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The Seventh Scroll: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Ancient Egypt #2)

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For 4,000 years, the lavish crypt of the Pharaoh Mamose has never been found...until the Seventh Scroll, a cryptic message written by he slave Taita, gives beautiful Egyptologist Royan Al Simma a tantalizing clue to its location.

But this is a treasure cache others would kill to possess. Only one step ahead of assassins, Royan runs for her life and into the arms of the only
Paperback, 744 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1995)
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Rachael I bought this book at a garage sale for 50 cents having no idea there was even a prequel. While there were references to River God, there was nothing…moreI bought this book at a garage sale for 50 cents having no idea there was even a prequel. While there were references to River God, there was nothing I couldn't understand or deduce. I really enjoyed it, even without reading the prequel. (less)
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Jun 28, 2016 Werner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Indiana Jones fans; adventure fans generally
In the 1994 opening novel of his Ancient Egypt series, River God, (which I haven't read) veteran South African novelist Wilbur Smith depicts the fictional Pharaoh Mamose finding a temporary refuge, with some of his people, from the invading Hyskos in the valley of Ethiopia's Blue Nile --a region that's wild and largely unexplored even in modern times. This novel presupposes the events of the earlier one; but although it's billed as the second book of the series, it takes place nearly 4,000 years ...more
Artemis Slipknot
An exceptional book!! i have just finished the book and i am amazed. The story is very exciting and thrilling. There is a lot of mystery and agony. i just loved it.
Benjamin Thomas
"The Seventh Scroll", by Wilbur Smith is the follow-up to "River God", one of the best historical novels I have read in a very long time. "The Seventh Scroll" was meant to be read after "River God" but it is not exactly a sequel. It actually takes place in the present day with a couple of archeologist types who are out to discover the hidden tombs that were depicted in the first book. What an intriguing concept! What we got to live through before is now seen through the eyes of history, includin ...more
There are moments that I feel like reading something light and entertaining. What could be better than an adventure-treasure hunting suspense? That is exactly what Wilbur Smith, a masterful writer of such stories, created in The Seventh Scroll. It is about the archaeological quest and discovery of the lost Pharaohs Mamose's tomb. The action sets off swiftly in Egypt moves to England to end up in Ethiopia. There are very believable and engaging characters, good and honorable or totally evil. For ...more
May 15, 2010 Bex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
By now, I have read this book about 4 times which tells you how much I loved it. Smith has written a beautiful, adventerous story about love, greed, death and courage. It takes place in a few different places, starting in Egypt, moving its way to England and then to Ethiopia. Wilbur Smith created wonderful characters, both lovable and detestable. The basic plot of the story is that a tomb found in Egypt reveals seven scrolls, the last scroll containing cryptic clues to the burial site of an anci ...more
Antonio Rosato
Apr 03, 2016 Antonio Rosato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il settimo papiro, del 1995, è idealmente la prosecuzione naturale del libro Il Dio del fiume (il primo capitolo della saga degli egizi nata dalla fantasia dello scrittore sudafricano Wilbur Smith) ma può anche essere letto a parte, visto che le vicende narrate in questo nuovo libro si svolgono a distanza di ben tremila anni da quanto narrato nel primo lavoro: ne Il Dio del fiume, infatti, sappiamo solo che lo schiavo Taita si è incaricato di seppellire il faraone Mamose VIII in una misteriosa t ...more
Tanja Berg
Sep 21, 2015 Tanja Berg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Abandoned at page 313. I made the mistake of taking a break and after picking the book up again I simply could not care less about what happens. It's not badly written and I'm sure the clues to the pharao's untouched grave might be more fun if I had read "River Gods". As it is, there is just so much repetition I just can't take anymore. In fact, this book has put me entirely off reading, which rarely happens. I hardly know what to do with myself! I don't expect this feeling to last longer than m ...more
May 23, 2008 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sequel that takes place 4000 years later! It drags a little in the middle and has some violent sex scenes that detract from the book, but is an overall good read. I like the way this man does his research.
Aug 03, 2012 Sunny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not even sure where I got this book from - I think it might have been out of a bag of books that my mom gave me. I'd never heard of the author before, and didn't even realize it was part of a series until I looked it up on Goodreads when I was about halfway through the novel. But even though The Seventh Scroll is actually the second book in a series, it works as a stand alone novel.

Mostly, I enjoyed The Seventh Scroll. The character of Royan was entertaining to read and easy to relate to, fo
Feb 02, 2012 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Smith inserted himself and his book River God throughout the story - as though archaeologists and Egyptologists look to him as an authority on ancient Egypt (refers to photos of himself and the characters, how all the Egyptologists of the world were excited to find this missing tomb after reading River God – strange to me that such highly educated people would think he has this knowledge that no one else does simply because he wrote a work of fiction) every time I read one of these references it ...more
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Publication Date: November 10, 1995
Publisher: MacMillian
Country: United States of America
ISBN: 0333637704
Original Language: English
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Historical, Thriller
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Lootability: Grab it and go

The Seventh Scroll is Wilbur Smith's 25th book and the second in his popular Egyptian series featuring the enigmatic slave Taita. A modern look at the events of River God, The Seventh Scroll follows the archaeological rediscovery of Pharao
Jul 08, 2007 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: smith fans
Shelves: lobagsbooks
You either love Smith or you don't even attempt to read him. It helps if you have lived in Africa. I love him, and can't believe he is still able to write with such fluidity at the age of 80+.
Alan Veale
Apr 07, 2015 Alan Veale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was first introduced to Wilbur Smith’s writing several years ago while laid up with my leg in plaster halfway through a holiday in Lanzarote. I needed something to read, and there were several paperbacks left behind in our rented villa. When The Lion Feeds was my introduction to this most diligent of writers. I was immediately immersed in historical fiction the like of which I have never experienced throughout the thirty or more years since that holiday.

I followed the Courtneys and the Ballant
This book is based on a previous book, which I hadn't actually read. However, I don't think it's actually necessary to have read the previous book, unless you are interested in the fictional historical references about the places they're visiting and the items they're looking for.

This book, I felt, was completely full of ridiculous ideas. For me, that wouldn't be so bad if it was obvious from the start that it was an overblown and obviously fictitious idea of what's possible; I've read enough fa
Mar 27, 2015 Marti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book. I read it over quite a long time, as it is 602 or more pages in paperback. I was going to donate it to a library book sale, but have decided to keep it, at least for the forseeable future, and maybe check out the companion book--River God. Sir Nicholas Quenton-Harper, a wealthy historian joins up with Royan, a newly widowed Egyptian scholar to mount an expedition to locate the tomb of Pharoah Mamose. THis has plenty of adventure.
Mar 18, 2015 Chuck rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As the second book of Wilbur Smith's Ancient Egypt trilogy, this book was somewhat disappointing. Most of the setting is modern-day Ethiopia where the two main characters search for the tomb and treasure told about in River God River God, the first book of the trilogy. I really enjoyed River God, but this book, with the exception of a few exciting sections, was slow-moving. Another dissatisfying aspect of the book was the dialogue between the two main characters, Royan and Nicholas. No matter ho ...more
Apr 09, 2010 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that I LOVED The River God. It was one of my favorite books last year and I've not been able to stock recommending it. So, of course, when I heard that there was a whole series, I picked up more of the books. I hadn't gotten to read them, but finally picked up the second one this week. I didn't realize this one took place in current time. Still, it was cute when they'd refer to The River God in this book and complain how Wilbur Smith changed too many things, etc. But then, ...more
Jun 26, 2009 Duygu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up thinking it would be a mix of Clive Cussler and other adventure history type books. I am obssessed with Egyptian mysteries so was very excited when I first started on this. While it was action packed (with all of the fighting and gruesome details it had concerning torture) I found it considerably lacking. It didn't have the intricate detail of Cussler nor did it have excitement that swept me up and caused me to look forward to reading it. The descriptions of ancient Egyptian myt ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A swift-paced and entertaining thriller, with no requirement to have read River God beforehand. An ancient scroll gives rise to a treasure hunt for a new Pharoah's tomb. Good characterisation and exciting set pieces.
Sep 22, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really cannot see why so many people enjoy this book. It was really one of the worst books I have read. It was quite a struggle to get to the end considering half the book was in depth description of dam construction, so dull. Also, the random sex scenes seemed really unnecessary. I'm not a prude but it just seemed like the pervy fantasies of a sad old man. I wasn't enthralled like everyone else seems to have been, the whole story seemed a little lame. Although maybe my view is a little biased ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing better than an archaeological hunt for treasure. Superb.
Oct 05, 2015 Regan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK. I don't have a LOT of quirks when it comes to my reading habits. If it's interesting and holds my attention I'm pretty forgiving about a lot of things that might annoy another reader.

But my ONE unforgivable, throw the book across the room, stomp on it, then vow (out loud and with MUCH vehemence) to NEVER NEVER NEVER read that author again is when an author references themselves and/or one of their other books within the context of the plot of the book I'm reading.

Which this jacka
Tuomas Saloranta
Mar 29, 2015 Tuomas Saloranta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kaiken järjen mukaan minun olisi pitänyt tykätä tästä, sentään seikkailua eksoottisissa paikoissa ja muinaisten aarteiden etsimistä sun muuta. Käytännön toteutus vaan tökki pahemman kerran. En sinänsä vierasta graafistakaan väkivaltaa (pidän suuresti esimerkiksi Clive Barkerin Veren kirjoista, joissa on huomattavasti roisimpia juttuja), mutta tässä raakuuksia oli käytetty jotenkin tympeän tarkoitushakuisesti eikä se lisännyt draivia vaan lähinnä ärsytti. Samoin pakolliset seksikohtaukset tuntuiv ...more
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I remember enjoying it, that said I really didn't remember what happened (I knew they found the tomb, that there were traps but I thought that the baddies caught up to them sooner and they had to escape under different circumstances) so it was still a very enjoyable read - plus it is a real pleasure for me to come back to a well read book that I can just devour - it feels like it has been quite some time since I have read a book like that!

I think I didn't enjo
Deni Loubert
I know that this is the second book in a series, but you don't really need to have read the first one since he tells you all about it in the book. The story is a kind of Indiana Jones adventure tale with a bit of poorly researched Egyptian history thrown in for good measure. Lots of really improbable stuff going on, to say the least. I found it odd that half-way through I realized that the author is one of the characters in the book, though only really referred to in most of it. Basically a stor ...more
Mar 02, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 17, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wilbur Smith is certainly fond of Wilbur Smith, and especially Wilbur Smith's book River Gods, based on he and his book being mentioned at least a dozen times in the latest Wilbur Smith book, The Seventh Scroll. But self-aggrandizement aside, The Seventh Scroll (which a character talks about IN THE BOOK) is a fun page-turner. Forget that most of what the characters do is blatantly illegal not to mention stupid and ridiculous, you want them to get those grave goods and spirit them off to their pr ...more
Jash Ghedia
Aug 05, 2015 Jash Ghedia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seventh scroll is sequel to "River God", which is one of the best historical fiction I have read lately. The seventh scroll follows two archeologist who are in search of the Pharaoh's tomb. It is a very good story and it is something new. Wilbur Smith brings a new concept though this book and it has worked splendidly for me.

This is one of the best books I have read this year simply because it has everything you need in a extraordinary book. It has action, adventure, romance, suspense, and a
Chris Teel
May 13, 2007 Chris Teel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: wilbur-smith
This book is similar to "The DaVinci Code" in some form. But has alot more historical detail, an even tighter plot, and much more adventure and drama. The characters are brilliantly colored, and invite us into their story.
Rose Anderson
The seventh scroll is an ancient papyrus written by the slave, Taita (the hero of THE RIVER GOD.) It tells the location of a still intact Pharoah's tomb full of fabulous treasure. This is a fast-paced, adventure story full of suspense, mystery and surprising twists and turns. The beautiful Egyptiologist, Royan, and her husband found the
papyrus while excavating another tomb. As they move to Ethopia to unlock the secret, a horrible battle ensues and the husband is brutally murdered and their resea
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Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have so ...more
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