The Spitting Cobra: Egyptian Chronicles book 1 by Gill Harvey

The Spitting Cobra: Egyptian Chronicles book 1

Written by Gill Harvey
Part of the Egypt Adventures Series

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A thrilling adventure set in Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs tells how orphans Isis and Hopi set out to find out the truth about the robbery of the royal tombs. Full of detail about the life of the Ancient Egyptians including a fact file, this is an excellent introduction to a time when the power of gods was strongly believed in.


The Spitting Cobra: Egyptian Chronicles book 1 by Gill Harvey

The Spitting Cobra is the first in a new series of four books set in Ancient Egypt. The Horned Viper, the second Egyptian Chronicle, will be published in October 2009 and two further instalments will be released in 2010. Each book is a fantastically atmospheric evocation of Egyptian life encased in an exciting adventure story.

The boy and girl characters, Hopi and Isis, feature in each book and readers will be intrigued to follow their struggles for existence and adventure in Egypt circa 1150 BC. Set in the legendary Valley of the Kings, The Spitting Cobra opens the series with a gripping adventure of royal proportions, as Isis and Hopi try to solve the mystery of who is stealing sacred treasures from the heavily guarded Pharaoh's tombs.


Praise for Orphan of the Sun:

'A rich story. The author's love for the place is evident and allows you to imagine events clearly even without any prior knowledge of ancient Egypt. An unusual, well researched book'

'Orphan of the Sun is a great resource to use for the Egyptians, and has an accompanying website bursting with information'

'Stories set in Ancient Egypt are rare so this is very welcome. Details of life at the time, the food, drink, clothing and customs come alive as part of the story, not indigestible facts'

About the Author

Gill Harvey

Photograph copyright © Gillian Doherty

Gill grew up in Warwickshire until the age of seven, when her family moved to a derelict railway station in mid-Wales. By the age of eighteen her only aim in life was to escape the Welsh hills, so off she went to explore. After an enlightening gap year, she ducked out of a law degree and studied French and Philosophy at University College, Oxford. Then she tried mental health work, environmental work, life in a VW van in the Outer Hebrides, busking, turning pigsties into craft workshops and working on an antiques stall... all fun, but none of them quite right.

Gill went freelance in 2000. It has involved all sorts of writing — commissioned fiction, non-fiction, film reviews and even a software manual. Then a year in Egypt resulted in both Orphan of the Sun, set in ancient Egypt, and Love in Luxor, a modern teenage love story (Piccadilly, 2005). Further travel led to journalism, and she now writes travel features, too.

Gill lives in London but is always itching to spend more time in Africa, her favourite continent.

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176 pages


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Publication date

3rd August 2009




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