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Elizabeth Peters , Barbara Rosenblat
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Mar 2003
This is the fifteenth adventure for Amelia, Emerson and the whole Peabody-Emerson clan! At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond (yet firm) grandmother, hopes that for once, this will be a quiet year with Ramses no longer undertaking perilous missions for British intelligence and no old enemies on their trail. Amelia is sadly mistaken. Past dangers cast shadows across the seemingly peaceful present, and a new adversary - unlike any Amelia has ever encountered - will chart a course that puts her beloved family directly in the path of destruction.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060527846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060527846
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 11.3 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,348,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'I can't wait for the next Peabody story... I really do think [Elizabeth Peters'] books are great entertainment.' Angela Ripon * 'A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key.' Washington Post Book World * 'Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones... accomplished entertainment.' Guardian" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters is a prolific and successful novelist with over fifty novels to her credit. She is internationally renowned for her mystery stories, especially those featuring indomitable heroine Amelia Peabody. She lives in a historic farmhouse in Frederick, Maryland, with six cats and two dogs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia Peabody is back on form in this book 4 Jun 2003
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Children of the Storm brings a welcome return to form of Amelia, her husband, Emerson, their son, Ramses and his wife, Nefret along with all their ever expanding family in tow - and in this case, that is virtually every one - ligitimate, illigitimate and extended are involved in the storm that plagues another of their archeological expeditions. The Great War is over, but the effects of the conflict still linger as the Emerson family prepare for another season in Luxor. Before long, some valuable artifacts are stolen form the home of one of the Emersons' closest friends which causes concern and suspicion. Then Ramses has a strange encounter with a lady disguised as the goddess, Hathor. Other members of the family are threatened and suffer misfortune. Before long, a not so fresh corpse is found and is somehow linked to the attacks on the family and Amelia must use all her skills to get to the bottom of the mystery before another little incident finishes off one of them.
For those not in the know, this is the 15th book in the series that was first set in the late Victorian era about the adventures of a lady Eygptologist, Amelia Peabody and her family and over the subsequent books progressed to the beginning of the 20th Century. It was originally written from the acerbic point of view of Amelia, but later books introduced another narrator which gives another perspective to the proceedings of the adventure. This is not a book for new readers to the series as much of the it follows on from the previous book, The Golden One. It would be advisable to read Crocodile on the Sandbank first, and work your way through the series, or failing that, read from Seeing A Large Cat onwards.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Good Fun 13 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Amelia Peabody's family has grown up and grown in number and all of them seem to be in this novel !! Perhaps there are a few too many chacters but for those of us who know and love Elizabeth Peters' creations this is a very satisfying novel. It contains possible hallucinations, young love, precocious children, a last minute dash down the Nile to save someone in distress, criminals who are masters of disguise and Amelia's meddling and organising spirit to the full. Immensely satisfying, a good read, a plot which is not that obvious and potential for sequels which may tie up some of the loose ends. For once this is a series of novels which has not degenerated with each new title but where the writing becomes stonger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Emerson-Peabodies! 30 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
As the most recent item in my Peabody collectibles, this book is a wonderful read. The droll humour of Amelia Peabody and the adventures never fail to engage my imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Fifteen in a Wonderful Series of Books 15 July 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Peters was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

The Amelia Peabody books may or may not be an acquired taste, personally I love them. They are set in Victorian times when there were still very strict rules of etiquette and polite behaviour was the norm. Although most of the books are set in Egypt, in the desert under very trying conditions and extremely hot weather the `English' way of life was still expected to be adhered to, sometimes with quite hilarious consequences.

Amelia Peabody is Elizabeth Peters' best loved and brilliant creation, a thoroughly Victorian feminist who takes the stuffy world of archaeology by storm with her no nonsense dress sense and forthright opinions.

Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson, an Egyptologist of some renown are planning for another season excavating in Egypt. The Great War is over and travel and transport are slowly getting back to normal after the chaos of the war years, although even that had not stopped them from going to their beloved Egypt.
The whole family are delighted that Ramses and Nefret have become parents and Amelia hopes that this year of all years is a little quieter, particular for Ramses who had as they say a busy war.

But Amelia is sadly mistaken, instead of being able to take on her role of the doting (but firm) grandmother, a new adversary, unlike any Amelia has encountered before forces their way into the group and plots a course that will put Amelia's beloved family in imminent danger . . .
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Multiple Motives Mystify Amelia! 25 Jun 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before commenting on this novel, let me observe that it would be an unhappy error to begin the 15 book Amelia Peabody series with Children of the Storm. You would have a very hard time keeping track of all the characters and the mystery's solution would be totally invisible to you before the solution is revealed. You would probably rate this a one or two star book.
My rating assumes that you have read at least the last 8 novels in the series.
If you have not read any earlier books, please stop reading this review.
The setting and cast of characters are a major shift from the books in the series set during World War I. With the War to End All Wars having ended, all of the Emerson clan (and I do mean ALL) come together in Children of the Storm. Those with faulty memories will appreciate the Editor's Note which describes who all these people are and how they are related.
The book opens in Luxor with Cyrus Vandergelt concerned about how much of his large archeological find involving four princesses will have to be presented to the Cairo Museum. The Emersons are working on a messy site with seemingly limited potential which looters and poorly disciplined archeologists have ravaged in the past. M. Lacau from the Department of Antiquities arrives to inspect the Vandergelt artifacts and mummies. Soon he will choose what will remain in Egypt. But things are soon amiss! Amelia and the rest of the clan are more than usually puzzled. They cannot see a pattern in what purpose could lie behind the baffling activities. When the pattern becomes clear, there's deadly danger to overcome and an exciting finish!
Children of the Storm is exceptional from two perspectives. First, the title captures a myriad of meanings in the context of the story that will enrich your appreciation of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet
Got it all , murder , mystery and mayhem, not to mention ghosts and more new relations than you can shake a stick at , but even Emerson is starting to fray at the edges as the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. O'Loughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting as usual
Elizabeth Peters characters are enchanting "warts and all". Her plots are involved and fun to follow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Penky
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow burn
This adventure is a slow starter with lots of small incidents occurring like a small quantity of stolen treasure and a scorpion in Daoud's bed but nothing major and Amelia is at a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I am mad about Egypt and its history and to have such wonderful characters and animals just makes its perfect. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Priscilla S. Dicketts
5.0 out of 5 stars book
I always enjoy books written by this author and this book
is no exception. Once you have read one of her books
You have to read them all.
Published 12 months ago by Florence Mary Kittley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia Peabody
Great story again and back ground details always good, I just keep downloading the series, not sure how many books are left I am now reading Tomb of the Golden Bird (18th I think).
Published 17 months ago by Tricia A
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read
Elizabeth Peters chronicles of Amelia Peabody are always a good read. I have become genuinely fond of the characters over time and anxious to know what happens to them. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2010 by Sue from the south
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Fifteen in a Wonderful Series of Books
Elizabeth Peters was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Read more
Published on 15 July 2007 by J. Chippindale
5.0 out of 5 stars great escape
I love Elizabeth Peter's books (in all her incarnations), but especially the Amelia Peabody novels. How can she handle such a huge cast of characters without missing a beat? Read more
Published on 3 May 2004 by P. Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars Multiple Motives Mystify Amelia
Before commenting on this novel, let me observe that it would be an unhappy error to begin the 15 book Amelia Peabody series with Children of the Storm. Read more
Published on 3 May 2004 by Donald Mitchell
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