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Ramses: 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.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 1996)
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Dvenger
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
Céline
Je poursuis ma lecture de la saga Ramsès de Christian Jacq. Avec un titre pareil, la bataille de Kadesh, le troisième tome de cette saga s'annonçait mouvementé, et il l'a été, même si la guerre n'est pas omniprésente. En effet, au delà de plusieurs batailles militaires, c'est bien les complots qui animent ce livre !

Les ennemis de Ramsès semblent de plus en plus virulents et près à tout pour arriver à leurs fins : renverser le jeune pharaon. Du coup, le rythme du récit est plutôt soutenu et on a
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Sheryn Shahwan
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
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Sam
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
Douglas
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
Denise
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
Pelin Gürel
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
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.
Patrick Bättig
3. Band der Geschichte des Ramses Sohn des Sethos des grössten Pharaos der Geschichte
Charlotte
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.
Jack Oughton
it gets a bit silly towards the end
Werehare
3/10

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
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dennis046
Read in Dutch.
Carobe
I solgudens namn.
Ian Mathie
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.
Carlos
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.
Mariana
Nothing more to say than I loved it.
Emmy
Dec 07, 2014 Emmy added it
Fun read
Fabienne
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?
Shuré-Nachelle
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!
Guido Henkel
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!
Sam
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
Lisbet
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.
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.
Jennifer
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.
Margareth8537
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
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.
Meg
This book was....faster paced and more interesting than the earlier ones.... I would recommend it. The series may be worth it after all!!!
Alex
Ramses: The Battle of Kadesh - Volume III (Vol 3) by Christian Jacq (1998)
Beth Snider
A real page turner that will leave you enchanted with Egyptian history.
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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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Ramses: The Son of Light  (Ramses, #1) Ramses: The Eternal Temple (Ramses, #2) Ramses: The Lady of Abu Simbel (Ramses, #4) Ramses: Under the Western Acacia (Ramses, #5) Nefer the Silent (Stone of Light, #1)

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