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El séptimo papiro

(Ancient Egypt #2)

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Wilbur Smith ofrece una vez más una historia desbordante de suspenso, romance y acción.
Cuatro mil años después de la muerte del faraón Mamóse, sigue sin hallarse su tumba, en la que fue enterrado un tesoro de incalculable valor. Para llegar hasta ese desconocido lugar y devolver al pueblo egipcio su patrimonio histórico, Duraid Al Simma y su esposa Royan intentan descifrar
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Paperback, 536 pages
Published July 2006 by Booket (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)
Erin River God was awesome. There's one part where a play is being described that drags a bit, but overall.... I'd definitely recommend it!

You don't HAVE t…more
River God was awesome. There's one part where a play is being described that drags a bit, but overall.... I'd definitely recommend it!

You don't HAVE to read it first...but I would. No reason to skip it; that's for sure(less)
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Lizzy
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Werner
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Indiana Jones fans; adventure fans generally
Shelves: action-adventure
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
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
Bex
May 15, 2010 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
Tanja Berg
Aug 31, 2015 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
Alan
May 23, 2008 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.
Elizabeth A
Apr 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, 2020
Oh good grief, but this is simply awful! Here in week 6 of the Covid-19 pandemic, I thought a treasure hunt for lost Egyptian tombs would be just the thing, but after 253 pages (a little under halfway) I'm out. The writing is awkward, the dialog ridiculous, the characters paper thin, the plot inane, and the author inserts references to himself and River Gods into the story.

I really enjoyed River Gods, but alas this second book in the Ancient Egypt series is not worth the time. That these two id
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Sunny
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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
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Barbara
Feb 02, 2012 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
Alan Veale
Apr 05, 2015 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
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Alex
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
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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
Buy the Book: Amazon
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
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Regan
Oct 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
BOOK FAIL -
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
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Chakib Bahbaz
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction fans
Shelves: favourites
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Mary
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing better than an archaeological hunt for treasure. Superb.
Anne Hamilton
A bit like Alfred Hitchcock, Wilbur Smith occasionally drops in for a moment or two as a cameo character.

Royan Al Simma and her husband have dedicated themselves to unravelling the secrets of the Seventh Scroll, a cryptic four-thousand year old document, full of riddles and clues to the last resting place of the Pharaoh Mamose. A treasure trove awaits anyone who can decipher the enigmatic puns and misdirections of the self-proclaimed genius, the slave Taita. And that treasure is enough to tempt
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Coleen
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The premise of the book is, I thought, unusual although there may be other books that use the same approach. The characters in 'The Seventh Scroll' have read the novel written by author Wilbur Smith, River God, and believing the Egyptian characters, and the buried treasure to be real, set out to find it after four thousand years.

Of course, I read 'River God' and loved it, but never for a moment believed it to be real. But who knows? Wilbur Smith manages to write another terrific blockbuster bas
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Khadija Farjana Ria
Treasure hunting is something that always exictes me. So I decided to read this sequel of River god.

Duraid Al Simma and his wife Royen Al Simma found 10 scrolls from the tomb of Queen Lostris. The scrolls were written by Taita as a token of love to his queen. They had secrets no one knew before. Duraid and Royen almost deciphered each scroll except for the seventh scroll which holds the most desired secret.

At the same time, there was someone else who was desperate to know the secrets of the sc
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Jonny
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to break up a string of biographies by reading something moronic, and this really tried to deliver. Unfortunately Smith’s blend of obvious plot twists, Orientalism and sporadic violence works a lot better in ancient Egypt than in the present day. A highlight is when he makes the historical accuracy of the first book in this series a topic of ongoing debate throughout this book.
Lorraine
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, i was immersed right from the first chapter.
its well written and keeps you gripped from start to finish.
Doris Pearson
More twists and turns than the tunnels of a hidden tomb. Love, treasure, and look out for sharp teeth.. A must read for Wilbur Smith fans.
Susie
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
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Duygu
Jun 16, 2009 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
Jenn
Apr 04, 2010 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
Chuck
Feb 20, 2015 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
Laura
Jun 17, 2010 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
Angela
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sumeetha Manikandan
Half way through this book, I went back to my lending library and got the River God (first part) again. Though Seventh Scroll can be read individually too, I wanted to read River God again.

In Seventh Scroll, we see an archeologist and an adventurer trying their best to decipher the scrolls of slave Taita. It also brings home the fact that how history is distorted and presented as fact. This was a nice adventure book that I enjoyed immensely.
Marti
Mar 27, 2015 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.
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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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