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Max Overton
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6 Jan 2010
A chance discovery in Syria reveals answers to the mystery of the ancient Egyptian sun-king, the heretic Akhenaten and his beautiful wife Nefertiti. Inscriptions in the tomb of his sister Beketaten, otherwise known as Scarab, tell a story of life and death, intrigue and warfare, in and around the golden court of the kings of the glorious 18th dynasty. The narrative of a young girl growing up at the centre of momentous events - the abolition of the gods, foreign invasion and the fall of a once-great family - reveals who Tutankhamen's parents really were, what happened to Nefertiti, and other events lost to history in the great destruction that followed the fall of the Aten heresy. Max Overton follows his award-winning trilogy of ancient Greece (Lion of Scythia, The Golden King, Funeral in Babylon) with the first book in another series set in Egypt of the 14th century B.C.E. Meticulously researched, the book unfolds a tapestry of these royal figures lost in the mists of antiquity.

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  • Paperback: 582 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Exchange E-Publishing (6 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921636416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921636417
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 25 May 2013
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I found the story almost like a documentary, gripping and real. I am now very interested in The period of Akhenaten and his efforts to install a one God regimen over Egypt fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A History Lesson with a Twist! 20 May 2013
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I was taken on an adventure in a time we can only imagine. Mr Overton's meticulous research into Ancient Egyptian Life, and his descriptions of the food, environment, clothing, and day to day living, allows you to immerse yourself in the times. Whilst there is little known about the character Scarab (Beketaten) Max brings her to life with his research and imagination. He also provides some insight into what may have happened to some of the historical characters, Akhenaten, Smenkhkare and Tutankamen and even Nefertiti, whom not a great deal is known about. I particularly like the way he begins and ends each book in modern day with an exploration that uncovers Beketaten's tomb. I have read the first three books in the series and am hanging out for the final ones once they become available. For anyone who has an interest in Ancient Egypt but does not have the time or inclination to delve into the history books then I would recommend Max Overton's Scarab series.

Almost nothing is known about Smenkhkare as a king and this account is quite a reasonable and exciting one.

Though Tut is well known what actually happened behind the scenes during his growing up and his power struggle taking place at the time almost nothing is known.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the amarnan kings book 1 Scarab-Akhenaten 3 Sep 2012
By martin
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Looking for a book that details life in ancient egypt, not just the historical details, but bringing the story to life by involving the reader in the day to day lives of the ordinary citizens, but also the kings and queens of their time and the intrigues of daily life.
The author has managed to amalgamate known facts with an amazing made up scenario that makes the reader totally believe what he is reading. I have become totally involved with the characters of this first instalment of these books,that I have puchased the further 4 other books in the series. Needless to say that I have not been disapointed in doing so. At the present moment up to half way through
Book 3. Brilliant!!!!!!. Totally involved with the characters and can't wait for more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 8 Nov 2012
By brenda
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If you like fiction told by the main character, based in places and with people from history you will love this read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 July 2014
By Mo.
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good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched,well written 24 Jun 2014
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I have been interested in the history of Akhenaten for some time, and was delighted to find this fictional account. A really good, believable take on this strange man. A great idea to follow the fortunes of one person (Scarab) as she interacts with all the famous and infamous characters of the time. I have also now bought the other five books in the series - have read the second, so far and have started the third.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave 16 Jun 2014
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I had not read anything about this period of Egyptian history until this book, and to read a story laid out from the viewpoint of a Pharaoh's youngest daughter was really interesting. Well written and entertaining.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too many facts 8 Jun 2014
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After reading the Marius Mules series and really enjoying them I looked forward in anticipation to a different genre in the Amaran Kings. I was rally dissapointed as I was bombarded with names and facts forgetting what the storyline was. I want to be entertained and enjoy my read but found myself wondering who all the characters were. This book for me did not entertain. This maybe for someone else but sadly nit for me. Back to familiar ground with Marius.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember it's a novel
An enjoyable read which gives a reasonable exploration and explanation of the events during the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten (there are others). Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Mawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tha Amarnan kings
It took a while to get into it but the historical research is second to none and am looking forward to reading the series
Published 5 months ago by Terry NOBLE
5.0 out of 5 stars really interesting series
I had never read ancient Egypt stories before, but wanted to know more after reading Ms McCullochs Anthony and Cleopatra(Masters of Rome series, which along with O'Briens Master... Read more
Published 6 months ago by F. Mckinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent, I have now ordered the next one to my kindle. I am looking forward to reading the complete series.
Thank you
Published 9 months ago by S TAYLOR
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
it felt more like a non fiction than a book of fiction too many short stories not fon me thanks
Published 10 months ago by brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Very interesting, and hopefully just as good in the next book.
Getting your head around the names is a bit hard though.
Published 11 months ago by Patrolls
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking good
I'm only two thirds of the way through this book. It's an entertaining story set in an interesting period of Egyptian history. Well written with plenty of detail to be absorbed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Netaheta
2.0 out of 5 stars SCARAB
I do not think that the plot or the characters are particularly plausible.There is also a lot of needless repetition and a bit of clumsy writing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by GEORDIE P
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Start
Was a very slow start compared to the Mules series .
Names hard to keep track of.
But guess understandable given the biopic nature of the whole complete series to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dermot O'Beirne
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