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

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A secret buried for centuries

Thrust onto Egypt's most powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut's reign was fiercely debated from the outset. Behind the palace's veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousy flourished among the Boy King's most trusted advisors, and after only nine years, King Tut suddenly perished, his name purged from Egyptian history. To this day
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Published September 28th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2009)
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Kevin
Dec 31, 2009 Kevin rated it did not like it  ·  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
Nov 08, 2009 Aaron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2012 Charlie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 30, 2010 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2010 Kenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Margaret
I am not going to glorify this with any stars.

I got qualms about it when I came across the tomb building slaves being slaughtered in the desert. As the tomb builders were highly skilled artisans, this was a load of bollocks to start with. Ask John Romer... he excavated their village and wrote a book about them. Many of his finds are in the British Museum and I have seen them with my own eyes.

When I got to around page 52 and Ay (misspelled Aye) was ogling Nefertiti, only the fact that I had got t
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Emrys
Dec 29, 2009 Emrys rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Laura
Apr 12, 2010 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer
Oct 04, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeanette Bowyer
A disappointment to Egyptology. I don't believe that the information for this book was researched well enough. A historical non fiction book should have loads of footnotes and references telling the reader where he obtained his information.
Natalie
Jun 17, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Priča se izmjenjuje kratkim poglavljima u vrijeme kad je živio Tutankamon i u vrijeme kad ga je ''tražio'' i otkrio Howard Carter. Još i dan danas ostaje misterija kako je mladi jedva 18-est godišnji kralj naglo umro. Patterson smatra da su ga ubili i na tome se i bazira priča (za razliku od stvarnosti gdje znanstvenici imaju tezu da je poginuo ''nesretnim slučajem''). Budući da je njegov smrtni neprijatelj bio svećenik Ay smatra se da ga je on dao ubiti. Budući da nakon Tutankhamonove smrti su ...more
Katherine 黄爱芬
Buku ini dibagi mjd 3 kurun waktu: masa Mesir Kuno, masa Howard Carter bekerja sbg arkeolog di Lembah Raja-Raja di Mesir, dan masa kini.

Utk penggambaran masa lalu zaman Mesir Kuno, sbnrnya lumayan menarik. Tapi saya jadi bingung ketika membandingkan dgn sumber dari Wikipedia, saya mendapati ada perbedaan ceritanya, dgn penyimpangan nyaris separuhnya. Author agak menggambarkan hanya sepotong2 cukilan cerita sejarahnya.

Utk masa Carter Howard, penggambaran lumayan seru, tapi jg tidak terlalu mende
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Erika
James Patterson is an arrogant prick and this book is terrible. Terrible, awful, horrible.
Gabrielle
This is the last time I borrow a book from the library based only on its subject matter before checking goodreads first, that's for sure.

Though I put this book in my nonfiction shelf because that's how the library sorts it, this book is actually historical fiction. And I use the term historical loosely. Though the author might want us to believe he single-handedly solved the mystery of King Tut's death, his level of research indicates he did far less than that. I do not consider myself well-rea
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Christine
Jun 24, 2015 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an insult to every other nonfiction book out there. James Patterson should stick to fiction, although after reading this I won’t be picking up another book by him.

I know that James has a following of fans, has been on the bestseller list for always, and puts out quite a few new books each year. He’s a machine. But he’s also arrogant, which is evidenced in his “present day” sections of this book. For example:

p. 7 “As I waited for Michael to come on the line – he usually take my calls
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Tina
Nov 02, 2009 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older teens interested in Ancient Egypt
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Mindy
Dec 07, 2010 Mindy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
V. Briceland
Mar 04, 2011 V. Briceland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anne
Oct 09, 2009 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Never trust a "non-fiction" without footnotes.
Yuska Vonita
After watching TUT miniseries (starring Avan Jogia as Tut), I started to read this book.
Interesting facts about Akhenaten.

Updated

Saya sudah memiliki buku ini sejak buku ini baru dirilis, tapi baru sempat membacanya dua tahun kemudian (bookhoarder alert.)

Gara-gara menonton miniseri Tut, saya mencari-cari buku ini yang berada di tumpukan kontener paling bawah.

Tidak seperti karya-karya sebelumnya, James Patterson menggabungkan fakta sejarah dengan fiksi di buku ini. Menarik karena buku ini berceri
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Jacquie
Sep 29, 2015 Jacquie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When something describes itself as a "Nonfiction Thriller" you know it's a bad sign. I requested this book because I needed an example of a BAD resource for a presentation. After receiving it I skimmed two pages, which ended up being an ENTIRE chapter. There are actually no words to adequately describe how appallingly horrific this book is. It was so bad I started reading it aloud to my coworker so we could laugh hysterically,:

Ankhesenpaaten's face had turned a sickly shade of pale...It was as i
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Toni
Jan 15, 2012 Toni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Taylor
Mar 24, 2011 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jenn
Jul 10, 2012 Jenn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Starling
Jan 15, 2010 Starling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
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Molly
Apr 23, 2014 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2009 Marjorie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
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