Empires of Sand

Empires of Sand

by David W. Ball

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From the mysteriously beautiful, richly hued landscape of the Saharan mountains to the sumptuous splendor of nineteenth-century Paris, Empires of Sand is a novel that takes us on an extraordinary, powerfully emotional journey In a clash between two civilizations, two men of common blood discover that in war, love, and even family, they are both destined to be outsiders....

The year is 1870. The proud Republic of France is crumbling under the onslaught of the Prussian army. Paris is under siege. Too young to understand the shifting fortunes of the empire, two boys forge a bond with their breathless adventures in the tunnels beneath the threatened city. Paul deVries is the cousin and constant companion of Michel deVries--called Moussa--whose world-explorer father shocked Paris with his marriage to a noblewoman of the Sahara. Moussa will inherit the title of count; Paul is destined to be a soldier like his father. But tragic events will send Moussa fleeing to his mother's homeland, with its brooding mountains, its hidden caves and fortresses. And the two boys who have been the closest of friends are fated as men to become the bitterest of enemies--victims of history and the scheming of scoundrels.

They meet again on the Sahara's blazing sands, one as part of a foolhardy French expeditionary force, the other with the nomadic Tuareg, a majestic race of veiled warriors who live and die by flashing swords and a harsh desert code of honor. On this unforgettable, ever-shifting landscape, Paul and Moussa are swept into another war, one far more brutal than anything they have experienced.

Paul is obsessed with a quest for personal vengeance and honor. And Moussa, in love with a woman betrothed to an implacable Tuareg warrior, searches for the peace he knew as a child in France. Now they both face a challenge of sheer, harrowing survival: whether to follow the call of their shared blood...or the destiny written in the treacherous sands.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161878781
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication date: 08/25/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 427,444
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A former pilot, sarcophagus maker, and businessman, David W. Ball has traveled to eighty countries and seven continents, crossed the Sahara Desert four times in the course of researching his novel Empires of Sand, and explored the Andes in a Volkswagen bus. Other research trips have taken him to China, Istanbul, Algeria, and Malta. He’s driven a taxi in New York City, installed telecommunications equipment in Cameroon, renovated old Victorian houses in Denver and pumped gasoline in the Grand Tetons. He lives with his family on a small farm in Colorado where the only things he grows are weeds and tall tales.

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Empires of Sand 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
jegka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my typical style of reading, but it was recommended to me. I'm glad it was. Two cousins, two cultures... Bonds of family nutured in Paris tested against bittle conflicts in the Saharan sand. I enjoyed the glimpse into a culture I knew nothing about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book I've ever read!! It's a real page turner, I never wanted to put it down. After reading this I'm eager to see what Ball will write next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters that David Ball wrote about, and he did an excellent job of describing the scenes. It makes me want to see the Sahara someday, myself. The battles he discribed were great! The only thing that was really disappointing was the plot. It was a tad predictable, with a lot of cliches. but it was still good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never wanted the book to end. It has romance, intrigue, action, suspence. It has it all. The action never stops. I can't think of one dull moment in the entire book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a book a week. I read all kinds of books and this one really caught my attention. It is a very well written historical adventure book. I did not want it to end!