This is one of the more exciting books about ancient Egypt I have ever read. It is part one to trilogy about exhilarating events surrounding end of 18th dynasty of Egyptian pharaohs including famous Akhenaten, the ancient ruler who was trying to introduce the belief in one and omnipotent God - Aten, his most beautiful but quizzical wife Nefertiti, and Akhenaten's son, Tutankhamen. The story is told through memoirs of former Chief of Police and Head of Security, Mahu, who apparently left behind him the entire story written and later translated into Greek and Latin. I highly recommend the book and would rate it 5 stars except I would prefer Mahu not be a narrator and to read this book from the 3rd person point of view. Mahu is too me a bit too indulgent, self-made and irritating. But if Paul Doherty is accurate about truthfulness of Mahu's memoirs, this is one engrossing and vibrant tale about fabled Akhenaten (called the Veiled one or Grotesque one due to his body deformity), his rise to power, and sudden disappearance. The book is extremely rich in description of ancient Egyptian religious customs, everyday life and traditional lore. Paul Doherty, known from his medieval and other ancient Egyptian mysteries, comes up with intriguing tale of love, deception, revenge, greed and faith. He paints a breath-taking picture of ancient Egypt and its rulers, describes social issues and depicts religious struggles enfolding during introduction of Sun-disc God and desertion of traditional Egyptian deities, who happened to be irreplaceable and led to Akhenaten's demise. Paul Doherty uses extremely affluent but easy language to follow, and the book is well researched from the historical point of view, but doesn't confound people with lack of ancient history knowledge.