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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407463764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407463766
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,585,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each book in this best-selling series is greeted with cheers by the ever-growing number of fans who relish the adventures of the Emersons, a family of Victorian archeologists. The shifting sands of intrigue and wry humor that fill these mysteries are always a delight. It is the autumn of 1916, and war has cast its long shadow across Egypt. Cairo is filled with soldiers, and the ancient tombs are filled with treasure hunters. Amidst this chaos, the Emersons have come for their yearly dig. When Amelia Peabody Emerson discovers a fresh corpse in an antique tomb, she knows this season will be a most intriguing one. Elizabeth Peter's doctoral degree in Egyptology and her award-winning literary talent are an unbeatable combination. The Amelia Peabody Emerson books have twice earned their author Grandmaster status among mystery writers. Peters says Audie Award-winning narrator Barbara Rosenblat is the best actor to perform her books. Listeners agree, naming this series as their favorite one year after year.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2004
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth Peters has been gathering and developing her characters in masterful ways for some time in the wonderful Amelia Peabody series. In Lord of the Silent, Ms. Peters reaps a rich harvest from that preparation in order to provide the richest fabric ever of plot and suspense in the series.
Lord of the Silent is very much part two of a series that Ms. Peters wrote about World War I. I strongly urge you to read He Shall Thunder from the Sky (this book's immediate predecessor) before reading Lord of the Silent. The plots and characters of the two books are so intertwined that you will not appreciate and enjoy Lord of the Silent nearly as much without having read He Shall Thunder from the Sky.
The book opens with vivid scenes from war-time England. Zeppelin raids on London create fear that foreshadows the massive Battle of Britain in World War II. This sets a somber mood of uncontrollable threat for the whole book that is admirably suspenseful. You will wonder when the next bomb might burst. In many ways, the plot's complications are like the effects of a random bombardment . . . bringing danger, fear, discomfort, and damage.
The whole family is in England in 1915. Because of the war, English people cannot cross the continent for travel to Egypt. Ocean-going vessels are the only choice. But submarine warfare is a danger, and neutral liners (like the Lusitania) have been sunk. Should they take the risk and go to Egypt? Who should go? The book opens with these pressing questions. What would you have done?
Part of the family does make it to Egypt, and find a land transformed by the distant war. The hospitals are full of injured soldiers from the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. There are rumors of uprisings among the Bedouins in the desert that are encouraged by the Turks and Germans.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
Fortunately the age old idea of 13 being an unlucky number does not apply to "Lord of the Silent",the 13th book in the Amelia Peabody series.
From the start to the end Elizabeth Peters latest offering doesn't disappoint. Immediately the reader is thrown into the turmoil and uncertainty of 1915, the year in which the book is set. The Emerson-Peabodys including the newly married Rameses and Nefret(and about time too!)are preparing to leave for Egypt despite the dangers involved from lurking German submarines. A bit of danger however has never been known to stop Amelia before and they depart England for a radically different Cairo to what they knew. Encamped in the city are the armies of the Allied powers, enemy agents and of course the infamous tomb robbers. Our heroes are determined to overcome (or in Emerson's case ignore!) the hardships of war and continue with their excavations. Their plans are disrupted by threats on Rameses' life and in responce Amelia and Emerson send Nefret and Rameses to Luxor under the pretense of ensuring the safety of the familys excavations there. What follows is a story that develops along two threads- Amelia and Emerson in Cairo and Rameses and Nefret in Luxor. This book contains all that readers of the Amelia books have come to expect and love- "a ripping good yarn", solid storyline, beloved characters, romance, passion, intrigue, mystery and lashings of humour. 'Lord of the Silent' is well written and develops at a steady pace finally ending in a climactic finale.
Unlike most readers of Amelia I didn't start reading from the first book, I -being the backward person that I am!- read 'Falcon at the Portal' (the 11th in the series) first. I was immediately hooked and now a year later I have finally collected together all 13.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2003
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Oh, this is just such FUN ..... The books are not taking themselves quite so seriously as they did and are sending themselves up something rotten. All the characters have ceased being lifelike and are in danger of becoming parodies of themselves but not yet .... Read it and love it (although don't necessarily take the advice offered to Ramses about his marriage !!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2007
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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 are once more in their beloved Egypt. Back among the sand, the heat and the flies, but they would not have it any other way. They still live their lives in a very English way and everything stops for tea. It is unusual if not impossible for a season of excavating to go by without some interruption from a crime or even murder and this one is no exception.

A dead body turns up in the tomb they are excavating, well it would wouldn't it and Amelia vows to protect her family with every bone in her body and at the same time find the killer.
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