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The Murder of King Tut

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Patterson┬┐s style is fun and easy to read in this book. He provi

    Patterson’s style is fun and easy to read in this book. He provides an interesting theory through a riveting plot line and convinces the reader that Tut was murdered through the stories he tells. At first, it was slightly confusing how Patterson switches back and forth between time periods and perspectives throughout the book, but once you get accustomed to the style then you will find it interesting and see how it stops the less interesting plots from dragging on or being too dry. Speaking of the different perspectives, he opens and closes with the present day in which a man is looking into the death of King Tut, and I thought this was interesting since the present day setting was only in sparse other places throughout the book. Personally, as I assume most will, I found the plot line in the setting of ancient Egypt to be the most fascinating of all. I am Egyptian and it was cool to read about the life of that time, along with a suspenseful story keeping me on the edge of my seat. Some parts of the present day chapters were a tad confusing due to the fact it was hard to keep track of who was who since those characters only showed up two or three times throughout the book. After reading this book, I do feel convinced that Aye (royal scribe) had Tut killed. Though implicit, there is in fact an argument that can be pulled from this text, and that is obviously that Tut was murdered. Patterson does a swell job at convincing the reader of this fact through the motives he brings to the table, and how the timing and matter of Tut’s death was just perfect for the people succeeding the throne. After all, why wouldn’t an older man who was an underdog his whole career seize the opportunity of being pharaoh? All he had to do was get rid of the boy king (only 17 at the time), and such was a simple task after Tut was in an unfortunate chariot accident. It was a piece of cake to make it look like Tut died from the accident. And after that, Aye even had the widowed queen’s new prospected king murdered. It was all perfectly laid out and executed, and after being exposed to all of these facts, it seems almost impossible for someone to still believe that King Tut’s death was an accident.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    King Tutankhamun

    King Tut will always fascinate us. Having read volumes on his life and that of Howard Carter Mr. Patterson's portrayal is very accurate. Living in Egypt has allowed me to see all of the sites up close and personal. A good read (listen) on audio CDs for a long drive.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

    A case of self promotion

    While Patterson's earliest novels were compelling and fun to read, he has become formulaic, predictable. This newest is just more of the same. He has nothing new to offer about the life and death of King Tut. His imagined conversations are just that...imagined and juvenile. In light of the newest scientific discoveries about the health and death of this mysterious Egyption King, Patterson has nothing to offer except more of his self promotion. A very disappointing read.

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