Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows (Rahotep Series #2)

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Young Tutankhamun is ready to claim his birthright?a vast, powerful, and opulent empire troubled by foreign wars, corruption, and court conspiracies. He plans to return tolerance and enlightenment to Egypt.

But when horrific ?gifts? begin appearing in the royal palace, he commands Rahotep, chief detective of the Thebes division, to investigate. Rahotep realizes the sinister objects have much in common with a series of cryptically mutilated ...

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Overview

Young Tutankhamun is ready to claim his birthright—a vast, powerful, and opulent empire troubled by foreign wars, corruption, and court conspiracies. He plans to return tolerance and enlightenment to Egypt.

But when horrific “gifts” begin appearing in the royal palace, he commands Rahotep, chief detective of the Thebes division, to investigate. Rahotep realizes the sinister objects have much in common with a series of cryptically mutilated young murder victims discovered across the city.

Rahotep vows to protect the young king from the dark forces that threaten the future of the empire, but what he discovers will put everything he loves in terrible danger.

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At the start of Drake’s superlative middle book in his ancient Egypt trilogy (after Nefertiti), Rahotep, the chief detective in the Thebes police force, visits a horrific crime scene. Someone has mutilated a young man and removed his eyes—and possibly pacified him with narcotics during the assault. When the killer strikes again, Rahotep wonders if the murders may be connected with efforts to destabilize the regime of the young Tutankhamun. The ruler’s foes include Ay, the regent who effectively runs the country, and Horemheb, commander of the country’s armies. Rahotep must tread carefully to identify the parties behind both the killings and the threats to Tutankhamun without jeopardizing his life and the lives of his family members. Drake seamlessly introduces a serial killer plot line into his vivid evocation of the past. Admirers of such great historical novelists as Robert Graves and Mary Renault will hope that he continues working in the field after concluding this series. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060765934
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Series: Rahotep Series , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 378,938
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.97 (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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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Ancient History Made Real

    This final book in a trilogy presents a somewhat familiar story from the viewpoint of a detective in ancient Egypt. The pharoah, Horemheb, is not all that well known, but did establish one of the great dynasties.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    Great Book...and I promise not to be a spoiler! (see IDIOT below)

    "Tutankhamun" is another great book by Nick Drake. If you don't want a spoiler on specifics that might ruin surprises, DO NOT READ below. What kind of an idiot ruins a story for others by their "spoiler" critique? Have Fun Reading!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2011

    Great Book!

    This is a wonderful book. I found out some facts about Tutankhamun I did not know. Thanks Mr. Drake.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    AWESOME!!

    This book was awesome! Vivid descriptions, strong characters, purely evil, ruthless men, and a young couple just getting free of their oppressive regent. How could you possibly go wrong?
    Only regret is Tutare dies.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

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    ALIVE WITH VIVID DESCRIPTIONS OF ANCIENT EGYPT

    While a good mystery is always enjoyable, when that mystery is mixed with history it's even better. Such is surely the case with TUTANKAMUN. Intrigue, rich atmospheric detail, and more twists than are found in the narrow streets of ancient Egypt are seamlessly woven by Nick Drake (Nefertiti) to produce a can't-put-down tale.

    Our narrator is Rahotep, a detective in ancient Egypt's police force. Happily married he is the father of four, three daughters on the cusp of womanhood and a young son. Yet despite the many blessings life has given him he still cannot resist intrigue, a mystery to be solved. In fact, he is known as a "Seeker of Mysteries." He need not look far in our story. Rahotep is first called upon to investigate a truly sadistic murder - a young man's bones have been broken and his eyes removed. It is a particularly gruesome crime.

    At the same time Tutankhamun, the young king, is the recipient of frightening gifts which more than disconcert him. Ankesenamun, daughter of Nefertiti now not only Tutankhamun's queen but his half sister, calls upon Rahotep to find out who is responsible for these terrifying gifts and also protect the king and queen. Not an easy task as there are enemies within and without. The actual power in the palace is an evil man, the elderly Regent Ay. His enemy is Horemheb - obviously, the political climate is highly charged .

    When another equally ghastly murder is committed Rahotep begins to believe that somehow the killer and the implicit messages in the king's gifts are related. Tutankhamun and his wife want to claim the power that is rightfully theirs but unknown forces are aligned against them, using fear as a major weapon.

    It is not long before Rahotep realizes that what he is learning may very well place his family in jeopardy.

    TUTANKHAMUN is alive with vivid descriptions of daily life, beliefs held at that time, political factions, and more. For this reader those descriptions sometimes seemed so lengthy that the narrative movement was hampered. Nonetheless, for those interested in ancient Egypt, particularly at the time of Tutankhamun, will find much to satisfy them.

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Fast-paced, readers will appreciate this strong whodunit wrapped inside a great historical

    As the Thebes Medjay Chief Detective, Rahotep has seen his fill of gruesome crime scenes. However, in Year 10 of the Reign of King Tutankhamun, a ritual homicide may be the worst yet. A young male was mutilated with his eyes removed.

    A second killing identical to the first concerns Rahotep, who fears someone is using murder to pressure the nineteen years old Pharaoh Tutankhamun and the two men who run the Kingdom in his name, Ay the regent and Horemheb the army commander. Rahotep knows the culprit is clever and probably has high level backing if his premise of testing the leaders is valid. He conducts his investigation discreetly to keep his beloved wife Tanefert and their three daughters and baby son safe while also performing his duty.

    This is a superb Ancient Egypt serial killer investigation that brings to life Thebes in the 14the century BC. The inquiry is terrific as Rahotep tries to balance his duties with his fears for his family from vicious insidious killers. Fast-paced, readers will appreciate this strong whodunit wrapped inside a great historical (see Nefertiti for Rahotep's previous case).

    Harriet Klausner

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