The Lion of Cairo

Scott Oden

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The Assassin paid no heed to his quarry’s death throes. His attention remained fixed on the long blade in his fist, on its pommel of yellowed ivory carved in the shape of a djinni’s snarling visage.  “I am al-Hashishiyya,” he said to the glittering-eyed devil.  “I am Death incarnate.”

So am I, the devil replied . . .

            On the banks of the ageless Nile, from a palace of gold and lapis lazuli, the young Caliph Rashid al-Hasan rules as a figurehead over a crumbling empire. Cairo is awash in deception. In the shadow of the Gray Mosque, generals and emirs jockey for position under the scheming eyes of the powerful grand vizier.  In the crowded souks and narrow alleys, warring factions employ murder and terror to silence their opponents. Egypt bleeds.  And the scent draws her enemies in like sharks: the swaggering Kurd, Shirkuh, who serves the pious Sultan of Damascus and Amalric, the Christian king of Jerusalem whose greed is insatiable and whose knights are hungry for battle. 

And yet, all is not lost.  There is an old man who lives on a remote mountainside in a distant land.  He holds the power of life and death over the warring factions of the Muslim world – and decides to come to the Caliph’s aid. He sends his greatest weapon into Egypt.  He sends a single man.  An Assassin.  The one they call the Emir of the Knife....

In this lighting-paced epic, bestselling author Scott Oden masterfully blends history and adventure in the style of Robert E. Howard. Bringing medieval Cario, the true jewel of the Arabian Nights, to exhilarating life, full of intrigue and thunderous battle, Oden resurrects one of the Ancient World’s most beautiful and beguiling countries.

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The sun hung in the bloodred sky like a misshapen lump of copper, its edges blackened, its face radiating waves of excruciating heat over a landscape ravaged by war. Thousands of mailed corpses littered the streets of Ascalon—bodies frozen in the act of dying; hacked asunder, blades of steel and iron yet clutched in their fists. Tattered pennons once carried with pride by Ascalon’s defenders now rustled like ghosts on the hot wind.
As a ghost, too, did the figure of a dark-haired child drift through the great mass of the slain, swinging a wooden sword in boyish

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"The mark of exceptional historical fiction is its creation of an alien world so convincing (and peopled by such fascinating characters) that the reader never wants to go back to the real world.  Scott Oden delivers exactly that in The Lion of Cairo, a tale of Assad the assassin that reads like a cross between the Arabian Nights and a Hollywood blockbuster.  Memnon and Men of Bronze put Mr. Oden squarely on the hist/fiction map.  The Lion of Cairo assures his place in the very front rank." —Steven Pressfield, New York Times bestselling author of Gates of Fire

The Lion of Cairo is filled to the brim with assassins and concubines, caliphs and street thugs, the devout and the heretical. It’s partly a swashbuckling historical, partly a tale of palace intrigue, partly a fast and furious espionage yarn. A terrific trip into Cairo’s exotic past. Just pray that the Emir of the Knife is on your side…”  --David Anthony Durham, award-winning author of Pride of Carthage

"A fabulous medieval adventure with plenty of swords and a hint of sorcery in the form of a demon-haunted sword that reminds me a bit of the one owned by Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné. Assassins and crusaders, caliphs, viziers and courtesans mix it up in a vividly recreated desert world." --HistoricalFictionOnline.com 

Praise for Scott Oden:

“Oden's masterful story of bloody battles, political intrigues, betrayal and romance offers a gripping portrait of the collapse of an empire.” –Publisher’s Weekly (starred review) on Men of Bronze

“Fast, tense and exciting, Men of Bronze brings to life a fascinating moment in world history, the descriptions are terrific and the final, climactic battlefield scene is just brilliant.” -- Conn Iggulden, author of the bestselling Emperor series

“Historians have paid scant attention to Memnon of Rhodes, but Oden… brings the man and his times to life with a combination of vivid conjecture, deft plotting and graceful prose.” –Publishers Weekly on Memnon


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Scott Oden

SCOTT ODEN's fascination with far-off places began with the vistas of Robert E. Howard and Harold Lamb. He writes full-time from his home near Somerville, AL.  Visit him on his web site, www.menofbronze.com.

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The Lion of Cairo
Scott Oden

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
December 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312372934
ISBN10: 0312372930
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
December 2010
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ISBN: 9781429927727
ISBN10: 1429927720
384 pages
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