Tor, May 2004, 26.95, 400 pp.
As a captain in the English army Neville Hawthorne was stationed in Egypt where he developed a passion for archeology. A cousin of Prince Albert told him about the legend of the Valley of the Dust, the burial place of the pharaoh Neferankhotep. Neville almost found the pharaoh's burial place but the Protectors of the Pharaoh stopped him. However, he managed to get directions to the pharaoh's resting place.
Years later he mounts an expedition to find the Valley of the Dust accompanied by his niece. His guide, Eddie an Englishmen who served with him in the army and stayed to marry an Islamic woman, gets them to the location after dealing with rival archeologists and a dangerous Bedouin tribe. When they enter the valley, they are sealed in by the Protectors of the Pharaoh. They befriend an Egyptian deity and are judged by the Pharaoh as well as other deities in the Egyptian Parthenon. If they pass they can stay in paradise or return to their own world but if they fail, they will suffer the Pharaoh's punishment.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner