Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson

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 King Tut , James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what happened to the boy-king. 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.

Now as you may or may not know, I have an absolute fascination with Egyptian history, the mummies, the tombs, the temples, pyramids, all of it! I've even considered studying Egyptology ... sort of. So when I saw this book I was immediately interested. Now it's not your usual James Patterson novel, really. It's set in 3 times and has been well researched. But there's still something a little too James Patterson about it, and to be honest I find his writing style quite dull ... it's a little too easy to read (does that make any sense?). Either way, I was surprised that the bit I really enjoyed was not the bit set in historical Egypt, but rather the bit about Howard Carter, which I didn't actually know too much about. For historical Egyptian reading, however, I'd far rather recommend Christian Jacq's books.

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