Review of Egypt: The Uprising by Amira Aly

This first of a multi-volume series has everything from actual modern day political events to an incredibly interesting dose of fantasy and science fiction. This is also a fable for the Egyptian mythology buff to dive into. Its extensive details literally transport you into ancient Egypt and to present day historic sites which range from the Sphinx to Luxor in modern day Egypt. The author, Amira Aly, who is trained as a medical doctor, but is now a freelance writer and editor, has done extensive research in Egyptology and has created this informative and thrilling epic.

“Egypt: The Uprising” begins with real life events: the uprising in Egypt on January 25, 2011, at the Liberation Tahrir Square against the autocratic rule of the 82 year old President Saye Mubasher and the looting of an ancient relic from the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. There is something for everyone here: romance, jealousy, revenge, post-apocalyptic scenarios, good versus evil, mythical creatures, a seeing blind man, and much more.

The best part is that readers can easily identify with the main character, Aya, an unassuming down to earth ordinary present-day media savvy youth (a regular schmuck, according to the author) whose main concern is to protect her twin brother. Little did she know that in doing this everyday task of watching over her weaker twin, she somehow “summons the other world” and becomes unwittingly involved in finding the stolen ancient relic which is the key to deactivating the doomsday device that will end the world. You have to read it to find out how that is possible. In the process, you are in for the ride of your life.

This high tech eBook has Aya writing to her readers through blogging and other modern social media platforms. Even Maat, the ancient Egyptian Goddess of Justice and Order, is high tech. She communicates through instant messaging, preferring it to the “more complicated and unorthodox way”.

The author, herself an Egyptian, living in Cairo, Egypt, writes in such an
intimate and conversational way that she makes this tale easy and enjoyable to read. The
question here is, is Aya’s still missing mother who is an anthropologist, somehow related
to Nour, the romance in Aya’s life? Could he be her half-brother since Nour has an
Egyptian mother and his father is also somehow entangled in this bid to save the world?
Well, we will know soon since Book Two is in the process of being written.

Highly Recommended by Reviewer: Yuke Man, Allbooks Review International

Genre: Fantasy Contemporary eBooks
Title: Egypt: The Uprising (The Battle for Maat, Book One)
Author: Amira Aly
Publisher: Published in eBook format by
ISBN-13: 978-1-4566-0340-3
Price: $2.51
July 2011
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