Ramses is ready to set out for a visit to his friend, Nebre, commander of Ramses' fortress on the Libyan border with Egypt. According to him, they will spend their time retelling stories of adventures long past whilst partaking of much red wine. Despite everything Ramses says, alarm bells are ringing with Kate and Alex. If this is such a friendly visit, then why is Ramses so vehement that they must remain in Luxor? And, more to the point, why, when there is nothing except desert between Luxor and the fort, where the only thing they are likely to die from is a lack of drinking water, is Ramses moving with the vast contingent of his massive army? Does visiting a friend warrant such a show of force?
Kate and Alex are all too aware that Alex’s closest ancient relative, Aryamani, left Luxor some months ago to deliver a message sent by Ramses. To whom, they do not know, though it is presumed that the message was never delivered: because nobody has seen or heard of him since. Pharaoh Nakhtifi, at Ramses’ insistence, along with a decent section of his army, left Luxor in search of Aryamani. Nobody has seen or heard from him either.
Kate never suffers fools gladly, whilst Alex remains extremely wary of coincidences: the message that Ramses sent must have been for Nebre. The contents of the message they can only guess at, because Ramses refuses to say, but there is no way that they are going to let Ramses leave Luxor without them. Just as they are developing a plan, Cairo turns up with the perfect solution … at least it starts out as perfect!
Anticipated publication date: 2019
From: Book 7, Missing in Egypt, Chapter ?