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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Exchange E-Publishing (6 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921636416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921636417
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,388,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan M. Jones on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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By A Happy Chappie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2015
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Very well written and researched. Set in the Egypt of Amenophis III and Akhenaten the characters are believable, their scenes beautifully written and their individual storylines are good. Why only 3 stars, well it's because there are far too many of them. One minute we are in the 1950's in Palestine, then in Egypt with the royal family, then with the army, then with some glass blower then off to Hattusus and the court of the Hittite king then we bring in Azuri (sp?) from Lebanon. Well written as I say but I found it both annoying and bewildering..... I almost wonder if the author had read Geoffrey Bibby's Four Thousand Years Ago when he was young and is going for his own version of it in this novel.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By martin on 3 Sept. 2012
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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 By brenda on 8 Nov. 2012
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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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By Mo. on 15 July 2014
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good read
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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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By Colin Prinn on 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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