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The Labyrinth of Osiris Won through a Goodreads GiveawayThis is the first novel I have read by the late Paul Sussman but it will not be the last Although it's saddening that this collection of stories involving Yusuf Khalifa and Arieh Ben Roi I look forward to reading the other two books that preceded this one The story is told in such a atmospheric and descriptive manner that it's hard not to feel like I'm in the deserts of Egypt or on the streets of Jerusalem I thoroughly enjoyed the pace of this novel as well The moments of boredom were far and few between The interweaving stories really help keep the story moving forward Initally I was confused as to what everything had to do with anything until the layers started to peel off What's most interesting about this novel are the main characters Khalifa and Ben Roi and their differences Khalifa is Muslim and Ben Roi is Jewish The author poked fun at their differences in a way that wasn't offensive but also brought a little laughter to a rather dark storyline I mention a dark storyline because Khalifa is the one with the most baggage that is heartbreaking at moments Overall both leads were well written and are the reasons why I would love to go back from the beginning of this seriesMy one problem with this book is that this is where a great series ends I am so happy that I had the oppurtunity to read this novel I probably would not have picked it up had I not won it so thanks again Goodreads for broadening my horizons Another fantastic read A riveting well written adventure story much to enjoy and unlike many other books of a similar vein no compromises an exellent bookinteresting and thrilling with lots of historical and political information plus lovable characters Desde ue se viram pela última vez a vida de Yusuf Khalifa da polícia de Luxor e de Arieh Ben Roi detetive em Jerusalém mudou Ben Roi prestes a ser pai pela primeira vez investiga um crime tenebroso no Patriarcado Arménio de Jerusalém A vítima uma jornalista chamada Rivka Kleinberg andava a investigar o tráfico de seres humanos para exploração sexual em Israel uando surge uma ligação entre Kleinberg e um engenheiro britânico desaparecido de Luxor em 1931 Ben Roi pede ajuda ao velho amigo e colega Khalifa A vida de Khalifa também mudou mas no seu caso não para melhor No meio de uma tragédia pessoal e embrenhado numa investigação uma série de envenenamentos de poços no deserto egípcio acede a ajudar o amigo israelita As duas investigações interligam se arrastando Ben Roi e Khalifa para uma sinistra rede de violência abuso falta de ética empresarial e terrorismo anticapitalista E no coração dessa rede encontra se o labirinto um mistério egípcio com mais de três mil anos ue já fez com ue Rivka Kleinberg perdesse a vida e ela não será a última vítima I flew through the four pack of Sussman books and now I am sad that there are no These are the books I keep hoping Steve Berry will write They are modern day Indiana Jones I love the Egyptology the archaeology the history The mysteries are fascinating and the stories are engrossing The characters are well written and have depth which is unusual for a historical mystery thriller The setting is fun different and contemporary Sussman knows his subjects I ate these books up and I wish there were to come Really interesting book Lots of facts history and current politic through the World Really liked it and makes me sad that it ended The anti ueer parts were just tiring I don't know if we're expected by the author to sympathise with those ideas of Ben Roi's I would guess not but it's just tiring as a ueer reader I wish Zisky was a prominent character Despite receiving this as part of the Transworld Historical Reading Challenge this book is set firmly in modern times beginning with a murder in the Armenian Cathedral in Jerusalem and stretching back to the death of an Egyptoglist in the 1930 in Luxor This an intrigue crime thriller set in one of the most complicated areas of the modern world – Jerusalem and Luxor with two detectives from very different cultures and backgrounds working at different elements of the mystery The characters are well written and different enough to stand out from the raft of modern detectives Ariah Ben Roi is the detective in Jerusalem who struggles against politics in his precinct and city while investigating the murder He is also expecting his first child and is trying to find the balance between work and his new family responsibilities To be honest I found this element much interesting as Ben Roi works with a new partner and has a good side line in banter that made his parts of the story comfortable and amusing The Egyptian detective Yusuf Khalifa has suffered a family tragedy in the recent past and this is palpable in his actions and decisions throughout the story but does feel a little heavy However the two ends of the investigation dovetail nicely and build up a lot of tension and uestions – many of which aren’t answered until the end I really liked the way a lot of the discoveries are made through good old fashioned police work – investigating connections exploring paperwork and using the brainPaul Sussman has a great eye of detail and obviously loves this region of the world – I feel like I could navigate both Luxor and Jerusalem just using this story as a map and guidebook However on occasion knowing that the exact address of every place feels like too much detail and not overly relevant to the story While a little slow at the beginning the pace picks up considerably towards the end with an exciting and emotional few pages This is an intelligent thriller with a uniue setting and a well woven plot – and one I would recommend for those wanting to try something a little different A book I would have liked to take on holiday with me just to be able to read without the interferences of everyday life Starting in Luxor Egypt in 1931 with a young boy witnessing something distressing and moving uickly to the present day with a murder in the Armenian uarter of the Old City of Jerusalem the investigation fans out in what appears to be unlinked ways Confronting in the descriptions of the seedy side of life and some of the language also not to my taste however the story is so convoluted and good that you just have to know what is going to happen nextA look at corporate greed the politics of middle eastern countries and the animosity that exists between different cultures and religions The personal stories within the story are intertwined with ease and only add to the depth of the main characters An excellent very well written book I was torn between a 4 or 5 star rating

About the Author: Paul Sussman

He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School and St John's College Cambridge where he won a Joseph Larmor Award and a boxing blue His novels have been translated into 33 languages and are set mainly in Egypt where he worked for many years as a field archaeologist notably with the Amarna Royal Tombs Project in the Valley of the Kings Among other finds he unearthed the only items of pharaonic

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