The Hidden Oasis

The Hidden Oasis

an action-packed, race-against-time archaeological adventure thriller you won’t be able to put down


This captivating, atmospheric and gripping page-turner by million copy bestselling author Paul Sussman is a must read for fans of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy and Wilbur Smith.

"A rip-roaring gem of a read - you are in for a real treat! - Raymond Khoury

"A compelling, high-octane adventure novel that seamlessly meshes past and present..." - James Becker
"Hands down one of the best writers of international suspense in the business" - Steve Berry
"This is five star thrills a page. Highly recommended." -- ***** Reader review
"A sheer pleasure to read" -- ***** Reader review
"This novel is one of the most gripping I have ever read!" -- ***** Reader review


Egypt 2153 BC:
Eighty priests set out under cover of darkness into the western desert, taking with them a mysterious object swathed in cloth. Four weeks later, having reached their destination, they calmly slit each other's throats...

Albania, 1986: A plane takes off from a remote airfield, bound for the Sudan. On board, a cargo that will forever change the Middle East. Somewhere over the Sahara the plane disappears...

The western desert, the present day: A group of Bedouin discover a mummified corpse half-buried in the dunes. With it are a roll of camera film and a miniature clay obelisk inscribed with a curious hieroglyphic sign...

Three unconnected events - or so it seems until Freya Hannen arrives in Egypt for the funeral of her sister, a desert explorer who has inexplicably taken her own life...For Freya it is the start of a terrifying, life-or-death adventure - one that will lead her and Egyptologist Flin Brodie deep into the forbidding wastes of the Sahara.

Their goal: one of archaeology's greatest mysteries and the astonishing secret at its heart...


  • A storyteller who really knows what he's writing about... reading The Hidden Oasis is a totally immersive experience: the richness of the world he creates and the authenticity of the characters who populate it draw you in mercilessly and, before you know it, you're in the grip of his meticulously constructed plot and living a parallel life through its pages...The Hidden Oasis is a rip-roaring gem of a read - you are in for a real treat!
    Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar

About the author

Paul Sussman

Journalist and novelist Paul Sussman read history at Cambridge, where he won a Joseph Larmor Award and was a Boxing Blue. From an early age his abiding passion was archaeology and he worked in the field, in particular in Egypt (where he was part of the first team to excavate new ground in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922). He brought this interest and enthusiasm to his novels – The Lost Army of Cambyses, The Last Secret of the Temple, The Hidden Oasis and The Labyrinth of Osiris – which have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold over three million copies. Paul’s journalism appeared across the media, including in the Big Issue, Independent, Guardian, Evening Standard and on
Paul died suddenly in May 2012, aged 45. He is survived by his wife, a television producer, and their two sons. In 2014, the posthumous publication of what was in fact his first novel - The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix - fulfilled a long-held wish.
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