He Shall Thunder in the Sky

He Shall Thunder in the Sky

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Amelia and Emerson Peabody travel to Egypt to continue their archaeological work, but a nationalist is stirring up trouble in the town where they are working, and Amelia's nemesis, Sethos, has apparently re-emerged.

Blackwell North Amer
The pursuit of knowledge must never be deterred by Man's folly. So the close of 1914 finds Amelia Peabody and her husband Radcliffe Emerson back in Egypt for another season of archaeological excavation.
Trouble is brewing in Cairo and the defiantly pacifist stance of Amelia and Emerson's headstrong son Ramses is earning the young man the derision, and much worse, of the British expatriate community. Meanwhile, the charismatic nationalist el Wardani is said to be fomenting insurrection in the ancient city. And since there is no way to stand outside the political hurricane that is suddenly threatening their lives, Amelia plunges directly into it.
When el Wardani escapes a police dragnet, thanks to the direct intervention of Amelia and Emerson, the family's stake in a perilous game is raised considerably. But it's Ramses' strange secret role in it that could truly bring ruin down upon all their heads. However, there is more than intrigue and espionage, plots and counterplots, at work here. For an artifact uncovered at a Giza dig - an exquisite sculpture found where it ought not to be - confirms Amelia's most unsettling suspicion: that the chaos consuming Cairo has masked nefarious reemergence of Amelia's villainous arch-nemesis, Sethos, the Master Criminal.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2000]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780380976591
Branch Call Number: MYS Peters, E 100.12 2000
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 07, 2016

The multiple subplots hold together in this series entry better than in some. The humor is, as always, superb. I've recently read a bio of Lawrence of Arabia, and clearly Peters has done a lot of research on the period for this book, as many historical characters play bit parts in this story. Many loose ends of prior series entries get tied together. And the surprise ending make clear that there will be more books to come--but not precisely what we can expect from this writer who has her characters well under control. I docked her half a star for a slow start, but once the action begins, it's fast and furious.

Feb 21, 2016

I read them all, enjoyed them all. Elizabeth Peters was a bright star.

Jan 07, 2014

Amelia Peabody #12

I've enjoyed this series, for the Egyptian archeology as well as the parody of characters, but the few books before this book had begun to drag a bit.

This one tied a lot of things together. I was fascinated by the German/Turkish intrigue in Egypt and the naivete of some--but not all-- of the British; the archeology was less involved, but still there were interesting facets and the author's referring to changes in Egypt and archeology in the few years since the first book took pace. This book brought to a climax the issues dealing with "evil" characters but also left open much more for the future.


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