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May 16, 2015

LUXOR Book of Past Lives by Julie Bettendorf



4 STARS

LUXOR
BOOK OF PAST LIVES
by
Julie Bettendorf

Product Details

4 STARS


THE AUTHOR
Julie Bettendorf is a world traveler, with a background in history and a degree in archaeology.  It is her dream to make history come alive for the reader - not just the history of the famous, but the history of the forgotten as well.  When she is not traveling, she lives in Portland, Oregon.


THE OVERVIEW
(from back of the book)
Set against the rich tapestry of ancient Egypt. LUXOR: Book of Past Lives is the story of Nebamun and Iramen, two brothers who are embalmers in Egypt during the era of the boy King, Tutankhamun.  It is their duty to prepare the many bodies of the dead who land on their embalming table for a journey into the afterlife.  Paralleling this ancient tale is the story of two different brothers, Abdul and Karim, who make their living by robbing the ancient tombs of Egypt in the late 1800's when the theft and sale of artifacts was at the peak.  Woven throughout the novel are the mysterious intersections of the brother's lives, though separated by thousands of years.

LUXOR: Book of Past Lives is a masterful blend of fiction and historical detail, each chapter offering a window into the past, with detailed gleaned from countless historical accounts.  It is a riveting tale of violence and greed, riches and poverty, and good and evil in the time of the pharaohs and beyond.

REVIEW
Setting: Ancient Egypt.  The book is written about the lives of Nebamun and Iramen who were brothers and embalmers during the period of Tutankhamun, the boy king. Their job was to prepare the bodies of the dead for a journey into the afterlife.   Then we have two different brothers, Abdul and Karim who rob the tombs of Egypt in the late 1800's.  This period was at its peak for the theft and sale of artifacts.  Every chapter offered a look into the historical details that is blended with fiction.   A tale of greed, violence, riches and poverty, good and evil in the long ago time of the pharaohs and long beyond.

I was given a complimentary copy of LUXOR from the author, Julie Bettendorf and Outskirts press for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

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