By Lauren Haney
The Gods blessed Lieutenant Bak, head of the Medjay police, with an extraordinary brilliance -- that's why he's the only to whom his commander turns in a time of desire. The explorer Minnakht has vanished into the colossal and cruel Egyptian barren region -- or even has strayed perilously with reference to Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut’s well-guarded turquoise mines -- and ahead of Bak sails north on a brand new task he's to find the lacking guy. yet evil is touring with him and his Medjays within the caravan they accompany eastward. an individual -- or anything -- is accountable for the unusual rash of deaths that's quickly thinning the numbers in their fellow tourists. an easy look for a lacking adventurer turns into a twisted knot of treachery and blood -- one who threatens to strangle the existence from Bak and his males and depart them buried for all eternity underneath the blistering sands.
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I’ve heard that in years past he served often as a guide, usually traveling with User but sometimes leading caravans across the southern route between Waset and the sea. ” If Dedu was capable enough to toil for the caravan masters entrusted to transport copper and turquoise, he could be depended upon to lead a small caravan through a less-traveled portion of the Eastern Desert. ” Bak asked. “I’ve heard he’s a hard man, one who doesn’t hesitate to use the whip on men who fail to obey him. They say his honesty comes and goes, depending upon his needs.
Senna’s eyes darted toward Bak and ﬂitted on toward the animals penned on the deck of the commander’s vessel. “They’re mine, sir. ” Bak felt certain Thuty had suggested the ungodly bargain, but even he seemed shocked by his friend’s malevolence. ” Senna asked. ” “You’ve no choice but to trust me,” Inebny snarled. The guide’s face closed down, shielding from those who watched the mistrust and helplessness he had to have felt. The impotence of a poor man facing a man of wealth and power. A PATH OF SHADOWS 25 Bak sympathized with the nomad, who had come to Kaine expecting payment for a task performed.
Do you fear an attack, Amonmose? ” “In all the years I’ve crossed this desert, I’ve never known the nomads to be dangerous. True, the tribes ﬁght each other, but the people themselves are generous and kind, especially to a stranger. ” Amonmose laid down the waterbag and picked up another. “Something’s happened out here. ” He managed a thin smile. “No, it’s more than a feeling. In Kaine I learned that Minnakht has vanished. A seasoned explorer he was, one who took no unnecessary risks, a man reputedly beloved of the nomads.
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