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Monday, November 23, 2009

Review - The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson and Martin Dugard

Title : The Murder of King Tut

Author : James Patterson and Martin Dugard

Publisher : Little Brown

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Reviewed by: Brynna Curry

Rating: You Gotta Read

A secret buried for centuries

Thrust onto Egypt's most powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut's reign was fiercely debated from the outset. Behind the palace's veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousy flourished among the Boy King's most trusted advisors, and after only nine years, King Tut suddenly perished, his name purged from Egyptian history. To this day, his death remains shrouded in controversy.

The keys to an unsolved mystery

Enchanted by the ruler's tragic story and hoping to unlock the answers to the 3,000 year-old mystery, Howard Carter made it his life's mission to uncover the pharaoh's hidden tomb. He began his search in 1907, but encountered countless setbacks and dead-ends before he finally, uncovered the long-lost crypt.

The clues point to murder

Now, in The Murder of King Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard dig through stacks of evidence--X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues, and stories told through the ages--to arrive at their own account of King Tut's life and death. The result is an exhilarating true crime tale of intrigue, passion, and betrayal that casts fresh light on the oldest mystery of all.

James Patterson and Martin Dugard join together to discover and speculate for themselves the mystery surrounding the boy king's birth, life and death in Ancient Egypt, by gathering evidence in Carter's find and personal journals and history itself. As usual, Patterson weaves and intriguing tale of murder, betrayal and lust, giving us a different picture of Tutankahmen's life. Told in his short chapter style, the reader is wisked from Ancient Egypt to Carter's Egypt and England, and even to the present with Patterson's personal outlook. Tut and Anka come alive through the vivid imagery written throughout the book and the depth of emotion they are portrayed to feel for one another. I was impressed by the quality of the research involved to create the book. If you like history, you'll like Patterson's take on the old mystery. My only complaint is the genre. I feel it should be classified as fiction because the authors' speculations are researched assumptions, not entirely actual fact until proven otherwise. Still one you gotta read.

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