He Shall Thunder in the Sky (Amelia Peabody Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Apr 2001
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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Fast moving, exciting and full of different adventures. Extremely pleasing read and would recommend it to all.Published 11 months ago by Phoebiecat
Well written continuation of the saga of the Emmerson family.Published 16 months ago by J. A. Potter
Another great read from one of my favourite authorsPublished 21 months ago by mrs edna burton - payne
Good condition, no problem, but they didn't tell me it was a Large Print edition -makes it very big and heavy to read!Published 21 months ago by Maggie Garratt
Purchased for my husband. He is enjoying the whole series.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 11 July 2014 by Patricia Allen
Very amusing and heart-warming tale. I just love these larger than life characters!Published on 4 July 2014 by judy