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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (5 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755303385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755303380
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-East England) in 1946. After A-levels, he went to Ushaw College in Durham for three years to study for the Catholic priesthood. In 1967, he was admitted to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford. While there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt. He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.

Paul worked in Ascot, Newark and Crawley, before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School, Woodford Green, Essex, in September 1981. Trinity is a large comprehensive (1700 on roll) which teaches the full ability range, ages 11-18. The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K. and has been awarded "Outstanding" in four consecutive OFSTED inspections. All seven of Paul and Carla's children have been educated at Trinity.

Paul's other incarnation is as a novelist. He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and decided to start writing about the "undergrowth of history", beginning with THE DEATH OF A KING, published in 1985. Since then, Paul has written nearly 100 books and has published a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Ages, Classical Greece, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and are available in several formats, including large print, audio books, and more recently e-books.

He has been published under several pseudonyms: C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, Michael Clynes, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name. Paul has also written a number of non-fiction titles, among them: ISABELLA AND THE STRANGE DEATH OF EDWARD II, a scholarly study of The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303, THE SECRET LIFE OF ELIZABETH I, and a study of the mystery surrounding the death of Alexander the Great.
Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings. A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul loves to tell stories and "bring history to life."

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'Doherty has typically woven a delightfully dark tale around what must have been the most remarkable period of Egyptian history...So stoke up the fire, draw the curtains and put your feet up in order to enjoy this delightfully spooky and robust tale of demons, death and disease in old Egypt. Great stuff!' Historical Novels Review Nov 2003 (Historical Novels Review)

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AN EVIL SPIRIT OUT OF THE WEST is the first novel in a trilogy set in one of the most turbulent and exciting periods of Ancient Egyptian history

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 25 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
Paul Doherty takes us with his new book - the first part of a triology - into the 14th century BC to Egypt at the peak of its Imperial glory. Egypt had never been richer, more powerful, or more secure. Up and down the Nile, workers built hundreds of temples to pay homage to the Gods. They believed that if the Gods were pleased, Egypt would prosper. But then Akhenaten, the tenth Pharao of the 18th Dynasty, and his wife Queen Nefertiti - often referred to in history as "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World" as shown by her bust on Berlin - ascended the throne. They turned 2,000 years of Egyptian religious believes upside down - the polytheism of Egypt was supplanted by monotheism centered around Aten, the god of the solar disc. One of the most profound changes in history.
Paul Doherty describes these historical events and its leading personalities through a friend of Pharao who was intimately involved in these events. Doherty's uses his abilities to bring alive long dead people and times to the full. Ancient Egypt does not seem to be 3000 years away, but it seems that one have lived through these times oneself. Descriptions and actions are well balance. I have a horror of papes over pages of mere descriptions or only action. This book balances it - as usual in
Doherty's works - very well. So there is no moment of boredom, step by step one gets really hooked to the story and one wants to know what is going to happen next.
Paul Doherty' s book is fiction but it is based on historical evidence. Especially the personality and history of Akhenaton and his reasons for bringing about this revolution are well explained. As Doherty described him correctly as a family outcast. He never appeared in any portraits and was never taken to public events. He received no honors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Nov 2006
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Paul Doherty is the consummate professional when it comes to writing historical novels. I for one do not know how he can be so prolific with his offering of books and yet make sure that each of them is well researched. Whether they be 13th, 14th, or fifteenth century they are always true to the period. He also writes about Ancient Egypt and Alexander the Great. Paul Doherty has the rare talent of making you feel as though you are there, be it medieval England, or battling with Alexander. The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of his books. In this series he returns to Ancient Egypt.

This book has as its main character, Akenhaten, perhaps one of the most written about Pharaoh's of Ancient Egypt. Known as the Veiled One he had a turbulent and at times astounding reign. Akenhaten is thrust to the forefront of the political stage after the death of his elder brother. It is then that the ambitious and ruthless Mahu realises his own chance for fame and wealth, by becoming the protector of the young prince. He knows that by becoming the Akenhaten's protector and confidant he can rapidly increase his own status and power at the Egyptian court.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Josi Martin on 29 Dec 2003
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A most enjoyable novel, apparently based on common historical theories and facts, about the enigmatic Akhenaten/Nefertiti and this turbulent period in ancient Egyptian history. I stumbled across this book as I love his medieval murder mysteries and was looking for new ones by this author.
This first part, of the planned trilogy, covers from just before Amenhotep III goes into his co-regency with Akhenaten to the point where the new Tutankh*amun* is about to be placed on the throne. I found it quite gripping and enjoyed the way he wove the various historical characters I'd already read about (in historical contexts) quite feasibly into a coherent story. (Don't you want to know how he incorporates Smenkhare !).
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