Author: Inge H. Borg

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781480290310

Sirocco: Storm Over Land and Sea is book 2 of a trilogy called Legends of the Winged Scarab and is a dandy of a thriller notwithstanding some incongruous passages and the inclusion of far too many characters.

To exemplify, midway through an exciting event, Borg introduces new characters that only seems to make sense after you keep on reading, however, this does slow down the pace of the yarn.

Most of the the action transpires in Upper Egypt and in Crete, a small fishing village visited by thieves and profiteers. Egyptologist Naunet Klein arrives in Cairo to decipher ancient gold tablets, covered in pitch, inscribed with dire predictions that predate the first Egyptians. They are also the object of desire of many of these thieves who would like to melt the gold tablets and be super rich.

A handsome stranger kidnaps Naunet during a perilous sail to Crete. As the Sirocco rages, (for those of you that are unfamiliar with the term, Sirocco is a Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara and can reach hurricane speeds in North Africa and Southern Europe), Naunet learns the truth about ancient writings and her captor. Time is running out, especially with the unrest of the Spring Revolution in Egypt in 2010.

There are subplots running parallel to that of Naunet’s which is a trifle distracting and they do not enhance the yarn but rather slow it down.

Borg is very much attuned to the terms of boats and sailing, but readers have to ask themselves if it reall is a Sirocco that is blowing on Crete’s islands? It really feels like there is an ominous big storm coming that will destroy everything on its passage. Will Naunet be safe? Will she escape the bad guys?

The book's cover is very clever. The painting depicts Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt, which was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts and is a plea to recover it and other stolen art works.

The novel is a great introduction to the history of ancient Egypt which should prove to be of interest to teens and others who enjoy adventures and discoveries.


Born and raised in Austria, Inge H. Borg left home at eighteen to study languages in London, Paris and Moscow. A job transfer from Vienna to Chicago led to becoming a US citizen in San Diego. She now lives in a quiet lake community in Arkansas where she devotes most of her time to writing.