In Paul Doherty's new novel, Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Hall of Two Truths, is once again summoned to the Imperial Palaceo: Tekreth, Guardian of the Door of Sobeck, has fallen to his death from the roof of his stately mansion. According to all evidence, it was an accident but Pharaoh Queen Hatusu is not convinced. Increasingly worried about ...
In Paul Doherty's new novel, Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Hall of Two Truths, is once again summoned to the Imperial Palaceo: Tekreth, Guardian of the Door of Sobeck, has fallen to his death from the roof of his stately mansion. According to all evidence, it was an accident but Pharaoh Queen Hatusu is not convinced. Increasingly worried about reports of mysterious disappearances along the Sobeck Road, the imperial highway stretching south, she believes that Tekreth's death could be part of a far greater problem. Amerotke, aware of the reports from the Sobeck Road, has also heard rumours about the Shemai, a cult devoted to death, based along its borders. Before Amerotke can start to consider either of these matters though, a gruesome mass murder occurs at the Necropolis. The funeral party for revered scribe, Ptulimis, has been poisoned and Amerotke must immediately investigate the abomination. As Amerotke probes further, he suspects that all these events may be connected and that dangerous forces are at work in Pharaoh Hatusu's realm. Will Amerotke be able to uncover the truth before Egypt is overrun by its sinister and dangerous underworld?
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The most recent of Doherty's Egyptian mystery series presents a complicated story of deception, intrigue, and action. Judge Amerotke slowly unravels the schemes and finally identifies the guilty. This novel has more description of life in ancient Egypt and there is less focus on the relationship between Amerotke and Queen Hatusu and other characters from the previous novels. Bottom line is that the book is a good read full of interesting characters and events in a complex mystery.
Apr 22, 2010
As always, the author claims to have extensive knowledge of ancient Egypt. All of his books, including this one, prove otherwise. It is riddled with errors about that ancient civilization, starting with the name Hatasu. The last time an Egyptologist used that name for Hatshepsut was in the early 1900s. Many of the other characters have names that must've been created by the author, not the ancient Egyptians.
The story moves quickly, with scenes moderately well written but difficult to believe in the ancient Egyptian society. The atmosphere seems to have come out of the Middle Ages in England, which is understandable since the author's training is in that time period. I strongly suggest that he limit his writing to a period in which he's acquainted rather than to ancient times.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-11-23 Ancient Egyptian cultists use modern terrorist tactics in Doherty's melodramatic seventh historical to feature Amerotke, Chief Judge in the Hall of Two Truths (after 2008's The Poisoner of Ptah). Fanatical Nubian worshipers of the hyena goddess Nema will stop at nothing to topple female pharaoh Hatusu so that their land can break away from Egypt. Soon uncertainty and fear sweep the royal capital of Thebes, as the terrorists commit inexplicable locked-room murders as easily as they muster squads of assassins. Amerotke has to protect the people he loves while also unraveling different strands of greed and treason to track down the fanatics' mysterious leader. The richly detailed picture of life in Egypt during the 15th century B.C.E. at times threatens to smother the action. Still, series fans will cheer as Amerotke uses the primitive forensic tools available to him along with clever rational analysis in his efforts to solve the crimes. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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