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Thunder in the Sky (Amelia Peabody Book 12) Kindle Edition

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I can't wait for the next Peabody story... I really do think Elizabeth Peters' books are great entertainment. (Angela Rippon)

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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Amelia finds it difficult to concentrate on pyramids when her children are in trouble and Cairo teems with enemy agents, including her old nemesis. Can Amelia unmask the Master Criminal and prevent a bloody uprising in Cairo, defend her son against unknown enemies and prevent Emerson from dashing off to fight in the looming war?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1321 KB
  • Print Length: 518 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JKFCNY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of the Amelia Peabody mysteries now for more years than I can remember. As much as I have loved them before, this book brought a new sense of satisfaction to me as a reader because so many story lines finally developed into an incredibly powerful denouement.
I have one bit of caution to share with you. If you have not read any of the books in the series, DO NOT START WITH THIS ONE! The reason I say that is because much of the pleasure of this book comes from the admiration you will have for the skillful development of this plot in building on many prior books. Without reading the earlier books, you will not fully appreciate the plot development in this one. And that would be a shame because this plot is masterful!
The setting for this book is wonderful: Egypt just before the Ottoman empire attacks the Suez Canal with German help near the beginning of World War I. Everyone is on edge. No one is who they seem to be. Ramses is shamed in public for his pacifist feelings by being treated as a shirker. Ladies give him white feathers to protest his lack of military service. David has been sent to India until the war is over to keep him from helping the Egyptian independence movement. Lia is pregnant and awaiting their child in England. Wardeni is hiding from the authorities who wish to arrest him. Letters are censored. Uniformed men are everywhere. Soldiers are dropping like fall leaves on the Western Front.
Because Germans are no longer welcome in Egypt, Emerson has finally gotten a good site to excavate. Soon, that site will yield unexpected returns. But the War intrudes in many ways.
Many important characters from the past return to haunt the Peabodys such as Wardeni and the Master Criminal, Sethos. Lurking in the background is the ambiguous role of Percy.
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The twelfth Amelia Peabody mystery is perhaps the most startling yet. The cliffhanger ending of Peters' previous Amelia book 'The Falcon at the Portal' left faithful readers desperate for more. Thankfully 'Thunder' is the long promised gripping finale to the dramatic events so carefully played out not only in 'Falcon' but in the previous four books. Since Amelia's dire vision at the close of 'Seeing A Large Cat' life has run anything but smoothly for her dear son Ramses, adopted daughter Nefret and nephew David. Here in 'Thunder' the children once more take centre stage, as they become embroiled in their most dangerous adventure yet, facing not only fervent Egyptian nationalists, German spies and the wicked cousin Percy but the infamous master Criminal himself - Sethos. Expect to be astonished by the final ten pages and be mindful of the mysterious prologue, for 'Thunder' provides answers to questions you may not even have thought of asking...
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By A Customer on 8 Jun. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just wanted to say how absolutely fabulous this book was. It tied up storylines and answered questions the reader didn't even realize they had. After the cliffhanger ending of Falcon at the Portal Thunder was wonderful. For those who are not Amelia Peabody fans you really need to read Falcon(why not the whole series!) before you read Thunder!
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Amelia Peabody Series: NOT set in ancient Egypt.

The author holds a PH.D in Egyptology, and her love of the subject shines through her entire huge series. The characters and story line are compelling, and there is much detail about life as it was lived by both the Egyptian people and the non-Egyptian, European or American people, at that time. She gives great respect to the Moslem religion in all of the series, and to the people and culture of Egypt. She is very knowlegable about what digging for buried tombs and treasure was like at that time. Her two main characters are loosely based on actual Egyptologists of that era.

The entire series is good, and DOES need to be read in order so that the plot twists and character changes can be followed and make sense.
If you don't want to start at the beginning of this huge series read: 1. Seeing a Large Cat
2.The Ape Who Guards the Balance
3. The Falcon at the Portal
4.He Shall Thunder in the Sky. These four CAN stand alone.

Ultimately though, most people would want to go back and start at the beginning of the series though in my opinion the first couple of mysteries were weaker, I suppose the author was still developing her ideas.

They are set in the late 1890's-early 1900's and all are exciting reads, about a family of Egyptologists who are searching for lost tombs at the time when many tombs and other artifacts were being discovered. (Or, should I say rediscovered by Europeans and Americans.)

Each story is also a mystery, and a good one.
Elizabeth Peters, under her actual name of Barbara Mertz, also has written several non-fiction books about ancient Egypt that are worth a look. See "Red Land, Black Land", and "Tombs, Temples and Hieroglyphs" both recently updated and re-released.
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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.

This book takes us on to 1914 and Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson, probably the best archaeologist of his day are back in Egypt once again for the excavation season. However this season for the first time Amelia find it difficult to concentrate on the excavations when she believes that her children are in some kind of trouble. Not only that Cairo is buzzing with enemy agents.
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