Item description for Rite of Passage by Richard D'Agostino...
Stone ground against stone. The earth shook. Walls trembled. In a gush, sand poured from slots in the wall. Dust swallowed the air. A secret sanctuary has been breached. And so begins the tale of a prehistoric crystal cylinder seal, discovered in a passage beneath the base of Cheops' Pyramid. Because of its ultimate secrets, Egyptologist Dr. Karl Cassim's only daughter is taken hostage; Cairo's Minister of Police betrays his office; and the chosen must prove their worthiness by passing through the Seven Gates of Osiris. With the assistance of American astronomer Julian Rutledge, renowned British Egyptologist Sir E. Osborne Hunsdon, museum curator Nancy Gottlieb, and the very things he debunked --- gods, curses, and magic --- Dr. Cassim discovers a prophecy, a warning for the New Age of Man. Everyone's life will be changed.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.8" Width: 4.2" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1932815546 ISBN13 9781932815542
Availability 0 units.
More About Richard D'Agostino
Chef contributors featured include: Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Douglas Keane, Michael Symon, Wylie Dufresne, David Chang, Harold Dieterle, David Myers, Rob Evans, Michael Mina, Tom Colicchio, John Besh, Suzanne Goin, Bryan Voltaggio, Scott Peacock, Eric Ripert, Peter McAndrews, and Hugh Acheson. Tom Colicchio is the founder and co-owner of the Craft restaurants as well as the head judge on Bravo's hit series, Top Chef.
Reviews - What do customers think about Rite of Passage?
An Exciting Tale Nov 8, 2006
This was a great tale; exciting and riveting. I became invested in the characters and had a hard time putting the book down. This story is made for the movies.
A Promising Writer and an Exciting Story Mar 20, 2006
The other reviewer went into great detail about the plot, so I won't; rather, I'd like to communicate my experience with the book, both Pro and Con. Pro: Exciting story line, exciting locations, brisk pace, visual in places Cons: writing came across strained, style was very choppy, characters did not have a lot of depth I realize that this is a relatively new author, and it shows. The sparse style is difficult to pull off for many authors, but I "get" that the author is trying to find his voice. While the style was a bit sparse and the language often stilted, the ideas were great. There is clearly enough promise here that I will not hesitate to pick up the author's next novel.
excellent Egyptologist apocalypse thriller Mar 8, 2006
Mother Nature is apparently fighting back as the earth undergoes dramatic climatic changes. The planet is shaken to its core by numerous off the Richter scale earthquakes, category 4 and 5 hurricanes, monstrous flooding, and other disasters. In the midst of the natural global pandemic, a portal splits opens on the base of Cheops' Pyramid leading to previously unknown passageways beneath the edifice.
Renowned Egyptologist Dr. Karl Cassim leads the investigation into the secret rooms below the pyramid. His team discovers in one of the passageways a prehistoric crystal cylinder seal. Before Cassim can decipher what the discovery means, assailants abduct his daughter, planning to use her as a pawn to negotiate what they want from the Egyptologist. Feeling trapped because he already knows the criticality of his work while worries about his beloved daughter, Cassim and his allies, American astronomer Julian Rutledge, British Egyptologist Sir E. Osborne Hunsdon, and museum curator Nancy Gottlieb, test the Seven Gates of Osiris as an ancient prophecy warns of a coming of a New Age of Man that will change how we live today.
Egyptologist thriller fans and anyone who appreciates an excellent apocalypse tale will want to read the action-packed RITE OF PASSAGE. The key cast members, especially Cassim and his team, seem genuine; the electrifying story line comes first with an Indiana Jones' Raiders of the Lost Ark style of thrills and chills. The abduction may place Cassim in an untenable position, but pales next to the world in peril plot that grips readers from the simple introduction to the "Beloved of Thoth" until the final confrontation.