Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead (Rahotep Series #1)

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She is Nefertiti—beautiful and revered. With her husband, Akhenaten, she rules over Egypt, the most affluent, formidable, sophisticated empire in the ancient world. But an epic power struggle is afoot, brought on by the royal couple's inauguration of an enlightened new religion and the construction of a magnificent new capital. The priests are stunned by the abrupt forfeiture of their traditional wealth and influence; the people resent the loss of their gods—and the army is enraged by the growing turbulence ...

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Overview

She is Nefertiti—beautiful and revered. With her husband, Akhenaten, she rules over Egypt, the most affluent, formidable, sophisticated empire in the ancient world. But an epic power struggle is afoot, brought on by the royal couple's inauguration of an enlightened new religion and the construction of a magnificent new capital. The priests are stunned by the abrupt forfeiture of their traditional wealth and influence; the people resent the loss of their gods—and the army is enraged by the growing turbulence around them. Then, just days before the festival that will celebrate the new capital, Nefertiti vanishes.

Rahotep, the youngest chief detective in the Thebes division, has earned a reputation for his unorthodox yet effective methods. Entrusted by great Akhenaten himself with a most secret investigation, Rahotep has but ten days to find the missing Queen. If he succeeds, he will bask in the warmth of Akhenaten's favor. But if Rahotep fails, he and his entire family will die.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“A colorful background will entice readers into the adventures of detective Rai Rahotep, whose beat is ancient Egypt.”
The Evening Standard (London)
[It] is full of surprises and brings a whole new meaning to pyramid selling.
Booklist
“A colorful background will entice readers into the adventures of detective Rai Rahotep, whose beat is ancient Egypt.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060765910
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Rahotep Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 250,010
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Drake is the author of Nefertiti and Tutankhamun, the first two books in the Rahotep detective trilogy. He has published two award-winning collections of poetry, and his play was performed at the National Theater in London. His screenplays include the critically acclaimed Romulus, My Father (starring Eric Bana), which won Best Film at the Australian Film Awards in 2007. He lives in London.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Had potential

    What started off interesting with a decent context of history, devolved into more of a fantasy with vague historical over-tones which lost the sense of mystery or even history, in my opinion. The writing style itself was rather good though, at times, got a little repetitive. This would not have been an issue if the story hadn't spiraled into something more out of fantasy than mystery.

    About midway, I would have stopped reading if I wasn't the type of person who simply must finish a book once started. Generally that philosophy has proven beneficial, as many books end strong. This wasn't one of them, for me. Thankfully it was an easy and fast read.

    I would give it 1.5 stars and hope that those who are planning on reading Nefertiti will enjoy it better knowing ahead of time it's really more a Fantasy written in a loosely historical setting.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    Interesting Concept, but not authentic

    I love ancient Egypt and so I thought this book would combine that culture with a mystery. It was OK and the premise was good, but the author allowed too many modern references and speech patterns to pop up in places that just didn't give you feel that you were actually back in ancient Egypt. It sounded weird for him to refer to "going to his office" or things of that nature. Also, it became rather confusing to try to remember the various and vague characters with similar names. There were some nice insights to royal family life, but the descriptions of all the other characters could have come out of a novel set in current times. It just didn't ring true.

    I enjoyed the references to playing Senet, but the characters could just as easily have been playing chess. And, I found the thought of someone like Nefertiti trusting and sharing intimate things with a person she just met rather off putting. It's OK if you want to slog through the first few chapters to get to an not too surprising ending.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

    Boring

    I started to read, but after 40 pages, and still nothing going on, only pointless nothing, i gave up... i was expecting so much more... maybe i try again later..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2011

    Muddle of the road.

    I like the main character in the books by Nick Drake but this one was a bit disappointing. I guess if I had not read other historical novels about Nefertiti I wouldn't be so judgmental. This book is mostly fiction and very little true history. The next book in this series is excellant.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Boo

    This was boring and not at all what I expected.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Goof Good but ramblrs

    This was a very good book. I found myself scanning the paragraphs at times because it rambled.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Fantastic!

    This is really more of a historical novel than a true mystery, but it is a worthy read nonetheless. The characters are interesting, the details are well-researched, and the prose is elegant. A great new author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Minus stars

    Contrary to the great harriet klausner who thinks she is the review god this the worst book out there. Boring doesnt do justice to this book. If it were possible to give minus stars it would get minus 5stars for boring me to death.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

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    Thank you! Great seller!

    Item was perfect! Better than described! Arrived on a rainy day and the book was dry and looking brand new!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Great book if you like history!

    This was a great book if you like the history of Egypt and ever wondered 'what happened?' It was very well written and well done.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Pretty good/ some parts are boring

    This story gets bogged down in the middle and is boring for a while. This is a fault of many detective stories. As the series continues I hope this fault will be corrected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Highly recommended for a mystery of it's time period.

    If you like murder mysteries in a historical setting. This one kept my interest. Lots of information on Egypt and the changes of power.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Very good book

    Loved this story, writer made you visually see the majesty of the time period.


    Will definetely read more from this author.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    interesting

    Not knowing a lot about ancient Egypt, I had a hard time in the beginning. But once into it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Like the lead character Rahotep. A good change in a detective novel.

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  • Posted November 10, 2011

    Get this one

    This was a good one all the way to the end

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  • Posted November 10, 2011

    Really Liked it

    I love novels about ancient Egypt and this one was really well written and held my interest all the way through. Just when you think everything about these times has been written, it is great to see a fresh spin to the story.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    Excellent book!

    Looking forward to reading more by this talented writer!

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    A Good Writer and a Memorable Story

    With no hesitation, I give this a five star rating. The writing is wonderful, with some poignant passages, and the mystery is well done. I bought this book some time ago and have no regrets that I didn't get a free download. The main character is his own man, Nefertiti is very interesting, and Akhenaten's portrayal is one of the more balanced ones I've seen. Any lover of Egyptology novels, or historical novels, will enjoy this.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Highly Recommend to anyone interested in Ancient Egypt!

    I recommend this book to anyone that loves Ancient Egypt! It tells a great personal story about a time and place that was meant to be erased from time. The characters are likeable, and hateable! The descriptions of the area are wonderful and actually seem to be based on facts.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

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    Great Read!

    This is an excellent example of mystery and police fiction conbined with historical fiction. The characters are good and the plot is original. Also the story is so interesting I couldn't put it down!

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