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Tornando da una spedizione militare, il faraone Tutmosi II viene ucciso dal morso di una vipera. Tutti credono a un incidente, tranne il giudice Amerotke, poco convinto dalle versioni ufficiali. Ben presto, i sospetti del magistrato trovano una sanguinosa conferma perché altri membri della spedizione vengono assassinati e misteriosi presagi terrorizzano la capitale. QualcuTornando da una spedizione militare, il faraone Tutmosi II viene ucciso dal morso di una vipera. Tutti credono a un incidente, tranne il giudice Amerotke, poco convinto dalle versioni ufficiali. Ben presto, i sospetti del magistrato trovano una sanguinosa conferma perché altri membri della spedizione vengono assassinati e misteriosi presagi terrorizzano la capitale. Qualcuno sta tramando per distruggere l'ordine nel Regno, e solo Amerotke ha abbastanza coraggio ed astuzia per stanare il colpevole... Un giallo dal meccanismo implacabile nella cornice di un'affascinante ricostruzione storica....

Title : la maschera di ra
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ISBN : 23244770
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Number of Pages : 235 Pages
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la maschera di ra Reviews

  • Paul
    2019-05-19 20:33

    Interesting, and I suspect quite authentic; but for me, too much description of costumes, wall decorations and cityscapes. Some decent action but not much in the way of puzzles for the historical mystery fan. An OK read.

  • Simon Mcleish
    2019-05-05 15:32

    Originally published on my blog here in April 2000.Many historical novelists have a period of history for which their writing seems particularly well suited. This is partly because writing a good historical novel involves a good deal of research, so that the background is most convincing when it matches a period of history the author is interested in, understands well, or has already done closely related research for previous novels. When an author moves to a different setting, the novels are often poorly executed. Paul Doherty has concentrated on medieval Europe, a setting which (because he had been a researcher in medieval English history before turning to fiction writing) he already knew well. Occasional works with other backgrounds - seventeenth century France, for example - were not as convincing.Thus, my expectations for a Doherty novel set in the far more alien background of ancient Egypt were not high. However, The Mask of Ra turned out to be well worth reading, and I found this different background almost as convincing as that of Doherty's Hugh Corbett and Brother Athelstan series. Mind you, my knowledge of Egyptian culture is a little sketchy. I occasionally had the feeling that I was being lectured to a little to much, because Doherty expects his readers to find ancient Egypt very different from anything in their experience.The major problem with this novel is that its main characters, Amerotke and his servant Shufoy, are too similar to Hugh Corbett and his servant in both their personalities and relationship to one another. This shows a lack of imagination on Doherty's part, which really should have been avoided, particularly considering that many of the readers of this novel will have read some of the other series.

  • Melliemom
    2019-05-14 15:27

    A very good novel. The beginning was heavily filled with over-descriptions in the middle of thoughts. So much so that at times my eyes would blur and I couldn't wait to get to the next point of the story, and forgetting that I was still waiting for the current point the author was trying to make. But as the action progressed, the descriptions were less, and more helpful to understand what the author wanted us to see. It was almost like he needed to make the book longer and did so by adding as much description, line after line, as possible.But the plot was good and the facts were finally easily laid out that it made sense who was the responsible villain and why.Definetly worth reading and I am already anxious to read the next book in his series.

  • Darth
    2019-05-06 17:21

    I loved this book. The mystery is fair, and the best guess estimates of daily Egyptian life is interesting enough of its own accord even if the mystery had not been good. I recommend all of the Amerotke series.

  • Marlene Teixeira
    2019-05-25 20:42

    I don't read mysteries much, but I do love when a book can provide me with interesting information about history. It's not the first book I read from the author, so I knew what I was getting myself into, and I loved it, can't wait to read more.

  • Tim
    2019-05-20 14:22

    I give this barely 3 stars. The most enjoyable thing about the book is the setting in ancient Egypt. I haven't read anything like this before and the new-to-me culture was fun. As I read the book, I started getting worried that we wouldn't have any scenes with pyramids but we do get around to them, and that was a fun section.They have much looser rules on what constitutes evidence of a crime, but that's to be expected for thousands of years ago.There was too much of telling me stuff and not enough of showing me. For example, at one point there are different regiments (might not be the right word) of the army together in one place and we're told about the banter between them. I would have liked to have had some actual banter. What do you think ancient Egyptian army banter would sound like? We'll never know!Sometimes the events were just completely unbelievable, such as when the detective character gets a message to go out into the boonies at night to some evil temple and he goes and gets ambushed and afterwards goes on about how it never crossed his mind it might be a trap. All these people being murdered and he's digging into it and it never occurs to him that he might be in danger?!?!The other main character, the queen Hatusu kept acting out of character, from how she was established early on, without giving us a reason for it.The suspects were never fleshed out enough to make them interesting or make the mystery interesting. I wasn't trying to figure out whodunnit like I usually do in mysteries because there wasn't anything there to work with it. When the culprit is finally named at the end it seemed completely irrelevant. I didn't care.I don't expect that I will read any more of the books in this series. And since both Doherty books I've read have been just marginal, I'll probably give up on the author completely.

  • Graham
    2019-04-25 16:44

    P. C. Doherty is a prolific author of historical murder mysteries and this is the first in a series set in Ancient Egypt. I love these types of story and I was looking forward to getting my teeth into this one.The first half is pretty slow. The locations are nice, and the novel feels a little like a travelogue with plenty of descriptions of exotic locales. The second half picks up a lot. There's a great battle scene and solid research providing a good foundation for the plot.This isn't a great book by any means, but it's entertaining and solid. Fans of this genre ought to have a ball.

  • Levi
    2019-05-23 20:40

    So excited to start this series ! I'm hoping the other books arrive quickly enough for me to not stop reading . The novel is set in ancient Egypt which I love and isn't favourite setting- this is hands down one of the best novels set in this era I've read . Worth reading , characters are wonderful !

  • Dawn
    2019-04-30 15:47

    A good first book to a series. Not a stand out of either the Egyptian or mystery genres but I like the setting and the characters are fun.

  • Galder
    2019-05-24 17:30

    Haciendo una valoración global del libro diré que es una historia que me ha gustado. La novela me ha parecido que tiene dos ritmos bien diferenciados. El ritmo de la segunda mitad del libro es mucho más trepidante que la primera mitad. En la primera mitad se suceden los hechos que condicionan todo lo que ocurre en la segunda mitad y es normal que para presentar todo y no liar al lector lo haga de una manera más sosegada.Los personajes están bien construidos y en todos se pueden ver fortalezas y debilidades, virtudes y defectos. Eso es algo que siempre viene bien para acercarse más a los personajes y verlos como reales. Esto pasa con todos, desde Hatshepsut hasta el enano Shufoy.La trama está bien llevada. Además, la época de la muerte de Tutmosis II y la ascensión al trono de Hatshepsut, da mucho juego para inventar historias y situaciones con temas potentes. Se vuelve a utilizar la posibilidad de que la reina-faraón y Senenmut fueron amantes para ayudar al desarrollo de los personajes. En la nota del autor del final del libro, Paul Doherty asegura que fueron amantes, aunque yo aún no he leído o escuchado nada categórico al respecto.Una cosa que no me ha gustado es que el autor utiliza una abreviatura del nombre de Hatshepsut, Hatasu, durante todo el libro. Yo hubiese preferido que utilizara su nombre real. También he visto un fallo en el nombre Nesut-Bity de Hatshepsut: en el libro se escribe Makaat-Ra cuando en realidad es Maatkara.Entiendo el juego que da para inventar historias el hecho de utilizar lo que algunos investigadores teorizan sobre lo que según ellos se esconde debajo de las pirámides, pero a mi es algo que no me termina de encajar bien. Quizá es porque me gusta ser lo más fiel posible a la realidad a la hora de ambientar las historias, por mucha ficción que se cuente en ellas.También ha habido algunos fallos en la traducción, más que nada fallos ortográficos o gramaticales, que si bien no te sacan de la historia si hacen que no disfrutes igualmente de la lectura.Como conclusión diré que es un libro que me ha gustado y que me ha hecho pasar unos ratos muy entretenidos. Ha tenido giros interesantes hasta el mismo final de la obra, dejándome un poco sorprendido al saber quién es el autor de los diferentes actos criminales que se suceden.

  • Pamela
    2019-04-28 14:43

    Lively mystery set in Ancient Egypt. Amerotke, judge in the royal city of Thebes, investigates the sudden death of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II.I really liked the character of Amerotke, a wise and honest protagonist with some human failings. There was a lot of fascinating detail about life in Ancient Egypt - clothes, armies, religion and burial practices - but it was all really well integrated into the story, so I didn't feel like I was in a lecture. The battle scenes were exciting, and the plot moved along well.Probably 3.5 stars as I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I think there's room for the series to improve.

  • Timothy Williams
    2019-05-19 18:41

    AmazingHow did I not know about this book before. Egypt came alive for me in this book the same way it did when I was a kid watching The Ten Commandments for the first time. Perfect for people who enjoy history and a good mystery. Already a contender for the best book I'll read this year.

  • Feodora
    2019-05-12 14:22

    It was a nice historic novel but a bit boring in the end

  • Dyana
    2019-05-21 18:51

    This book is an ancient Egyptian fictional murder mystery/thriller. It is set in the capital of Thebes in 1479 BC. The story centers on the court intrigue, politics, bitter rivalry for the throne, power take-overs, and murder just before the reign of Queen/Pharaoh Hatshepsut.The story opens with the wife/half-sister of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, Hatusu (Hatshepsut), awaiting the return of her husband from a victorious military campaign. Very soon after he returns, he is found dead in front of the statue of Amun-Ra. The unexpected death is a mystery. Although he was prone to epileptic seizures, a small snake-bite is discovered on the heel of his foot. A snake is discovered on his royal barge; and it is assumed that this snake killed him, but the timing is off because the venom would have killed him before he got off the ship.Hatusu enlists the aid of Amerotke, the chief judge of the House of Two Truths to uncover the truth of how Pharaoh died. Since Captain Meneloto was in charge of the good care of Pharaoh's person and the security of the ship, he becomes the scapegoat and is brought to trial. During the testimony it is discovered that Pharaoh's personality changed after he visited the pyramids of Sakkara on the way home. Amerotke's wife, Norfret, MAY have had some past history with Meneloto, but Amerotke is an honorable, respected man who will give the man justice in a fair trial in the name of Ma'at, the Egyptian goddess of truth.Assisting Amerotke in his investigation is his friend Sethos, a high priest of Amun and a royal prosecutor; and his servant Shufoy, a dwarf whose nose has been unfairly cut off. There is also Asural, Amerotke's scribe; and Omendap, who is charge of the royal army. Both are loyal to him.Court intrigue involves who will be Regent until the young Pharaoh-to-be comes of age. Rahimere the Vizier is using his power to try and force Hatusu to spend her days in the House of Seclusion, a harem in the palace. But Hatusu aspires to be the first woman Pharaoh. We know that she achieved her goal and this story is conjecture on how she may have accomplished it. This book is rich in vivid word pictures of authentic and atmospheric descriptions of the time period - the people, culture, daily life, religion, ritual, architecture, dress, education, military battles, heat, and landscape. This is a must read for those who like ancient historical mysteries, especially those of ancient Egypt. And this is only the 1st in the series - yah!

  • Kathy
    2019-05-10 20:28

    "The Mask of Ra" is the first in the Amerotke series by Paul C. Doherty. For me, however, it ended up being the 6th book I've read in the series. That's okay. Even though I knew in advance the identity of at least one of the "bad guys", I did not know the hows or whys that motivated him, and none of this spoiled the story for me in the least. In fact, after reading a number of references to one character in later stories, it was a pleasure to meet him in the flesh, so to speak."The Mask of Ra" is a tale of court intrigue, politics, power grabs...and murder. Pharaoh Thutmosis II returns home from a victorious military campaign. Upon arriving in Thebes and receiving the welcoming adoration of his subjects and the embrace of his wife/half-sister, Hatusu, dire omens are manifesting themselves. Doves flying overhead bleed and die; the tomb being prepared for Thutmosis is desecrated and polluted. The Pharaoh himself appears distracted, and as he enters the temple to give thanks...he dies, apparently from the bite of a snake. A scapegoat is brought before Amerotke for judgment, but the judge suspects that there is more going on than meets the eye. As he begins to investigate, toes are stepped upon and lines are drawn -- those who want the child Thutmosis III, Pharaoh's son by a secondary wife, on the throne so that they can govern from behind the scenes, and those who support Hatusu. History tells us who wins out in the end, but "The Mask of Ra" gives us a look at what might have been going on during this time of turmoil and transition.As with his other Egyptian books, Doherty does a great job with setting the scene. His descriptions bring to life both the opulence of the courts of the pharaohs, as well as the squalor of the poor.

  • Carlos Rodriguez
    2019-05-17 17:36

    Quite easy reading and very enjoyable. Kind of a police novel very well put on the old Egypt environment.

  • Octavio Villalpando
    2019-05-03 22:47

    Bueno, no esperaba la gran cosa acerca de este libro, sin embargo, ¡me resultó bastante más entretenido de lo que había pensado! Se trata de una "novela histórica", y como tal, parte de un hecho histórico conocido y de ahí el autor crea una historia de ficción (en este caso una intriga) que solamente tiene la característica de estar pasando en dicho periodo, pero que bien pudo haber pasado en cualquier otro momento de la historia de la humanidad. Específicamente, el libro nos habla acerca del asenso al poder de la reina Hatshepsut, cuyo asenso al poder se dio tras la muerte de su esposo y hermano, Tutmosis II, vista a través de los ojos del incorruptible juez Amerotke. La intriga se desarrolla de una forma bastante ágil, de modo que la lectura se hace muy rápida, sin embargo no pasa de ser un excelente producto de entretenimiento, sin mayores valores literarios. Pienso que desde luego que eso no está para nada mal, sino todo lo contrario, a veces dejamos de lado el hecho de que la literatura debe de cumplir también una función de entretenimiento que a veces queremos dejar de lado. Libros como este cumplen a la perfección con ese propósito.Lo recomiendo para quien este en busca de una lectura simple pero entretenida para pasar el rato.

  • Erika
    2019-05-06 16:31

    A very enjoyable mystery/thriller set in ancient Egypt dealing with the intrigue surrounding the death of Tuthmosis II and the ascension of his sister wife Hatshepsut.The story focuses more on Amerotke, the head judge of the House of Two Truths as he in pulled in to investigate a series of murders and only briefly touches on the political intrigue. Every once in a while the author does tell the story from Hatshepsut's point of view, but these moments are kept brief which I prefer as I find it very hard if not impossible to get that engaged in a fictional story about real people when an author tries to write from their perspective since I just know that isn't possible. I find it's much easier to suspend disbelief for fully fictional characters.I really enjoyed the character of Amerotke and the colleagues and family around him already introduced and I feel the author did a good job of invoking the feeling of the culutre of ancient Egypt and the interior scenes, his description of the outdoor scenes wasn't as effective, at least within the city so I found that distracting but not horribly so as most of the book was set indoors.I'm looking forward to reading more in this series and by this author.

  • Catherine Fitzsimmons
    2019-04-26 17:31

    This is a novel that is really defined by its genre, but given the entirely unique aspect of it, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It is an ancient Egyptian murder mystery, taking place in 1479 B.C. and following the chief judge as he investigates the unexpected death of Pharoah Tuthmosis II.It was a short book at a little under 300 pages and fairly simple as far as the story went, but the setting absolutely drew me in to this novel. There was just enough detail to paint a vivid picture of an exotic world and, honestly, it really didn’t need much else. Some of the characters were interesting, such as the lead character Amerotke’s dwarf manservant Shufoy, and the plot unfolded decently, though little was revealed through the first half of the novel. The story took a couple different turns later on, but the way it ended up right back where it started brought it together nicely, and like any good mystery, all the secrets were revealed in the final few pages of the story.To be honest, there really isn’t a lot that particularly shines about this novel, but it was well written enough and the portrayal of the world alone really made it engaging. I highly enjoyed reading it.

  • Meri
    2019-05-09 19:44

    Very interesting read and a period in Ancient Egyptian history I've not read much on before. Always was curious bout how Hatshepsut had come to the throne and this story provided one way it may have happened. I do like the character or Amerotke and Shufoy. I did enjoy the read however I found the ending to be quite quick and in a way too convenient, almost like the author was trying to wrap up the story in less than 100 pages. The setting and the realism of the time period and the people and culture of Egypt were all captures perfectly. I just felt there wasn't enough detail on how Amerotke solved everything and the clues he had pieced together. I do highly recommend this book as the historical setting and detail is impeccable but it's not the best historical mystery I've read.

  • Kris
    2019-05-10 16:50

    I hate a mystery that isn't really a mystery and courtly intrigue is just everyday affair to me. It felt like about a third of the way into the book Doherty suddenly remembered that this was Hatshepsut, who was so LOATHED by her successor that he systematically destroyed her monuments and erased her name from public eye. Now suddenly he had to have a reason for her to act like a dishrag in the early part of the book so he fell back on the old issue of legitimacy. Overall the world building was wonderful but the story hung pretty flat and the mystery was horribly limp and half the time not really there at all.

  • Anna Bergmark
    2019-04-30 16:48

    You have to like your ancient history to appreciate this one. It really does its best to give you a good picture of the era, but mystery wise the plot is rather messy and unengaging. It is also quite difficult to feel close to the characters. I wouldn't go as far as to call them cardboard (like Ramses and the rest of them in the books by Christian Jacq, God preserve us!) but there's something missing. Perhaps a gap of 3500 years is a bit hard to overcome, making their feelings and driving forces difficult to figure out. Well, except queen Hatusu that is. Power grabbing and a woman struggling in a mans world seems kind of timeless somehow.

  • Kitty
    2019-05-22 22:37

    This book was great, once it got started. For me the beginning was way to slow - I mean a murder occurs and then it takes a while to be mentioned again. I guess Doherty could have been using this for effect but honestly it just took a little to long to get started.Other than that I liked the book - it had brilliant characters and Doherty knew what he was talking about. It was obvious from the use of Egyptian terminology and factual information. The plot was great the characters were amazing and if you like historical mysteries you should most definitely read it.

  • Edward Creter
    2019-04-25 14:38

    In Ancient Egypt, a special Judge handles the murder of a beloved Pharoah, pertained to have died of a snakebite. Very well written mystery that combines Raiders-esque action with Agatha Christie's solvability, though I have problems with the afterword, wherein the author claims that a kind, loving God was an invention of the Egyptians themselves. Otherwise, I'm looking forward to future adventures.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-10 20:23

    Very good mystery for mystery lovers who like their "whodunits" to take place in different time periods in history. This one takes place in one of my favorites - Ancient Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh-Queen Hatchepsut.Doherty is very readable and you do not have to be an Egyptologist to enjoy the story! He takes time out at the beginning to set the scene and to give some background information on the time-frame.

  • Emily
    2019-04-30 17:45

    It was a good as I remember it being the first time I read it (like 10 years ago). It has an Egyptian setting, one of the main characters is Haptshepsut (even though he shortened her name and that kind of pissed me off) who is one of my all time favorite historical figures , and it is about murder and intrigue of the royal court. It is a little predictable at times but the story makes you forget about that most of the time. I would recommend it!

  • Aaron Z Carlson
    2019-05-09 14:32

    Was a fascinating story that kept my attention. My second mystery novel. I was drawn to it because I enjoy Egyptian time period. The author was extremely descriptive and made you feel like you were in the story. I had read Spies of Sobek years ago and had wanted to go back and read the rest of the stories. Glad I did!

  • Erika-maye
    2019-04-28 21:29

    Possibly the worst historical fiction I have ever read. Was a real disappointment. The lowest point was the author using a phrase similar to "thinking several moves ahead, as in chess". At this point I lost all interest. I completed the book, as hate having unfinished books laying around, but very poorly researched.

  • rk 7
    2019-05-05 18:37

    I enjoyed the concept and some of the execution of the pharaoh and the imp as a right-hand-man, the second half felt a little disjointed as events happen almost at an increased pace without really dealing with them. Likewise the end felt rushed but ultimately I enjoyed the world the author created.

  • Peter Greenwell
    2019-04-25 22:41

    Average whodunnit set during the reign of Hatshepsut in Ancient Egypt (or Hatusu in the book) - doesn't come close to his Egyptian Mysteries trilogy. Not as much double dealing and treachery going on, and generally not quite on the same level writing-wise.