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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating account of ancient Egypt, a pageturner., 22 April 1999
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This review is from: The Murder Of Tutankhamen: A 3000-year-old Murder Mystery (Paperback)
You may recognise the author, Bob Brier, from the Discovery channel's Egyptian documentaries. In these, he always manages to put the ancient world into a context that a modern audience can relate to easily. In this book, which is a thorough look at the life and death of the 19 year old Pharaoh Tutankhamen, last of the eighteenth dynasty to sit on the throne of Egypt, you get a highly readable story not only of ancient lifestyles and people, but also of the early work carried out by the first Egyptologists. The author never bores you, but holds your attention completely as he makes an extremely convincing case that Tutankhamen, the most famous Pharaoh of all time (with the possible exceptions of Ramses the Great or Cleopatra) was murdered for his throne. A most touching picture of the young king's early life and that of his father, the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten who seemed to have a mysterious ailment that caused him to look deformed, is given in riveting detail. One is also given a history of the aftermath of the murder and what happened to the likely culprits and the fate of Tutankhamen's young half sister and widow, Ankhesenamen. Like I said above, a real pageturner...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motive, means, opportunity, but was it murder?, 7 Jan 2002
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Mr. M. A. Bowles "Scientist" (Lincolnshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Murder Of Tutankhamen: A 3000-year-old Murder Mystery (Paperback)
Egyptologists have analytical minds by nature of the subject they study and this book tests your thinking. Bob takes the reader by the hand and describes how his interest in the possible murder of Tutankhamen comes about and explores the theory. There is plenty of background information to set the scene and the author has the possible murderers act out their parts. The writer discusses the influence and impact of Akhnaten, the mysterious Smenkare and a jumble of pieces found in tomb KV55. The reader must make up their own mind based on the scientific evidence available today, the evidence available in 1922 and conjecture of what may have occurred in the 18th dynasty. There is plenty of evidence to examine; a 3000 year old skull of Tutankhamen, a tomb packed with pieces for the afterlife, pieces found in burial pits, a suspect ring indicating Tutankhamens widow re-married, private and royal correspondence and the attempted erasure from history of traces of Tutankhamen. If you want to be on the jury be prepared to listen to the expert witness Dr Gerald Irwin, and re-examine all the evidence from a fresh perspective. Plenty of people had the motive and could create the opportunity, but did anybody actually murder the king?
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent examination of the subject, 9 Nov 2004
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Stracs "Stracs" (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Murder Of Tutankhamen: A 3000-year-old Murder Mystery (Paperback)
Tutankhamun holds an endless fascination even 80 odd years after his tomb was discovered, and there has been plenty written about him to keep fans happy for a long time. So in amongst all these writings, is this book by Bob Brier worth a read?
In short the answer has to be yes. Brier is an experienced and excellent Egyptologist and this examination is both thorough and professional throughout. Brier makes full use of all the evidence available to him in describing the life of the Amarna royals and the possibility that Tutankhamun was murdered. I lived in Egypt as a child, studied history at university and I have to say that, as far as one can be convinced with the evidence available, Brier has convinced me that murder was the fate of this young king.
Brier writes from an admirably unbiased view, and makes sure there is evidence for any conclusions he comes to, unlike others who have written about the Tutankhamun story. He goes thoroughly through the young kings life and discusses each of the possible suspects in depth. His conclusions about their guilt, or lack of, are very sound and convincing. The book particularly gives an interesting look into the workings of politics and power, much of which clearly has not changed since the time of Ancient Egypt! His look at motivations for killing a pharoah is fascinating, as is his judgements on the ramifications of this act.
This book is an excellent, well written and fascinating read - a must I would say for all those with an interest in this remarkable country. Was Tut murdered? And is so by whom? Bob Brier will help you decide!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Egyptian Epic Brought To Life!, 28 Mar 2001
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This review is from: The Murder Of Tutankhamen: A 3000-year-old Murder Mystery (Paperback)
I couldn't put this book down. It's mixture of history, forensic science, crime and story-telling provides the perfect details for the script of an epic 'Hollywood' film. It's like an Egyptian 'Gladiator', packed with twists, turns and loads of action. It's only a matter of time before this book is made into a major film.
Not only do we learn about Tutankamen's fate but we are given an interesting and entertaining history of Egypt as a whole. The author should be congratulated for bringing ancient history alive and making it digestible for the modern audience.
As well as the suspense of finding out who murdered the boy king and why, we really begin to care as we get to know Tutankamen's character, backed up with evidence from his tomb and mummy.
A real mixture of story-telling and history which brings subjects like Egyptology and forensic criminology into an arena which is easy to understand and digest. Can't wait to see the movie!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to teach and share history., 24 July 2014
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I purchased this book as an afterthought. I am a keen amateur history buff and ancient Egypt is my absolute favourite area of study. Bob Brier is a renowned Egyptologist who, has a very unique and engaging way of sharing his extensive knowledge, with out coming across as preachy, or full of his own self importance. Indeed, you could almost be sharing in a glass of wine and conversing over dinner. But having said all that, this was not a book I was keen to read.

There are few people who don't know who King Tutankhamen is or was. His history has been poured over and debated upon since the discovery of his tomb in 1922. Many specialists/experts in the field, have various theory's as to how and why he died so young. And, after studying a fair few books and watching numerous documentarys, I felt as if King Tuts story had been covered in every way possible. In fact I was a bit bored of hearing about it.

This book changed all that. I was pleasantly surprised that Bob Brier, at the time he wrote this book, felt pretty much the same way I did. Was there really anything new to tell? Was it worth going over it all for the umpteenth time? Well yes actually. But more than that, the author has taken a more human approach to the boy kings life and death.
Obviously we will never have all the pieces to the puzzle, but on reading this little page turner, it was lovely to have a more familiar window in to the life of a very young Pharaoh. Bob gives us all the facts but he also uses a little licence (albeit based in fact) to fill the gaps and that is what made this such a pleasant read. Before I knew it, I had reached the end of the book, and I had absorbed much more information than if I had been reading a huge fact based tome. What this book really does though is put everything into perspective.

Normally when we have a history lesson, we are given glimpses into the windows that are, in this case, ancient Egypt, and some times it is very easy to get lost in the timeline. What this book does, is provide a foundation that excludes the complexity of the Pharaoh's and focusses only on what is relevant to the topic at hand. In short, it is absorbing, fun and cleverly written, so that you are learning unconsciously and enjoying the experience. Its well worth the money and for me will be a strong point of reference when I require it in the future. I would highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overtaken by science, but....., 20 July 2014
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Well yes, we all know that the science, the CAT scans done since the publication of this book, have moved the story on and it is no longer thought that Tutankhamun was murdered. However, there is still quite some disagreement as to how he died and the book is by no means closed yet, and probably never will be. Even so, I enjoyed this book when it was first published as Bob Brier is a very good writer and is an expert in the subject. He correctly identified that the mummy named "Unknown Man E", also called the "Screaming man", was in fact Pentawer, a son of Ramesses III, and likely executed for the assasination of his father, and Brier correctly called this before the DNA testing showed them to be father and son. But back to Tutankhamun, and while we see that he wasn't murdered, but died as the result of complications to serious leg injuries, and we do not know how these injuries occured, despite various documentaries presenting theories, there remains the issue of what caused the death of his mother, and her death looks anything but an accident. There is also the affair of the mummy of the prince found between the mummies of Tutankhamun's mother and his grandmother, Queen Tiye. This mummy, as yet unknown by name or familial relationships because, of all the late 18th Dynasty mummies DNA tested, his results have not been released. This mummy has been found to have serious internal injuries and also shows signs of curious treatment of the body before, or very soon after being wrapped. This story of Tutankhamun and his family is not by a long way concluded, and while he himself may not have been murdered, the same cannot be ruled out concerning his mother and a possible other close relative. For myself, I'm going to re-read this book to see if there is some previously overlooked information or ideas that may yet still be relevant to this still deeply mysterious episode in Egyptian history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book, 27 Jun 2003
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This book is incredible, true I have an acute interest in Egyptology, and I'm a big fan of the author, (he's my hero).
But this book is fantastic, I actually believe wat Bob Brier is suggesting in this book, he displays the facts simply, and plainly, I was gripped, it's like sitting in a court room of today trying to bring justice on the whole issue. I gave this book to my mother who knows nothing about Egyptology, she loved it, I had to tell her that the contents were possibly true, she was fascinated, I just could not put this book down, I read it all in two days flat. You get to care a great deal of the young Tutankhamun.
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