Aegypt Secrets






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ISBN: 1602900132

ISBN-13: 9781602900134

Format: Paperback, 232pp

Publisher: OakTara Publishing Group LLC

Pub. Date: January 2008

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In the Tomb of Darkness and Light

I study an era by reading every primary source document I can find from the time period.  Then I begin researching strong scholarly works on the subject.  I studied about a year before I began to write Aegypt

The Question: 

When the world was young, people believed in all kinds of gods and goddesses.  In the novel Aegypt, I ask the question what would happen if modern people came face to face with a real goddess.

The Characters: 

The characters grew out of this question.  You have the pragmatist, Paul Bolang.  He is a military man, a no nonsense leader.  He believes what he sees and knows it for what it is.  You have the archeologists Mr. Audrey, Monsieur. Perrain, and Mr. Williams.  Audrey is a modern scientist, he doesn’t believe in anything he can’t understand.  Perrain is a secular politician.  He follows to the letter the current agreement of general human thought.  And Williams is driven by the work.  If it isn’t a normal part of his work it can’t be real.

The Theme: 

So these are the men who open an ancient Egyptian tomb and find a mystery over 4000 years old—the goddess of light and her sister, the goddess of darkness.  Paul Bolang believes.  He finds the goddess of light who was released from the first tomb when it was opened.  She is gentle and beautiful, but also powerful.  Now he must stop the archeologists who want to open the second tomb—the tomb of the goddess of darkness.  The goddess of darkness is malevolent.  She is driven by a desire for power and to control the lives of others.  


Aegypt opens up the ancient world for your observation.  Will you be a realist like Paul Bolang or will the Goddess of Darkness catch you unawares.

  Here is a real map of the area of Fort Saint (the red circle is right on it).  This map and the following diagrams will be included in the book!
  When you read the book, you will understand--plus you will see them as the mystery and the novel unfold.  These were originally intended to be chapter decorations and not full scale diagrams--therefore the slight digital look.  My publisher thought they would make better full size diagrams in the book.  If there is a future edition, I will improve them--my son has already told me he will redraw them!



Here is a diagram of Fort Saint with the Egyptian foundation in front of it.


The foundation with the basalt plug and the beginnings of the dig.


The initial breakthrough with the corridor already opened to each end.  The inner wall is the mural seen on the basalt plug.


The antechamber and tomb with the first trap.  You can see the rotating doors, the blood channels on the floor, the blade, and the counterweight shaft.


The tomb of the goddess of light.  The sarcophagus scar is evident.


The entire outer corridor is opened up with the original broken entrance at the south east.


Both entrance traps to the antechamber are revealed for the final confrontation.

  This was my original concept of the cover (it is a picture of the basalt plug).
  This picture and following are the initial cover concepts from Capstone.
  I chose to mix the picture on the first with the lettering on the second.

From my book notes:

I did not list all my notes or my references.  I may add these later--if there is any interest.


A foreign legion lieutenant discovers the Egyptian goddesses of good and evil in an ancient tomb;  they are brought to life when the tomb is opened, and their 4000 year old conflict begins again.


How do men react to the spiritual when it is revealed to them plainly, and how do we communicate those thoughts across centuries and drawing rooms? 

Archeological horror story:

     French Foreign Legion outpost (Fort Saint) in the late 1920s

     Central character is a young Lieutenant

          Student of Languages, Egyptian, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew,


      Academie des Sciences of the Institut de France


       Chott Djerid depression

       Chott Melrhir depression

       Chott el Fedjadj depression

       Fort Saint at Nefta

       Tozeur (Northeast of Fort)

       Nefta (Southwest of Fort)


       Sabria (well)



      Gafsa (largest close city 60 mi, has a telegraph, no railroad)

Fort Saint:

      Legion Étagère, the French Foreign Legion

      Lieutenant Paul Bolang

            l’Orage (black Arabian horse) m storm, thunderstorm


      Captain Simon Ourain

      Sergeant Maurice le Boehm

      Legionnaire Dubois

      Corporal Villinave mess steward

      Doctor Robert Flair

      Corporal la Haver, the Captain of the Guard

      Legionnaire Gauroi (killed by Leila)

      Woman servant Fatima Habeig


      Mr. Lionel Audrey

      Mr. James Williams

      M. (Monsieur) Claude Parrain

      Sir Barot Cheston the patron of Audrey and a friend to Paul


Leila, the name of the goddess of darkness, means dark as night

Leora, the name of the goddess of light, means light, my light

The Ksar:

      Sheik Allei ben Zar



      Abdu Habad - bandit leader of band attacked at the beginning of the book

     the fetish was taken from him

Egyptian History:

      Time value of the Tomb - 2000 BC (4000 years ago)

      Ra - Sun god (sun)

      Bastet - Love and joy goddess (cat)

      Khnum - Creation and fertility god (ram)

      Thoth - Learning and wisdom (ibis)

      Apis - Love and childbirth (bull)

      Sobek - Courage and strength (crocodile)

      Anubis - Protection of the dead (jackal)

      Osiris - The dead (dead man)

      Horus - King (falcon)

      Amon - Aton under A IV below

      Maat - goddess of balance and harmony

      Selket or Serket - goddess on canopic chest intestines (cure scorpion sting)

      Isis - “ liver

      Neith - “ stomach

      Nepthys - “ lungs

      An ancient revolution 500 years before the Great Pyramid caused the goddesses to be displaced in favor of the later pantheon (the Jews leaving Egypt).  The failure of the pantheon to succeed against the power of God.

      The 19th Dynasty (1300 BC)

      Seti I

      Rameses II - Moses exodus

            Capital - Rameses (also Avaris or Tanis) in the Delta

      Amenhotep III - wife Tiye

      Amenhotep IV - Akhenaton - wife Nefertiti

            successor Smenkhkara

            moved capital from Thebes to Akhetaton

            monotheism under Aton

      Tutankhamun - wife Ankhesenpaaton (Ankhesanamun) - tomb discovered by British A. Howard Carter patron Lord Carnarvon, discovery on 26 November 1922

      Stele of Merneptah - 1229 BC speaks of Israel

      Rosetta Stone - 196 BC translated 1822 by Jean Francois Champollion

      Stele of Merneptah, Temple of Horus at Edfu, Temple of Isis at Philae (Island), Temple of Hathor at Dendera, Obelisk of Hatshepsut - Karnak - Philae

      cartouche - name symbols


      This book was written from the point of view of Lieutenant Bolang.  I don’t intend for the reader to fully trust the Lieutenant’s view.  The proof in the book is supposed to build and build until it is overwhelming.  I want the reader to have the same ah-ha experience the three archeologists feel at the revealing dinner chapter.  But, I want the reader to distrust Bolang until the point is proven.  I want to sew seeds of distrust in each scene so the reader is just not totally sure the Lieutenant is right.

      The three representatives of spiritual disillusionment and disbelief:  the scientist, the atheist, and the engineer.  The scientist wants facts, but must be convinced through theory and philosophy.  The atheist cannot be persuaded.  The engineer is convinced through facts alone.

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  Novels by this Author
       The Second Mission (Available now)
       Centurion   (Available now published by OakTara)
       Aegypt            (Available now published by OakTara)


The Dragon and the Fox


                     (Available now published by OakTara)



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  L.D. Alford is the author of 41 technical papers published in international journals on flight test, military policy, flight safety, space, and cyberwar.  Technical Writing
  L.D. Alford has been a professional aviator for over 30 years.  Aviation Writing

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