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The Right Hand Of Amon [Mass Market Paperback]

Lauren Haney
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Nov. 1 1997
When Kings Walked As Living Gods

It is the eighteenth dynasty of Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut, divine ruler of a sun-seared realm. And blood flows as freely as the great, winding Nile that nourishes this ancient land of intrigue and danger.

Lieutenant Bak is a loyal servant of the royal house of Egypt--commander of the Medjay police in the frontier fortress city of Buhen. A man of honor and ability, it is he who must oversee the corps assigned to accompany the golden idol, the god Amon, on its journey up the Nile to heal the ailing son of a powerful tribal king. But the mighty river has yielded up a sinister "treasure": the body of a brave soldier horrifically slain for reasons unknown. And only the drawings of a missing mute boy can help Bak unravel the mystery of the officer's foul death--before it leads to far greater crimes that could imperil an empire.

WHEN KINGS WALKED AS LIVING GODS

It is the eighteenth dynasty of Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut, divine ruler of a sun-seared realm. And blood flows as freely as the great, winding Nile that nourishes this ancient land of intrigue and danger.

Lieutenant Bak is a loyal servant of the royal house of Egypt--commander of the Medjay police in the frontier fortress city of Buhen. A man of honor and ability, it is he who must oversee the corps assigned to accompany the golden idol, the god Amon, on its journey up the Nile to heal the ailing son of a powerful tribal king. But the mighty river has yielded up a sinister treasure: the body of a brave soldier horrifically slain for reasons unknown. And only the drawings of a missing mute boy can help Bak unravel the mystery of the officers foul death--before it leads to far greater crimes that could imperil an empire.


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Lauren Haney, a former technical editor in the aerospace and international construction industries, is the author of four ancient Egyptian mysteries featuring Lieutenant Bak: The Right Hand of Amon, A Face Turned Backward, A Vile Justice, and A Curse of Silence. She lives in Sante Fe, New Mexico, and travels to Egypt at every opportunity.


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3.0 out of 5 stars A conventional murder-mystery in a unique setting July 13 2004
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This was a pretty entertaining "who dunnit." The ancient Egypt setting definitely helped set this apart from other mysteries I've read. I can't shake this feeling that the concept of "police" is anachronistic (which is might not be...I don't know much about the period), and this book reads like it is in the middle of a series (i.e., there are references to earlier events/activities that appear to assume that the reader is already acquainted with them). Overall, this was fun and light, with just enough twists to keep me interested to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It took awhile, but I did get into it April 13 2004
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Lieutenant Bak is crossing the Nile when he discovers the body of a man in the river. The knife down his throat proved he was murdered. But who was he and why was he killed? Meanwhile, the god Amon is traveling up the river to meet with a tribal king bringing his son to be healed. Bak would like to lead his mean in guarding the god on his journey, but first he must solve this crime.
I must admit to really being conflicted on this book. There were so many mentions of previous crimes that Bak had solved, I was sure I was jumping in in the middle of the series. Yet everywhere I've looked has led me to believe this is the first book. It started out very slowly, and I was tempted to stop a time or two. But I pressed on, and it got better as it went along. I think part of my problem getting into the book was the strange character and place names. Fortunately, there was a cast of characters and area map at the beginning I used for the first half of the novel to keep all those strange names straight. By the end, I had come to like Bak and was drawn into his quest of find the killer.
I'm being generous and giving this four starts because I did enjoy the second half of the book, and I'll give the author another try. Hopefully, later books in the series start stronger and are more enjoyable over all.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More average than I had hoped March 30 2002
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Haney does one thing really really well in "The Right Hand of Amon" -- the descriptions of everyday life as it may have been lived near the end of the 18th dynasty. Perhaps if one has read the series from the beginning, the characters would feel fuller, richer, more like people. However the sign of a great book is to make a newcomer to a series feel for the characters regardless of which book in a series is read first. I didn't feel much of anything for any of the characters. Likewis it seemed that the mystery was solved haphazardly with little evidence and more luck than anything and a satisfying conclusion came with a whimper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to a great series! March 27 2001
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For those [with unfavorable comments]....how many historical mysteries have you written and published? Luren haney is an excellent writer, and while this book may not be up to those of other historical mystery writers, her subsequent volumes in this series definiely are. Go Lauren!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dullsville Jan. 22 2001
By Kris
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Although I read the book to the end, it was a struggle. The characters were superficial, the background descriptions unsatisfying and the denouement not particularly gripping. Having been spoilt by Lindsay Davis's wonderful Falco series, I was hoping for something more evocative of daily life in Ancient Egypt but I never got a real sense of anything in this story. I won't be reading any more adventures of Lt Bak.
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2.0 out of 5 stars USA reader Oct. 11 2000
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I really wanted to like this book because I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Peters and Lynda Robinson and am always looking for more mysteries based in Egypt. But Haney just isn't a good enough or sophistsicated enough writer to pull this off and I found the book much too long and tedious. Her descriptions were so overly-written as to be confusing. Lt. Bak is too undeveloped to be a compelling main character - all he seems to do is worry and I had a picture of him throughout wringing his linen hankie and frowning. Her dialogue is in places laughable - I doubt even the ancient Egyptians spoke in metaphores and similes or used the purple prose Haney puts in their mouths. Haney shows herself to be an amateur fiction writer by assigning action to body parts, which unfortunately is also one of my pet peeves. Yet there were so many eyes darting, glancing, gazing steering, taking on a life of their own I sometimes thought I was in the middle of an occular replacement convention. Where did Haney and her editor learn the basics of decent fiction writing? Haney's plot development is ponderous and the outcome is obvious early on. The motivation behind the murder bordered in my opinion on the juvenile. Haney makes a major faux pas - I won't say what it is because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone else but it's something no author should ever, ever do unless it is absolutely necessary. And in this case, it wasn't. If you want to read this book, get it from the library. Sorry, I don't usually write such harsh reviews but this is one author I can honestly say I won't read again.
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I have long been interested in all things ancient Egyptian, but have not often read any novels with this as a background. The reason for this is the few I have read have been mostly very poorly written with unbelievable storyline's and little real factual content. This book is everything the others are not - an excellent story combined with a background that actually is believable. You can as good as feel the hot breeze on your face comming in from the desert, taste the cool water from the Nile, and so on, and so on...in short if you want a good story combined with a factual background, get it!
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