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How could he have been so blind?
He had believed he was leaving his papyrus business in safe hands when he traveled to Ephesus.
On his return to Egypt, Simon discovered the son he had entrusted to manage the business had embraced the Wadjet heresy and had been progressively taking over the entire business in his absence.
Why was it Simon had no idea what had been happening?
His son had managed the papyrus works In Buto efficiently. So he had thought.
◆ Perhaps he should have traveled there more often.
◆ When had his son changed his name to Sefu, meaning sword?
◆ More to the point, who did he plan using the sword on?
Simon’s plan to transfer the business to the eldest son who had betrayed him could no longer go ahead.
His return to Ephesus must be given up or significantly delayed.
A faithful Jew, Simon had no intention of losing his life’s work to the Wadjet cult.
Open war with the strengthened cult would result in defeat.
His fight to regain control had to be subtle, but determined.
Would he succeed?
5-star Readers Favorite review
Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers’ Favorite
Susan Preston continues her tale about Simon’s business
adventures, family, and faith in No Evil Shall Befall You. This novella
follows After the Thirty Days, but can stand alone. Simon is seeing
the effects of rearing a family in Egypt and the dangers of going
against the law of Moses. It commanded the Jewish people to
refrain from marrying and giving their sons and daughters in
marriage to a person of a different religion. The old Egyptian cult,
Wadjet, has infiltrated itself into everything Simon holds dear. He is
not about to let this evil dominate his life, the lives of his children
and grandchildren as it struggles to gain control of the papyrus
production. The ancient form of paper produced from the papyrus
plant was important to the Jews and the Wadjets, placing it at the
center of this story.
I found No Evil Shall Befall You rich in culture and traditions. Susan
Preston does well in presenting this historical story of a family
business that makes papyrus. The major trials they faced to product
and ship this paper were crocodiles and poorly maintained ports.
This novella is for the adventurous at heart, knowing the plot and
characters could change direction at a whim. Gradually the
characters develop, letting the story unfold along with the evil
scheme Simon’s son and wife had planned. I found the ending
fascinating as Simon’s faith in God appeared to protect him. The
author compels her readers to grab the next book in this series,
Clash of Faiths, making this a series where you will eagerly await
the next book
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Background of the novella No Evil Shall Befall You
Wadjet was claimed as the patron goddess and protector of the whole of Lower Egypt and became associated with Nekhbet, depicted as a white vulture, who held unified Egypt. After the unification the image of Nekhbet joined Wadjet on the crown, thereafter shown as part of the uraeus.
Image above is the Mask of Tutankhamun’s mummy featuring a uraeus, from the eighteenth dynasty. The cobra image of Wadjet with the vulture image of Nekhbet representing of the unification of Lower and Upper Egypt
Wadjet was associated with the Nile Delta region and was more associated with the world of the living. She was closely linked to pharaohs as a protective deity. She was associated, along with other goddesses, as the ‘eye of Ra’. Wadjet was often depicted as an erect cobra with its hood extended as though she were ready to strike. At times she was depicted wearing the Red Crown of Lower Egypt. Wadjet was depicted many times in her cobra form alongside her Upper Egyptian counterpart Nekhbet, in her vulture form wearing the Red Crown on wall paintings or on the pharaoh’s headdress.