By James Lovegrove
The traditional Egyptian gods have defeated the entire different pantheons and claimed dominion over the earth, dividing it into warring factions.
Lt. David Westwynter, a British soldier, stumbles into Freegypt, the single position to have remained self sustaining of the gods’ impact. There, he encounters the fans of a humanist chief referred to as the Lightbringer, who has vowed to rid mankind of the shackles of divine oppression. because the international heads in the direction of an apocalyptic conflict, there's way more to this freedom fighter than it seems...
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Then the following paratrooper might target a blast at the place the enemy shot had come from. The air used to be alive with the lightning-smell of ozone, besides a tang of burnt flesh. David sensed a lull was once coming. The capturing was once getting extra sporadic. He slung his lance again over his shoulder on its strap and unhooked his hand guns from his belt. Sergeant McAllister go well with. Colonel Wilkins, or no matter what his identify was once, barked an order to his males in Arabic. All lance fireplace ceased. Then David heard the slithering sound of ropes being dropped, uncoiling as they fell. The Nephthysians at the valley rim have been approximately to come back down. This used to be his and his men's likelihood. that they had to take out the handful of Horusites and flee down the valley prior to the extra Nephthysian squaddies weighed in with their higher numbers. It was once the one desire that they had of having out of this clusterfuck alive. ''Crook and flail! '' he known as out. ''Crook and flail! '' He and McAllister introduced themselves from in the back of the column, hand guns raised. The criminal was once a baton tipped with a crescent-shaped titanium blade. The flail used to be lengths of ash wooden associated via a quick chain. Brandishing the only, whirling the opposite, David and McAllister made for the Horusite impostors. the opposite paratroopers have been shut in the back of, howling a conflict cry. Colonel Wilkins and corporate rose to fulfill them, maces aloft. because the teams engaged, David was once appalled to work out that they have been extra lightly matched than he had was hoping. basically approximately 1/2 his stick had survived the blaster struggle. He knew they'd taken casualties yet now not such a lot of. Then there has been no time to consider any of that. there has been simply the immediacy of close-quarters strive against, the brutal intimacy of status toe-to-toe with an opponent and attempting to kill him and never be killed, humans as bodily with reference to one another as embracing fanatics but with the very contrary purpose. David clinched with one of many Horusite commandos and allow his education take over. The flail supplied a diversion, combating the fellow from swinging his mace competently. The criminal in the meantime raked and slashed. Blood jetted, oil-black within the moonlight. the guy went down, throat sliced open, gargling and drowning. David spun to his left. one in every of his males, inner most Langley, was once being beleaguered via a couple of mace-wielding foes. Langley had misplaced his criminal. A mace crashed into his chest and David heard ribs crack like distant fireworks. He wrapped his flail round the attacker's forearm and tugged him off-balance. His criminal blade sank into the man's eyeball and plucked it out like a plum from a pudding. A moment, sideways jab with the criminal reduce brief his scream. Langley used to be at the floor, hissing with soreness, suffering to wake up. the opposite pretend Horusite straddled him and lifted his mace with either arms to deliver it down on Langley's head. Had he been a real Horusite soldier, more matured with the weapon, he could have long past for a shorter-range blow to stun his sufferer first after which brought the skull-crushing coup de grâce. because it used to be, he left David with a split-second window of chance.