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The Lost Queen: Ankhsenamun, Widow of King Tutankhamun (Sojourn in Egypt Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Fluty
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 414 pages
  • Series: Sojourn in Egypt (Book 3)
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Book Description

She was the last surviving member of the glorious Eighteenth Dynasty, a dynasty that had produced many of Egypt’s greatest pharaohs: Ankhsenamun, daughter of the “heretic” Pharaoh Akhenaten, founder of the world’s first monotheistic religion, and his Great Wife, the beautiful Queen Nefertiti. Now her brother-husband, King Tutankhamun, was dead, killed in a chariot accident while on a hunting expedition.
In this massively inbred family, after many generations of brother-sister and father-daughter marriages, the royal couple had never succeeded in producing a living heir – only a pair of stillborn babies with terrible birth defects. Now, with the news that her husband was dead, Ankhsenamun was faced with limited choices, none of them good: allow her dynasty to die out; marry Egypt’s strong man, General Horemheb, and face being murdered by his scheming wife; or marry a son of Egypt’s arch enemy and risk the wrath of her people. Could she find another way?
Her grandfather could take the throne and protect her for a while, but he was an old man whose own heir was dead. Who could she turn to? Certainly not the General, a power-hungry commoner she considered her “servant”! The King of the Hittites, with his many marriageable sons? Or the handsome Habiru trader Amram, one of the Children of Israel, who had long acted as a royal spy in the lands of foreign kings?
Amram had served her loyally for many years, as a purveyor of exotic foreign goods and international espionage. He had served as her clandestine messenger to foreign kings, guarding both her secrets and her safety. Could he now serve her in a more personal and intimate way to extricate her from her dynastic quandary? Her heart beat faster, even thinking about it....
But in the end, she would have to choose between her heart and her throne.


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About the Author

As the daughter of an Air Force officer, Ms. Fluty grew up all over the country, and has travelled much of the world, but now lives in her native California. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford, completed all work but the thesis for a PhD in Psychology and Masters in Pharmacology from Indiana University; and has an MBA in International Management from Golden Gate University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in psychology and in project management; worked as a psychotherapist for the Department of the Army; managed the development of new drugs for Syntex; and written high-tech advice columns for the Sacramento Bee and Prosper Magazine. She has been an avid history buff since childhood, particularly fascinated by ancient Egypt. She enjoys "living history" as well, and has been a participant in Northern California's Renaissance Faire for over 30 years, and is now a docent at Sutter's Fort in Sacramento. She is a stickler for historical accuracy and has meticulously researched every detail of this book and its predecessor, "Nefertiti, Immortal Queen".

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  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (January 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JF4MKQ
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent Story, Cumbersome Execution July 25, 2013
By Mika
Format:Kindle Edition
I borrowed this book on Kindle, and am glad I didn't actually buy this; it's not a book I would read over and over again.

The plot is generally intriguing. The author makes some suppositions about what happened to the sister-widow of Tutankhamun. There's a bit of romance, adventure, spirituality, and history. I kept reading because I wanted to find out what happened, even when the story went off the rails.

The problem is in the execution. While she's clearly done her research, the author just inserts the research into the text without regard to the flow of the prose. Additionally, the characters are very one dimensional, and the prose is awkward, with hammy dialog and anachronisms. The result is that the book reads more like she slapped an unpolished story onto a research thesis. There are sections of copious and pointless explanation, like the pages long description of spinning and weaving in ancient Egypt, which are just not necessary to further the story in any way. It doesn't even enhance the story. The book veers from being an idealized romance told in a dazzled, breathless manner, to a dry lecture, to dark political machinations which are told and then re-told in case you missed it the first time. Either the author has no faith in her ability to explain things well, or she lacks faith that her readers can understand the impact of the action.

A lot of the prose is so anachronistic that it borders on the absurd and disrespectful. A character thinks that completing a mission will "put a feather in his cap." She refers in the context of the story to Tutankhamun as "King Tut." The character who later (outside the scope of this book) becomes Pharaoh Ramses I tells the incumbent pharaoh "Aye, aye, sir" upon receiving orders.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot February 29, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While the author weaves an interesting plot for this story, I did find her use of modern terms to be annoying. Most writers of Ancient Egyptian history do not use, for example, the modern names for Egypt and the Nile. There were several other modern terms used throughout the story that just did not authenticate the time period well. I was disappointed in the author's afterwards when she unprofessionally attacked another author who wrote a couple very good Ancient Egyptian fiction stories. While she did not name names, it was uncalled for and unprofessional. When someone writes a historical fiction story, especially about someone whom very little is known about, I feel the author has free reign to weave the tale as to how they see fit. After all, it's FICTION, not a story published as historical fact so to criticize another author's spin on a character in this fashion is immature.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A rip off of better tales March 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a combination of The Ten Commandments with the Egyptian thrown in for good measure. But it did not help. The writing is repetative.The author flip flops between what to call her characters. A VERY juvenile attempt at good ancient Egyptian fiction. Very disappointed I paid so much for this junk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money and time December 5, 2012
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The author was really interested in the subject matter and knew her facts, but she clearly was an amateur. Book ended up in the recycle bin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth the read March 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
to state that this author even compares with Pauline Gedges is an insult. the wording of this book is modern, and lacks the depth of a book of its' time. You don't feel, see, or react to the time or place. This is written for a young reader, and its location could be anywhere, any time. After reading many books about Ancient Egypt, this is not one I would recommend. Sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting tie up of biblical Egyptian history June 7, 2014
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The story is plausible, and characters mostly compelling. I dislike such black and white portrayals of good and evil. You can be the bad guy without being pure evil. Having read "the other unnamed author" mentioned in the Author's notes, I can see where a more realistic half way point could have been reached. (but that would make for a less interesting story!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good theory and story April 27, 2014
By Kathryn
Format:Kindle Edition
This story weaves in historically known facts about Egyptian and Hebrew relationships. Interesting hypothesis and story. I really enjoyed this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Egyptian Novel December 22, 2013
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I love Egyptian novels. This was a great read. I look forward to reading more books like this in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and brilliant
I know this book is completely theory, but what a story!! I especially loved how the author had put together ancient egypt and the link to the christian religon!!!
Published 8 months ago by cool game
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I was expecting a better story line. The best part of the entire book for me was at the very end of the book when the author talked about the DNA test results that have been done.
Published 12 months ago by Cindy
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting, but too detailed at times
I enjoyed the book overall but didn't really want the history lesson throughout the book, at least not in so much detail. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hilary Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars A slow start but an excellent book overall
In the beginning, I thought this book was missing the spark that makes a book really, really special, but the interesting historical detail and a great plot carried it forwards. Read more
Published 18 months ago by bobby
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting take on the unknown story of Ankhsenamun.
This book takes the story of Ankhsenamun and the Aten legacy to new levels.
It was very interesting to read more about the lives of commoners during that time and the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sheryl
3.0 out of 5 stars Plausible
Interesting book about a plausible explanation of what might have happened to Tutankhamun's widow, Ankhesenamun, after his untimely demise. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Reiki Master
4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel
I'm a true lover of ancient Egypt, and so I bought the author's book on Nefertiti (when I only had an iPod touch to read it on with the Kindle app) and so of course I had to buy... Read more
Published 22 months ago by burlgirl
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