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The Tethered God

Barrie Condon



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03 May 2021

From the mind that brought you Science for Heretics,

comes a darkly comic thriller

When Khafre, the mighty Egyptian God-King, died four and a half thousand years ago, he expected an eternity in paradise. Instead, he found himself in modern-day Cairo, trapped inside the lowliest of creatures, a police dog who earns its living by sniffing out bombs.

Yet, nightly, vivid dreams taunt him, conjuring up a brilliant life of wealth and power. As his past life reveals itself, he discovers himself to have been a man willing to pursue heresies, break sacred boundaries and even murder for the woman he loves.

But nothing in these memories explains why the gods have chosen to punish him so severely. Enduring endless humiliations in a new life he doesn't understand, and unable to communicate his predicament, he finds himself suddenly

thrust into a plot to kill millions of people. Helpless and alone, he must fight to save Egypt and his own soul.
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 127mm, 
ISBN:   9781916457263
ISBN 10:   1916457266
Pages:   302
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Tethered God

ALASTAIR MABBOTT, THE HERALD More than 4500 years ago, Egyptian prince Khafre watches happily as his father's body is prepared for mummification. He hated his father, and enjoys seeing him disembowelled. Flash forward to the present, and Khafre has been reincarnated as a police dog trained to sniff out explosives. While trying to get to grips with this disappointing new world, he searches back through his previous life in a bid to understand why the gods would have reincarnated him as a German Shepherd. It's an original idea, which would still be readable in lesser hands, but is elevated by Condon's narrative voice. In a book where almost every sentence is steeped in black humour, the snarky tone of an entitled princeling, trying first forge a path through his own world and then to make sense of the 21st century from the perspective of a dog, rubs up against modern sensibilities in inventive and delightful ways.

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