The Spies of Sobeck [NOOK Book]

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In Paul Doherty's new novel, Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Hall of Two Truths, is once again summoned to the Imperial Palaceo: Tekreth, Guardian of the Door of Sobeck, has fallen to his death from the roof of his stately mansion. According to all evidence, it was an accident but Pharaoh Queen Hatusu is not convinced. Increasingly worried about reports of mysterious disappearances along the Sobeck Road, the imperial highway stretching south, she believes that Tekreth's death could be part of a far greater problem. ...
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Overview

In Paul Doherty's new novel, Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Hall of Two Truths, is once again summoned to the Imperial Palaceo: Tekreth, Guardian of the Door of Sobeck, has fallen to his death from the roof of his stately mansion. According to all evidence, it was an accident but Pharaoh Queen Hatusu is not convinced. Increasingly worried about reports of mysterious disappearances along the Sobeck Road, the imperial highway stretching south, she believes that Tekreth's death could be part of a far greater problem. Amerotke, aware of the reports from the Sobeck Road, has also heard rumours about the Shemai, a cult devoted to death, based along its borders. Before Amerotke can start to consider either of these matters though, a gruesome mass murder occurs at the Necropolis. The funeral party for revered scribe, Ptulimis, has been poisoned and Amerotke must immediately investigate the abomination. As Amerotke probes further, he suspects that all these events may be connected and that dangerous forces are at work in Pharaoh Hatusu's realm. Will Amerotke be able to uncover the truth before Egypt is overrun by its sinister and dangerous underworld?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755370351
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 186,011
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesborough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in North-East London.
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  • Posted October 30, 2010

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    Nicely Done, But a Little Disappointing

    Usually I love the Lord Amerotke series, since it is clear the ancient Egyptian culture is well-researched by the author. And this book is no exception, with rich descriptive passages detailing daily life in ancient Egypt. Of course the thing to BE at that time was either royal or very highly-placed in royal favor, with vast palaces, temples, and gardens at one's disposal. P.C. Doherty writes of all these with the usual elegance. The problem is that the plot seems lacking in orginiality, as it revisits an element of his earlier novel The Assassins of Isis, with mysterious assassins managing to breach the most secure locations, leaving dead bodies behind and no trace of the killers. I also felt there was more graphic violence in this mystery than in the others. Nonetheless, the story has excellent and complicated puzzles at the heart of the story, something many modern mysteries do not. The reader will enjoy trying to figure them out before Amerotke does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2010

    The Spies of Sobeck is a hit!

    Ancient Egypt comes alive in P.C. Doherty's THE SPIES OF SOBEK, the last entry in the series. Amerotke, chief judge of Pharaoh Hatusu, faces danger and intrigue. The judge, along with his staff, have to find the killer in the Temple of the Nubians. Good story, with lots of information on daily Egyptian life thrown in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2010

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    Nice Read

    I think it's a good book to read, I'd recommend it. The writing style wasn't fabulous, defintely no Michelle Moran. With that said, this was the first mystrey novel I have read in many years.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    great Ancient Egypt police procedural

    In the fifteenth century BC, fundamentalist Nubian followers of Nema the hyena goddess led by High Priest Khufu want their freedom from the Great House of Egypt. They feel the opportunity is perfect as the country is run by a female pharaoh so make plans to liberate their province. The Nema worshippers believe they must cause fear and panic by assassinating prominent people in their homes or key locations.

    In Thebes and in the nearby Oasis of Asiwah, elite people including imperial messengers are murdered behind locked doors; the city loses faith in Pharaoh Hatusu who has recently replaced her late father. She understands who is behind the murders and why, but not how. The Pharaoh also knows she cannot cede Nubia if she wants to keep the Great House united and soonest expanded. After consulting with her lover the Grand Vizier Senenmut, she turns to the Chief Judge in the Hall of Two Truths Amerotke to find the killers and their leader. However, both objectives prove difficult as the murderous criminal Arite sect are involved and seditious avaricious activity by several prominent citizens makes his investigation more convoluted than he expected.

    As always this is a great Ancient Egypt police procedural (see The Poisoner of Ptah and Mask of Ra) that contains a powerful vivid look at life in the capital city Thebes and to a lesser degree in Nubia. The story line is fast-paced even with an incredible amount of background that has the audience feel they are working the case along side of Amerotke while visiting the reign of Hatusu. P. C. Doherty provides another Great House of Egypt tale.

    Harriet Klausner

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