Oracle of the Reeds

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17th Century or Earlier

Thomas Bauer

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A tale of the illicit love affair between the commoner Senmut and the king's wife, Hatshepsut, moves from bedroom to battlefield, to fabled temples and tombs. Passion, ancient gods, betrayal, and intrigue reign as the lovers usurp the throne from the boy king, Thutmose III and rule Egypt together.


Historical Fiction,Political,Biographical

Short Summary

Senmut, the son of a paper maker, becomes tutor to the king's daughter. He and Hatshepsut, the king's wife soon begin an illicit love affair. When the king dies and Hatshepsut becomes regent, Senmut helps her usurp the throne. When she becomes king, Senmut becomes the most powerful man in Egypt.

The high priest of Amun, Hapuseneb, seeks vengeance against the king's favorite, Senmut. When he becomes vizier, he and Thutmose III conspire to take the throne back. Senmut's ambition and arrogance become his undoing and he is forced to escape into exile. He returns in old age to tell his story.


Ancient Egypt during the reigns of Thutmose II, III, and the great female pharoah, Hatshepsut.

Based on a True Story


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Main Character Details

Name: Senmut

Age: From childhood to old age, mostly in 20's to 40.

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Faithful,Leader,Visionary,Power Hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: Hatshepsut.

Age: Mostly in her 20's

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Educated,Leader,Seductive,Romantic,Power Hungry,Religious,Patriotic,Sexy

Additional Character Details

Name: Seneme

Age: 20's to 40's

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Masculine,Power Hungry,Heartthrob,Unapologetic,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Hapuseneb

Age: Mostly 40's

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Greedy,Educated,Leader,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Secretive,Power Hungry,Religious,Villainous

Development Pitch

Palace intrigue, secret plots, the lust for power, and ultimate betrayal play under the watchful eyes of the gods of Egypt. An ancient people who depend on the bounty of the sacred Nile come to life in a tale of two of history's most mysterious and fascinating people, whose lives were erased from the history books for five thousand years. One of Egypt's greatest expeditions, the building of its most beautiful temple, and the coming of age of its greatest conqueror are told in a tale of vengeance, romance, intrigue, and betrayal. Oracle of the Reeds has been described by one critic as "One of the best and well constructed novels I have read this year, a real entertainment."

About The Author

Thomas Bauer is a native Californian. He is a graduate of Occidental College and has been an educator, theater director, actor, and writer. Oracle of the Reeds is his fourth novel. He has written seven plays, short stories, and his poetry has received publication. His editorials have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The San Luis Obispo Tribune. He lives in Morro Bay on the Central Coast of California with his wife Joyce and his dachshund, Strudel.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,18-34,55+

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Bookbaby

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available