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Pharaoh

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  805 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
The Middle East, early in the third millennium. Professor William Blake, renowned Egyptologist, has been asked for his help with the excavation of a strange and unusual ancient Egyptian tomb, that risks exploding the powder keg of Middle Eastern geopolitics.
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by MacMillan (first published 1998)
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Labijose
Oct 22, 2015 Labijose rated it it was ok
He leído algunas buenas novelas de este autor, la trilogía sobre Alejandro Magno entre ellas. En esta ocasión, creía que me iba a encontrar un libro con un trasfondo más histórico, y lo que me encuentro es un “Dan Brown” a la italiana. A pesar de estar escrita en 1998, y de que se adelanta a los hechos que ocurrieron en EEUU tres años después, lo que ha escrito es una novela de acción más propia de un guión de blockbuster peliculero. Se le ha ido un poquito de las manos.
A su favor, que vale, qu
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Aileen
Feb 20, 2010 Aileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected this to be an average read but thoroughly enjoyed it. Disgraced Egyptologist William Blake is approached by a mining company to investigate an untouched tomb they've discovered whilst drilling in the Middle East. He isn't told where he's going and everyone seems a little cagey. The tomb turns out to be that of a pharoah, but why was he buried so far from the Valley of the Kings? William begins his investigations into the identity of the pharaoh and soon realises that he's hit on somet ...more
Werehare
Dec 17, 2012 Werehare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
2/10

Solita sbobba: l'eroe è un uomo comune, pur se intelligentissimo e coltissimo, e viene coinvolto all'improvviso in un'avventura incredibile nella quale troverà l'amore della sua vita (bellissima e intelligentissima pure lei, manco a dirlo) e si scontrerà con uomini pericolosissimi e malvagyssimi, uscendone puntualmente indenne. Questa voltà c'è pure la Sconvolgente Rivelazione stile Dan Brown che minaccia di far crollare la fede di milioni di persone, ma visto che non vogliamo far piangere l
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by Ax
Aug 21, 2014 by Ax rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Faraone Americano

Non mi è piaciuto nonostante tratti di scoperte e sia d'azione; i dialoghi sono banali, le caratterizzazioni stereotipate e le situazioni sono chiaramente rubate alle americanate. La parte storica è leggera come piuma e il resto è privo di carisma: potrebbe scoppiare la terza guerra mondiale da un momento all'altro e la decisione viene presa in una manciata di secondi senza tener conto di nessuna conseguenza. Manfredi è stato frettoloso e, probabilmente, con l'idea di farne un f
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Marita_z
Feb 03, 2014 Marita_z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marita_z by: Helena
I really enjoyed this book. It has suspense, arqueology (yay!), good caracters, good plot, it's amazing how the author can put so much in a book with 300 something pages, and it still is plausible and not at all rushed.
I loved the way the author surprised me at the end! There were two things I wasn't expecting.
Ken
Jan 01, 2009 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up purely because I found the cover interesting.
I then read the book in about three sittings finishing it late at night.I really enjoyed this book not great literature, but a cracking good read with a number of denouements and twists I did not expect. I will certainly look out for Manfredi in the future.
ina
Jan 14, 2009 ina rated it did not like it
Decent read, but I wouldn't really recommend it. There are better ways of spending time.
Betelgeuse
Apr 14, 2013 Betelgeuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi rimane affascinato dai misteri antichi.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Archeologo alla ricerca della verità o di un modo per riscattarsi? Questo è il dubbio che colpisce quando ci si trova di fronte a William Blake, il protagonista del libro. L’uomo è un insieme di contraddizioni: non accetta che qualcuno voglia vendere reperti archeologici, ma allo stesso tempo si è dimostrato disponibile a pagare una somma consistente per recuperare un antico papiro rubato. Ha un’intelligenza spiccata, anche se a volte i suoi lampi d
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Alexis Drake
Sep 01, 2014 Alexis Drake rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-ci-siamo
Piccola premessa: se, come me, vi aspettate di leggere una storia sul Faraone delle sabbie, sull'Arca dell'alleanza e sulla tomba nel deserto, vi sbagliate di grosso.
E' un po' come prendere un libro di cucina sui dolci, trovare qualche lieve accenno alla crema pasticcera nelle prime tre pagine e verso la metà del libro, e per il resto leggere ricette di antipasti.
Del faraone o presunto tale e dell'importantissimo oggetto sottratto dalla furia di Nabucodonosor si fa appunto accenno nel primo capi
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Jess Cattanach
Pharaoh was an all right book. It combined a few different elements that you wouldn’t think would necessarily work together, especially in a book that only just scrapes over the 300-page mark, but Valerio Massimo Manfredi has wound it together in a way that seems to work.

Naturally, there is the Egyptian side of things: Pharaohs, archaeology, tombs in the desert. The main character, William Blake, uses dialogue as a way to express his clear knowledge on the subject without overwhelming the reader
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Chrystyna
Jan 24, 2016 Chrystyna rated it liked it
Pharoah by Valerio Massimo Manfredi - ok
I read this while on holiday in Egypt - thought it would be apt and also meant I could wild release it there!

So, the first thing to say about this is that when you read it, you should keep in mind that it was written before '911', which makes the events imagined, quite prescient.

This is a thriller centred round an archaeologist who is asked to work on a tomb found by an American Oil company which has been doing test drillings somewhere in the Middle East -
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Fabio
Oserei dire il "solito"; come al bar. Non ti delude, ma non ti sorprenderà neanche. un libro che scorre via con buon ritmo (molto più di altri) passate le prime 50-100 pagine un po' più statiche. La trama, quando svelata, ha qualcosa di affascinante che sfocia nella fantastoria (ma sarà cosi' inverosimile??) ma non posso dirvi perché senza rovinare la sorpresa. Anche nel libro, quando si rivela uno dei misteri la trama continua comunque a grande ritmo aggiungendo molta suspance per i protagonist ...more
Stephen
Apr 18, 2012 Stephen rated it it was amazing
This book has been sitting on my "Want To Read" shelf for over a year. I finally managed to find a digital copy of it, and dove in. NONSTOP AWESOME SAUCE! Like David Gibbins, Valerio Manfredi is a real life archaeologist. He brings his knowledge of the subject to bear on the reader and makes the story so much more than the average book of this genre. I can't say enough good things about this book.

It starts out with the fall of Jerusalem and leads the reader in a quest for a lost pharaoh's tomb.
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Tom Bane
Apr 07, 2012 Tom Bane rated it it was ok
I wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did, Manfredi's other book "Alexander the ends of the world" is one of my favourites, so it was an unpleasant surprise.

Pharaoh reads somewhat rambling and clunky to be honest, and also gets wrapped up into a rather tiresome plot which has one too many coincidences and a serendipitous ending that stretches the incredulity to breaking point.

Despite all the weak points, it's rather prophetic in that it concerns international terrorism and was writte
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Josephine
Feb 06, 2012 Josephine rated it liked it
Although I enjoyed this book very much I could have split it into two parts and happily just read one of the parts. I read it primarily for the historical story of the "unknown Pharaoh" discovered in the holy land. This for me was the most interesting theme and the "what if" slant was quite enough to keep me interested and made a really good plot. I personally was not so interested in the politics of the Middle East portrayed in a fictional way and found my self skimming those parts to hurry to ...more
Sergiu Pobereznic
Mar 31, 2015 Sergiu Pobereznic rated it it was ok
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Sadly, I was not enamoured with this novel. Not in the least. The opening was promising, but I was immediately let down by the novel changing from its historical storyline – in the time of the Pharaohs – to present day terrorism and Middle East problems. For me it was a little better than Dan Brown, but I detest Dan Brown.
The writing was good, but the usual lyricism and romantic nature Manfreddy normally captures was lacking.
The biggest problem was that I love
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Ava
May 11, 2010 Ava rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was entertaining. It is a thriller quite in the mold of Dan Brown's books. I was a bit disturbed by the forced attempt to be sexy by the author, he manages to merely objectify the only female character here, which is irritating as the heroine is quite an intelligent person in her own right. Like Dan, it would have been better to keep the romantic entaglements to the last.

As for the claims made in the book, I can merely shrug. Dan Brown was brave enough to make some categorical statement
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Sotiris Karaiskos
Aug 13, 2015 Sotiris Karaiskos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Abdulrhman Hussien
Apr 11, 2016 Abdulrhman Hussien rated it did not like it
First of all, the story contains a lot of wrong informations about ISLAM , EGYPT and arabs which I will ignore since most of the Western world may not bo concerned with.
Secondly, the story's end is so predictable as the writer is so biased towards Isreal. It seems easy to fly to Isreal without being noticed. It also seems easy to pass through boarders during war. Many illogical events I as a reader didn't accept.

I don't recommended it to anyone. Don't waste your precious time in reading thi
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da-wildchildz
Jul 23, 2011 da-wildchildz rated it liked it
And he left, losing himself in the crowd.

Last line from Pharaoh. Like The Oracle, this differed from Manfredi’s usual approach by basing much of the story in the present. Pharaoh is a contemporary thriller, whose plot is constructed by mixing elements of the very distant past with the present. It’s not my favourite Manfredi novel, as I prefer his stories that remain set in the past. The politics didn’t really appeal to me but the history was interesting enough.
Organicearthful
Feb 04, 2013 Organicearthful rated it it was ok
Trashy, with some of the lamest dialogue I have come across in ages. Perhaps it's from the translation. He really should have used third person narrative instead. It gets quite exciting towards the end but I had to suspend credulity as the plot twists got so preposterous. Aside from which it was quite good fun. Probably won't be chasing up this author unless I want more of the same, which is seldom.
 Bella Marie
Feb 03, 2012 Bella Marie rated it it was ok
I found it a boring and too politicized. I cant understand why Middle East and religion always has to be connected with war and deaths and terrorists...I mean I can understand it but this is literature and I would prefer to read sth different than what I read. Sth purely about Egypt and the Pharao and the Holly Grail etc etc. Anyway Manfredi is one of my favourite authors and if I didnt had his bookS while being at univesrity I would have jumped from a roof.
Ian Kloester
Dec 11, 2012 Ian Kloester rated it liked it
The cover claims it 'shows Dan Brown how it should be done' but for me this book not in the same league even if in the same genre. I think the translation might be the reason it feels a little clunky sometimes, but I still wanted to turn the next page most of the way through. Good material for a Saturday matinee movie - it was an interesting read overall but not as mind blowing as I would wish for.
Cristián A. Gaymer
It's a very nice book. It's easy to read, fun, andit's the sort of book you want to take in one stand. Valerio Massimo Manfredi is very good at writting about historical facts and making a plot out of it (or with it).

There are a few things that I consider happened too fast or a bit hard to believe, but there was also a few pleasant surprises.
Rachel G.
Sep 17, 2010 Rachel G. rated it it was ok
I'm only giving this two stars instead of one because it was a fast, easy read, but goodness...what a terrible book. It's like Dan Brown, but 1000 times more cliched. The characters are ridiculous and complete caricatures, the plot is just silly, and the whole thing reads like a forgettable American action movie. If he had just stuck to the historical stuff, it would have been much better.
Barbara
Aug 26, 2013 Barbara rated it did not like it
La storia inizia abbastanza bene, ambientata nell'antichità, viene successivamente sviluppata nei giorni nostri. i colpi di scena non mancano, ma sono troppo forzati. Si arriva alla soluzione del problema,ma sembra che ogni volta manchi un passaggio e si da troppo per scontato quello che avviene nella scena successiva.
Pessimo.
Colleen Brad
Jan 22, 2015 Colleen Brad rated it it was ok
Disappointing read. The plot was unbelievably convoluted. The main characters were far less interesting than the peripheral characters. The dialogue was not believable, particularly towards the end as the plot reaches it's crescendo. I know it's fiction, but some of the situations which arose were more fantasy than fiction. Won't be rushing to pick up another novel by this author.
Ray
Nov 13, 2010 Ray rated it did not like it

Well not bad... not exactly good... I guess that I found that the characters were well defined but bland, sometimes... insipid. They also have low chemistry between each other. Makes for a dull read. So why finish it? I reached more then half before having formulated an opinion. To paraphrase: In for a half, in for all.
Vale.Pinna
Aug 12, 2016 Vale.Pinna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La trama del libro mi è piaciuta davvero tanto e mi ha stupita sempre più mano a mano che proseguivo nella lettura. Una storia avvincente e in cui i colpi di scena fanno prendere risvolti inaspettati al racconto. Lo consiglio vivamente!
Annalee
As I'm interested in Archaeology, ancient history and the politics of the Middle East I thought I'd probably enjoy this book. It is fast paced and exciting and I will make a point of reading more by this (new to me) author.
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Valerio Massimo Manfredi (born 1943) is an Italian historian, writer, archaeologist and journalist. He was born in Piumazzo di Castelfranco Emilia, province of Modena and is married to Christine Fedderson Manfredi, who translates his published works from Italian to English. They have two children and live in a small town near Bologna.
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