Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist, together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade This ...Show synopsisJoin our plucky Victorian Egyptologist, together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade This time Amelia and her dashing husband Emerson set off for a promising archaeological site in the Sudan, only to be unwillingly drawn into the search for an African explorer and his young bride who went missing twelve years back. They survive the rigours of the desert, the death of their camels, and the perfidy of their guides, only to find themselves taken prisoner in a lost city and civilisation. Amelia and Emerson must bravely continue making archaeological finds while doing their best to rescue the innocent...and themselves.Hide synopsis
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I am a total fan of the Amelia Peabody Emerson series of novels. I discovered them about a year ago and having a daughter that is an Archaeologist, married to an Egyptologist, who lives in Egypt I have especially enjoyed the books. Now after having visited Egypt for the first time in December I can visualize the places described in the books. Elizabeth Peters can transport the reader to the turn of the century when many of the Archaelogical discoveries were initially made. i.e. the period of Harold Carter and others. This particular novel has the Emersons transported to the age of the Ancient religious practices through a lost civilization that has continued by staying hidden to the rest of civilization. The result is an exciting adventure filled with intrigue and danger as they land in the middle of a power struggle between two brothers for the kingship. We get a view into how the people lived and died in the times.
This was my first experience with an Elizabeth Peters novel. I enjoyed the story. Peters" sense of humor blended in well. The Egyptian background for the book was intriguing. Although I found the book entertaining, there were times that I found myself losing focus due to some of the seemingly endless "babbling" by various characters. While this added to some of the humor, it also created periods of boredom, for lack of a better word. Overall, however, it was still a good read.
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