The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King - A Nonfiction Thriller
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The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King - A Nonfiction Thriller

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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 TUT, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what happened to the boy-king. They...more
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Kevin
Dec 31, 2009 Kevin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No
Recommended to Kevin by: Linda Tepper
I'm half way through with the book and like a few of other reviewers have mentioned.....as soon as I read how much time and effort went into the researching of this book, my cynical side came out...I'm thinking don't tell me how much time you put into it but let me gauge that for myself after I've read it....I'm no Egyptologist by any stretch but for a book that has been heavily researched it is definitely light on details...another thing I don't like is when the author places himself within the...more
Aaron
Put your seat belts on because this is going to be a bumpy review. In all his arrogance, Patterson claims to have done a great deal of research as he and Martin Dugard try to solve the mystery of the boy king, Tutankhamun. This is not non-fiction as it claims to be, but historical fiction. The tale is told on three levels: chapters highlighting how Patterson visited the recent controversial Tut exhibit that toured America a couple of years ago, chapters that introduce readers to the life of arch...more
Janet
What is with Patterson's writing style? There were 25 chapters in the first hundred pages! I felt like I was a Big Girl reading a Chapter Book for the first time. Every time I turned around there was another chapter. These constant interruptions prevented me from getting into any of the three stories (Patterson's "I'm so great I wrote this book," Carter's discovery of the tomb, and Tut's life) taking place. Finally I gave up in disgust.
Charlie
UNBELIEVABLE. The worst book I've ever read in my life. Laughably bad. This idiot thinks he was the first to consider that Tutankhamen may have been assassinated, and that he alone has "solved" his murder. I mean I don't think he ACTUALLY believes that, but I do think he believes it's easy as hell fool adults into believing that. Which by the way, is fucking insulting. It's painfully obvious that he considers his adult audience to be dumb as fuck. There are a million "chapters" in this shitty bo...more
Megan M
This has got to be the most awful book I have read in a long time, if not my entire life. I have never read a James Patterson book, never had an urge. The only reason I picked this one up was because it sounded interesting as an historical novel. He bills this book as a 'non-fiction thriller'. This is complete and utter bulls**t. I was a history major in undergrad. I have read PLENTY of non-fiction books. This is NOT one of them. Patterson is making crap up as he goes along. He's making these re...more
Kenny
To say Patterson writes ten books a year is supposed to be a compliment. It shouldn't be.

Obviously, his co-writers do most of the work and I suspect in this case Patterson merely wrote the self-serving self-descriptive entries and broke the book down into his famous "two page" chapters, because he thinks his readers are such numbskulls that they cannot concentrate for more than sixty seconds at a time.

He may be right, if you judge his readers by the writer.

Was Tutankhamun murdered? As an affici...more
Laura
I always have to remind myself after reading a James Patterson book that I have never liked any of his books so I should stop trying to read them! This book is supposed to be nonfiction and Patterson goes on about how he did so much research for this book, more than he has ever done for any other book. However, none of this research is evident. No footnotes, no end notes, no sources. He also mentions that his assistant did the bulk of the research (so not sure why he claims in other places he di...more
Tina
Nov 02, 2009 Tina rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older teens interested in Ancient Egypt
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Taylor
Review: Egyptology has always fascinated me and it is one of my biggest passions in life, which is why I snatched this book up in a heartbeat! King Tutankhamen (King Tut) is the most fascinating Pharaoh in my opinion because he has mystified us all.

Patterson wrote this as a three part story. It is told in present day by Patterson himself where he describes his journey in trying to learn and write about Tut as the boy king. The second story line takes place in the early 1900’s and is told by the...more
Emrys
The writing in this book is abysmally poor and the historical inaccuracies were astounding. A certain level of bad writing might be worth overlooking if the plot were especially strong or if recent findings were revealed, but the plot is weak and the premise is not based on any archeological findings. This book is advertised as a nonfiction thriller, but it's really a fictional non-thriller.

The author begins the book with much pomp about how the materials were thoroughly researched so that the...more
Mindy
I have never read any of Patterson's books. I see them every time I go to the library. They're all over the freaking book tables at Costco, and he takes up an entire bloody shelf at Borders. My only thought on an author that produces that many books that quickly is... How could all of his books possibly be that good without being repetitive?

When I saw this title at Costco, I jumped on it immediately. I've always loved archeology--Egyptian history was the trigger for my passion. So when I saw a b...more
Jennifer
I really had high hopes for this book, as I love history and am fascinated with all things Ancient Egypt....but was sorely disappointed. I was expecting something along the lines of Patricia Cornwell's investigation into the Jack the Ripper case, with a summary of evidence and supporting documentation. Patterson fro some reason chose to mask all of his "evidence" with a narrative that comes off as more of a fictionalized account. There are "scenes", including dialogue, between Tut and his family...more
Nikki
The Murder of King Tut has chapters covering the lives of the mysterious boy-king and those around him, the life of Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered his body, and a couple of chapters on James Patterson's own writing of the book. It's simple writing, easy to read, and I finished the whole book in an hour. It's a little sensational, of course, and caters to the lowest common denominator -- I don't think Nefertiti would have called Tutankhamen 'Tut', somehow. There were inconsistenc...more
Debra
2.5 -2.75 stars

Rating this book is difficult. It is not that it is a terribly bad book. But it is not a great book. This is basically Patterson trying to determine who Murdered (if King Tut was really murdered) King Tut. I liken this book to books about Jack the Ripper where authors(especially crime/mystery writers) make an argument as to who they presume was Jack the Ripper. We will never know Ripper's identity just as we will never know if Tut died of a broken leg which became infected or if...more
Toni
James Patterson writes mysteries, and he writes them well. However, he claims this book is a “non-fiction thriller.” It reads well and would have been a great page-turner if the claim to non-fiction hadn’t irritated me so much. (Note to Kaydeen: It is actually catalogued in the 932.14s! Personally, I would have considered it fiction--sensational but risky speculation with no reference sources listed.) Even a novice such as I knows no one has discovered with certainty what (or who?) killed King T...more
Jenn
I think that I can count on one hand the number of times I've put down a book without finishing it. This is one of those books, so some may deem me unqualified to review it. Whatever, I had my reasons.

There's a difference between doing research and filling in the pieces with a little fictitious flare and doing what Patterson has done - written a story that's to his liking and filled in historical information when it went along with his own speculation. I don't consider myself an Egyptologist by...more
V. Briceland
I have never read any of Mr. Patterson's other books, and therefore can't state with certainty that they're all written as if for developmentally-challenged seventh graders. But this one certainly made me feel as if I were reading while riding on the short bus.

Mr. Patterson's begins his investigation into the death of everyone's favorite ancient boy king with a prologue reminding readers (in all capital letters) that the role of the historian is never to embellish, but only to illuminate fact. H...more
Starling
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Molly
One's enjoyment of this book will depend greatly on one's expectations. As a non-fiction thriller, it's utterly preposterous. Facts (the few that there are) are often grossly distorted, and the vast majority of the book is pure speculation. As a novel, it's slightly more successful, a bit less of a travesty, and not entirely without some entertainment value. Throughout most of the book, I pretended it was fiction, so was able to enjoy it to some degree. Unfortunately, outside my mind, it is bill...more
Marjorie
I love books about Egypt, but Patterson tries to pass this off as non fiction after his investigation into what happened to King Tut. There are many historical fiction novels out there that address this mytery and frankly, do a better job. I read a book called "The Egyption" by Mika Waltari. So much better and Waltari was a much better writer. Patterson pumps out so many books that I wouldn't regularly read his novels. This book will disappoint if you don't like mass marketed overproducing autho...more
Mary
Apr 20, 2014 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes true crime
Recommended to Mary by: Paperback Swap
Ascending to Egypt's most powerful throne at the tender age of nine, King Tutankhamen's reign sparked debate from the very outset. Behind the palace's veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousies raged among the Boy King's most trusted advisers, and after only nine years, King Tut suddenly perished, his name effectively purged from Egyptian history. To this day, his death remains shrouded in controversy - a secret buried for centuries.

Enthralled by the ruler's tragic story and hoping to u...more
Melanie Swift
Blech. Patterson's egomania gets in the way of both stories, and neither story is well written. It reads as though his "co-author" probably did any and all actual research for the book, and Patterson lazily drafted these minichapters between manicures and lunches with his agent.
Krista
I picked up this book for 2 reasons: I love a good mystery, and I thought I'd experience the prolific Mr. Patterson. What I found, however, was a book designed for the bargain bins--a slap-dash effort that lacks any depth, let alone evidence. Extremely disappointing.
Patrick
The author can kiss my ankh.

A lame exercise in historical fiction, larded with self-congratulatory crap about what a dedicated writer he is.
Anne
Never trust a "non-fiction" without footnotes.
Chris Leib
This is an interesting take on what might have happened to King Tut - good as anyone's guess, really. I could have done without Patterson's continuous interjections about how he was spurned on to investigate. Always feel uncomforatble when an author takes me out of the narrative and write "Oh, look how clever I am." Even though Patterson puts forth an intriguing theory, it would have been far more effective without the self-aggrandizing sections. Thankfully, they were few, though enough to inter...more
Meghan
I found this one in the nonfiction section of my local library (having been labeled a "nonfiction thriller" by the publishers), and was disappointed to discover that it was nothing more than historical fiction (emphasis on fiction).
I realize that the author claims he performed extensive research while writing this book, however, I was anticipating true (though outdated) nonfiction.
Written in novel form, The Murder of King Tut was interesting, but it was impossible to tell what was fact and what...more
John
THE MURDER OF KING TUT is an ok book, just so long as you know what you're getting into beforehand. I mean, c'mon, it's James Patterson not David McCullough! There seem to be three kinds of people who are up in arms about this book: 1. People who bought it because they love Egyptology and were disappointed to learn that the book is mostly "creative non-fiction," with Patterson making up a bunch of his so-called "history" out of whole cloth. 2. People who bought into the book's "The ultimate cold...more
David Magnenat
I do not like James Patterson's writing. Here on GoodReads I've noted that his Alex Cross character is cliche to the point of cartoonish, his prose is choppy and clunky, and his plots ludicrous.

"Murder of King Tut" piqued my interest because of the upcoming Tut traveling exhibit. I saw the 1978 exhibit and look forward to the new tour. I thought a quick review, plus some fun speculation, might be in order.

The book proceeds along three lines: events in Egypt before Tut's birth, during his life,...more
Richard
Nov 13, 2009 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Egypt and archaeology.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Patterson's work.
Nothing really new. James Patterson and Martin Dugand's flipping back and forth from the time of the Pharoahs to the end of the 1800's and start of the 1900's to tell Howard Carter's story and finally to modern time to tell James Patterson's story was interesting. However, having multiple chapters in a row of two or three pages concerning the same character made for a chopped up presentation. Since many of the sequential chapters were set at the same time, they could have easily been one chapter...more
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