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Summer of the dragon [Unknown Binding]

Elizabeth Peters
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  • Unknown Binding: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Dodd, Mead (1979)
  • ASIN: B0006DWMXY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful mystery 28 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
D.J. Abbott, a young anthropology student, takes a summer job in Arizona, working for eccentric millionaire Hank Hunnicutt, who wants her help with a mysterious project he is working on. When D.J. arrives she is met by Hank's gorgeous but hostile assistant, Tom de Karsky, who clearly wishes she wasn't there. Hank's luxurious desert ranch is full of a bizzare variety of houseguests professing weird beliefs, reincarnation, spiritualism, the lost Atlantis etc, and D.J. is suspicious of them all, especially after Hank mysteriously dissapears, and she is obliged to join forces with gorgeous Tom to track him down. Even having a sinister mystery to solve does not suppress D.J. tremendous appetite, throughout the book she munches her way through huge quantities of delicious food, this is not a book you should read while hungry or on a diet, but it is an extremely enjoyable and exciting read, full of humour, suspense and likeable characters. I love Elizabeth Peters' contemporary thrillers, what a pity she seems to have given up writing them in favour of her saga about tiresome Amelia Peabody.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical, it got me through my exams !! 25 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The book concerns an anthropology student who takes up a rather eccentric millionaire's offer to investigate something - what, she doesn't know. In the course of this she meets a handsome archaeologist and the rest you can guess !! What I loved was the absolutely hysterical portrayal of the heroine's thoughts and her various encounters with the mad clique sponging off said millionaire! Well worth the price of the book and one of the best Elizabeth Peter's non-series books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mixes new age weird with old age science 19 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
When a young archeology student gets a summer job working for an eccentric millionaire, she meets a cast of characters ranging from the serious to the bizarre, and finds herself in mortal danger. Told with Elizabeth Peters light touch and humour, we meet a heroine with an appetite for food and life, dealing with a situation that spirals out of her control and leaves her not sure who to trust. She wins through by using her brains and a lot of imagination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars reliable author 12 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first read this book years ago and I wanted to reread it, so a good used book buy. Every good as I remembered it. A good summer read for relaxing in the garden, or taking on holiday. Amusing and clever, Elizabeth Peter rarely fails to deliver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peters' Power Strikes Again 20 Mar 2001
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This delightful confection was originally published in 1979. You might expect that 20+ years would date it a bit, but it manages to retain its entertainment value full force. This is a credit to Elizabeth Peters, who popularized the humorous mystery story in the U.S. and remains its undisputed mistress.
Desperate to find a summer job that takes her away from her beloved, but impossible, parents, D.J. Abbott snaps up a job working for Hank Hunnicut. Hank is an extremely wealthy businessman who has a weakness for crackpot theories and spiritual hokum. D.J. finds herself surrounded by a herd of not quite harmless enthusiasts and practitioners, a treasure hunter, another young (and good-looking) anthropologist, the ineffable Hank himself, and an immense amount of desert.
D.J.'s immediate problem is finding out what it was that Hank needed a physical anthropologist for, but she is distracted from this by an infinite supply of food, several attempts to drug her, some sabotage and, finally, Hank's kidnapping. The excitement mounts as she unravels the tangled threads and identifies the culprit.
D.J. serves as narrator of the book and Peters gives her a charming style that sees everything from its humorous side, including her own failings and weaknesses. Using this device Peters creates a perfect example of summer or vacation reading. D.J. is a type that was once referred to as an 'uppity woman.' She is more truthful than accommodating, which catapults her into many hilarious confrontations.
To top of this tidbit, Peters' Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute stands her in good stead, as she manages to mix her sense of humor with a wealth of interesting facts.
It would be unfair to compare this book to Peters Amanda Peabody series. The latter are, for the most part, the work of a maturer artist. By no means heavyweight, they do have 'meat' and depth to them. But this book has standing and value on its own, and it is our good fortune that Avon has chosen to reissue it.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Elizabeth Peters books 12 Sep 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ahhh, Peters is so, so great!

Anthropology grad student D.J. Abbott is a master procrastinator. She has left finding a summer job so late than when she sees her advisor about it, all that's left is an offer from well-known crackpot millionaire Hank Hunnicutt, who seems to believe in every weird theory floating about. Since it's an extremely generous offer, though, D.J. decides to apply for it (it doesn't hurt that Hunnicutt's Arizona ranch isn't within visiting distance from her parent's house, something very important for her).

Hunnicutt's already rejected a few applicants, but he accepts D.J., and so she heads over to Arizona. When she arrives, she finds the house full of assorted weirdos and a couple of extremely handsome men. She also meets the endearing Hank, who's very vague about the reason he wanted her at the ranch. He insists she rest and relax and enjoy the amenities until a certain gadget arrives... then he'll show her his discovery.

But soon thereafter, after a couple of suspicious accidents, Hank vanishes, and it falls to D.J. and a few allies to find out what happened to him... and which of the nuts might have had a reason to make him disappear.

Summer of the Dragon has three strengths which are the reason I love this author so much. First, there's the characters. Peters is a master at creating fascinating, three-dimensional, fresh secondary characters, and she's not bad with her protagonists, either! Each of the weirdos in residence has a distinct personality, and they are, every one of them, loads of fun. As for D.J. and her romantic interest (whose identity I won't reveal here, though anyone familiar with her books will probably deduce it the minute he shows up), they're great. I especially loved the way D.J. was a declared feminist and refused to take any silliness from anyone (remember this is a 1979 book, so she's a very unique heroine that way), and the way Peters wrote her total enjoyment of food... and her guy's reaction to this!

Second, I absolutely adore Peters' writing. She's got a wonderful sense of humour, and this shows through, not only in extremely funny scenes, but also in the very way she puts things. If you want to see what I mean and haven't yet tried this author (what are you waiting for?), just go use the Look inside feature amazon offers and read the first couple of pages.

Third, Peters' plots are always enormously entertaining, and I always love her mix of adventure and archeological and historical elements. Summer of the Dragon wasn't an exception. It takes a while to get to what's going on, but once we do get there, it's fascinating, as is the setting!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Peters' funniest mystery 7 Nov 2003
By L O'connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The heroine is a young anthropologist, D.J. Abbott (named after Deanna Durbin, but strangely embarrassed by this, why?)She takes a summer job working for eccentric millionaire Hank Hunnicut, who fills his beautiful Arizona home with a variety of charlatans, mediums, experts on Atlantis etc. She finds herself at daggers drawn with Hank's gorgeous assistant, Tom De Karsky, Elizabeth Peters' sexiest hero. Permanently hungry, she munches her way through the lavish and delicious meals served at the ranch, while cheerfully goading Hank's preposterous guests. Her spirited denounciations of the drivel spouted by these charlatans are some of the most amusing passages in the book. Some of the guests at least are up to no good, hank dissapears and D.J., Tom, and Debbie, the beautiful indian girl who loves Hank, embark on a desperate search. humour, suspense, romance, and wonderful descriptions of the desert, this book has everything you need for a pleasurable read.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, perhaps the best I have ever read. 19 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have always been a fan of Barbara Michaels (though for this book she writes under the name Elizabeth Peters, and Barabara Michaels is a pen name as well) but I think this is my favorite of all her books. I love the style, and I LOVE the characters, especially D.J. and Tom. I have read this book again and again since the first, and it never looses its humor or its quirky charm. Everyone should read it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, perhaps the best I have ever read. 19 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have always been a fan of Barbara Michaels (though for this book she writes under the name Elizabeth Peters, and Barabara Michaels is a pen name as well) but I think this is my favorite of all her books. I love the style, and I LOVE the characters, especially D.J. and Tom. I have read this book again and again since the first, and it never looses its humor or its quirky charm. Everyone should read it, it's great.
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