Review: The Osiris Curse

The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure
by Paul Crilley

osiris curseAge Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure
Hardcover: 290 pages
Publisher: Pyr
ISBN-10: 1616148578
ISBN-13: 978-1616148577

Available at Amazon
The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure

(Barry’s score 3 stars out of 5)

My thoughts:

Barry says — good.

Clearly, The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure is targeted at the younger teenage crowd and should make a good stocking-stuffer this Christmas for the young steampunk enthusiast.  Even this 55 year-old enjoyed portions of this book.

It was a pleasant read that made me feel a little nostalgic for Scooby Doo.  I imagine that I would have loved this book at age 10.  The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure has some cute ideas and dialogue.

I give The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure 3 stars out of 5 and recommend it for the kids.

Product description:

When Nikola Tesla is murdered and blueprints for his super weapons are stolen, Tweed and Nightingale are drawn into a global cat and mouse chase with his killers. What’s more, it seems that the people who shot Nikola Tesla are the same people responsible for Octavia’s mother’s disappearance. As the two cases intertwine, Tweed and Nightingale’s investigations lead them to a murdered archeologist and a secret society called The Hermetic Order of Osiris. Fleeing the cult’s wrath, they go undercover on the luxury airship, The Albion, setting out on her maiden voyage to Tutankhamen’s View, a five star hotel built in the hollowed-out and refurbished Great Pyramid of Giza.

In Egypt, the duo begin to unravel the terrible truth behind Tesla’s death, a secret so earth-shattering that if revealed it would mean rewriting the entire history of the world. But if the cult’s plans aren’t stopped, Britain may lose the future.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pyr. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: The Exodus Reality

exodusThe Exodus Reality: Unearthing the Real History of Moses, Identifying the Pharaohs, and Examing the Exodus from Egypt
by Scott Alan Roberts, John Richard Ward

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: New Page Books
ISBN-10: 1601632916
ISBN-13: 978-1601632913

The Exodus Reality: Unearthing the Real History of Moses, Identifying the Pharaohs, and Examing the Exodus from Egypt

(Barry’s score 5 out of 5 stars)

My thoughts:

Barry says — excellent.

The Exodus Reality is a book by John Richard Ward and Scott Alan Roberts that explores their theories that Moses was an actual person. Roberts traces the Senenmut theory while Ward follows the Hapu theory. Each author has his own Preface and Appendix.

As is my usual habit, I started with the back of the book. Though the book has an A and B Appendix, the rest of the Notes, Bibliography, and Index were merged into easy to navigate sections.  The nice beefy notes section should make for a great resource when doing your own research on the topic.

The book was as entertaining as it was informative. I enjoyed shifting gears with each theory. Having said that, the pictures were priceless (many in color). I suppose by favorite picture was of Roberts and Ward making mud bricks.

All in all, I give  The Exodus Reality 5 stars out of 5. I highly recommend it for your home library.

Product description:

ScottyJohn1In this groundbreaking work, the authors reexamine humanity’s most enduring account of bondage, emancipation, and freedom. The Great Exodus is the story of how one man, empowered by divine epiphany, brought the mighty ancient kingdom of Egypt to its knees. For thousands of years, this story has bolstered the faithful of three major religions, though little historical data confirms it. So the question must be asked: Did it ever really happen?

Roberts, a historian and theologian, and Ward, an archaeologist, Egyptologist, and anthropologist, dig deeply into historical records to answer the most vexing questions:

  • Is there any historical evidence for the biblical account of the Great Exodus?
  • Was Moses a real person?
  • Where is the Biblical Mount Sinai?
  • What is the Ark of the Covenant, and where did it come from?
  • Why did Moses write about the Serpent and the Nephilim?
  • Is there a Templar and Masonic connection to the events and personages in the story?

Did the Exodus take place under Amenhotep II or Amenhotep III, two pharaohs of the same royal house separated by two generations and 80-odd years? Or were Thutmoses III, Hatshepsut, and Amenhotep Son of Hapu at the core of the action? The authors present two opposing, yet strangely interlaced historical accounts for the Exodus, naming the historical pharaohs and surprising candidates for the historical Moses. While Roberts presents an account that finds its moorings in the efficacy of scriptural historicity, Ward presents a new and completely unique theory for the Exodus and its cast of characters.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books and Warwick Associates. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

In my mailbox: The Exodus Reality

The Exodus Reality: Unearthing the Real History of Moses, Identifying the Pharaohs, and Examining the Exodus from Egypt

Scott Alan Roberts, and John Richard Ward

exodus

I’ve read quite a bit of this book in ebook form, but ebooks when out of sight are out of mind and I’ve forgotten to finish this little jewel. At any rate, I got the paper version today. The book is available the 21st of this month and I let you know what I think of it shortly before it hits the bookstores.

In this groundbreaking work, the authors reexamine humanity’s most enduring account of bondage, emancipation, and freedom. The Great Exodus is the story of how one man, empowered by divine epiphany, brought the mighty ancient kingdom of Egypt to its knees. For thousands of years, this story has bolstered the faithful of three major religions, though little historical data confirms it. So the question must be asked: Did it ever really happen?

Roberts, a historian and theologian, and Ward, an archaeologist, Egyptologist, and anthropologist, dig deeply into historical records to answer the most vexing questions:

•Is there any historical evidence for the biblical account of the Great Exodus?

•Was Moses a real person?

•Where is the Biblical Mount Sinai?

•What is the Ark of the Covenant, and where did it come from?

•Why did Moses write about the Serpent and the Nephilim?

•Is there a Templar and Masonic connection to the events and personages in the story?

Did the Exodus take place under Amenhotep II or Amenhotep III, two pharaohs of the same royal house separated by two generations and 80-odd years? Or were Thutmoses III, Hatshepsut, and Amenhotep Son of Hapu at the core of the action? The authors present two opposing, yet strangely interlaced historical accounts for the Exodus, naming the historical pharaohs and surprising candidates for the historical Moses. While Roberts presents an account that finds its moorings in the efficacy of scriptural historicity, Ward presents a new and completely unique theory for the Exodus and its cast of characters.

Books available this fall

Ancient Mysteries

The Exodus RealityUnearthing the Real History of Moses, Identifying the Pharaohs, and Examing the Exodus from Egypt
by Scott Alan Roberts & Dr. John Ward
October 13 Release
In this groundbreaking working, the authors reexamine humanity’s most enduring account of bondage, emancipation, and freedom.  Roberts, a historian and theologian, and Ward, an archaeologist, Egyptologist, and anthropologist, dig deeply into historical records to answer the most vexing questions regarding the Great Exodus.

The Lost Colonies of Ancient America: A Comprehensive Guide to the the Pre-Columbian Visitors Who Really Discovered America
By Frank Joseph
October 13 Release
Phoenicians, Vikings, Egyptians, Sumerians, Minoans, Romans, Celts, ancient Hebrews, Indonesians, Africans, Chinese, Japanese, Welsh, Irish, and the Knights Templar all made their indelible, if neglected mark on our land. This work not only describes each of the various peoples who influenced pre-Columbian history, but it also offers fresh evidence demonstrating the extent of their impact on the American continents.

Remnants of the Gods: A Visual Tour of Alien Influence in Egypt, Spain, France, Turkey, and Italy

English: Writer Erich von Däniken. Česky: Spis...

by Erich von Daniken
November 13 Release
Featuring more than 160 color photos and illustrations, Erich reveals the secrets of “impossible buildings” in Europe and the Mediterranean region, describes “crazy facts”, and relentlessly exposes false doctrines.

Viral Mythology: How the Truth of the Ancients Was Encoded and Passed Down Through Legend, Art, and Architecture
by Marie D. Jones & Larry Flaxman
January 14 Release
This book will examine how information went “viral” long before the Internet, and served as the foundation for mythology, sacred architecture, and symbolic imagery throughout the ancient world.

Conspiracy

For Nobody’s Eyes Only: Missing Government Files and Hidden Archives That Document the Truth Behind the Most Enduring Conspiracy Theories
by Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern
Nick Redfern

October 13 Release
Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, government agencies have declassified millions of pages of documents on numerous subjects. But there are other files, many of a far more intriguing nature than those the government has already released.  This book picks the locks to the secret vaults “they” don’t want any of us to see.

BBC News – Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images

Saqqara pyramid

Saqqara pyramid Two new finds are at Saqqara, an older but lesser known pyramid site than Giza

Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.

More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.

Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids.

The work has been pioneered at the University of Alabama in Birmingham by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak.

She says she was amazed at how much she and her team has found.

“We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the “Aha!” moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we’d found and I couldn’t believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt.

via BBC News – Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images.

A frail King Tut died from malaria, broken leg – Yahoo! News

 

A frail King Tut died from malaria, broken leg

 

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2007 file photo, an archaeological worker looks across at AP – FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2007 file photo, an archaeological worker looks across at the face of the linen-wrapped …

 

By PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press Writer Paul Schemm, Associated Press Writer Tue Feb 16, 4:54 pm ET

CAIRO – Egypt’s most famous pharaoh, King Tutankhamun, was a frail boy who suffered from a cleft palate and club foot. He died of complications from a broken leg exacerbated by malaria and his parents were most likely brother and sister.

Two years of DNA testing and CT scans on Tut’s 3,300-year-old mummy and 15 others are helping end many of the myths surrounding the boy king. While a comparatively minor ruler, he has captivated the public since the 1922 discovery of his tomb, which was filled with a stunning array of jewels and artifacts, including a golden funeral mask.

The study, which will be published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, provides the firmest family tree yet for Tut. The tests pointed to Pharaoh Akhenaten, who tried to revolutionize ancient Egyptian religion to worship one god, as Tut’s father. His mother was one of Akhenaten’s sisters, it said.

Tut, who became pharaoh at age 10 in 1333 B.C., ruled for just nine years at a pivotal time in Egypt’s history. Speculation has long swirled over his death at 19. A hole in his skull fueled speculation he was murdered, until a 2005 CT scan ruled that out, finding the hole was likely from the mummification process. The scan also uncovered the broken leg.

The newest tests paint a picture of a pharaoh whose immune system was likely weakened by congenital diseases. His death came from complications from the broken leg — along with a new discovery: severe malaria.

The team said it found DNA of the malaria parasite in several of the mummies, some of the oldest ever isolated.

"A sudden leg fracture possibly introduced by a fall might have resulted in a life threatening condition when a malaria infection occurred," the JAMA article said.

"Tutankhamun had multiple disorders… He might be envisioned as a young but frail king who needed canes to walk," it said.

The revelations are in stark contrast to the popular image of a graceful boy-king as portrayed by the dazzling funerary artifacts in his tomb that later introduced much of the world to the glory of ancient Egypt.

They also highlighted the role genetics play in some diseases. The members of the 18th dynasty were closely inbred and the DNA studies found several genetic disorders in the mummies tested such as scoliosis, curvature of the spine, and club feet.

Dr. Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan, said some of King Tut’s ailments including his bone disease likely were the result of his parents’ incestuous marriage. Children born to parents who are so closely related to each other would be prone to genetic problems, he said.

Like his father, Tutankhamun had a cleft palate. Like his grandfather, he had a club foot and suffered from Kohler’s disease which inhibits the supply of blood to the bones of the foot.

In Tut’s case it was slowly destroying the bones in his left foot — an often painful condition, the study said. It noted that 130 walking sticks and canes were discovered in Tut’s tomb, some of them appeared to have been used.

Egypt’s top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, who co-authored the study, noted that more than 80 years after Tutankhamun’s discovery, technology was revealing secrets about the pharaoh.

The study is part of a wider program to test the DNA of hundreds of mummies to determine their identities and their family relations. To conduct the tests, Egypt built two DNA labs to follow international protocols for genetic testing.

Hawass, who had long opposed DNA testing on Egypt’s mummies because it would have been performed outside the country, acknowledged his original skepticism. "I never thought that we would really reach a great important discovery," he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The new study answered long-standing questions about Tutankhamun’s family, tracing his grandfather to Pharaoh Amenhotep III. While some archaeologists have speculated that Tut’s father was a little-known figure, Smenkhkare, it now appears that it was Akhenaten, who attempted to change millennia of religious tradition by forcing the country to worship the sun god Aten, instead of a multiplicity of deities.

DNA tests pinpointed the mummy of Tut’s mother — and confirmed she was a sister of his father — but the mummy has not yet been firmly identified. Brother-sister marriages were common among Egypt’s pharaohs.

"There is a lot fuzziness about the succession and that’s why knowing Tutankhamun was the son or direct blood descendant would make a difference," said Salima Ikram, an Egyptologist at the American University in Cairo and an expert on mummies.

The tests also disproved speculation that Tutankhamun and members of his family suffered from rare disorders that gave them feminine attributes and misshapen bones, including Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that can result in elongated limbs.

The theories arose from the artistic style and statues of the period, which showed the royal men with prominent breasts, elongated heads and flared hips.

"It is unlikely that either Tutankhamun or Akhenaten actually displayed a significantly bizarre or feminine physique," the article said.

Hawass’ first high profile discovery involving DNA tests, the identification of the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut, came under criticism because it didn’t follow accepted scientific protocols and was not published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

The tests were also not confirmed by a second, independent DNA lab.

This time the work by the Supreme Council of Antiquities DNA lab was replicated by a second DNA lab set up at Cairo University and the results were then published in the American medical journal.

Angelique Corthals, an assistant professor of forensic science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York helped set up the first Egyptian lab and said the work is being conducted according to international standards.

Hawass predicted that many more discoveries were in the works for King Tutankhamun and the mummy project.

"It will never be revealed completely, still we need more research," he said. "We finished the first great part of the mystery and the second one is coming soon in one year."

A frail King Tut died from malaria, broken leg – Yahoo! News

Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves – Yahoo! News

 

In this undated photo released by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities on 

CAIRO (Reuters) – New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt’s chief archaeologist said on Sunday.

Films and media have long depicted slaves toiling away in the desert to build the mammoth pyramids only to meet a miserable death at the end of their efforts.

"These tombs were built beside the king’s pyramid, which indicates that these people were not by any means slaves," Zahi Hawass, the chief archaeologist heading the Egyptian excavation team, said in a statement.

"If they were slaves, they would not have been able to build their tombs beside their king’s."

He said the collection of workers’ tombs, some of which were found in the 1990s, were among the most significant finds in the 20th and 21st centuries. They belonged to workers who built the pyramids of Khufu and Khafre.

Hawass had earlier found graffiti on the walls from workers calling themselves "friends of Khufu" — another sign that they were not slaves.

The tombs, on the Giza plateau on the western edge of Cairo, are 4,510 years old and lie at the entrance of a one-km (half mile)-long necropolis.

Hawass said evidence had been found showing that farmers in the Delta and Upper Egypt had sent 21 buffalo and 23 sheep to the plateau every day to feed the builders, believed to number around 10,000 — or about a tenth of Greek historian Herodotus’s estimate of 100,000.

These farmers were exempted from paying taxes to the government of ancient Egypt — evidence that he said underscored the fact they were participating in a national project.

The first discovery of workers’ tombs in 1990 came about accidentally when a horse stumbled on a brick structure 10 meters (yards) away from the burial area.

Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves – Yahoo! News

Cave Complex Allegedly Found Under Giza Pyramids

Aug. 13, 2009 — An enormous system of caves, chambers and tunnels lies hidden beneath the Pyramids of Giza, according to a British explorer who claims to have found the lost underworld of the pharaohs.

Populated by bats and venomous spiders, the underground complex was found in the limestone bedrock beneath the pyramid field at Giza.

“There is untouched archaeology down there, as well as a delicate ecosystem that includes colonies of bats and a species of spider which we have tentatively identified as the white widow,” British explorer Andrew Collins said.

Collins, who will detail his findings in the book “Beneath the Pyramids” to be published in September, tracked down the entrance to the mysterious underworld after reading the forgotten memoirs of a 19th century diplomat and explorer.

“In his memoirs, British consul general Henry Salt recounts how he investigated an underground system of ‘catacombs’ at Giza in 1817 in the company of Italian explorer Giovanni Caviglia,” Collins said.

The document records that the two explored the caves for a distance of “several hundred yards,” coming upon four large chambers from which stretched further cave passageways.

With the help of British Egyptologist Nigel Skinner-Simpson, Collins reconstructed Salt’s exploration on the plateau, eventually locating the entrance to the lost catacombs in an apparently unrecorded tomb west of the Great Pyramid.

Indeed, the tomb featured a crack in the rock, which led into a massive natural cave.

“We explored the caves before the air became too thin to continue. They are highly dangerous, with unseen pits and hollows, colonies of bats and venomous spiders,” said Collins.

According to Collins, the caves — which are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years old — may have both inspired the development of the pyramid field and the ancient Egyptian’s belief in an underworld.

via Cave Complex Allegedly Found Under Giza Pyramids

Mummies found in newly discovered tomb in Egypt – Yahoo News

 

 

CAIRO – A storeroom housing about two dozen ancient Egyptian mummies has been unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb during the latest round of excavations at the vast necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo, archaeologists said Monday.

The tomb was located at the bottom of a 36-foot deep shaft, said Egypts top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass. Twenty-two mummies were found in niches along the tombs walls, he said.

Eight sarcophagi were also found in the tomb. Archaeologists so far have opened only one of the sarcophagi — and found a mummy inside of it, said Hawass assistant Abdel Hakim Karar. Mummies are believed to be inside the other seven, he said.

The “storeroom for mummies” dates back to 640 B.C. during the 26th Dynasty, which was Egypts last independent kingdom before it was overthrown by a succession of foreign conquerors beginning with the Persians, Hawass said. But the tomb was discovered at an even older site in Saqqara that dates back to the 4,300-year-old 6th Dynasty, he said.

via Mummies found in newly discovered tomb in Egypt – Yahoo News.

King Tuts Father IDd in Stone Inscription: Discovery News

An inscribed limestone block might have solved one of historys greatest mysteries — who fathered the boy pharaoh King Tut.

“We can now say that Tutankhamun was the child of Akhenaten,” Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypts Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Discovery News.

The finding offers evidence against another leading theory that King Tut was sired by the minor king Smenkhkare.

Hawass discovered the missing part of a broken limestone block a few months ago in a storeroom at el Ashmunein, a village on the west bank of the Nile some 150 miles south of Cairo.

Once reassembled, the slab has become “an accurate piece of evidence that proves Tut lived in el Amarna with Akhenaten and he married his wife, Ankhesenamun,” while living in el Amarna, Hawass said.

via King Tuts Father IDd in Stone Inscription: Discovery News.

%d bloggers like this: