He Shall Thunder in the Sky


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"Passion among the pyramids. Forged antiquities. A country at war. A camel in the garden. A cameo by Lawrence of Arabia. Add in Peters's trademark intelligent plotting, engaging characters, and stylish writing and we can hardly ask for anything more."--Cincinnati Enquirer" One of the most beloved characters in mystery/suspense fiction, archeologist and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody bravely faces gravest peril in Cairo on the eve of World War One in New York Times "bestselling Grandmaster Elizabeth Peters's magnificent ...

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Catherine Willi

Apr 21, 2012

I enjoy a good mystery, and Elizabeth Peters writes excellent mysteries. Warning: I had to use my dictionary a few times reading her books. She has a wonderful vocabulary! There are 19 books in this particular series, and I have read twelve of them. I look forward to finishing them!


Jul 17, 2007

Things will never be the same

It's the winter of 1914, and things are forever changing for the Emerson family. As WWI sweeps around Cairo and all within it, Ramses endures public scorn and ridicule for his pacifist views and his refusal to join the army. Unknown to most, however, he has undertaken a dangerous assignment to unmask a rebel leader smuggling weapons for the Turks. With the help (and occasionally the hindrance) of his irrepressible mother, his irascible father and the woman he has loved since he was a boy, Ramses undertakes to defend his country and his childhood friend from a ruthless enemy who is much closer to the Emersons than any of them realize.

Possibly one of the most deftly-written Peabody mysteries to date, He Shall Thunder in the Sky takes the reader through the politicially-charged climate of WWI Egypt, never failing to balance intrigue, adventure and historical accuracy with thoroughly-developed characters and the compelling relationships they share. Not only are the "children" continuing to grow and change, but so are the adults who love them best. The interaction between Amelia and her only son is handled with a surprising delicacy that does not betray any of the changes they have undergone to this point, and provides a welcome additional emotional depth to two characters that readers have already fallen in love with. Period details add spice and colour to the setting, and Peters's writing continues to shine. Sheer magic.

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