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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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Interesting historical fiction

  • Jun 28, 2010
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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 there's a difference between guessing and basing a theory on cold facts. We chose the facts."

Some readers may agree that there are facts in the book, but still feel that the bulk is pure speculation. For example, the authors describe how one Pharaoh died while having sex and gives a description of King Tut's sexual experience on his wedding night. These episodes add drama, but they are certainly not based on facts.

Other readers may question whether he overcame the general scientific view that Tut died from infections that followed a fall. They may also be unconvinced that the murderer(s) - I do not want to reveal if it was a he or she or more than one - was/were who he identified. Patterson presents no evidence to support either assertion.

Still others will recognize that despite the claim that this is "a non-fiction thriller," it is actually historical fiction. Others may even claim that it is historical fiction lite. However, despite these criticisms, the book is entertaining and does give us, as does all historical fiction, a sense of a time and people who we should know something about.

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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 . 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 …
review by . October 02, 2009
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 …
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Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of twenty books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four … more
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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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