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The Mask of Ra (1998)

di P. C. Doherty

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His great battles against the sea raiders in the Nile Delta have left Pharoah Tuthmosis II frail, but he finds solace in victory and in the welcome he is sure to receive on his return to Thebes. Across the river from Thebes, however, there are those who do not relish his homecoming, and a group of assassins has taken a witch to pollute the Pharaoh's unfinished tomb. Reunited with his wife, Hatusu, and his people, Tuthmosis stands before the statue of Amun-Ra, the roar of the crowd and the fanfare of trumpets ringing in his ears. But within an hour he is dead and the people of Thebes cannot forget the omen of wounded doves flying overhead. Rumours run rife, speculation sweeps the royal city and Hatusu vows to uncover the truth. With the aid of Amerotke, a respected judge of Thebes, she embarks on a path destined to reveal the great secrets of Egypt.… (altro)
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Der Pharao ist tot! Thutmosis, gerade von einer Reise zu den Pyramiden zurückgekehrt, stirbt in den Armen seiner Gattin Hatschepsut. Ein rätselhafter Tod, man vermutet einen Schlangenbiß. Die letzten Worte, die er ihr entgegenraunt: "Es ist nur eine Maske."

Der Historiker Paul Doherty, ein Fachmann für historische Krimis, verwebt in seinem Roman Die Maske des Ra äußerst geschickt Fiktion und historische Fakten. In seinem Nachwort erfahren wir, daß eine Herrscherin mit Namen Hatschepsut 1479 v. Chr. tatsächlich gelebt hat und auch einen Gemahl hatte, der unter mysteriösen Umständen ums Leben kam.

Hatschepsut setzt nach dem Tod ihres Gemahls nun alles daran, selbst an die Macht in Ägypten zu gelangen. Um dem Verdacht vorzubeugen, sie selbst habe den Mord begangen, beauftragt sie den obersten Richter des Landes, Amerotke, den Fall aufzuklären. Der weise Amerotke, eine Art Nil-Perry-Mason, wird zur Hauptfigur des Romans und führt von nun an ein gefährliches Leben. Was bedeuteten des Pharaos letzte Worte? Woran ist er wirklich gestorben? Und was hatte er in den Kammern der geheimen Cheops-Bibliothek gesucht und gefunden? (Für Wißbegierige: Unter Ägyptologen wird seit langem die Theorie vertreten, daß unter den Pyramiden und der Sphinx die verborgene Bibliothek des Cheops liegen könnte.)

Das Buch nimmt mächtig Fahrt auf, Amerotke kommt dem Rätsel schließlich auf die Spur und die Geschichte, diesmal die historisch verbürgte, besagt, daß die Herrscherin Hatschepsut zweiundzwanzig Jahre lang ihr Land regierte und es zum reichsten und bedeutendsten Staatswesen auf der Erde machte. Ging also alles nochmal gut aus. Ein echter Pyramidenthriller. Wenn nur diese Namen nicht wären! --Ravi Unger
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Als der Pharao auf rätselhafte Weise stirbt, ergreift seine Witwe Hatschepsut die Macht am ägyptischen Hof. Um nicht des Mordes bezichtigt zu werden, beauftragt sie einen angesehenen Richter mit der Aufklärung des Todesfalles. Was hat der Pharao in der geheimen Bibliothek des Cheops gefunden gefunden, die er nie hätte betreten dürfen, da sie den Priestern vorbehalten war?
Ein packender historischer Krimi über den Tod eines Pharao.
Der Historiker Paul Doherty wurde in Middlesbrough geboren und studierte Geschichte in Liverpool und Oxford. Unter verschiedenen Pseudonymen machte er sich einen Namen als Autor von blendend recherchierten und lebendig geschriebenen historischen Krimis.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein super Ägypten-Krimi, 22. Januar 2000
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"Es ist nur eine Maske..." Das sind die letzten Worte des ägyptischen Pharaos Thutmosis II., als er am Tempel des Amun-Ra tot zusammenbricht. Gegen die Widerstände am Hof ergreift nun seine Witwe Hatschepsut die Macht in Ägypten. Doch die Hauptperson dieses Buches ist nicht Hatschepsut, sondern der Richter Amerotke, der den Tod des Pharaos aufklären soll. Dieser Kriminalroman aus der Zeit der alten Ägypter ist an Spannung kaum zu übertreffen. Für den Leser ist jede Person des Mordes verdächtig, selbst der Richter Amerotke. Das Ende des Buches überrascht den Leser um so mehr, da er mit allem gerechnet hätte, nur damit nicht. Ich finde dieses Buch einen der besten Kriminalromane über die alten Ägypter, doch auch für Nicht-Ägypten-Fans ist es ein ganz besonderer Lesetipp! Auch ich wußte bis zum Ende des Buches nicht, wer der Mörder ist und ob es überhaupt einen Mörder gibt. Wie anders ist das doch bei anderen Krimis, wo man schon nach einigen Seiten den Mörder kennt. Der Autor hat es sehr gut geschafft, den Leser bis zur Grenze der Spannung zu treiben und ihm dann ein einzigartiges Geheimnis preiszugeb
  JAAKonTEXT1 | Apr 6, 2012 |
I was disappointed with The Mask of Ra. I don't think that there was a plot. Main character Amerotke, the Pharoah's Chief Judge, solved several crimes but the crimes were not connected to each other. For me, this is shocking because I love many of the author's other works. P.C. Doherty has written over 100 books and I guess they all can't be great. The Mask of Ra, however, will not stop me from reading his other books. The setting was the period of time when Hatshepsut, called Hatusu by the author, ascended to the Egyptian throne. This was an amazing time period to write about but unfortunately, the plot falls short. ( )
  Violette62 | May 30, 2011 |
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. ( )
  Kellswitch | May 16, 2011 |
1st in series by Doherty on Egyptian dynasty. This series revolves around the death of Pharoah Tuthomosis II and his widow Hatsheput.
The main protagonist becomes the judge who investigates the cases, Chief judge Amertotke. He is a likeable character. I fairly romanticize the Egyptian dynasties, so this book and it's time period works well for me. I love the characters, especially the women who have very difficult times with any type of pertinent role in society. Doherty does an entertaining job meshing it all together in this novel. I am certainly ready for the next one in the series. ( )
  FMRox | May 1, 2011 |
A su llegada triunfal a Tebas, tras una batalla dura y sangrienta, el faraón Turmosis cae ante su esposa Hatasu y muere. Amerotke, juez supremo de Tebas, es el encargado de esclarecer lo que parece un envenenamiento, pero que no tarda en complicarse con la muerte de los colaboradores de Tutmosis en lo que parece una cruenta lucha por el poder. Doherty vuelve a demostrar unas dotes inauditas para enredar al lector en una trama que avanza a gran velocidad y de la que es casi imposible escapar, y muestra por dentro los entresejos de una corrupta y peligrosa corte tebana. El comedio y sagar Amerotke es sin duda una de su más felices creaciones, y arranca con un caso realmente apasionante y lleno de sorpresas. Con La máscara de Ra inicia una serie centrada en Amerotke, un juez e investigador en Egipto
  kika66 | Feb 15, 2011 |
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In the month of Athor, the season of the water plants, the thirteenth year of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, beloved of Ra, Hatusu, Tuthmosis' only wife and half-sister, held a great banquet in her palace at Thebes.
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His great battles against the sea raiders in the Nile Delta have left Pharoah Tuthmosis II frail, but he finds solace in victory and in the welcome he is sure to receive on his return to Thebes. Across the river from Thebes, however, there are those who do not relish his homecoming, and a group of assassins has taken a witch to pollute the Pharaoh's unfinished tomb. Reunited with his wife, Hatusu, and his people, Tuthmosis stands before the statue of Amun-Ra, the roar of the crowd and the fanfare of trumpets ringing in his ears. But within an hour he is dead and the people of Thebes cannot forget the omen of wounded doves flying overhead. Rumours run rife, speculation sweeps the royal city and Hatusu vows to uncover the truth. With the aid of Amerotke, a respected judge of Thebes, she embarks on a path destined to reveal the great secrets of Egypt.

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