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There's Nothing "New" Here. Disappointing and Predictable.
on August 24, 2014
It was entertaining. But. And there’s a big but. There’s no point to this book. James Patterson has a wonderful turn of phrase, he’s a very good author, but he did not come up with anything new for this book. It wasn’t even surprising. By a quarter of the way through the book, you know “whodunit” and it’s exactly what you expect.
The book, honestly, is about Howard Carter, the man who discovered the tomb and not really about King Tut himself. And even in that, you don’t learn anything. You don’t get to know the man, really, but a cardboard cutout of him, kinda. I get the feeling there’s a lot more to him that this book doesn’t touch on.
And what King Tut book doesn’t even mention the “curse” once? Debunk it or believe it, you have to TALK about it! It was huge. Egypt-mania in the 1920s was huge. But this book doesn’t mention that at all. It might say it was big but the VAST majority of the book is about what a failure Carter was, not what a success he was. That’s almost a footnote.
There’s nothing in this book that “reopens the ultimate cold case” at all. There’s no case. There’s not even a mystery. This book doesn’t even PRETEND there’s a mystery. It’s so disappointing.
The writing is very good, but that's all I can say positive about it. I honestly wouldn’t bother unless you need something to fill a boring Sunday night (like I did).