*Mr. Cottrell tells it like a secret. The non-fiction which proves most successful shares the story-telling tension which marks good fiction -- and it is all here. When Howard Carter, the Egyptologist sponsored by Lord Carnvaron, took one last crack at the Valley of the Kings in 1922 it was to finnish up a disappointing 5 years of excavation. Almost immediately the digging turned up new hope. First a stair, then a small tomb, (its seals unbroken) were found. Then came the day when Carter peeked through to the Antechamber of Tut's Royal Necropolis. ""We saw an incredible vision...an enchanted property room from an opera house of some great composer's dreams."" There were the words of a first hand observer and the next is made vivid throughout by the author's use of the extensive memoirs by the experts who were gathered to take every precaution against losing the treasures through mishandling. The speculations about the young king, the sensationalism that surrounded the opening of his tomb (it was supposed to be cursed) and the possible implications of its arrangement are organized into a well-told series of stories.