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The Right Hand of Amon: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt (Lieutenant Bak) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Lieutenant Bak (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1st Printing edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380792664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380792665
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lauren Haney, a former technical editor in the aerospace and international construction industries, is the author of four ancient Egyptian mysteries featuring Lieutenant Bak: The Right Hand of Amon, A Face Turned Backward, A Vile Justice, and A Curse of Silence. She lives in Sante Fe, New Mexico, and travels to Egypt at every opportunity.


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This book is hard to put down.
ckatkus@hotmail.com
Lauren Haney has done an excellent job weaving multiple storylines of human interest with a compelling mystery set in 18th dynasty Egypt.
Edward Alexander Gerster
Haney's plot development is ponderous and the outcome is obvious early on.
Dbmsewer

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Neil Devers (ndevers@eisa.net.au) on October 29, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have long been interested in all things ancient Egyptian, but have not often read any novels with this as a background. The reason for this is the few I have read have been mostly very poorly written with unbelievable storyline's and little real factual content. This book is everything the others are not - an excellent story combined with a background that actually is believable. You can as good as feel the hot breeze on your face comming in from the desert, taste the cool water from the Nile, and so on, and so on...in short if you want a good story combined with a factual background, get it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lieutenant Bak is crossing the Nile when he discovers the body of a man in the river. The knife down his throat proved he was murdered. But who was he and why was he killed? Meanwhile, the god Amon is traveling up the river to meet with a tribal king bringing his son to be healed. Bak would like to lead his mean in guarding the god on his journey, but first he must solve this crime.
I must admit to really being conflicted on this book. There were so many mentions of previous crimes that Bak had solved, I was sure I was jumping in in the middle of the series. Yet everywhere I've looked has led me to believe this is the first book. It started out very slowly, and I was tempted to stop a time or two. But I pressed on, and it got better as it went along. I think part of my problem getting into the book was the strange character and place names. Fortunately, there was a cast of characters and area map at the beginning I used for the first half of the novel to keep all those strange names straight. By the end, I had come to like Bak and was drawn into his quest of find the killer.
I'm being generous and giving this four starts because I did enjoy the second half of the book, and I'll give the author another try. Hopefully, later books in the series start stronger and are more enjoyable over all.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on March 30, 2002
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Haney does one thing really really well in "The Right Hand of Amon" -- the descriptions of everyday life as it may have been lived near the end of the 18th dynasty. Perhaps if one has read the series from the beginning, the characters would feel fuller, richer, more like people. However the sign of a great book is to make a newcomer to a series feel for the characters regardless of which book in a series is read first. I didn't feel much of anything for any of the characters. Likewis it seemed that the mystery was solved haphazardly with little evidence and more luck than anything and a satisfying conclusion came with a whimper.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dbmsewer on October 11, 2000
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I really wanted to like this book because I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Peters and Lynda Robinson and am always looking for more mysteries based in Egypt. But Haney just isn't a good enough or sophistsicated enough writer to pull this off and I found the book much too long and tedious. Her descriptions were so overly-written as to be confusing. Lt. Bak is too undeveloped to be a compelling main character - all he seems to do is worry and I had a picture of him throughout wringing his linen hankie and frowning. Her dialogue is in places laughable - I doubt even the ancient Egyptians spoke in metaphores and similes or used the purple prose Haney puts in their mouths. Haney shows herself to be an amateur fiction writer by assigning action to body parts, which unfortunately is also one of my pet peeves. Yet there were so many eyes darting, glancing, gazing steering, taking on a life of their own I sometimes thought I was in the middle of an occular replacement convention. Where did Haney and her editor learn the basics of decent fiction writing? Haney's plot development is ponderous and the outcome is obvious early on. The motivation behind the murder bordered in my opinion on the juvenile. Haney makes a major faux pas - I won't say what it is because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone else but it's something no author should ever, ever do unless it is absolutely necessary. And in this case, it wasn't. If you want to read this book, get it from the library. Sorry, I don't usually write such harsh reviews but this is one author I can honestly say I won't read again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 1997
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This book is like "Hill Street Blues" set in ancient Egypt. The head of an Egyptian policy force has 5 days to track down the killer of a nobleman's son. Along the way, he discovers a plot to kill a powerful Kushite king. The setting is exotic, but the motives of each of the characters -- greed, power, lust -- are completely universal.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1998
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Amazon repeatedly recommended this book to me and I am really glad I took it up on the challenge. The Right Hand of Amon reads quickly and easily. I started it this morning and finished early this afternoon. I found another book by the same author that is to be released shortly, but parts of the Right Hand read like there have been books previously published. If this is so I'd be interested in learning of their existence. If this is indeed the first in a series as other reviewers have stated, I look forward to many more.
I recommend this to any who enjoy historical whodunnits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Johns VINE VOICE on July 13, 2004
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This was a pretty entertaining "who dunnit." The ancient Egypt setting definitely helped set this apart from other mysteries I've read. I can't shake this feeling that the concept of "police" is anachronistic (which is might not be...I don't know much about the period), and this book reads like it is in the middle of a series (i.e., there are references to earlier events/activities that appear to assume that the reader is already acquainted with them). Overall, this was fun and light, with just enough twists to keep me interested to the end.
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