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Book Title: Return To Thebes|
The author of the book: Allen Drury
Date of issue: February 28th 1978
ISBN 13: 9780440172963
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.76 MB
Edition: Dell Publishing
Read full description of the books Return To Thebes:Return to Thebes is the second part of Allen Drury's two-part series on Akhenaten and the Amarna period. It's quite an interesting concept that Drury uses, where multiple points of view are used to narrate and drive the story. It's something that I think can work really, really well with the forceful figures from the Amarna period and the peculiarities of the history.
I did feel like it was a step up from A God Against the Gods, because each POV felt more active and involved in the plot, rather than just delivering exposition. That said, at the start of Return to Thebes there were about 5 lengthy POV sections all telling us that these characters were going to have a meeting and that it was going to be significant before we actually had the meeting.
Published in the 1970s, the books show their age as far historical accuracy is concerned, and tend to follow the standard Amarna tropes (or some of the more famous ones). Keeping that in mind, the books are enjoyable but, for me, still lack the feeling of authenticity.
One of the things that I liked is that the two chief antagonists are so wildly different from each other, and Akhenaten inadvertently fashions his own downfall in Horemheb. Granted, I found the characterisations tended to be heavy-handed in showing how ~evil both Akhenaten and Horemheb were, but Drury also stepped back and allowed us to see the sympathetic or honourable side of these two at times.
Return to Thebes is a satisfying conclusion to Allen Drury's Amarna series, though one I have a few niggles with. That said, I found it easy to sit back and enjoy the story for what it was.
Read information about the authorIn late '43, Allen Drury was a 25-year old army veteran looking for work. A position as the US Senate correspondent for United Press International provided him not only with employment, but with insider knowledge of the Senate. In addition to fulfilling his duties as a reporter, he kept a journal of his views of the Senate & individual senators. In addition to the Senate personalities, his journal captured the events of the 78th & 79th Congresses.
Altho written in the mid-40s, his diary was not published until '63. 'A Senate Journal' found an audience in part because of the great success of 'Advise & Consent', his '59 novel about the Senate's consideration of a controversial nominee for Secretary of State. His greatest success was 'Advise & Consent', which was made into a film in '62. The book was partly inspired by the suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester C. Hunt. It spent 102 weeks on the NY Times' best-seller list. 'Advise & Consent' led to several sequels. 'A Shade of Difference' is set a year later. Drury then turned his attention to the next presidential election after those events with 'Capable of Honor' & 'Preserve & Protect'. He then wrote two alternative sequels based on a different outcome of an assassination attack in an earlier work: 'Come Nineveh, Come Tyre' & 'The Promise of Joy'. In 1971, he published 'The Throne of Saturn', a sf novel about the 1st attempt at sending a manned mission to Mars. He dedicated the work "To the US Astronauts & those who help them fly." Political characters in the book are archetypal rather than comfortably human. The book carries a strong anti-communist flavor. The book has a lot to say about interference in the space program by leftist Americans. Having wrapped up his political series by '75, Drury began a new one with the '77 novel 'Anna Hastings', more about journalism than politics. He returned to the timeline in '79, with the political novel 'Mark Coffin USS' (tho the main relationship between the two books was that Hastings was a minor character in 'Mark Coffin USS's sequels). It was succeeded, by the two-part 'The Hill of Summer' & 'The Roads of Earth', which are true sequels to 'Mark Coffin USS' He also wrote stand-alone novels, 'Decision' & 'Pentagon', as well as several other fiction & non-fiction works. His political novels have been described as page-turners, set against the Cold War, with an aggressive USSR seeking to undermine the USA. Drury lived in Tiburon, CA from '64 until his '98 cardiac arrest. He'd completed his 20th novel, 'Public Men' set at Stanford, just two weeks before his death. He died on 9/2/98 at St Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco, on his 80th birthday. He never married.--Wikipedia (edited)
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