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A vile rumor sweeps around the barren region like a speedily amassing sandstorm: Queen Hatshepsut plans to disband a lot of her frontier military and rework its fortresses into storehouses. the coming of Amonked—the Queen's cousin and Storekeeper of Amon—at the town of Buhen convinces an uneasy Lieutenant Bak of the Medjay police that the whisperings that experience alarmed the population are real. Then, an afternoon after Amonked inspects the neighborhood garrison and departs, a physique is located stabbed in the home the place he and his celebration rested. The slain guy was once a neighborhood prince, cherished through his humans, so Bak travels upriver to affix the caravan and examine. notwithstanding not anything tangible connects Amonked and his humans to the heinous act, Bak's inquiry quickly sheds a demanding gentle on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a surprising mystery, secure by way of homicide and silence, which could itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.

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His gloom matched A CURSE OF SILENCE 53 that of the sergeant’s. ” The words were spoken with the reluctance of one who fears the answer. “Who’d think to keep us together? ” They ate in unhappy silence, watching the flotilla’s sails merge into the haze. The sunny terrace was warm after a cool night. The river was calm, its surface a sheet of brownish water broken at times by a leaping fish. Ducks and geese swam around the empty quays, seeking food thrown overboard by the departed sailors. Sitamon’s cargo ship had sailed north to Abu and a traveling ship had taken its space.

Bak said, planning to beg if necessary. ” Looking closer at the man beside him, Bak saw that his face was drawn, his manner distracted. He clasped tightly the pendant of the ram-headed Amon, as if holding the golden image would give him strength. Whatever had occurred between him and Amonked must be serious indeed. As much as Bak hated to give up, he saw that to continue his plea would be fruitless. Baket-Amon stiffened his spine, pulled his head back, and forced a smile. “I feel greatly in need of diversion.

Seshu heaved a deep, dejected sigh. “The caravan will not only be large and hard to manage, but he’s bringing along a portable pavilion, furniture, any number of items that will make it a target for bandits. ” “Thuty should send along a company of spearmen,” Nebwa said. ” “Fifty men? ” Bak prayed such was the case. Seshu, looking dubious, straightened his spine and pulled back his shoulders. ” Bak, his face grim, watched him walk away. “I care nothing for Amonked the man, Nebwa, and I wholeheartedly resent the inspector of the fortresses of Wawat, but I fear for our sovereign’s cousin.

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