The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King - A Nonfiction Thriller
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The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King - A Nonfiction Thriller

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by James Patterson, Martin Dugard
     
 

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Since 1922, when Howard Carter discovered Tut's 3,000-year-old tomb, most Egyptologists have presumed that the young king died of disease, or perhaps an accident, such as a chariot fall.

But what if his fate was actually much more sinister?

Now, in THE MURDER OF TUT, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what

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Overview

Since 1922, when Howard Carter discovered Tut's 3,000-year-old tomb, most Egyptologists have presumed that the young king died of disease, or perhaps an accident, such as a chariot fall.

But what if his fate was actually much more sinister?

Now, in THE MURDER OF TUT, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what happened to the boy-king. They comb through the evidence—X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues—and scavenge for overlooked data to piece together the details of his life and death. The result is a true crime tale of intrigue, betrayal, and usurpation that presents a compelling case that King Tut's death was anything but natural.

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"[The Murder of King Tut] effectively portray the exotic ancient world, including colorful insights into Tut's brief reign."
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"[The Murder of King Tut] effectively portray the exotic ancient world, including colorful insights into Tut's brief reign."—Bookpage
Soon after the tomb of Tutankhamun (1341-23 B.C.E.) was rediscovered in 1922, wags nicknamed him Old King Tut, thus spawning dozens of embarrassing limericks, and, worse yet, creating popular misconceptions about the short-lived Egyptian ruler. As bestselling author James Patterson and Martin Dugard (The Last Voyage of Columbus) note in this nonfiction thriller, Tut died when he was still just a teenager. Moreover, they claim that our image of an all-powerful king who simply succumbed to natural causes is almost certainly wrong. Drawing on X-rays, archaeological files, CSI-worthy forensic clues, and heavy doses of suspense, they argue persuasively that he was murdered. A whodunit for the ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316034043
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King - A Nonfiction Thriller 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 241 reviews.
kanellio65 More than 1 year ago
With the hugely successful and amazing non-fiction book, AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE in 2008,Patterson showed another side to his mystery writing. Patterson co-authors with Martin Dugard and they present their theory of how Tut, so often known as "the boy king", died and why. James Patterson writes in the prologue how important research is in ANY kind of book that is written. Martin Dugard makes the trips to London, to Egypt, and to Tut's tomb, while Patterson concentrates more on the books and online references and data in order to get the historical background correct. The book is cleverly and yet cohesively divided into three time periods and goes back and forth between the three, and even includes maps to help visualize locations. Present day is one of the time periods and is where Patterson explains how he got the idea to do this book. Their details enabled me to get a mental image of the pyramids, the time periods, and most of all, brought about in me a sympathy for young King Tut. In the end, Patterson does give his idea of what actually happened to the young king. The second time period is from 1891 to 1939 and takes place initially in London and moves on to Egypt. This part is the amazing story of Howard Carter and how he started out as a sketch artist in London getting paid to sketch people's pets and was then hired to be a sketch artist on an expedition to Egypt. Howard Carter is one of the most famous Egyptologists of the 20th century and the way he started out, with a fascination for Egypt and his drawing skills to become who he was, is so interesting and reads like a really good novel. He spent years excavating tombs in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt until he "struck gold" in November of 1922.It was then that Carter found King Tutankhamen's burial site. The third and oldest time period of the book is 1492 BC to 1319 BC where we meet young Tutankhamen. This part amazed me as it described how the city of Armana had been built by Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti. Their relationship was detailed down to how the Pharaoh was dying from sand that was eating away the enamel in his teeth allowing disease and decay to poison his body. I had never heard of such a thing but it certainly makes sense. This oldest part also told how and why Tut married his half sister as well as told how and why the tomb was so hard to find. There seemed to be some reason for people to want to totally erase everything there was about King Tut. He was just beginning to acquire the skill he needed to lead when he died, very mysteriously during the night. After Nefertiti (who was Tut's stepmother) and Tut died, Armana was destroyed by one of the people involved in Tut's murder, if you are to believe the conspiracy, and that seemed such a waste. The way that Patterson weaves these three parts together was very well done and I found myself thinking I really was just reading a really good mystery. The research that Dugard did is a huge part of what makes this a successful story. Even if you aren't an expert about this subject, and I am not, you have to have that research to make it feasible. AND, if you don't have a master storyteller like Patterson to add his research and then his writing skills to put the pieces together fluently and fabulously, then you wouldn't have THE MURDER OF KING TUT-and a really, very good book. I found this to be a great end of the summer read!(Review by Karen Haney, edited to meet size requirements)
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
James Patterson and Martin Dugard's non-fiction thriller "The Murder of King Tut" reads like a Patterson novel but filled with facts. The authors have the theory that Tut was murdered and develop that idea with thorough research. The book has you going through three time period. The period of Tut, which was quite fascinating to read; the tale of Howard Carter, the archeologist obsessed with finding the tomb in the early part of last century and present day (Patterson's life being consumed by the mystery of Tut). In Patterson's usual style, the chapters are short, making it an easy read. He presents his theory, but I am not sure he convinced me. It was a thrilling read and I enjoyed it much better than some of his other recent works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Patterson tried to draw readers into the story with an introduction that detailed his fascination with the death of King Tut. That's truly where the drama ended. By the conclusion of the book, I was asking why it had been written. Patterson talks about all of the projects he has going on at any given time. I think he should focus on a few good books rather than hordes of mediocre ones.
LitLoverKP More than 1 year ago
Did Patterson actually do ANY research for this book? His theories are preposterous and with no citations as to where his theories come from how is any intelligent human being supposed to follow through on the research and see where the ideas came from originally (preferably from an expert in the field)? It received one star only because it wouldn't let me post without one. UGH!
Silvia More than 1 year ago
Another great book by bestselling author James Patterson. I truly enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down. This is a great nonfiction Thriller and brings to life the history of Eqypt. I still wonder if the Child King Tut got really killed or if he died of the accident. This will still be out for debate. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read some reviews and honestly you guys do not undrstand the world of forensics. No one knows what happened, aside from king tuts head wounds. But thats what makes this book incredible, James took little information and made a very plausible explanation of the occurance. Of course you would not realize that if you have no perception of how scientists do it. Thats all explanations on the matter will be, theories. Therefore get over yourselves and stop being negative towards a book you have no comprehension of and stop reviewing poorly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I will like this book because I love history,espcially about Egyt and stuff about the Civil War.
Nicole Cater More than 1 year ago
This was a good entertaining look at the possible murder of Kin Tut. I enjoy ancient history and this was not at all dry as so many books can be. I'm not sure if I believe Patterson's theory, but it is a interesting one and he did do his research. I especially liked his account of Tut's life in story form, it made the book zip by. It's worth a read if you are a nut for history, and enjoyable whether you think he 'solved the case' or not.
KennyS More than 1 year ago
Maybe because of who the author is created a higher expectation for me, but I was left a little wanting. I wished more coul've been given to Tut's death and the conspiracy around it. I enjoyed Carter's part of the story but wished there was more about the murder, since it IS in the title.
roseofscotland More than 1 year ago
No one really knows for sure what went on during the end of the Amarna Period. Mummies are missing. We do have King Tutankhamun's mummy and the treasures of his burial chambers, but these things can add more questions than answers. What happened to the mummies of Nefertiti and her daughters? Was Aye a friend to the royals or an enemy? There are differing opinions yet Patterson states his conclusions as if he is a final authority and no one need study these things any longer. He is a mystery writer not an Egyptologist who has spent years studying the subject! If you are an Egyptophile of this period then you know that Patterson's research was sloppy and his conclusions were made before he had all the facts. Other things which bothered me about this book was the use of Tutankhamun's name as Tut. I do not believe the people of this ancient land used nicknames, especially the royals! His attitude relates a certain disrespect. Also, he makes the change in Tutankhamun's name when the Amarna religion dies but fails to give Tutankhamun's wife the same consideration. Her name became Ankhesenamun and did not remain Ankhesenpaaten. He is cavalier in his conclusions. Who wanted the Pharaoh dead? Aye ... possibly; Horemheb ... possibly; Ankhesenamun ... get a life. The king was the love of her life! I believe (and these are my personal beliefs from personal research) that Aye was true to the royal family, that Horemheb was an enemy of Akhenaten because he tied the Army's hands and lost Egypt's territories by not defending the borders. I believe he followed Tutankhamun because he was the rightful heir and willing to take Egypt back to the power is was before the new religion. (Note the chariots, bows and arrows and throwing sticks buried with the young king!) I believe that Egypt was left with no king apparent when Tutankhamun died, that Ankhesenamun was afraid of remarrying anyone "old" (which is why she sent the letter) and that she did end up marrying Aye before Tutankhamun was buried so that there was a ruling king who was Egyptian and could perform the necessary religious ceremonies to send Tutankhamun on his way. I believe that Horemheb did kill the Hittite prince because as a true Egyptian he would not have an enemy sit on the throne. I also believe there are still missing tombs protecting their royal mummies and many secrets. It will take more time to uncover the complete history. I believe that the young king had an accident with his chariot and this eventually took his life through septicemia. It makes sense. What 19 year old does not believe in his invincibility and takes chances with his life? We see this behavior in our own culture! Until the 20th century we did not have a concept of how infection occurred or how antibiotics worked or that these medications were even available. I also believe that we still do not have all the answers ... but we keep looking for answers and give opinions not conclusions. Even when I started getting uncomfortable with this book I continued to read it through so that I understood Patterson's thinking process. I think he just needed a little spending money and used this book to get him through until his next mystery was published!
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
The premise of "The Murder of King Tut" is very alluring, particularly with the power of two strong names in writing: James Patterson who's written many popular books and Martin Dugard who's written a couple of wonderful epic biographies. The delivery on this promise, however, was a terrible disappointment. I give this 2 stars instead of 1 only because I was able to finish it; mostly due to its 250 pages which are broken up by a very consumable 99 chapterettes. Yes...99 chapters in 250 pages. Mr. Patterson and Mr. Dugard didn't have much to say. The book bounces back and forth between the early 20th century focusing on Howard Carter and his early career and eventual discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen - and the early 1300s B.C. focusing on the Boy King's birth and demise. The flashbacks to King Tut's era are filled with trite dialogue that I can only guess were drawn 100% from Patterson's imagination. Having read two other Dugard books, I would expect his involvement dealt exclusively with the non-fiction research. Much of Carter's chapterettes were taken from various diaries of his. Without any notes or bibliography, however, it was impossible to tell what was made up and what had at least some foundation in fact. These chapters were, though, interesting. Patterson would have us believe that King Tut was murdered, a common analysis that's not at all unique (just search for books on King Tut). Within the last couple of years, scientists have performed and analyzed a CT scan on Tut's body and concluded that he probably died from an infection caused by a broken leg. While I understand that this recent analysis is open to interpretation, Patterson dismissed it out of hand. I would've liked a little deeper rationale here. Patterson resolves this ancient whodunnit with the most simplistic of conclusions based on a painting within the room that contained the body of the Boy King. After reading about 220 pages and 90+ chapters, I'd come to realize that the masterstroke conclusion of who killed Tut would be as disappointing as the rest of the book. On that, Patterson delivered.
Eyeballs More than 1 year ago
My first Nook book and it was a dud. I was looking for more forensic research but got a pinch of research, a lot of fiction, and a mildly interesting read. I did learn that I like using the Nook. If a reader didn't know a lot about Tut or Howard Carter it could be an interesting primer. If you want more then there must be better resources. There was a TV special that was light years ahead of this, though it drew similar conclusions. How could you not love a who dun it book on Ancient Egypt- now I know, read this one.
Gatsby1970 More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. It did not add anything new nor did it reflect any research. Rather than waste ink and paper on writing about himself and his projects, Patterson should have positioned this as what it is: historical fiction with some bits of reality mixed in. Why exactly does he disagree with the findings of an accidental death? Easy to read but that is about it.
lunar33 More than 1 year ago
Instead of being published in book form, this could have been published in Readers Digest...in 2 monthly installments. Nothing new in this book about Tut or Carter. Just the same old story re-hashed to sound like a murder mystery. I'm sorry I purchased it and wasted my money. The author said, this book was the most research he has ever done for a book, he really should stick to fiction that requires no research at all because I feel there was no research done for this book. Just a plot line, some fabricated dialogue between characters and a shiny cover on the book. Save your money or get it at the library
Anonymous 11 months ago
While I enjoyed reading, I felt it was below James Patterson's other writings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, but inconclusive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty bad. I like reading history and I like reading historical fiction, but this was just bad. Having never read a James Patterson book before, it seems to me that he is full of himself and makes a lot of assumptions to make his writing more "intresting". This just did'nt do it for me. Capter 98 came out of nowhere and is really a let down, considering there was 100 chapters to this 332 page book. Skip it.
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I cannot beleive it! All of this negativity coming from complete strangers! If don't like it, then just say it was bad! You DO NOT have to explain, like one reveiw said that it was horrible and said I cannot beleive that I wasted my time on this! And another said that it was lacking the information it needed. So what if also had a little fiction? Isn't that okay sometimes? So all I am saying is that don't be so negative. Th author IS a humam being and has feelings, too. So don't hurt them. It was a wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone tell me how many pages his is!!! Please. :)
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I would appreciate it