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The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child

A book by James Patterson and Martin Dugard

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  • Oct 2, 2009
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I am not a nofiction reader. Matter of fact I make a conscience effort NOT to read non-fiction because it's so darn BORING! I concede that most non-fiction books are written to educate and NOT to entertain. I read for entertainment only, so when I do pick a non-fiction book I've done my homework and have tried to pick the "right" one. There were also two other factors in me picking this book. I read my first James Patterson book, Alex Cross's Trial, a few weeks back and LOVED it, and I love historical-fiction stories set in this time period.

The cover of this book pens it as a "non-fiction thriller", and I agree with that assessment. If this had been written like most non-fiction books I wouldn't have finished it. Now here's the thing: if you're looking for a history book or text book type material, you'll be disappointed. This book isn't THAT type of book. What it is, however, is a very quick read on the facts as seen through the eyes of Mr. Patterson and Mr. Dugard. It was written like a thriller and kept my attention like one as well. Of course my favorite parts were when they talked about Ancient Egypt and the lives of the Pharaohs'. There were some facts that I already knew about King Tut but I also learned others that were just as eye opening.

What really made this book fun to read was finding out more about Howard Carter. Hearing about his life, the problems, and adventures of this guy was fun. He wasn't a nice man and rubbed people the wrong way... on a number of occasions. Of course when you are as driven as Mr. Carter, that type of behavior is probably par for the course. Patterson & Dugard take us on a very brisk trip, jumping from modern to ancient time periods like an historical version of 'TimeCop'. I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially since it didn't read like a non-fiction book. What also impressed me was that, even though I knew the outcome of finding Tut's tomb, the storytelling pulled me through like I DIDN'T know. This is fun non-fiction, not a dusty, educational tome. If you read it as such you'll have a lot of fun.

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review by . December 07, 2009
Uber-popular adventure/mystery author Patterson teams up with popular nonfiction author Dugard for this no-reason-for-existence "thriller" about how Egyptian Pharaoh Tut died. While billed as "nonfiction" there are no footnotes or bibliography to source any of the facts, and any facts used in the making of this story are buried in invented dialog and first-person description and thought.     The book moves forward along three parallel tracks - the Egyptian history of Tut, the …
review by . June 28, 2010
James Patterson tells us with some enthusiasm, because this book is important to him, that the volume contains three stories: his own tale of how he wrote his history, the adventure of the eccentric Howard Carter who discovered King Tut’s grave, and the life of King Tut and his death. Patterson states that he is certain that Tut was murdered and promises to reveal the murderer.               He writes that he will tell us the truth. …
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
history at is best --a good way to be walked thru the pages
review by . June 28, 2010
James Patterson tells us with some enthusiasm, because this book is important to him, that the volume contains three stories: his own tale of how he wrote his history, the adventure of the eccentric Howard Carter who discovered King Tut's grave, and the life of King Tut and his death. Patterson states that he is certain that Tut was murdered and promises to reveal the murderer.     He writes that he will tell us the truth. "It's nothing new for histories to be speculative, but …
review by . March 29, 2010
I am not a fan of James Patterson, which probably comes as a bit of a shock. While I have read several of his books, I am not what you would call a "fan." However, as I was perusing the new books at the library, I came across The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King by James Patterson and Martin Dugard, a "nonfiction thriller." I decided that, as nonfiction, it may provide more substance than I was accustomed from the author. While there seems to be more research …
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"[The Murder of King Tut]effectively portray the exotic ancient world, including colorful insights into Tut's brief reign." (Bookpage)
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ISBN-10: 0316034045
ISBN-13: 978-0316034043
Author: James Patterson, Martin Dugard
Genre: History
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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