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Strong is the Ma'at of Re, Book 1: The King

Score: 5.00 (votes: 3)

In Ancient Egypt, C1200 BCE, bitter contention and resentment, secret coups and assassination attempts may decide the fate of those who would become any means necessary.

That he is descended from Ramesses the Great fills Ramesses III with obscene pride. Elevated to the throne following a coup led by his father Setnakhte during the troubled days of Queen Tausret, Ramesses III sets about creating an Egypt that reflects the glory days of Ramesses the Great. He takes on his predecessor's throne name, names his sons after the sons of Ramesses and pushes them toward similar duties. Most of all, he thirsts after conquests like those of his hero grandfather.

Ramesses III assumes the throne name of Usermaatre, translated as "Strong is the Ma'at of Re" and endeavours to live up to the sentiment. He fights foreign foes, as had Ramesses the Great; he builds temples throughout the Two Lands, as had Ramesses the Great, and he looks forward to a long, illustrious life on the throne of Egypt, as had Ramesses the Great.

Alas, his reign is not meant to be. Ramesses III faces troubles at home--troubles that threaten the stability of Egypt and his own throne. The struggles for power between his wives, his sons, and even the priests of Amun, together with a treasury drained of its wealth, all force Ramesses III to question his success as the scion of a legend.

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  • Sara Jane Sesay (Amazon customer)
    Sep 20, 2017, 07:37
    How Max keeps having one spectacular book after another is mind boggling to me. As a professed Egyptophile and someone who, after many journeys to Egypt, knows enough to be dangerous, I find his books not only entertaining but also steeped in the history of the time. Much of the history is still not known or is controversial among Egyptologists but Max fills in with plausible details. This book is no exception. I hope to see many more books from Max on the subject of Egypt. Once again hats off to my fave author.
  • Dr. Robert Rich, author
    Sep 20, 2017, 07:35
    visit ancient Egypt

    I know that Max Overton’s ancient Egypt books have many fans. They will love this book, as will anyone else fascinated by ancient history.
    It is fiction -- but it is also serious historical research. How can that be? Well, go to a museum and gape at the dinosaurs. No one knows what they really looked like. Experts considered a few teeth and other bones, fossilised imprints in mud turned to stone, and similar cues, then used imagination to construct the best guess available. This is exactly what Max has done for an important period in the past of our civilisation.
    Writing about a strange culture presents a person with a difficult choice: staying true to the unfamiliar complexities, or making the book as readable as possible for the lay reader. Max’s solution has been a quite long set of introductory notes, which is essential reading if you want to understand the names of people and places, the roles, and a few of the customs. There is nothing wrong with this in a work of history, but is not a good start for a novel. Even with the notes, the first three chapters or so are difficult reading because of hard-to-pronounce names.
    However, the effort is worth it. This is a story of the clash of wills, of intrigue and love and hate, like any good story. So, if you are interested in ancient history, you must read this book, the first of three in the planned series.
  • Tammarah (Amazon customer)
    Sep 20, 2017, 07:35
    Fascinating Fantastic Historical Fiction

    Nobody writes Historical fiction about ancient Egypt better than Max Overton. I completely enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one. They always make me wish I'd studied archeology. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this, and all Max Overton Egyptian books. Please write more!!!
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