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The murder of King Tut : the plot to kill the child king : a nonfiction thriller
James Patterson and Martin Dugard
Adult Nonfiction DT87.5 .P38 2009

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Rod Magnum said:
The book primarily alternates between events during the reign of King Tut in the 14th Century BC and the events that led up to the discovery of Tut’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. The chapters on Carter are good, but the Tut chapters are an almost complete failure. Patterson puts 20th/21st Century middle-class morals into a Bronze Age pharaoh, which is ridiculous. The latest information indicates that Tut died as the result of gangrene caused by a broken leg, but it’s fair to dispute that, as Patterson does. However, the only reason to suspect Aye of murdering Tut is because he became pharaoh after Tut’s death, but that is not proof. In fact, there’s absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Aye had anything to do with Tut’s death -- if anything, Aye was probably Tut’s mentor and possibly his uncle. On the other hand, the assassination of a pharaoh was not unknown, so Patterson’s theory is at least possible. However, the main reason I think that the book is a failure is it does a poor job of getting inside Tut’s head. Tut’s character just isn’t believeable. Not recommended.
posted Aug 3, 2010 at 6:34PM
Avatar for A.E.C.M. A.E.C.M. said:
My only problem was that this book is called a nonfiction thriller. I’m sorry, this book is the epitamy of a fiction thriller, possibly inspired by true events. I didn’t really dislike the parts about Carter, but the parts taking place in ancient Egypt were mediocore at best and I disliked how James Patterson kept jumping back and forth between time periods. It made for a very confusing book. The ancient story I found to be completely inaccurate with what I know about King Tut, and the characters were dreadful. It was as if the author was writing about modern people in an ancient setting. Naturally, it is possible that Tut was murdered, but the how, why, and by whom he was murdered was completely fiction. That is why I go back to my first point; if you want to read a historical account of what is known of the boy king, read something else. And even if you want a fictional story about King Tut, I would still read something else.
posted Mar 26, 2013 at 6:12PM
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