The Amarnan Kings Book 1: Scarab - Akhenaten by Max Overton (Historical: Egyptian)

 
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Shawn Weisser for yougottaread reviews (http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2010/12/review-scarab-akhenaten-book-one-of.html
Rating: You Need to Read

I read Scarab-Akhenaten in two days and probably could have read it in one but life interfered. I did not put the book down for anything less than necessary. I truly enjoyed the story of Egyptian kings, queens, family, and royal life with all of the pettiness and power-hungry alliances. Max Overton wrote an interesting book in an enjoyable fashion. The story begins in the 1950's with a discovery of lost Egyptian royalty and leads into the story of Scarab and her famous family. I enjoyed the look into Egyptian life and politics. Overton explained all of the marriages and family lines in an understandable manner and I was able to easily keep track. I love they way the book ends with the first half of Scarab's life and I am excited to read the sequel to this book to find out more.
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Elizabeth (Amazon Reviewer)
Feb 15, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just Wow.

Max Overton - Master Wordsmith. Honestly..... buy it!! Buy it! Buy it! Buy it! Then Wishlist the next four books in the series, put the kettle on and get ready for a REAL story.

It was captivating and thought provoking. This book is just one "chapter" of a long lifetime which is covered from start to finish through the five books in the series. My review today is not only about this book but the entire series.

Mr Overton has taken a name that history has remembered only twice and blown the breath of life into a strong, vibrant young woman. Her entire life....with all the hardship, the betrayals, the scheming plotting relatives, the love, the loss, the fear, the joy, the....LIFE! Life in all it's ugly, painful, joyous, beautiful, messy glory.

The style of writing is very clever and very insightful. Mr Overton has shared a lot of historical fact throughout the story adding authenticity to Scarab's life. At other times, he's drawn on Biblical inspiration and raised some interesting questions.

The story is told not purely from Scarab's point of view, but occasionally switches to other significant characters too, giving us some insight into their motives and mannerisms. I didn't notice any typo's or grammatical errors.

Great plot - heaps of twists along the way.

Fascinating characters - whom I either loved and loathed depending on their role in the story. I don't think I've ever hated a "bad guy" more than Ay.

Beautiful setting(s) - makes me want to buy a plane ticket and see it for myself but I was there... I saw Kemet! I saw the White Walls and the temples, I saw the hot desert and I sailed the river along with Scarab. It takes a true wordsmith to take you back to ancient Kemet.

Some fascinating theories about the Exodus.... it's so plausible. It takes a great mind to piece all of that together and tell such a wonderful story in such a skilful manner.

The start and close of each book is set in 1940's (...or was it the 30's....??) Syria and by the end of the series I was deeply invested in the archaeological team despite their "small" part in the story. That was clever Mr Overton....that was just pure unadulterated clever.
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MARTHA A. DELRIO "Mystic Priestess" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AS85EFB9PCXVU/ref=cm_cr_pr_pdp)
Oct 17, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fiction with accuracy, October 17, 2012

This review is from: The Amarnan Kings Book 1: Scarab - Akhenaten
(Paperback)

SCARAB is a very enjoyable fictional novel with many accurate details about what life was like in Ancient Egypt. Everyday archeologists and anthropologists are finding new clues to old civilizations. I really enjoyed the picture Mr. Overton captured into the lives of the regular people as well as the royal families. I am keeping this novel forever and will read further Max Overton tales.
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Seshat (Amazon Review)
Dec 4, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, December 4, 2012

This review is from: The Amarnan Kings Book 1: Scarab - Akhenaten (Kindle Edition)

Love this book. The writing is so good, it's hard to put it down. Truly a page turner, after reading this one I intend to get the whole Amarnan collection on my Kindle fire. If you like all things Ancient Egypt, you'll love this book.
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SignoftheTimes - Amazon Reviewer
Feb 2, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, February 2, 2013

This review is from: The Amarnan Kings Book 5: Scarab - Horemheb (Kindle
Edition)

The whole 5 book series were a wonderful read that I highly recommend to anyone who loves ancient Egyptian history. The series starts with the heretic king Ahkenaten and ends up with Pharoah Horemheb as seen through the eyes of Ahkenatens' sister, Beketaten, or Scarab.
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Rhonda (Amazon Reviewer)
Feb 15, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars Egyptian, December 19, 2012

This review is from: The Amarnan Kings Book 1: Scarab - Akhenaten (Kindle Edition)

This book was very good. From non-fictional literature I have read, this book accurately described the characters and life times of this century
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Amazon Reviewer: Mary Lee Starnes "momcatva" (Virginia USA)
Feb 23, 2013
The story of "The Heretic King" of Egypt...with a twist. Mesmerizing from the start. Anyone who loves Ancient Egyptian fiction will surely love this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling!
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Mr C. E. Strauss (Amazon Verified Purchase)
Apr 11, 2013
The six books of the Scarab series are the best Egyptian historical fiction I have ever read, and the courtesy and kindness of Max Overton to his readers is second to none. I will most likely be indulging myself in more of Max Overton's books.
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KindleKip (Amazon Review)
Sep 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hike Up Your Kilt and read it at any level
Yes, it's a long series. Yes it's historical fiction. Yes, there is academic bits to anchor the place and the daily life. So what? It is more credible than Vampires or the inbreeding of European/Asia nobles. It does bring the ancient world into a more human perspective. It frighteningly shows how slowly change comes especially with a philosopher King. And what does a power have to do to maintain regional peace? all in all a book series which could be a young adult book or a more mature reader's entrance to an Egyptian trip if one didn't want to read current guide books.
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