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"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)
Best of series!
Every plot and subplot came with a new twist to the story. More happens to the characters in this book than in all the others in the series, except for perhaps, The Last Camel Died at Noon. With many "ah ha" moments to round out the characters, on point historical details, and revelations this is my favorite book of the Amelia Peabody series.
Nefret's confession to Amelia about her feelings for and earlier relationship with Rames was unexpected.
Sethos' final moments with the Emersons.
There's always lots of twists and turns in the plots of Elizabeth Peters' books.This keeps you guessing who is who and how it will all pan out. Rarely predictable and somehow old fashioned and modern at the same time. Love the strong women with all sorts of weapons and necessities hidden under their skirts ready to take on all comers. Fun & entertaining.
So many reviews of the next book in the series, Lord of the Silent, lamented the fact that it is only offered in the abridged version that I looked for the real deal elsewhere. I could not even find it (without a 9 person wait!) from my public library. I did find it at simply audiobooks DOT com. However, it's only in CD not digital form. Still, I can understand how an abridged version would be terrible: I can't imagine what could be edited!
Barbara Rosenblat voices the characters' personalities perfectly!
Oscar-rated narration, a wonderful, emotion-filled story, terrific character development and a wowee ending. This book has it all and I think it's one of the best in the series. Don't start reading the series with this one - it needs some backstory.
One of Elizabeth Peters' best of the Amelia Peabody series, because Ramses finally "gets the girl."
The twists and turns of Ramses' and David's daring actions as spys for the British in Egypt during the First World War will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Barbara Rosenblatt's excellent interpretation of all the characters is unbelieveable. Perhaps her biggest triumph is the growl-ly, "veddy British" voice she uses for (Radcliffe) Emerson.
If I had the time I could certainly have listened to the whole book in one sitting. So glad to have this digital copy to return to time after time. Thanks, Audible!
I have been reading these in order over the years and this was one of my favorites from this era in the life story of the Emerson family. The story takes an interesting turn due to the current events of the time period and it make for some new angles on the usual tomb robbing/murder formula that we all like so much. I very much enjoy this series and found this book very entertaining.
After reading reading most of the series, 2 last books pending, this is my favorite one, I have listened several times and enjoyed more each time, funny and intriguing.
I love this series of books Elizabeth Peters has written. I can't wait to finish one and get the next one. Emerson and Peabody have adventures every time they go some where. Very entertaining, and make you want to go to egypt. The narrator is very good and make the book lively.
Elizabeth Peter's books should be read in sequence. This is one of her Egyptian series. The books are long, a bit wordy, so sometimes hard to keep all the goings on in the mind. The author and narrator do a good job of character definition. The Family is very well portrayed in their dedication to one another and understanding of each others' eccentricities. Often you are kept guessing as to "Who done it" .
The entire series bears listening to from beginning to end... taking advantage of the vocal talents of Barbara Rosenblatt. The series develops relationships and a history that draws the listening in. This offering, while probably the longest, was my absolute favorite. The talents of Barbara Mertz, AKA Elizabeth Peters, knows no bounds. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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