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Elizabeth Peters
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7 Jun 2007 Amelia Peabody

Undeterred by world war and enemy submarines, Amelia and Emerson set sail once again for Egypt, where ghosts of an ancient past and spectres of a present-day evil hover silently over an inscrutable land.

In the autumn of 1915 Cairo is transformed into an army camp teeming with enemy agents and shockingly bold tomb robbers are brazenly desecrating the ancient sites. Amelia seeks refuge at a remote dig in Luxor, but this provides no guarantee of safety when she discovers a fresh corpse in an ancient tomb. But are the Emersons in even darker danger with the intervention of one of Amelia's oldest and most dangerous adversaries? Tanatalising clues suggest this might be so, and point towards an archaelogical discovery of unparalleled importance - and the resurrection of a voice that has been silent for milennia.


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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (7 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845295609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845295608
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,428 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)

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Undeterred by world war and enemy submarines, Amelia and Emerson set sail once again for Egypt, where ghosts of an ancient past and spectres of a present-day evil hover silently over an inscrutable land.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This series just keeps getting better! 30 Sep 2001
By A Customer
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars I just loved it ... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Thirteen in the Series 10 July 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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I just with I had read these in the right order. Glad they are on my Kindle and I will read them again.
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I adore the Amelia Peabody series so will always rate the books highly. Brilliant characters who, the more you read about, the more you connect with.
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I read this book, followed by "Tomb of the Golden Bird". I'd not read any of this series, and had no preconceptions to be shattered. That probably did the books a service. Read more
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I always enjoy books written by this author and this book
is no exception. Once you have read one of her books
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Published 16 months ago by Florence Mary Kittley
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This is my 5th book that i am reading. After reading "The falcon at the portal" I got hooked up not just because the History, talents that writer presents, if not for the... Read more
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Thoroughly enjoying this series. I have worked my way through 18 of the 21 books so far and enjoyed them all.
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And another good book, don't know what I will do when the series finishes, Just have to find something else. Read more
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Elizabeth Peters never fails to satisfy. The ongoing saga of the Emerson family is always entertaining. I look forward to more.
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