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Published 2011 by Rainbow Valley
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When Gods Grow Old - 330 pages, paperback, glossy full colour cover,
over 40 illustrations; available on Amazon UK - and Kindle.
At the opening, Ramesses II, the Great, is an ancient
man around 90. He is a god. His life companion the Nubian Warrior Asha waits to carry out a certain promise,
his Word of Words. A beautiful new queen, a mere child, awaits presentation to the old Pharaoh, and plots
thicken. We are then swept back through time to the point when Ramesses is an infant, the son of Seti I, whose father
in turn has been chosen by the barren warrior Pharaoh Horemhab to found a dynasty. We also follow the rise of Paser the Superior
Scribe, an infamous ‘eater of boys’, in the service of many Pharaohs as he murders his way towards the post of
Vizier. Meanwhile as Ramesses grows to youth he captures a Nubian
prince (Asha), son of the great Gafralla warrior Gafa who has held Egypt at bay for a decade. Unaware that Ramesses is the
son of the very man responsible for the death of his father Asha gives his Word of Word to kill the Pharaoh and his son, but
has already given his Word of Word to be the companion of this Egyptian who has captured him.
For the Gafralla
to fail to keep their Word of Words means suicide. A dilemma. Even so, Asha becomes the protector and friend of Ramesses and
develops a hatred for the ‘creature’ of Paser, a handsome psychopath named Matu. Both rise in power. The book is a series of events linked with introductory writings from the time of Asha’s
old age, via the hand of his favourite scribe, the remarkable Sethos, who himself is the son of Ramesses in his late 70s and
so resembles Ramesses when young that Asha takes him into his life as a virtual son, certainly a protégé.
The author captures, recreates, and explores the way it was at the very top of society, three thousand
years ago, where the link with living gods and the pantheon of Ancient Egypt’s swarm of deity dwelt. The gap between
the mighty and the masses was enormous; the sensuality and cruelty without limit. Yet that society had already existed for
more than 4,000 years… 6,000 years ago. A sequel The Archives of Kadesh will be available in 2013.
2011 I edited and co-authored a book (Benedick – A Cat’s Tale) for the family of a deceased friend
and published it for them, under Rainbow Valley Books (technical publisher of One Promise Kept)
the rights of which enterprise remain my own. Both books are available on Amazon or direct from Rainbow
When Gods Grow Old was originally drafted in the 1990s as a project for a friend. I
have revisited the manuscript and completely revised it following additional research. First prepared
as an amusement or writing exercise to please that friend, who was very fond of Egypt, the exercise
became two complete novels.