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  • Taschenbuch: 680 Seiten
  • Verlag: Triffit-Priestley Books (6. Juli 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0957487606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957487604
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23 x 15 x 4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)

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Ich kann mich den positiven Bewertungen auf in jeder Hinsicht anschließen. Wie erfrischend, endlich mal KEINE seichte, an den Haaren herbeigezogene Liebesgeschichte mit jeder Menge frei erfundener Figuren vor pseudo-altägyptischem Hintergrund! Der Autor hat sorgfältig recherchiert, und Amarna-Fans werden in diesem Buch etliche VIPs der späten 18. Dynastie treffen, die in den einschlägigen historischen Romanen praktisch nie auftauchen, etwa die illustren Schwiegereltern Amenhoteps III., Yuya und Thuya, oder eben auch Maya, "Finanzminister" unter Tutanchamun, Eje und Haremhab, der über weite Strecken des Romans als Erzähler fungiert.

Coady hat sich natürlich auch gewisse dichterische Freiheiten erlaubt, so hat er sich um der Dramatik willen etwa dafür entschieden, die neueren Erkenntnisse über die mutmaßliche Todesursache Tutanchamuns nicht einzuarbeiten; auch kommt das Privatleben einiger Figuren etwas zu kurz: Eje, Haremhab und Maya waren verheiratet, aber Mayas und Haremhabs Gattinnen kommen gar nicht vor; Ejes Frau - die sicherlich eine Meinung zu verschiedenen Aktionen, etwa der Eheschließung mit Tutanchamuns Witwe, gehabt haben dürfte - wird im "Maya Papyrus" nur kurz erwähnt. Nichts davon mindert meiner Meinung nach den positiven Gesamteindruck, schließlich handelt es sich um einen Roman, und vor allem um einen wirklich mitreißend erzählten Roman. Coady schafft es, den historischen Personen Leben einzuhauchen, die Motivation hinter ihren Handlungen (meistens;-)) glaubhaft und teilweise auch humorvoll darzustellen und sogar der auf dem Gebiet des historischen Romans doch recht ausgelutschten Amarnazeit neue Aspekte abzugewinnen.
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I am savoring this book 23. Februar 2013
Von Sheila R. - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Being an "Egyptomaniac," I was pleased to see this book on
our Amazon; I "peeked inside," and I was delighted! I don't
like Kindle, so I blew my budget and went for the paperback
(not cheap!)...and I'm having marvelous time. My only
quibble is the author's use of modern titles for ancient
cities and temples. Thebes was Waset. And the Temple
of Opet was NOT "Karnak" (an Arabic title used in modern
times). This is a small thing, but it jolts me out of
the story. A book like this is a wonderous "time machine"
and modern titles don't belong there. But perhaps I'm too
fussy. Except for this small title-gripe, I say:
"WELL DONE, RICHARD!" I had originally written this as a
4-star review. I'm bumping it up to 5 stars.

When the paperback arrived, it looked a bit daunting. It's
HUGE! But the writing grabbed me from the first paragraph.
I'm an armchair scholar of the 18th Dynasty. And sure,
this is historical fiction. But Mr. Coady really researched.
And I can tell he loved writing this. I am not rushing
through this sweeping epic...I'm savoring it, and loving it!
Folks, this wonderful book IS a "time machine." The whole
cast from the l8th Dynasty is THERE, and I'm following
them about like a fly on the wall.

For me, there are 3 truly great authors of historical
ancient Egypt fiction: Pauline Gedge (Lord of the Two Lands
trilogy), Max Overton (Scarab series), and now...Richard
Coady (The Maya Papyrus). Whether you want kindle or
paperback, treat yourself and grab this book! WOW.

P.S. I wanna kick Thuyu out the window.

3/12/13: I just finished the book. I am in awe. Breathless.
This magnificent book is fiction, yes...but the l8th Dynasty
WAS sinister/fascinating, and in history, Aye was more than
a cold politician. This is gorgeous writing; it grabbed me!
I bet it'll grab you! This huge book never slowed down!
Mr. Coady was written a masterwork. No exaggeration here.

I hope he writes more books. I would love to see him take
on the Harem Conspiracy, and the assassination of Ramses III.
(A CT scan finally looked through the bandages on the
Pharaoh's throat). Ooo...
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Compelling Historical Fiction 4. Februar 2013
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Mr. Coady spent 12 years researching and writing this titillating Historical Fiction novel of ancient Egypt. In doing so, he has produced a novel that no history fan can put down, though the dishes go unwashed, and sleep is elusive for several days.

As I know very little of Egyptian history, I was constantly looking up Mr. Coady's names to see where the known is separated from the guessing. The author, unlike many historical fiction writers, has taken known ancients and created a possibility for many of the unknown factors. As many authors of historical fiction take minor characters around a broadly known era with casual mention of major characters; this book using those major characters instead, leaves the reader with a sense that Coady has developed a logical answer to the mysteries surrounding the life and death of a real King Tut.

When I read this genre, I usually have some sense of the history that is the framework, but with this book, I frequently checked for accuracy of known facts. The book is, however, a fascinating read for anyone who enjoys reading about another era who may not be interested in checking out the facts, but just enjoys the reading. It is a very enjoyable book, and extremely hard to put down. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Coady's writing.

Dawn Edwards, The Kindle Book Review

The KBR received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. We are not connected with the author, publisher, or Amazon in any way.
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My First Egyptian HF Read Was Fabulous! 8. Juni 2013
Von Love Me Some Fiction - Veröffentlicht auf
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I really enjoyed this book. It took me to a world I had never really thought about spending time in and did a great job of making me feel as though I was actually there. The characters were so well-developed that they came fully to life and seemed real. As I don't know much about Egyptian history, I can't vouch for how accurate this book is, but the whole setting and everything that happened was very believable and the pace never dragged.

I loved the drama and deceit, the plotting and the agonizing that various characters went through. I also enjoyed how they reasoned with themselves that what they did was right when their deeds were less than pious. :) I do enjoy books that show that life is many times not black and white...and the decisions we make in regard to the shade of grey we choose are often hard and would be unacceptable to others.

I loved so many of the people in the book: Maya, of course, Nerfetiti, Tutankhamun, Horemheb...the list goes on. Even the characters I disliked I enjoyed disliking immensely!

There is nothing about this book that is a weakness. I would strongly recommend this not only to lovers of historical fiction but to readers who like dark drama with plenty of deceit and plotting. You won't be disappointed.

NOTE: Although I am also an author I do not know the author of this work at all. I was not asked to read this book or review it by the author, it was recommended (as I said) by someone else. I'm so glad I took the chance on a book I would not have picked on my own. Now I will be eventually reading more Eygptian HF! Since I am also a reader (and have been a reader much longer than author) I also have the right to review books, as long as I do so fairly and honestly. If for some reason the fact that an author wrote this review bothers you, please feel free to ignore the review. :) Thank you.
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The best Egyptian historical novel available. 14. April 2013
Von Harold D. Doublename - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This is the best work of Egyptian historical fiction out there, hands down.

In my opinion, Richard Coady outshines Pauline Gedge. He brings ancient Egypt to spectacular, glowing life. Every fan of Egyptian historical fiction needs to get this book right away.

Coady's fantastic debut novel lacks nothing. Flawlessly plotted with just the right mix of mystery and action, peopled with a cast of masterfully depicted characters, and rounded out with vivid yet approachable prose and delightful dialogue, Coady has certainly carved out a name for himself in the world of historical fiction.

Readers who know the Amarna period well will love seeing almost every person from the time period brought to life. Early on in the book the wheels of intrigue are set into motion by an unexpected source -- Thuya! As this obscure woman plots and schemes, she and her family stoop ever lower, and just when the reader thinks they cannot become more despicable in their pursuit of power, they manage another stoop.

The narration switches between third and first in the point of view of Maya, a son of the vizier Aye. Maya is humble but smart, and might be the only character with a whiff of morals in the whole book. His genuine kindness is a welcome remedy to the ever more nasty behavior of the men of power who surround him.

My one small issue with the book is that the women did not feel quite as well developed as the men. But this is a small nit to pick. In the main, it is a great success of a book, intriguing and vivid, and just as good as any historical novel you will find (better than most.)
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Outstanding historical fiction! 25. April 2014
Von Sandra Padgett - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the best historical fiction of ancient Egypt I have ever read! The people of the 18th dynasty are known around the world. Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankamun, and others. The author has researched extensively a great deal of archeological knowledge and then interwoven a plausible imagining of dialogue and events to put together a seamless story. Intrigue, deception, murder and other elements all for the ultimate power of Egypt. To be pharaoh. To help create a dynasty and then watch it collapse. This story is easy to follow, you feel you are right there watching their lives unfolding before your eyes. I very much enjoyed reading this book. It just flows along drawing you with it and not letting go until after the last page. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more from this author in the future with great anticipation. I received this free from the author through Story Cartel for an honest unbiased review. Five star plus!!!
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