The novel begins in Egypt in 1909 with Professor Dennis Parker close to making a major discovery and achieving his long hunt for the mummy of Ka-Re. Ka-Re had been a powerful priestess and magic user whose crimes were so great that her likenesses were destroyed, her name erased, her tomb hidden and she was buried alive. But a single clue remained, and Dennis had spent years following that clue. However, Dennis did not have the necessary permits and, worse, had a greedy official of the Egyptian government asking for ever increasing bribes until he was forced off the site. Clearly, the official hoped to steal the mummy and sell it for a fortune.
Dennis is successful in finding Ka-Re, and now the problem is to get the mummy to New York. He manages to transport it to England and then travels to Ireland to ask his old friend Andrew for help. Andrew is the engineer who designed the Titanic, which is about to make its maiden voyage, and is able to procure a stateroom for Dennis. Dennis is greatly relieved, thinking that maybe the bad luck is behind him. He had heard the grumblings of his Egyptian workers about the curse of Ka-Re and there had been a number of serious accidents (even deaths), but Dennis is a man of science not superstition. And after all, the mummy is long dead. Isn’t she?
Still Waters is an absolutely masterful novel, skillfully written and a brilliant tale. It is written as an early 1900s period piece, displaying the attitudes that divided the classes, the triumphs and the turmoil of the Industrial Age. The characters are solid and vivid: the Egyptian workers, the men shoveling coal in the boiler room, the musicians who kept on playing while the Titanic sunk, and the snobbish wealthy who complained about the color of the lifejackets as they climbed into the lifeboats. And of course, Ka-Re, who in looking for eternal rest, was set upon sacrificing thousands of lives to make it happen. Greed and obsession are the underlying themes – in Egypt, in the boardroom of the ship’s owners, and on the sea. The marriage of the sinking of the Titanic and an Egyptian mummy playing a role in it seems an improbable match, but it works magnificently! I highly recommend this book.
eBook Length: 260 Pages
Published: April 2009
Imprint: Double Dragon Publishing
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