Egypt Rising Some ancient secrets should remain buried. An American teenager in Cairo finds herself in the middle of the Egyptian revolution fleeing militant Islamic extremists. She leads her worst enemy and the boy she thinks about much too often on the adventure of a lifetime. When she discovers an ancient artifact that was buried for thousands of years, she learns that very powerful people will stop at nothing, including murder, to learn the secrets of a long-dead civilization.
Praise for Egypt Rising From the first page, and quite possibly the first sentence, I was hooked on this refreshingly different YA read that is suitable and enjoyable for all ages! ~Dii
Author Stan Schatt Stan Schatt has written thirty books on a wide variety of topics including a chapter book for children, a YA novel, biographies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and books on technology and career changing. His love for teaching is reflected in outstanding teaching awards he received from the University of Southern California and DeVry Institute of Technology. Rather than having one career, Schatt has had several. He has worked as an autopsy assistant, an English professor, a software trainer, a law enforcement administrator, a market research executive, and a sales manager.
My heart was beating much too fast as I took the elevator to the fifth floor. I moved to put my key
in the door but it opened at my touch, even though I remembered I had locked it that morning.
I thought maybe he had changed his mind and come home before me. There was no answer. As
I opened the door wider, I stared in disbelief. The room was a mess. Someone had opened all
the drawers and spilled their contents onto the floor. I hurried into my bedroom and noticed
everything there was also pulled from my drawers. I saw my panties on the floor, and it made me
blush to think someone handled them. Dad’s room was in an even worse state. Someone lifted his
mattress and leaned it against a wall without bothering to put the bed back together.
I suddenly had a terrible thought. What if the people who did this were still in the apartment? I
froze and listened. I didn’t hear anything in the apartment, but I did hear a loud roar coming from
I moved to the window and looked down. The people filling the street chanted something I
couldn’t quite make out. Then my brain translated the Arabic. They were chanting, “death to for-
eigners.” I heard a loud crash and saw some men had grabbed asphalt blocks from a construction
project down the block.
I can honestly say this book is 100% action-packed. There was not one lull in the action. The story itself was unique as well. Don’t let the first paragraph fool you. When I read the first Though it could possibly be comparable to Indiana Jones, there was so much more to the story than the archeology. So, basic overview: The book was great.
4 out of 5 stars
Each character had its own story and depth and was very unique. Some relationships were underdeveloped but I was mostly ok with that because it may have slowed down the story to stop and discuss relationships.
Like I said before, 100% action-packed! I do feel like there were possibly too many stories to follow at one time because so much was going on. There was the archaeological dig, the revolution in Egypt, a possible betrayal in a fiance, an illegitimate child… and I’m sure much more that I’m not remembering. Although there were a lot of stories, I don’t feel like I ever got lost. When discussing one facet of the book I was totally engrossed in that facet and I didn’t worry about the other details until they were brought up again. So although there was a lot to keep track of, I think it was done well and it kept me busy and interested.
I am somewhat of a dialogue nazi which is the only reason I mention it here. I felt that a lot of the dialogue was just words that didn’t give any insight into the character’s personalities. It got the job done and gave the information needed, but the dialogue written could have been said by any person because it was not specific – no language or dialect markers. For that reason, it was sometimes difficult to follow who was talking because any dialogue could have been said by any person in the book. Considering that this was placed in Egypt and there was specific mention of Westerners and Natives I felt that the dialogue had a lot more potential to be interesting and diverse.
All in all I really enjoyed the books. It had it’s good points and a few points that could be improved, but I cannot say I didn’t enjoy the read. It was entertaining and filled with adventure. I felt that I could relate to many of the characters and I was dying to know how it ended! I definitely recommend reading Egypt Rising.
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