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VINE VOICEon August 15, 2006
I am very disappointed with this hefty tome because it appeared to promise so much but only provided dubious second hand information, hearsay, speculation, and theories regarding an alleged `Tutankhamun's missing Papyri'. After wading through almost 300 pages, the key piece of evidence referred to as `the missing papyri' fails to be presented to the reader and the whole thesis cascades like a domino sequence. I would suspect a body such as the Crown Prosecution Service would regard the evidence for its existence as unsafe. Unfortunately for me, it was like a star witness for the prosecution failing to turn up in court with the details on the smoking gun.

Those readers familiar with the generally accepted facts of the Amarna period and the discovery of Tutankhamum will have problems accepting the conspiracy theory. Where it is suspected Howard Carter and his associates crossed the line by entering parts of Tutankhamum's Tomb before the official dates there is evidence to help support this; such as Harry Burton's photograph (GB7282) allegedly of a hole resealed by Carter between the tomb's Antechamber and Burial Chamber. However, the conspiracy spirals out of control with the missing papyri speculation allegedly detailing the Biblical Exodus but this is never provided for the reader to analyze.

I appreciate the authors have put in a lot of time and effort in producing this work but I would have appreciated a slimmer book detailing the key pieces of evidence. Some of the discussions regarding such themes as séances at Highclere Castle for me didn't add a great deal to their theory. I would imagine the majority of readers would find the book long winded and difficult to read because of the lack of guidance by the authors on what they are really trying to tell you. Where they are trying to communicate speculation the choice of language is rather strong intimating the information provided is peer reviewed and generally accepted as fact when it is not. The authors also refer to other authors with similar speculative information and this leads to confusion.

Any readers who are keen on anything associated with Tutankhamun will probably find the work interesting because of a fresh interpretation of what may have happened. However, anyone diving into this book without any previous knowledge may suffer from information overload and find difficulty separating generally accepted facts from speculation.
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