The Eye of Horus: A Novel of Suspense

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A fabled age of wonder and terror comes to breathtaking life in a uniquely original masterwork of suspense that seamlessly blends the mystery and majesty of an ancient land with the astounding technology of modem-day forensic investigation.
The Eye Of Horus

In Egypt in the year 1359 B.C., during the reign of the young Tutankhamen, a girl child is birthed in secret by the beautiful Nefertiti, once queen to the heretic Akhenaten. Fathered by Ramose, who is soon to become high priest of Amen, the girl is destined to be a pawn in the power struggle for the throne, caught in the deadly snare of court-temple intrigue.

Thirty-three centuries later, medical illustrator Kate McKinnon stumbles upon a disturbing mystery from this ancient world. Hired by the Egyptology department of a Denver museum to create displays for an exhibit, she encounters a fascinating enigma: the mummy of a young female, her ribs broken, her hand shattered, and a man's skull between her legs.

With the aid of radiologist Max Cavanaugh, Kate employs the most up-to-the-minute forensic and imaging techniques in hopes of unraveling the millennia-old puzzle. And as remarkable secrets come to light under their expert scrutiny, a parallel story begins to unfold of a young girl born into a nest of vipers -- and her tragic destiny in an age when stone pyramids loomed over the silently shifting sands and godlike pharaohs reigned in unimaginable splendor. As the two stories coincide -- one contemporary, the other as old and inscrutable as the Sphinx -- Kate finds herself on a twisting path laced at every turn with unexpected discoveries and peril, all leading her deep into the darkest shadows of ancient Kemet ... and ever closer to the shocking revelations of a crime so staggering, its horrific power remains undiminished by the relentless passage of time.

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The Valley of the Nile has long nourished more than cotton and date palms: its soil has proved fertile for a growing number of authors who cast back through time to explore the delicately nuanced society of the ancient Egyptians. The region also seems a natural crossroads for the archaeological endeavor and the detective impulse: witness Elizabeth Peters's widely read Amelia Peabody series (The Ape Who Guards the Balance, The Deeds of the Disturber, etc.). Peters's spirited Victorian archeologist-sleuth has new competition in Carol Thurston's Kate McKinnon, an extraordinarily talented medical illustrator who loses her heart to Tashat, a 3,300-year-old mummy whose face Kate is painstakingly recreating for a Denver museum: "Tashat's body had been tightly swathed in linen, the outer layers stiffened with gesso and varnished to seal out moisture, then covered with a series of colorful scenes framed by gold bands that Kate thought might represent the landmarks in Tashat's short life, if only she could figure out how to read them."

The growing mystery surrounding the mummy (Why was she tortured before she died? Why is a man's head between her legs? What do the drawings that cover her casket mean? What of her striking resemblance to Nefertiti?) compel Kate to join detective forces with Max Cavanaugh, a radiologist and budding Egyptologist. Thurston's ambitious narrative partners the pair's research, intuition, and wild guesses with a slowly unfolding tale of love, deceit, and political upheaval, courtesy of interspersed sequences from the journal of Senekhtenre, an unorthodox physician from 1350 B.C. His stories of Nefertiti, Akhenaten, Tutankhamen, and Aset--a fascinating and equally outrageous young girl--will reveal the tantalizing keys to the mysteries Kate and Max are intent on solving.

The Eye of Horus contains perhaps more information than is really good for it: Thurston's careful, even obsessive, research in Egyptology and forensic archaeology is evident, but the material occasionally proves too heavy a burden for the plot to carry. Her sense of pacing is often phlegmatic, when her story cries out for a light and rapid touch. But even in its boggy patches, the novel is sure to captivate those with a taste for the ancient, the modern, the mysterious, and the eerily profound. --Kelly Flynn

About the Author:

Carol Thurston has a Ph.D. in communications, has taught journalism, and has served as a political speechwriter. As a journalist, she has traveled widely from France, Germany, and the Netherlands to Morocco, writing about science as well as political issues. Thurston lives in Austin, Texas, and is currently at work on her next novel.

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