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The Falcon at the Portal [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380798573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380798575
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,710,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This, of course, is the eminent Egyptologist and dedicated crime solver Amelia Peabody, setting the stage and the tone (an updated Oscar Wildean irony) for Elizabeth Peters' 11th book. And it's true that there are no shrinking violets in this particular household, from the redoubtable Amelia and her hot-tempered archaeologist husband Emerson (his native diggers call him the Father of Curses), to their dashing, unpredictable son Ramses (born Walter). Also, let's not forget their lovely ward, Nefret (rescued from a desert tribe several books back) and their butler, Gargery, "who wields a cudgel as handily as he carves a roast." As she has so many times before, Peters presents us with this quaint--even campy--little group of people, plops them down in an exotic Egyptian setting and then surprises us by involving them in a story of great strength and emotion. It's 1911 and David Todros, a young Egyptian who has just married into the Peabody family, is suspected of dealing in forged antiquities, possibly to help support a rising nationalist movement. Amelia, Emerson, Ramses and Nefret all take various actions to help David and there are serious, dangerous consequences for everyone involved. Despite the melodramatic setting and the theatrical language, Peters' story is--as always--modern, believable and exciting.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
...and want to shake some sense into them. Part of the appeal of the Amelia Peabody mysteries is that after reading the preceding books in the series the characters become so real that you begin to feel that you know them personally - and, like Amelia, long to give them the benefit of your own wisdom and experience. Accordingly, Falcon at the Portal is, in turn, appealing, appalling, frustrating, maddening, and thoroughly enjoyable. And as always, it is an education in Egyptology and the modern history of the region. Presumably Ms. Peters knows where she is going with all this. At this book's close she has them on the eve of WW1. What next?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I found this! 21 May 2007
Format:Paperback
Ok, ok... I bought this book by chance in a bookstore in London that had the infamous '3 for 2' deal that always gets me into trouble! Desperate not to let a good deal go, I grabbed the first book I found on the shelf, and it was 'The Falcon at the Portal' by Elizabeth Peters. The book stayed on my shelf for nearly a year, every time I picked it up I thought it might be a bit 'silly' seing how it dealt with Egypt and archeologists... Thinking it might be a disappointing literary exercise, I let the months drag on. But finally, a few weeks ago, I started reading.

Let me dissipate any doubts, the book is exquisitely written. I like verbose books, I like to swim in clear and engaging language and Elizabeth Peters writes in a manner that seems inherited from 19th century English literature! She has a good prose, I never got bored, not even when she described archeological terms and endavours in detail. The characters are so appealing, each with his/her own very loud particulars and the story is beautifully weaved around romance, mystery and murder! I believe that being able to engage the reader on all these levels, language, characters and plot, is a very rare talent indeed in these times! One is usually sacrificed for the other, but Peters seems to be able to perfect them all!

I couldn't put the book down, and that is a 5 star to me. I am definitely purchasing the whole series... I feel like someone who just won the jackpot!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You need to read this! 23 Mar 2014
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I had this on my Kindle and had read it out of context but had no problem in catching up
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 30 Jan 2014
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I bought all the books i didn't have in this series because they are on special and I've been making my way through them slowly, interspersed with other books so that I didn't sicken myself but I have now read Seeing A Large Cat, The Ape Who Guards The Balance and The Falcon At The Portal back to back and am about to move on to He Shall Thunder In The Sky as I am absolutely gripped by the Nefret/Ramses situation. This book is more serious than the others, being more about the family dynamic than Indiana Jones for Edwardians but it is still good fun and although I recommend this book as a great way to spend a few hours I think you would enjoy it even more if you have the backstory from the previous books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect read 24 July 2013
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Elizabeth Peters provides the best kind of book for these dire times. Intriguing and absorbing, total escapism as far as I am concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 23 Jun 2013
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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
You have to read them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great! 12 Feb 2013
By Hannah
Format:Kindle Edition
Love these books, they are pure escapism but well written and witty. This was one of the better ones I thought so quite happy to give it 5 stars
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing but occasionally heartrending. 14 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Elizabeth Peters' skills as a writer, not exactly paltry to begin with, have grown over the course of the Amelia Peabody books. The series was always fun to read, but the latest few have an emotional impact most mystery writers cannot match. The characterizations, especially of the younger generation, are much deeper than they used to be; Amelia and Emrson are forced to grapple with events that challenge their composure more than anything since Emerson's amnesia (in The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog). This does demand more from the reader, who can no longer be confident that everything will be tied up in a nice neat happy ending by the end of the book.
I almost subtracted a star, because Nefret acts in a way that I believe to be out of character, but I left it in because presumably Peters knows her characters better than I do, and anyway it may be wishful thinking on my part. At any rate, she has promised to tie up some loose ends in her next book -- thank goodness!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Peabody please!
I love these books by Elizabeth Peters and now have most of them on audiobook as well - I dearly hope the last few books will also be available from Audible soon!
Published 2 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I am mad about Egypt and its history and to have such wonderful characters and animals just makes its perfect. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Priscilla S. Dicketts
5.0 out of 5 stars The Falcon at the Portal
Another good yarn from Elizabeth Peters. Amelia has skipped a few years but the story is, as usual, very readable and entertaining.
Published 5 months ago by Ellice Ashdown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Obvious villain as usual but I was up till half five finishing this. Don't start with this novel. In order to appreciate it fully, you have to read some of the earlier ones.
Published 8 months ago by sharona27
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
Unbelievable people, unbelievable situation, and unbelievable dialogue.

This is the only Elizabeth Peters that I read. I believe it will be my last. Read more
Published on 10 April 2010 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eleventh Book in a Wonderful Series
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 23 July 2007 by J. Chippindale
5.0 out of 5 stars Peabody & Emerson adventuring again
Denied the chance to dig in the Valley of the Kings. The Emerson family with additions tackle a grave yard. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 1999
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