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Tutankhamun by Nick Drake

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Cover art: Tutankhamun Reviewer: Michael Smith
Title: Tutankhamun - 2nd in the Rai Rahotep series
Author: Nick Drake
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-076593-4
Release Date: July 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Suspense
Year/Setting: Year 10 of the reign of King Tutankamun/Thebes, Egypt
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Nick's Website/Blog: www.harpercollins.com/authors


We are introduced immediately to the lead Medjay detective, Rahotep who is known as the Seeker of Mysteries. The Medjay is the Thebes police force. He is escorted by his partner to a vicious murder scene where the killer left tantalizing clues. Murders continue in Thebes with clues for Rahotep to unravel. In a separate but related story line, the Medjay organization is tasked with dealing with public unrest due to an oppressive regent appointed to run the Egyptian government while the King and Queen are growing up. The story evolves as they are coming of age to assume their Royal duties. Rahotep, as the Seeker of Mysteries, is drawn into another investigation of objects mysteriously left within the Palace royal chambers. Some questions that keep flowing through his mind are: How are the crimes and objects related? Is there a hidden message to convey to the Royal Family? Can I protect the King?

My first impression was this seemed to be a modern day detective story set in ancient Egypt. I was easily drawn into the mystery. Nick Drake makes Tutankhamun very personable, and he wove the modern day science of King Tutís injuries deftly into the story. I found myself liking the king and was swept deeper into the mystery. There is Palace intrigue, Political maneuvering, and Power alliances all flowing together within the story line. Three questions kept surfacing within my mind: Who is the killer? What does he want to accomplish? And will Rahotep be able to stop him and see justice done?

All of the intrigue comes to a head, with a debate on which alliance to accept. Rahotep keeps gaining knowledge of the killer, though the climax involves a very personal mystery for Rahotep. This search kept me on the edge of my seat. I flew through the last third of Tutankhamun. I would definitely recommend Tutankhamun. I found that this is the second book of a trilogy/series. I want to read the first book, Nefertiti; and I eagerly await the third book.

Michael

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