The City of the Dead, Cairo, Egypt
“Siti hummed to himself as he picked his way through the crypts and mausoleums shrouded by eerie blue fog. He thought he had outgrown the nervous childhood habit at Cambridge, where he graduated first in his class in biomedical engineering and gained the hand of Halima, a beautiful Cairene girl he never would have dreamed of approaching back home.
The humming resurfaced when the gambling debts started mounting and reached a feverish crescendo when he discovered what was really going on at his company’s compound. Now, as he dodged the tombs and piles of human detritus, looking over his shoulder with every step, he had to fight to keep the humming from becoming a siren call to the thieves and murderers that populated the cemetery after dark….”
After reading Layton Green’s previous book ‘The Summoner’ and enjoying it so much, I am certainly looking forward to starting on the ARC for ‘The Egyptian’, which unfortunately, is not due for general release until 27th August 2011.
It was also great that Layton valued my comments about ‘The Summoner’ enough, to want to contact me again, with this latest opportunity.
As details of the book are as yet unpublished and the cover art is still undergoing final ‘tweaking’, I felt that a short synopsis might be appropriate in this instance. So as not to give away too many spoilers in this post, if the first lines have made you curious to know more, then click here
They say that the first lines of a piece of writing, are always the most difficult to set down on paper. It seems to me, that they may also be the most definitive, as I find they often set the scene in my mind, even before I have turned the first page. Layton certainly manages to set the scene with just a few short, yet infinitely powerful words, that arouse the curiosity and make you need to know more.
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