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The Ka
Mary Deal
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BOOK SUMMARY
Archaeologists activate ancient Egyptian magic coded in hieroglyphs.

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
California archaeology student Chione Ini-Herit has vivid dreams about the discovery of an opulent tomb. After learning that Chione’s dreams are playing out in Egypt, the founder of the California Institute of Archaeology accepts an offer to examine a mysterious site in Valley of the Queens. When they discover a tomb, things begin to unravel.

Magical spells encoded into the hieroglyphs on the tomb’s walls transport Chione and her former boyfriend—fellow archaeologist Aaron Ashby—back 3,500 years to ancient Egypt. Even stranger, Aaron and Chione begin to morph into Tutankhamon and Tauret, a priestess in Pharaoh’s Court, after learning that Tauret coded the magical spells into the hieroglyphs to keep her and Pharaoh irrevocably joined in the afterlife.

When other team members speak the spells aloud, they, too, are affected in unfathomable ways by the Ka—the spirit of the entombed person. Chione and Aaron learn that Tauret has conjured powerful spells to provide Tutankhamon with a living heir, and Tauret has chosen Chione and Aaron to complete her destiny...

BOOK EXCERPTS
âₓWitch!” Randy Osborne said, as he strode around the room wearing a contemptible smirk. âₓYou’re an out ’n out witch.”

âₓYour choice of labels defines your ignorance,” she said, not backing down from his stare. Others in the group expressed mixed reactions, but Chione Ini-Herit had grown emotionally strong enough to withstand Randy’s cruel taunting. Shortly after they met and she learned she would be interning with him, she decided that anything Randy said would not tear at her equilibrium. Her passive attitude, till now, had been enough to keep him in line.

âₓHere, here,” Clifford Rawlings said in her support.

This was the first time Chione had a chance to see all the members of the archaeological team together in one room. They were older than she was and that, at times, was a little intimidating. Her own demeanor was quiet, meditative; maybe passive aggressive, and she sometimes became overwhelmed with their high-spirited personalities. Yet, being allowed to accompany these professionals to the dig site in Egypt was the chance of a lifetime. Presently, she would be happy to sit back and watch the team members goad one another. She had to get to know these people, and fast, if she was to keep up. Information came at her so quickly it numbed her senses. With the whole team together, their voices assaulted her in round after round of quips and retorts that would send the meek fleeing. Getting to know these people could not wait until they arrived at the dig site when work would proceed at full speed. The only way to get to know them as a team began here. Now.

Aaron Ashby stepped up behind her. âₓYou don’t know the meaning of ‘witch,’ Randy.” Chione felt Aaron’s hand touch her shoulder but he removed it right away, minding his manners. âₓWhat gives you the right to label anyone?”

âₓBecause she predicted our discovery,” Randy said, âₓand danger near some small tombs. What did she say…that the bone yard is haunted and that our find could change history? Ha!” He rocked back on his heels. âₓSounds like a typical psychic reading.” He glared at her again. âₓEven your Egyptian looks spook me. Why don’t you crop that black hair of yours about ear length like the Egyptians used to—”

âₓIf Chione’s appearance spooks you, Randy,” Kendra Laker said succinctly. âₓMaybe you need to scrutinize your own image.”

Chione became flustered, and wondered why they stood up for her. She could hold her own in her quiet way, but the rest of the group seemed too willing in their zeal to pounce on Randy. All during the planning stages of the expedition, envy among some of the lesser staff at the California Institute of Archaeology predicted the team would not hold together. It would not be due to anything as exciting as the diverse backgrounds of each in the field of archaeology, but due to the clash of personalities and ego opposites.

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BOOK REVIEWS
The Ka is a book for all tastes. This skillfully craft novel contains history, science, mysticism, mystery, intrigue, humor and romance in a neat package that is not just entertaining but challenges your mind and imagination.

Mary Deal has created word images so vivid it is almost like watching a movie. She takes you for a romp through ancient Egyptian history as an archaeological team finds and opens a tomb in Valley of the Queens. An archaeological student has the mystical ability to communicate with the ancient Egyptians, and this keeps the story moving at a breathtaking pace.

The Ka is a delight to read. One can only hope that from a writer of this talent, there will be many more books to come. ~ Joseph J. Ursprung, Phoenix, Arizona

I just finished reading The Ka and wanted to thank you for writing it. Your narrations of the tombs were especially well written, and captured my full attention. In addition, it was both interesting and informative to become acquainted with the richness of historical data included throughout this work. You cleverly wove together the threads of fiction with the twine of nonfiction to create a colorful and fascinating tableau.

Perhaps I’m wrong, but my guess is the main protagonist embodied many of your values and perhaps even a few of your personality traits. She appeared to be of a generation closer to my own rather than either the present or ancient day. Brava! ~ Elizabeth Sullivan, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Somerset, California

I just finished your book. WOW! What a story. I want to see it as a movie. I think it's time for an Egyptian epic, and this story has a lot of visual appeal, and I think the paranormal aspect would play well, too. ~ Terry Lessig, Audio book publisher, Phoenix, Arizona

I knew this book would be a great read coming from such a talented writer but nothing could have prepared me for the fantastic voyage through Egypt's rich and colorful mysteries (both historical and modern) that Mary somehow magically manages to provide through her extremely enjoyable, knowledgeable and unmatchable writing style!

Mary has the ability to transport you from modern day to ancient Egypt and back again over and over throughout the entirety of the book. She not only helps you to visualize each scene with impeccable detail, but also to feel each character's emotions throughout.

This wonderful creation has only left me yearning for more from this writer and once again, I find myself asking why the entire world has not yet discovered such a wonderful talent. Treat yourself to this book. Let yourself be transported through a truly magical experience. You honestly won't be sorry! ~ Mary C. Porter, Grass Lake, MI


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 0595388876
ISBN(13-digit): 978059538887
Copyright: 2006
Book Publisher: iUniverse.com, Inc.
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 410
Acid Free Paper: Yes



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