Manhunt, The Vengeance of the Gods - Conspiracy and Murder in Ancient Egypt.

"Kel woke with a start and leapt to his bedroom window.  Judging by the sun's position, the morning was already far advanced.  He, a brilliant young man considered very gifted and destined for a fine career, was going to be punished for a heinous crime:  being monstrously and inexcusably late for work at the Interpreters' Secretariat".

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Egypt, 528BC.  Kel, a young scribe recently hired by the prestigious Guild of Interpreters, arrives at work one morning to find the entire staff slaughtered.  He flees in panic, taking with him the mysterious coded papyrus his colleagues had been deciphering.  Thus he becomes prime suspect at the centre of an intrigue of State.

For Egypt is at a turning point in her history.  The throne has been usurped by Pharaoh Ahmose, an idle drunkard interested only in forging an alliance with Greece, blind to the disturbing shadow of the Persians taking shape on the country's borders.  The court is riven by intrigues and betrayals.  Alone, pursued both by the conspirators who have framed him and the Egyptian police, Kel realises that if he is to prove his innocence, he must uncover the secrets of the papyrus.  But can he survive long enough to crack the code?

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