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Thunder in the Sky (Amelia Peabody, Book 12) [Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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26 April 2007 Amelia Peabody (Book 12)
It is 1914 and Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson are back in Egypt for another season of archaeological excavation. But this year a new menace hangs over the dig: rumblings of war abound in Europe while over in the East, Turkish and German forces are massing for an attack on the Suez Canal. There are problems closer to home too: their son Rameses, passionately opposed to the war, is collecting white feathers and challenges from the British community of Cairo, their beautiful ward Nefret seems to have become involved with Amelia's detested nephew Percy, while David, the young Egyptian married to their niece Lia, has been interned because of his nationalist sympathies. Even 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, rescue Nefret from the attentions of her nephew, defend her son against unknown enemies and prevent Emerson from dashing off to fight in the looming war? If anyone can it's Amelia - but this time she is going to need all the help that she can get; and some of it from a completely unexpected source.

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing; New Ed edition (26 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845295595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845295592
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,340 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 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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Elizabeth Peters is a prolific and successful novelist with over fifty novels to her credit. She is internationally renowned for her mystery stories, especially those featuring indomitable heroine Amelia Peabody. She lives in a historic farmhouse in Frederick, Maryland, with six cats and two dogs.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Coming Together of Powerful Themes 20 May 2004
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!! 8 Jun 2001
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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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By gilly8
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Peters, Thank You 9 Oct 2000
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was just wonderful. I especially love the books with 'the children' as adults and this one was no disappointment. Elizabeth, you are forgiven - how could I have doubted you? Amelia fans-what are you waiting for? Get ordering this book - you won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thunder in the sky
I love,the Amelia Peabody books. This one turns from a murder mystery into a spy story. Good fun with Peabody's wisdom along the way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole lot of fun!
Very amusing and heart-warming tale. I just love these larger than life characters!
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Published 7 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
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I am mad about Egypt and its history and to have such wonderful characters and animals just makes its perfect. Read more
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Published 12 months ago by Mrs Joyce City
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Don't start with this mystery. It's in the development of the relationships that have developed over ten books must particularly in Amelia and Ramses' relationship. 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
You have to read them all.
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Thoroughly enjoying this series. I have read 18 of the 21 books and enjoyed them all. It is so easy to download them
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Another good book, not sure how many more reviews I can write as I am reading the whole series and have enjoyed everyone so far
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