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Paul Doherty
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5 Dec 2005 Ancient Egyptian Mysteries (Book 2)

Mahu, former Chief of Police and Keeper of the Secrets of the Heart is sitting down to record his memories. He sees uneasy quiet reigning in the Royal Circle at Thebes, after the disappearance of the Pharaoh Akenhaten and the abandonment of his new, sun-worshipping religion. Members of different factions are barely held together by loyalty to the six-year-old Emperor, Tutankhamun. Then extraordinary news reaches the Council: Akenhaten has returned to Egypt.

The words are greeted with dismay by all who hear them, for surely Akenhaten is dead? Mahu can certainly vouch that the woman claiming to be the Emperor's wife, Nefertiti, is a fraud. Whoever the man is who has appeared in the Delta, he must be investigated.


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (5 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755303415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755303410
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 718,110 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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Capturing Ancient Egypt in all its beauty and brutality, this powerful novel brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of the hyaena world, in which the ally standing beside you at one moment may turn and rend you at the next

About the Author

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his family in Essex.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wait was worthwhile!! 1 April 2005
By Amelrode VINE VOICE
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In my review on "An Evil Spirit Out of the West" (see: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/stores/detail/-/books/0755303385/customer-reviews) I wrote: I enjoyed this book enormously and cannot wait till part 2 and 3 will be published!! 5 stars - not enough for this book!!
Well with The Season of the Hyaena the second part has finally been published. And I have to say: the wait was worthwhile.
The second part takes off where the first left the reader: the Pharao Akhenaten, the tenth Pharao of the 18th Dynasty, and his wife Queen Nefertiti have died or seem to be dead. The country is governed by a regency council with the young heir to the throne, Prince Tutankhamun. not yet crowned. It is a time of insecurity and intrigues. The hyaenas - the members of the regency council - are preparing the grounds for their future. Positions, power, money and maybe eventually a crown for themselves. And above all a religious fight - the Aten, the one God religion, against Amun, the highest of all the gods of Egypt. But is the Pharao Akhenaten really dead or has he just disappeared? Is his legacy - the religion of just one God - still living on? In the middle of it all : Mahu, friend and condifiant of the late Pharao and guardian of the heir to the throne. From his point of view the story is told.
Doherty again manages to tell the story in a fascinating manner. The is not one page of bordeom!!! One flies over the pages and one just wants to know how the story goes on. My only regret that I reached the last of the roughly 300 pages for to quickly. Too bad that one has wait for the third part! However one has certain ideas what will happen if one has already read Doherty's "The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun". Maybe an idea for some of you to bridge till the period till the 3rd volume will be published
Without a shadow of a doubt: 5 stars for the "The Season of the Hyaena".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Book in the Series 20 Nov 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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 is the second book in a proposed trilogy about the kingdom of Egypt. Mahu former Chief of Police and protector of the Pharaoh Akenhaten is sitting down to record the memories of his eventful and full life. From being a nobody at court, under Akenhaten he has risen to Chief of Police and Keeper of the Secrets of the Heart. Pharaoh Akenhaten and his beautiful wife have disappeared supposed dead and the people cannot wait to abandon the Pharaoh's new religion of sun worshipping.

The Royal court is in disarray, only held together by the loyalty of the different factions to the six-year-old Emperor Tutankhamun. Then news reaches the Royal council that Akenhaten has returned to Egypt and is waiting in the delta of the Nile. The people of Egypt are both frightened and dismayed. Can this be true. Surely the Pharaoh is dead. What will happen to those people who have damaged the statues and monuments of Akenhaten. Mahu can certainly vouch that the woman claiming to be the Emperor's wife, is a fraud. Whoever the man is who has appeared in the Delta, he must be investigated thoroughly, for he must surely be an impostor too . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second in the fine trilogy of ancient Egypt 14 Dec 2008
By gilly8
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Second in PC Doherty's trilogy about Pharaoh Akenhaten, now followed as Pharaoh by his only son (from a secondary wife, not the famous Nefertiti) young Tutankhaten, who came to the throne at the age of about 6 or 8 yrs old, and is surrounded by enemies.

The nation is in crisis as the priests of the old gods want to reinstate them. One indication of their power is that young Tutankhaten has his name changed to Tutankhamun, in other words, the name of the new god, Aten, at the end of his name is replaced by the name of the old god, Amun.

P.C. Doherty evokes the era, the sense of danger and doom very well. Again, it is narrated by the loyal Mahu, the Amarna chief of police, an actual historical figure of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second in the Series 20 Nov 2006
By J. Chippindale - Published on Amazon.com
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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 is the second book in a proposed trilogy about the kingdom of Egypt. Mahu former Chief of Police and protector of the Pharaoh Akenhaten is sitting down to record the memories of his eventful and full life. From being a nobody at court, under Akenhaten he has risen to Chief of Police and Keeper of the Secrets of the Heart. Pharaoh Akenhaten and his beautiful wife have disappeared supposed dead and the people cannot wait to abandon the Pharaoh's new religion of sun worshipping.

The Royal court is in disarray, only held together by the loyalty of the different factions to the six-year-old Emperor Tutankhamun. Then news reaches the Royal council that Akenhaten has returned to Egypt and is waiting in the delta of the Nile. The people of Egypt are both frightened and dismayed. Can this be true. Surely the Pharaoh is dead. What will happen to those people who have damaged the statues and monuments of Akenhaten. Mahu can certainly vouch that the woman claiming to be the Emperor's wife, is a fraud. Whoever the man is who has appeared in the Delta, he must be investigated thoroughly, for he must surely be an impostor too . . .
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second in the Trilogy 23 Mar 2007
By gilly8 - Published on Amazon.com
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Second in PC Doherty's trilogy about Pharaoh Akenhaten, now followed as Pharaoh by his only son (from a secondary wife, not the famous Nefertiti) young Tutankhamun, who came to the throne at the age of about 6 or 8 yrs old, and is surrounded by enemies. Also, the priests of the old gods want to reinstate the old gods. P.C. Doherty evokes the era, the sense of danger and doom very well. Again, it is narrated by the loyal Mahu chief of police, an actual historical figure of the time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis the Season... to get this book 18 Dec 2009
By Raspberryontop - Published on Amazon.com
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As the second book in a trilogy about Akhenaten and his family's reign, this novel focuses on Akhenaten's famous son, Tutankhamun. In his father's reign, the gods of Egypt had been abandoned. Now that Tut is on the throne, however, the people have spoken and they want their old gods backs. Narrated by Mahu, the chief of police, we are taken back into the palaces and temples of ancient Egypt where a great deal of intrigue apparently took place. The scenery is vibrant and the descriptions are so well done that you can practically see the places where Mahu is investigating.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trilogy 8 Mar 2009
By MARTHA A. DELRIO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was recommended by a friend along with the others to be read in the following order:
1. An Evil Spirit out of the West
2. The Season of the Hyaena
3. The Year of the Cobra

If you like Ancient Egypt, the controversial Pharaoh Akhenaton, and the beautiful Nefertiti, then you'll love this series. The story is told by Mahu the chief of Police who actually existed at the time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Historical Fiction 20 Feb 2013
By Bill Stoker - Published on Amazon.com
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Delivery was quick and just as ordered. I really enjoyed the book. Even though it is technically fiction I think that Doherty bases his fiction on historical writings and solid evidence. Just a little slow at first but really takes off and is hard to put down.
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