.

Don't pass up the opportunity to enjoy the next stage of Ramses life as Pharaoh.
Tanja Pyhäjärvi
Tykkäsin sarjan eka osasta, mutta tämä ei vaan enää jaksanut kauheesti innostaa. Olisi ehkä pitänyt lukea heti eka osan jälkeen, nyt kuin hahmot olivat jo ehtineet unohtua, ei kärryillä oikein jaksanut pysyä.
Ali MSK
Feb 11, 2012 Ali MSK rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ficton, owned
Horrible book.

It is very poorly written, and the story is so slow and pretty much just involves the author fawning over Ramses and his qualities instead of writing anything decent. Avoid it and save your time for a more worthy book.
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Christian Jacq is a French author and Egyptologist. He has written several novels about ancient Egypt, notably a five book suite about pharaoh Ramses II, a character whom Jacq admires greatly.

Jacq's interest in Egyptology began when he was thirteen, and read History of Ancient Egyptian Civilization by Jacques Pirenne. This inspired him to write his first novel. He first visited Egypt when he was s
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Ramsès (5 books)
  • Ramses: The Son of Light  (Ramses, #1)
  • Ramses: The Battle of Kadesh (Ramses, #3)
  • Ramses: The Lady of Abu Simbel (Ramses, #4)
  • Ramses: Under the Western Acacia (Ramses, #5)

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