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Bonnie Kaye's guest tonight is Brigitte Vogt, author of Shadows of the Nile: A Modern Day Egyptian Mystery.
Brigitte Vogt was born and raised in Germany and came to the United States as a young woman after studies at the Universities of Muenster and Mainz in Germany. She completed her education with a B.A. summa com laude from California State University in Hayward. She was married and divorced in California and subsequently moved back to Germany for nine years with her two young boys. While in Germany she embarked on a career in the chemical industry. After leaving the German company she worked as an international business executive for a large French chemical company with American headquarters in Philadelphia. As Director for International Business Development she traveled the world. After early retirement she moved to Chandler, AZ in the Phoenix metropolitan area where she teaches part time in several local high schools.
Her book is a true story that begins in 1996 when the author embarks on a vacation-Nile Cruise. It is the beginning of a mystery that will consume over eight years of her life,. She is drawn into a torturous long distance love relationship with the enigmatic Nubian archaeologist-turned-tour-guide Abdul. Her compassion and desire to help a desperate man eventually evolve into inexplicable passion. She inadvertently becomes involved with a powerful Egyptian mafia who apparently has a hold over Abdul and prevents the relationship from going forward. Abdul's tortured personality, stalking at her home, and abruptly ended close relationships with people tied to her Egyptian experience turn her life into an emotional nightmare. Yet there are the vivid memories of her trips to Egypt where she sees much of the grandiose ancient culture through Abdul's eyes and experiences the modern Egypt, which is on the verge of change.
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