Before Egypt

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Author: E. K. Jarvis
Published: 1957
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,951 / 59 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 4,407
Added to site: 2010.01.12 26285

It was Mallison's strangest assignment. The weird little professor wanted to go to Egypt. That meant a trip back to Earth so far as Mallison was concerned. But the professor pointed to a distant star and Mallison wondered: "Who moved Egypt?"

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uscles, drawing her legs out slowly, watching her eyes for indications of pain.

"You'll be all right in a few minutes," he said. "We have to take it slow and easy or you'll get the bends."

While he worked he was asking himself questions. Who? In God's name--why? What reason had anyone for attacking the ship? There was nothing of value aboard. He had no enemies--to his knowledge--in this part of the universe.

* * * * *

Doree was trying to speak. Her throat worked. Her eyes were frantic. Mike got her legs straightened out without sending her into screaming pain. Now she was rising into a sitting position on her own power.

"Took--took--Fa--him--" she whispered hoarsely.

"Your father--where is he?"

"McKee--Talbott--took him!"

"Who in the hell are McKee and Talbott?"

Gradually, her throat unlocked. "They came in and took him--carried him out."

"I asked you who they were."

Tears welled in her eyes. She bit her lower lip and tried to contro


Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Lisa Carr

A space opera. A professor (with a nubile daughter) has deciphered a papyrus given to him by two shady characters. He hires a detective's space ship to take him to the star where the papyrus said the ancient Egyptians came from.
Stuff happens. The alien Egyptians have enslaved their planet and practice cruel experiments on their subjects.
(Spoiler Alert!!!) In a surprise twist ending, the detective and the professor's daughter fall in love.
By far the most realistic character is the four-armed Martian with edged metal scales. The writing isn't bad, and the story is pretty good for what it is, but it goes on too long.

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