De Nile

Kanu Awatum

Book Cover

GENRE

HISTORICAL DRAMA

    Core Theme

    THE BOOK IS ABOUT THE SUCCESSIONS OF PHARAOHS THAT RULED KEMET—ALL OF THEM COMING FROM THE SAME FAMILY—FOR YEARS AND YEARS UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF THE DECLINE OF THE SUPREME POWER THEY EXERTED OVER OTHER TERRITORIES.

    TIME PERIOD

    Across Centuries

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS - THE ESCAPE FROM EGYPT FROM MOSES’ PERSPECTIVE

    CHARACTER LIST

    NARMER - FIRST PHARAOH OF KEMET. AMBITIOUS, HE MANAGED TO CONQUER THE ENTIRE TERRITORY OF KEMET.

    HATSHEPSUT - DAUGHTER OF THUTMOSE I. AMBITIOUS, UNETHICAL AND COURAGEOUS, SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE SOMEONE’S WIFE TO GET TO POWER.

    THUTMOSE III - UNSCRUPULOUS, BUT GOOD LEADER OF THE ARMY, AND CONQUEROR OF LANDS.

    AMENHOTEMP IV - GREEDY, HE WANTED TO EXPAND THE KINGDOM’S WEALTH BY PROCLAIMING HIMSELF THE GREATEST GOD.

    MOSES - FAITHFUL AND FIRM IN HIS CONVICTIONS.

    Logline

    Kemet-Egypt's origin history, the most significant, wealthiest civilization, survives the Bronze Age Collapse. Egyptian pantheon of gods created by a people who ruled the world explained. Understand the intimacies of those in power and influence kings. Kings creating a nation that surpassed the weal

    Target Audiences

    Age: 7-12,13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Ancient Kemet-Egypt

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: BookBaby

    Year Published: 2021

    Starting Description

    De Nile is a Treatise on Egypt, the development of the oldest civilization. Their kings were creating a nation that surpassed the wealth of every country on earth, looking in the individual pharaoh's court and the struggles behind the throne—sharing the thrilling truth of power.

    Ending Description

    People became a marauding mixed multitude now called the Sea People. With the Etruscan, Mycenaean and Phoenician ships and sailors knowledge of the sea and ports for trade, now without cargo but instead had an extra crew of displaced murderous lot bent on plundering lands had never been to before.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    BOOK DETAILS Genre:HISTORY SubGenre:Ancient / Egypt Language:English Pages:134 Format:Paperback eBook ISBN:9781098337254 Paperback ISBN:9781098337247

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Paramessu

    Age: Birth to old age

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Tushratta called Yuya by the Kemetics

    Age: 60

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Narcisstic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Aye

    Age: 30 to 50

    Gender: Lgbt

    Role: protagonist

    Key Traits: Narcisstic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Iset

    Age: 16

    Gender: Female

    Role: sidekick

    Key Traits: Obedient

    Genre

    ACTION, DRAMA, WAR

    Brief

    During the 18th dynasty, the territory of Kemet undergoes changes over the years by the alternation of Pharaohs. Each one has their own style, but all wish to keep power in the care of their future generations and end up taking extreme attitudes in the search for power, glory, and money. Meanwhile, Mose leads the Israelites in search of the promise land.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: FAIR

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    It is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    The history of an ancient civilization arouses curiosity and is aided by the richness of details that the author reports the facts, drawing attention to the story right away.

    Possible Drawbacks

    As there is repetition in the process of taking the throne, marrying, and having children, shifts between pharaohs sound repetitive. If we could keep the story’s authenticity but use a different storytelling style for each of these stories, it could become more surprising and interesting.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The story’s hook is the long line of pharaohs who held the throne of the 18th dynasty in Egypt. It is interesting to see in detail the interactions, intrigues, and choices of a civilization so ancient, which we are only used to seeing in history books.

    Fanbase Potential

    Not a large fanbase, but it is capable of attracting many fans of history and plots based on real events.

    Awards Potential

    Due to the dramatic weight that each story carries, and the enormous artistic possibilities regarding the setting and the age in which the story takes place, there would be good chances of winning awards.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS - THE ESCAPE FROM EGYPT FROM MOSES’ PERSPECTIVE

    What’s New About the Story

    The way the writer creates each character’s interactions, motivations, and thoughts. As much as it is based on real stories, there is an original fictional work.

    Lead Characters

    Many characters have the same narrative importance, but an excellent character to mention is Hatshepsut. She is an amazing female character who was very well constructed by the author. She is ambitious, strong, courageous, and proactive, doing whatever it takes to get to the throne and stay there. In the middle of so many male characters, she stands out.

    Uniqueness of Story

    It is not a rare gem because we’ve seen similar films about ancient civilizations before. Still, this Egyptian content is not so explored by cinema in general and can deliver exciting and entertaining stories.

    Possible Formats

    TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    It is a work in progress because it has extensive historical research work, but at the same time would need extensive adaptation work. Although the book has a fictional side already worked on by the author, it would be necessary to expand its arc and character development to make the story more engaging and irresistible.

    Tips for Improvement

    First, it would be interesting to see a greater variety of actions happening throughout the narrative. Of course, it is necessary to maintain the authenticity of actions and not create things too far-fetched, but a small alteration in how these facts are reported would give fresh air to each new Pharaoh who takes the throne. As it is a long story, it might be necessary to cut things so that others can be better developed, depending on the type of media to be chosen. We have the feeling that, in fact, we go through an extensive period of time in a few pages of a book and that we are instantly connected to the main events that moved that ancient civilization. However, the book ends up not delving much into the relationships. It would be attractive to see some of those situations explored further. It’s necessary to find a goal in the story. Why is this story being told? Is it a report on that civilization? Is it a representation of the relationships of that time? Is it to show the rise and fall of the old civilization? After knowing the objective better, the narrative would become more cohesive and directed.

    Brief

    During the 18th dynasty, the territory of Kemet undergoes changes over the years by the alternation of Pharaohs from the same family. Each one in their own style, but all wanting to keep power in the care of their future generations, they end up taking extreme attitudes in the search for power, glory, and money.

    What We Liked

    It´s a story with remarkable and potent characters who, despite being full of flaws, have clear ambitions that move their lives and make them act. There is a particular arc for each character who takes power, but there is also a larger arc of the family itself trying to stay on the throne for years and years, committing incest and crimes to make that possible. The book is rich in details, names, and situations, making the narrative even more complex, robust, and engaging.

    Film: The book-to-film adaptation would be efficient in showing the arc of the family trying to
    stay in power, dynamically presenting the most striking points of these generations of people doing what they can to control the territory and maintain their glory and power.

    TV: It would be interesting source material for a TV series, as it has many details and a long story that passes through the throne of several Pharaohs, each with different styles and histories, and that shows the rise of Kemet and the decline of it.

    Key points:
    1) Markable and potent characters
    2) The plot has a defined and complete arc
    3) It’s appealing to history fans
    4) It has several impactful and suspenseful action scenes
    5) It has a dynamic and efficient pace

    Synopsis

    Kemet is a geographically privileged city that has the power to prevent invaders from entering. In a battle between priest-chieftains seeking power, two remain standing and win the chance to rule the northern and southern parts of Kemet. However, Narmer (ruler of the south region) wants control of everything for himself, also conquering the north part of Kemet, thus placing the white and red crowns on a single head. Narmer, the king of Kemet, becomes known as Pharaoh, a type of divine ruler of the 18th dynasty. Kemet grows as a civilization, expanding its military skills and reaching a level above other territories. Kemet becomes the most significant ancient territory in power for thousands of years.

    With the arrival of Thutmose I to power, as the third king in the 18th dynasty, his daughter Hatshepsut begins to show a desire to become queen but discovers that, for that to happen, she would need to marry a king and have children. At the time, the royal family married off their own children so that power was only in the hands of the same family. Hatshepsut does not want to marry or have children and feels she could rule alone. She ends up carrying out a plan to have her two brothers die "in natural ways." However, she realizes that she could not become queen even then and is forced to marry Thutmose II, her younger brother, over whom she exercises complete control. She marries, has a daughter, and murders Thutmose II in hopes of finally being able to claim the throne. She also tries to kill Thutmose II’s son with another minor wife, but the woman realizes her intentions and preserves the child. She becomes Pharaoh regent, and the little Thutmose III co-regent until he comes of age.

    Hatshepsut wears a king’s crown and women’s clothing but has long seen the need to wear fake beard or more masculine clothes to introduce herself to a civilization accustomed to the male figure in power. When Thutmose III comes of age, he asks for the throne that belongs to him, but Hatshepsut refuses, saying that the throne would only be his when she dies. She even reveals to him that she killed his father. He then kills the foster mother and takes the throne. Under the reign of Thutmose III, the city manages to expand like never before and increase its riches. Pharaoh marries and has a son, Amenhotep II, in Memphis, near the Nile River Valley. The boy dedicates himself to army training and is very good at it. He replaces his father on the throne and, unlike previous Pharaohs, wants to have a single wife, denying the invitations of foreign kings wishing to offer up their daughters in search of gold and goods. One of these kings turns against him and refuses to pay tribute, but Amenhotep II and his army manage to capture the king and his family. However, things don’t change much in his reign, and he could not expand his kingdom. In addition, the place experiences growth in the number of enslaved people, called Israelites, who begin to sound like a threat to Pharaoh, as soon the Israelites could have a son who would threaten the throne. He then asks that all baby boys be thrown into the Nile. His daughter Iaret is saddened by her father’s cruel commands, and while bathing in the Nile, she finds one of the babies. She decides to take the baby to the kingdom, and the father, upon learning that his daughter does not intend to
    have children, allows her to keep the boy as her own.

    Pharaoh also had sons, and one of them, Thutmose IV, was one of those who sought the throne most. In a dream, he is warned that he must kill his own brother if he wants power. He acts for this and conquers the power, later having a son, Amenhotemp III. This one is more concerned with building temples than conquering new places and gets lost in his sexual depravities, leaving something to be desired as Pharaoh. His wife kills him, and Amenhotep IV seizes power. The new Pharaoh wants to expand the kingdom’;s riches further and decides the best way to do so is to abolish the worship of images of other gods, and to proclaim himself a living and unique god to be worshiped, Akhenaten. Moses, a man who is part of the group of Israelites, refuses to worship Akhenaten as the only god and demonstrates that the god he believes in is powerful through supernatural deeds. Thus, Akhenaten expels Moses, and the Israelites leave Pharaoh’s territory. Nefertiti, wife of Akhenaten, tired of the atrocities committed by her husband, decides to leave him too. But without enslaved people, the kingdom is threatened. He then goes with his army to rescue them, but the sea supernaturally swallows them. Kemet urgently needs a new Pharaoh.

    Tutankhamun is only seven years old, but he is chosen for the throne. With the death of Akhenaten, they also lose a large part of the army and their thousands of slaves, who served as labor. So, they decide to restore the gods that had been banned, and make Amun the god of the state, in an attempt to get money again.

    However, at the age of 18, Tutankhamun is betrayed and murdered. Aye is then titled Pharaoh, but he is also assassinated by Horemheb, his own commander general of the Pharaoh’s army. This is how power starts to leave the family and fall into different hands when a non-heir takes over. Horemheb asks for the destruction of all Aten’s symbols and asks that there be no traces of the gods of Kemet’s battle. Paramessu, who served Horemheb and was not an heir, takes power and begins to command as a divine ruler, giving power to his own children and future generations.

    For 40 years, the Israelites traveled in search of the promised land, becoming a resilient and united people.

    About The Author

    The author focuses on understanding the physiological integration of life and events. According to the author, he wants to make us push away opinions and allow the truth to reside as guidance. And he does it effectively when he provides us information and facts in a book that might, at first, make us wonder if those facts are true or not, but the next moment, we just go with the flow and enjoy the story.