Ancient Egypt Teaches Us a Thing or Two About Modern Politics in National Geographic’s ‘The Good Kings’ [REVIEW]

Statues of Ramses II at the entrance to the main temple at Abu Simbel in Nubia. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Every time I visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, which quite literally has so much to see you can spend days wandering around within its labyrinthine halls, I inevitably find my way to the Sackler Wing to stare at the pharaonic Temple of Dendur which was built by Caesar Augustus in 10 B.C. in Lower Nubia. While it is relatively small compared to, say, the Pyramids of Giza, it is still the closest I have ever gotten to actually going to Egypt. And yet I am always compelled to visit it, possibly because I am fascinated by the history, power, architecture, artistry, and mythology of the Egyptian culture. After all, whether you’re an avid Bible reader or merely a fan of classic films like The Ten Commandments, the foundations of our faith all seem to lead back to ancient Egypt. Thankfully, I’m not alone in my fascination with this culture. UCLA’s Professor Kara Cooney is also a “recovering Egyptologist,” and in her latest book for National Geographic, she pulls back the curtain on five of The Good Kings to examine their power and how it continues to touch our lives even now.

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National Geographic’s ‘Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs’ is a Must Have for Every Armchair Adventurer [REVIEW]

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King Tut’s golden tomb in Egypt (Photo courtesy Canva)

Ever since I was a boy sitting in a darkened cinema watching Indiana Jones scramble to find some ancient artifact, I have been fascinated by archaeology. After all, who wouldn’t want to unearth a fabled treasure that is thousands of years old? Indy made it all seem so glamorous and exciting (barring ancient curses, of course). But all of that was make believe. Over the years, however, real life adventurers have found authentic relics shrouded in even more mystery and lore than those on the silver screen, which is even more titillating. Now, National Geographic has compiled a volume covering 100 of these amazing discoveries in their new book, Lost Cities, Ancient Treasures, and we are sure you’re going to love it!

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‘The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl’ [EXCERPT]

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An adventurer and a writer learn a lesson in love in Victoria Alexander’s third Lady Travelers novel. (Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com)

You could call me a sucker for romantic comedy. I know, I know, it’s not the manliest thing to admit to, but there it is. And few writers can knock it out of the park like Victoria Alexander. She has a knack for throwing men and women together who are looking for anything but love, pitting them against a wild adventure, and spinning hilarious banter between everyone involved. The result is comic genius along the lines of Romancing the Stone, except placed in a historical setting. Read the following excerpt from Alexander’s latest novel, The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl, and you’ll see what I mean. Enjoy! —J.R. 
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Gideon Crew Takes One Last Adventure In Preston and Child’s ‘The Pharaoh Key’ [REVIEW]

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Gideon Crew goes on one last adventure in search of what may be his greatest discovery yet in Preston and Child’s The Pharaoh Key. (Photo by Phil Robinson, Flickr)

Time is running out for one legendary adventurer. Facing a death sentence, he wants to pursue one final treasure, perhaps the biggest of his career. But will he be able to accomplish his task in time? And will it prove to be the salvation he so desperately needs? Find out in Preston and Child’s fifth and final Gideon Crew novel, The Pharaoh Key. 
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Ken Follett’s Classic ‘The Key to Rebecca’ Remains One of the Best Espionage Books Ever Written [REVIEW]

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In the midst of World War II, a Nazi spy plots the downfall of the British in Egypt in Ken Follett’s classic thriller, The Key to Rebecca. (Photo by Tom Beazley/courtesy aussiejeff, Flickr)

Although we primarily feature new fiction on our site, every now and again we like to revisit a classic. Pulling an oldie but a goodie off the shelf and dusting it off to re-read it is akin to having brunch with an old friend to reminisce about cherished memories. And sometimes we simply feel like digging into a favorite author’s past works, ones me may have missed the first time around. That is what happened with Ken Follett’s classic, The Key to Rebecca.  Read more of this post