I had anxiously awaited to receive this book to read, only to find out it is basically written in journal style/letters style, with little other than 1st person dialogue. Really felt discouraged on it, probably why there was a quick turn around in putting it back on my bookshelf to trade after receiving it the first week of September 2008. No thanks I'll pass on this author if this is how he writes, I was piqued with curiosity with his 'Prague' but lesser now.
Two rather unreliable narrators -- one, probably not too bright even before he became senile and decided to write his memoirs, and the other obviously trying to impress his audience with his academic credentials and his tale -- but together you can piece together what actually happened in Egypt when two men disappeared (were murdered?) excavating a purported tomb just around the corner from King Tut's.
I laughed almost all the way to the end, when then intensity kicked in. Satire, greed, lies, money, evil around every corner. Delusional archeologist, druggie girlfriend, robber baron "master of Largesse", inept detective all combine in a well written tale spanning 20+ years. One little twist kept me from having correctly guessing the end (?). But it is really the end? We are, after all, immortal as long as someone remembers our name.
A bit slow-moving at first, but a very intriguing plot.
The book is easily lost in the author's attempt at flash-backs and flip-flopping characters. The "surprise" ending is easily discernible by the half-way point of the book and the characters are left a little flat so as to not build a report with them.
Sorry for this bad review, but I feel I wasted my money on this book and wouldn't want anyone else to plow through it just to get their money's worth!