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He Shall Thunder in the Sky: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12 | [Elizabeth Peters]

He Shall Thunder in the Sky: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12

In her best-selling Amelia Peabody mysteries, author Elizabeth Peters has created an award-winning mixture of vivid archeological detail, finely-tuned suspense, and witty romance. This, the 12th Amelia Peabody mystery, opens in 1914. As the tides of war rise, Egypt is threatened by attacks. Espionage abounds, pulling in several members of the Peabody Emerson household even as they embark on a new archeological season.
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Publisher's Summary

In her best-selling Amelia Peabody mysteries, author Elizabeth Peters has created an award-winning mixture of vivid archeological detail, finely-tuned suspense, and witty romance. This, the 12th Amelia Peabody mystery, opens in 1914. As the tides of war rise, Egypt is threatened by attacks. Espionage abounds, pulling in several members of the Peabody Emerson household even as they embark on a new archeological season. Amidst a growing tangle of disguises and deceptions, Emerson's nemesis, the Master Criminal, appears. As increasing perils threaten the Peabody Emersons, their expedition, and Egypt, help arrives from a most unlikely source. He Shall Thunder in the Sky is a treasure; absorbing, intriguing, and highly entertaining. And the surprising resolution is one that leaves even the unflappable Amelia thunderstruck.

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What the Critics Say

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Historical Mystery, 2000

"Filled with intrigue and nail-biting suspense...rich with detail and realism...ripe with tension and peril." (The Washington Post Book World)
"Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia, in wit and daring, by a landslide." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Despite having produced 11 previous tales of Egyptological mystery and detection, Peters still writes a deeply satisfying story that combines elements of espionage, mystery, and romance. Some big surprises are in store for readers while Peters deftly ties her subplots together, but a few threads are left dangling enticingly at the end, leaving fans to expect another installment in this extraordinary series." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 05-27-05
    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 05-27-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great Emerson-Peabody adventure"

    This is one of my favorite so far of the Amelia Peabody series and a great listen. Barbara Rosenblat is an excellent narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel North Carolina 07-03-15
    Rachel North Carolina 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slipping Narration"

    Once again, Elizabeth Peters has written an entertaining tale of the Emerson clan. There's not much more to say about the book - if you've enjoyed the others, you'll enjoy this one. I've listened to all of the previous novels with the same narrator, but I have to say, I think she's slipping. There were several points in the recording where, if I hadn't already read the novel, I wouldn't have known if the speaker was Amelia or Nefret. Ms Rosenblat's earlier performances were spot on, so this was disappointing. It won't stop me from listening to the next one, but I hope this issue was just an aberration and future recordings will go back to the earlier high standards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bikegrrl Bainbridge Island, WA USA 06-05-15
    bikegrrl Bainbridge Island, WA USA 06-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great wrap up from previous book"

    The book before this was basically one big setup for this one, which concludes more than one story line- very satisfying

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    Lady Diana pennsylvania 03-05-15
    Lady Diana pennsylvania 03-05-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Keeps your attention"

    Exciting and witty as always. But also as always a lot of improbable coincidences. I like the history lesson parts. The

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    Summer 02-11-15
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    "Finally, love wins out!"

    Finally, love wins out for those who truly deserve it. The series could've ended here.

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    Rene Null 09-27-14
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    "My favorite book in the Amelia Peabody series"
    If you could sum up He Shall Thunder in the Sky in three words, what would they be?

    suspenseful, comfortable, resolutions


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amelia Peabody Emerson, what a character! She is a strong, quick witted, resourceful, unapologetic, female realist living in a time and place where men ruled the day.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite readers and she does a superb job, once again, reading "He Shall Thunder in the Sky". You always know which character is speaking and I am constantly amazed she can switch between men and women' parts, British and American accents, seamlessly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Rosenblat create characters you are happy to spend the day/evening with and are anxious to visit again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Moonglotexas South Africa 09-15-14
    Moonglotexas South Africa 09-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "What a story!"
    Would you listen to He Shall Thunder in the Sky again? Why?

    Definitely! Love Amelia Peabody and Ramses and in this one, the two of them ROCK! Possibly the best in the series so far!


    What other book might you compare He Shall Thunder in the Sky to and why?

    Its a more humorous Poirot in the desert of Egypt. Mystery and family drama with dry British wit


    Who was the most memorable character of He Shall Thunder in the Sky and why?

    To answer would be to give away the story unfortunately, but this is the full cast of previous books all up to their own particular mischief!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 07-17-14
    Alexandra 07-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Title, Best Ending"

    I honestly don't remember much of what happens in the first 80% of this one; the last 20% is just too awesome. I relistened to it several times. I'm pretty sure the first 80% is good, too, it's just hard to pay attention when you're impatient to get to the last act. You can't read this one without first reading The Falcon at the Portal, but you can't read that one without immediately wanting this one. One of my favorites.

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    HC 07-06-14
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    "Quite possibly my favorite so far in this series"
    What did you love best about He Shall Thunder in the Sky?

    So many reveals, excellent twists and turns, just the right amount of tension


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Continuously. I may have read this entire (very long) book in a day or two -- practically non-stop.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    They're all excellent. She does superb work. Every character is distinct and clear, despite a large cast of characters and many accents. She's absolutely incredible. I do not think I can choose a favorite.


    Who was the most memorable character of He Shall Thunder in the Sky and why?

    Ramses. I love the addition several books ago of his manuscripts and it is especially useful in this volume. He's hard not to fall for.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is really the completion of the book immediately before it and it has many tie-in's to earlier books. If you have not read the prior books, you absolutely should not under any circumstances read this book. I have enjoyed the whole series so far and would not recommend starting anywhere but at the beginning, but especially not this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debby 06-22-14
    Debby 06-22-14

    I am an energetic wife, mother and grandmother with a busy life and tired eyes. I love being able to listen to books while doing chores, etc.

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    "Narration is only poor point for me."

    I have read these books for years and the narrator just did not do it for me. Overly dramatized.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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