"Passion among the pyramids. Forged antiquities. A country at war. A camel in the garden. A cameo by Lawrence of Arabia. Add in Peters's trademark intelligent plotting, engaging characters, and stylish writing and we can hardly ask for anything more."--Cincinnati Enquirer" One of the most beloved characters in mystery/suspense fiction, ...
"Passion among the pyramids. Forged antiquities. A country at war. A camel in the garden. A cameo by Lawrence of Arabia. Add in Peters's trademark intelligent plotting, engaging characters, and stylish writing and we can hardly ask for anything more."--Cincinnati Enquirer" One of the most beloved characters in mystery/suspense fiction, archeologist and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody bravely faces gravest peril in Cairo on the eve of World War One in New York Times "bestselling Grandmaster Elizabeth Peters's magnificent Egyptian adventure, He Shall Thunder in the Sky." The San Francisco Examiner "calls these heart-racing exploits of Amelia and her courageous family, the Emersons, "pure delight." But perhaps the New York Times Book Review" states it best: "Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia--in wit and daring--by a landslide."
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I enjoy a good mystery, and Elizabeth Peters writes excellent mysteries. Warning: I had to use my dictionary a few times reading her books. She has a wonderful vocabulary! There are 19 books in this particular series, and I have read twelve of them. I look forward to finishing them!
Jul 17, 2007
Things will never be the same
It's the winter of 1914, and things are forever changing for the Emerson family. As WWI sweeps around Cairo and all within it, Ramses endures public scorn and ridicule for his pacifist views and his refusal to join the army. Unknown to most, however, he has undertaken a dangerous assignment to unmask a rebel leader smuggling weapons for the Turks. With the help (and occasionally the hindrance) of his irrepressible mother, his irascible father and the woman he has loved since he was a boy, Ramses undertakes to defend his country and his childhood friend from a ruthless enemy who is much closer to the Emersons than any of them realize.
Possibly one of the most deftly-written Peabody mysteries to date, He Shall Thunder in the Sky takes the reader through the politicially-charged climate of WWI Egypt, never failing to balance intrigue, adventure and historical accuracy with thoroughly-developed characters and the compelling relationships they share. Not only are the "children" continuing to grow and change, but so are the adults who love them best. The interaction between Amelia and her only son is handled with a surprising delicacy that does not betray any of the changes they have undergone to this point, and provides a welcome additional emotional depth to two characters that readers have already fallen in love with. Period details add spice and colour to the setting, and Peters's writing continues to shine. Sheer magic.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-05-01 The latest superb installment in this renowned series is one of Peters's best. Amelia Peabody Emerson and her husband are the sort of dauntless archeologists who would never let a minor event like a world war distract them from their work. After all, they've been digging in the mild Egyptian winters for years. Now the younger members of the family--son Ramses and foster son and daughter David and Nefret--join their intrepid elders in their adventures, and the saga is all the richer for the new blood. As the Middle Eastern front of World War I develops during the excavation season of 1914-1915, the British are determined to hold Egypt and the Suez Canal against the Turks, who are allies of Germany. Ramses is loudly proclaiming pacifist sentiments, even as elderly ladies are handing him white feathers as a symbol of cowardice. Amelia and husband Emerson are doggedly trying to continue their usual work schedule in the face of the growing horrors of the war and the machinations of villains as evil as they have ever encountered. Even Lawrence of Arabia has a minor part to play. Despite having produced 11 previous tales of Egyptological mystery and detection, Peters still writes a deeply satisfying story that combines elements of espionage, mystery and romance. Some big surprises are in store for readers while Peters deftly ties her subplots together, but a few threads are left dangling enticingly at the end, leaving fans to expect another installment in this extraordinary series. Dual Selection of the Mystery Guild. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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