Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Review: The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson (Audiobook)

Since 1922, when Howard Carter discovered Tut's 3,000-year-old tomb, most Egyptologists have presumed that the young king died of disease, or perhaps an accident, such as a chariot fall.

But what if his fate was actually much more sinister?

Now, in THE MURDER OF TUT, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what happened to the boy-king. They comb through the evidence--X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues--and scavenge for overlooked data to piece together the details of his life and death. The result is a true crime tale of intrigue, betrayal, and usurpation that presents a compelling case that King Tut's death was anything but natural.

Received from the publisher for review.

Well, I have to say that this is the worst propaganda I've read in quite some time. Really, it was just embarrassing. I'm not sure if the author truly believed in this, or if he was just out to bank yet another million. I'm also not even sure why his publisher felt he was even marginally qualified to write this book. And the fact that he is claiming this is a true account is simply laughable.

In case there is any remaining doubt as to how Tutankhamun died, Zahi Hawass has a very well done explanation on his website. Hint: He wasn't murdered.

Recently we CT scanned the mummy of King Tut to examine his life and death in depth and determine how he died. We found that he died at the age of 19, and that he was not murdered, as people have long speculated.

This one gets two stars. The "research" was sloppy, the theories laughable, and quite obviously developed by someone with minimal knowledge of Egyptian history. The author is not even an Egyptologist!! Need I say more? The reader, Joe Barrett, could not even be bothered to pronounce Zahi Hawass's name correctly which was just unforgivably rude. Did no one check out the pronunciation beforehand, or did they just not care in their complete arrogance? I mean, why bother to find out how to pronounce the name of the Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities? As if that were not enough, the consistent references to Tutankhamun as "Tut" were grating and totally disrespectful. Would the author ever think to go up to President Obama and say "Hey Barack!"? Maybe he would. Maybe he really is that rude all the time. I just found it unnecessarily condescending and obnoxious. I cannot recommend this to anyone who has even a passing knowledge of Egyptian history. It is just too ridiculous to bother with.

☆☆= Didn't Like It


jjfiji said...

Really appreciate this review - thank you!!

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