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The Battle Of Kadesh (Ramsès #3)

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The powerful Hittites have declared war on Egypt, and Ramses must do the impossible: seize their impregnable fortress at Kadesh with his ragged army, even as his powerful bodyguard and right-hand man has been arrested, suspected of treason.
Published June 1st 1998 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published January 1st 1996)
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God's Eye Galateea
Feb 14, 2013 God's Eye Galateea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient-eons
I was in middle school when i bought this book and read it in the same day. In fact, i read the entire collection that day from early morning to late evening, 12 hours of nonstop reading and i didn't regret one second of it. It was a miracle that they translated it into Romanian, because honestly speaking, i don't get on well with French and French doesn't get on well with me.I haven't reread this book since then, but to my 12-13 year old brain, this book (and the others from the Ramses Series) ...more
Sheryn Shahwan
Mar 21, 2013 Sheryn Shahwan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is hands down, one of the best historical fiction books I've read.
I commend the author for his refined approach in portraying all the characters in the story, especially Ramses.
It is clear that the author has profound knowledge of Ancient Egypt and its people, and that without a doubt has made the experience of reading it, a delightful one.

By the way, I am almost clueless when it comes to Ancient Egyptian history, so this book captivated me so much that it proved me wrong when I initiall
Maruf Hossain
Dec 23, 2016 Maruf Hossain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: who love fictions on ancient Egypt.
ফারাও দবিতীয় রামেসিসের জীবনের একেকটা পরযায়ের ঘটনাবলী নিয়ে লিখিত এ সিরিজ। তবে রামেসিস যেহেতু মিশরের অধিপতি ছিলেন এবং সেই সুবাদে সমগর মিশর তার নখদরপণে ছিল, সেহেতু তার জীবনের পাশাপাশি পরাচীন মিশরের তৎকালীন জীবনপরণালি, কৃষটি-কালচারও খুব উঠে এসেছে এ বইয়ে সবাভাবিকভাবেই।
নানান রোমাঞচকর ঘটনা ও নাটকীয়তায় পূরণ রামেসিসের জীবন। ফারাও হবার কথা ছিল না তার—কিনতু আচমকা বসতে হলো সিংহাসনে। সিংহাসনে বসার পর একে একে মুখোমুখি হতে হলো নানান বাধা-বিপততির। ঘরে-বাইরে সবদিকে শতরু। সবকিছুর মোকাবেলা করে যখন এগিয়ে যাচছিলেন ফ
শুভঙ্কর শুভ
বইটা নিয়ে আর তেমন কিছু বলার নেই। তবে একটা কথা, বিগত দুইটা বইতে যতগুলো গুরুতবপূরণ কযারেকটার ছিল তার পরতযেকেই এটাতে আছে। আর আমার কেনও যেন মনে হলো, বইটাকে সুনদর ভাবেই একটা সটযানড এলোন বই হিসেবে চালিয়ে দেয়া যাবে। আগের বইগুলোর সাথে সমপৃকততা কমই ছিল এখানে। পুরো বই জুরেই একটা জিনিসেরই অপেকষা করছিলাম- যুদধ কখন শুরু হবে? যদিও শেষটায় এসে শুরু হয়েছিলও, তবে...। কেউ চাইলেই এই মোট পাঁচ বইয়ের এই সিরিজটা, এই বই থেকেই শুরু করে দিতে পারেন। যদিও আগের বই দুটোও খুব ভালো।

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The third book of a five-part series following Rameses II, this book focuses on the coming conflict with the Hittite Empire. The book is an entertaining read, culminating in the Battle of Kadesh. While the first two books in the series had been building up to this point, I found the final battle somewhat underwhelming. As a lover of ancient history, historical accuracy is important to me in historical fiction. While this book does follow accepted facts and theories of the period fairly well, my ...more
I saw the title and thought, hurrah, finally some action. And there is. Eventually. It just takes quite a while to get there. And then when you finally do, it just doesn't seem to last that long, and (I thought) the resolution of the battle was a bit of a cop-out. (view spoiler) But this o ...more
Sep 21, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in this 5 book series on Ramses--Pharaoh of Egypt. The country of Hatti (its people are known as Hittites) is a brutal, warrior culture with a long reputation for ruthless battle tactics. It has limited natural resources and an Emperor who lusts for power and wealth. He looks upon the land of Egypt with envious eyes and begins a massive military buildup prior to invasion. Ramses learns of the threat and plans for war. But the Egyptian military is vastly outnumbered and unlikely to build u ...more
This is the 3rd book in Jacq's series on Ramses. It's an excellent book, full of detail and mostly about the buildup to the battle of Kadesh, and the aftermath. The battle itself took up very little of the actual book, though given the way that Jacq wrote about the battle and its outcome, there is very little that needed to be said about the battle itself.

Ramses himself, is a well written, well rounded character though he seems to take up less of this book than he did in the first two. Since th
Pelin Gürel
Jan 11, 2014 Pelin Gürel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kendi içinde değerlendirilip, gerçek mi değil mi masal mı hurafe mi diye sorgulamalara girmezsek, Ramses'ten etkileniriz. Hatta Ramses bizi büyüler. Ramses'in mucizelerine kapılırız. İnsan'da vücut bulan bu Tanrı'ya ısınmak, onu sevmemek, ona güvenmemek bir okur için neredeyse imkansız. Kitap dünyadaki en iyi kitap olmayabilir ama Jacq gözünden Ramses'in katını anlamamızı sağlar. Kades Savaşı da buna uyar. Anadolu Uygarlığı olan Hititleri karalar lekeler acımasız barbarlar haline sokar ve Firavu ...more
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Ancient Egyptian war-time is brought to life through this easy-to-read novel. The ancient ways were well researched and interesting. The storyline was quite simple - nothing too exciting but still amusing. The characters were not as mysterious as the characters in Jacq's other novels. They were either good or bad with a handful of characters who swapped from being bad to good. Invincible the Lion was my favourite character. This book is a good book if you just want to relax and take in a little ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Werehare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Un commento inutile, se avete letto i precedenti: niente di nuovo sotto il sole. Una serie che finora si configura come un Harmony per egittofili: scrittura standardizzata, personaggi-marionetta (Gary Ste e Mary Sue, ovviamente), trama prevedibile che procede perché l'autore la tiene per manina, più che per moto proprio - e la sensazione leggendo è proprio questa, che l'autore ci tiri per la zampa in una storia che da sola non si muove di un millimetro, non ha la forza per trascinare il lett
Ian Mathie
Feb 27, 2012 Ian Mathie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the third volume of his Rameses series, Jacque explores the egyptian military world through the conflict with the Hittite Empire which culminated in the heroic battle of Kadesh. At the same time his story moves around the country illustrating other apsects of Egyptian life and the influence each has on the other. A continuing fascinating expose of ancient Egyptian culture and history closely based on recorded fact but with enough artistic licence to bring the story truly to life.
Nov 03, 2013 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christian Jacq escreve simplesmente muito bem. A narrativa concisa e matematicamente bem distribuida não desperdiça nenhum parágrafo. Baseada em um cenário real, mas com a devida liberdade artística. Na minha opinião, o recurso do "deus ex machina" surge como um paralelo à versão da história contada pelo lado dos egípcios. A descriçao rica dos cenários, os personagens fascinantes, as várias tramas paralelas misturados com o lado mágico e épico, fazem deste livro uma ótima leitura.
Il terzo libro della saga di Ramses è quello in cui, finora, ha avuto peso maggiore la parte magica (che potremmo definire decisamente fantasy) e in cui la figura del grande faraone si avvicina sempre più all'immagine che gli antichi egizi ce ne hanno voluto trasmettere. Un'immagine certamente non reale, ma filtrata tramite la loro fede.
Quello di Qadesh in realtà fu probabilmente un evento militare non particolarmente memorabile, ma questo poco importa alla fine.
Aug 08, 2012 Fabienne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Schrecklich. Nach Teil 2 wurde es tatsächlich noch langweiliger, sodass ich mich entschieden habe, die Teile 4 und 5 überhaupt nicht mehr zu lesen. Meine Zeit ist mir einfach zu kostbar, um mich durch 400 Seiten quälen zu müssen.
Die einzige Frage, die bleibt: Wie kann man einen historisch so interessanten Stoff derart lahm und oberflächlich erzählen?
Guido Henkel
Feb 26, 2010 Guido Henkel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting with politics, schemes and a good does of emotion, this book has it all once again. It has a slightly different feel than the previous parts in the series because there is suddenly an outside threat. No doubt I have to keep on reading this series to the very end!
Jul 29, 2008 Lisbet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book overall, but the characters are somewhat under-developed. Ramses and Nefertari talk too seriously to be believed, and only the side characters get to have any fun. Still - Jacq is skilled in his descriptions of ancient egypt.
Dominika Kaníková
In my opinion this was the best book from the series so far. There was more action because of the war and this made the story more interesting a easier to get through. I enjoyed it very much and again i red it in one day.
Federica Leva
Voto tre la Saga per premiare la scorrevolezza della storia, a dispetto delle singole trame, molto poco storiche, e dello stile. Nonostante tutto, i libri si lasciano leggere volentieri e anche questo è un pregio da riconoscere all'autore.
Feb 16, 2016 Arlene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Did not like this even though I liked Ramses and his friends.
Really lets bring in Helen of Troy and mythological stories in the wrong time period?? Let's bring in his other "school mates" Moses,?? really.
Feb 08, 2010 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-fiction
Well this is the last book in the series that i am going to read ,got tired of hearing abt the rule of mat and how powerful Rameses is and how they took forts using archers and all the crap abt magic and spells.The magic mumbo jumbo wears one out after a while
Oct 12, 2014 Charlotte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Still an interesting story, but I'm very tired of being introduced to the same people over and over again. Yes, I know that Nefertari is the queen of Egypt, that Homer drinks spiced wine and likes to sit under a lemon tree and the names og Ramses's closest friends and his siblings.
Missed the second book, but thought I would give the next one a try.
Once again I enjoyed the background details, but found the characters rather one dimensional
Alejandra Aristizábal
Brightest days of Ramses brilliantly portrayed by the author, making both rich descriptions on the places he lives while making deep reflections on himself and his role as pharaoh.
Alexandre Bittar
Perfect continuation.

This is a classic collection about leadership, friendship and cleverness. This collection certainly deserves a Hollywood movie. A must read book.
Chris The Story Reading Ape
Purists would challenge Jacq on the account he gives of the battle but I feel he uses his writers licence well and has written a very good tale.
Feb 07, 2009 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was....faster paced and more interesting than the earlier ones.... I would recommend it. The series may be worth it after all!!!
Aug 25, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the whole series of Christian Jacq's books and felt I learned a lot about Egyptian history. They needed to be read in the correct order though to really apreciate them.
This book was a little harder to follow due to Jacq's incorporating the Hittie Empire into the story, but it also was a bit bland story wise. It took me longer to finish. Onto the next 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)
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