Murder of King Tut CD Audio CD
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I found that the story did not present much supporting evidence to prove that Tut's wife was part of the people responsible for his death. It alluded to the fact that she was jealous of him taking a mistress, but up until then, the story went to great length to present Tut and Ankhe as best friends and lovers who would protect each other always. Not exactly a "case closed" as Mr. Patterson asserts.
To make matters worse, the writing style of the author quickly becomes very annoying. Mr. Patterson doesn't seem to know the difference between a page and a chapter. The chapters are so short that it seems to be an artificial way to inject some tension in the story, instead of relying on the strength of the subject.
The few parts of the story in the present day seem to exist only to give Mr. Patterson opportunities to sell himself and his other best sellers. They don't add anything to the overall storyline.
Patterson is fascinated with the story of the boy King and wants to uncover who murdered the young pharoh.
His research is presented in story format. There are two separate story lines. One follows the history, ascension and death of Tut in the early 1300's BC. Patterson offers a lively look at life in this time period. Although he uses many historical facts in setting the scene, he takes liberty and inserts emotions and dialogue according to his beliefs. The sex scenes involving Tut seemed incredibly gratuitous.
The second story line follow the life of Howard Carter from the late 1800's to his discovery of Tut's tomb in 1922. Again, historical fact is presented in describing Carter's life and the world of Eygyptologists of the time. But again, literary license is taken in some parts.
The reader, Joe Barrett, was very good. He conveyed male and female roles equally well. I did find his voice of the child Tut to be a bit annoying. His voice is full of expression, imparting the fear, anger and deviousness of various characters.
Did I enjoy it? Yes, it was a good story, told in typical Patterson style - short, cliff hanging chapters. Entertaining - yes. Do I believe he 'solved' the mystery of who killed King Tut? Well - no. I believe he has presented a plausible theory - one arrived at by others, including the Discovery Channel. Just google Who Killed King Tut - you get thousands of hits.
Who Killed King Tut is being shelved and marketed as non fiction.Read more ›