Thursday, November 17, 2011

Egypt: The Book of Chaos- Nick Drake

Egypt: The Book of Chaos

Nick Drake

Harper, Dec 1 2011, $25.99

ISBN: 9780060765941

Egyptian General Horemheb threatens the shaky 18th dynasty as the late Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s widow Queen Ankhesenamun has no support from the leadership. Knowing her reign is tenuous at best, she sends former Thebes’ chief detective Rahotep to the Hittites to forge a relationship between their countries through her marrying one of his sons. The Queen knows if Horemheb or the elite learn what she is attempting, she will be executed for treason as the Hittites are her kingdom’s enemy.

Rahotep knows his top secret mission will anger his family for his breaking a pledge to them and worse allow a murderer to remain free to behead more teenage Nubian boys. Still in spite of his reluctance to break his family vow and knowing the threat of the General and his allies, loyal Rahotep serves Queen Ankhesenamun.

The third Rahotep “seeker of mysteries” Ancient Egyptian thriller (see Nefertiti: The Book of Shadows and Tutankhamun: The Book of the Dead) is a great tale in one of the best trilogies in years. The story line is fast-paced as the weary Theban sleuth struggles with perilous political intrigue and a serial killer case. Egypt: The Book of Chaos is super ancient historical thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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