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Publisher's Summary

A lost journal of Amelia Peabody has been miraculously recovered: a chronicle from one of the "missing years", 1907-1908, shedding light on an already exceptional career...and an unexpected terror.

Ousted from their most recent archaeological dig and banned forever from the Valley of the Kings, the Emersons are spending a quiet summer at home in Kent, England, when a mysterious messenger arrives. Claiming to be the teenage brother of their dear friend, Tarek, he brings troubling news of a strange malady that has struck down Tarek's heir and conveys his brother's urgent need for help only the Emersons can provide.

The family sets off in secret for the mountain fortress from which they narrowly escaped 10 years before. The Emersons are unaware that deception and treachery are leading them onward into a nest of vipers, where a dreadful fate may await. For young Ramses, forced to keep his growing love for the beautiful Nefret secret, temptation along the way may prove his ultimate undoing. And a dark past and grim obligation have ensnared Nefret once again, as she is helpless to save those she loves most from the prison of the Lost Oasis.

Rich with suspense, surprises, unforgettable characters, and the intoxicating atmosphere that has earned her the coveted title of Grand Master two times over, the remarkable Elizabeth Peters proves once again that in the world of historical adventure fiction, she is truly without peer.

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©2004 Elizabeth Peters (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Peters, as her many accolades would suggest, knows precisely what she is doing as she spins a tale of romance, derring-do, bravery, and, of course, deceptions, betrayals, and disguises in the classic tradition of H. Rider Haggard, if with tongue often in cheek." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A highly entertaining entry in a series that continues to delight." ( Booklist)

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  • Joel
  • Ormond Beach, FL, USA
  • 06-02-05

The Emersons Are Back to Their Old Tricks!

Guardian of the Horizon is a worthy sequel to The Last Camel Died at Noon. I suggest reading the prior book first since much of the plot of this book is built on previous incidents and relationships. Although there is enough of a back story in Guardian of the Horizon to allow it to stand on its own.

The Emersons return to The Lost Oasis where they are once again called to duty to help overthrow the usurper of the Holy City, and restore the rightful king to the throne. The story is full of zany characters and screwball antics, and there are loads of laughs along the way.

The book starts out a bit slow, but in the end you can't help but fall in love with the madcap Emersons. If you're a diehard fan, you'll fall in love with them all over again. The truly talented narrator brings each charater to life in this gem of the Amelia Peabody series.

Four stars for being one of my favorite books in the series.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 07-24-10

What's Not to Love!

I was so glad to read this book. All during the Last Camel Died at Noon, I kept expecting the things from this book to happen. I'd forgotten this was a whole other book! As always, I LOVE this series. I really like the lost oasis and its characters. I think it would be very interesting to find such a place. My favorite character shows up too. Sigh... He is the most lovable villain ever!! Of course, Amelia puts him in his place. If you have'nt read, the Last Camel Died at Noon, you might want to read it first, but you wouldn't have to to fall in love with the blustering Emerson, unquenchable Amelia, risk-taking Ramses, and darling Neferet. This whole series is just marvelous.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I am addicted to Peabody

Another wonderful experience with the Emersons. I have to admit I have a bit of a crush on Ramses. Back when he was just a lad, he was always a delight: smart, funny, handy to have on an adventure...But now as a young person, he is pretty much everything you might want in a man. But all in the clan are lovable. Barbara Rosenblat is the only Peabody as far as I am concerned. I only wish that audible had the complete series unabridged narrated by her. They have most but not all. I am not sure why some people have criticized her, she simply IS Peabody. I have not enjoyed her reading the Vicky Bliss series. She seems to do better with an English accent. All in all, listening to these novels lifts my spirits.

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Dependably Enjoyable

This series is a favorite. The history is reliable, the style is authentic, and the plots are engaging. The the characters are likable and amusing; their development and their changing relationships piques interest in the ongoing saga.
A great plus in the audio versions is the amazing Barbara Rosenblat, who gives each character a distinctive and convincing voice.

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Return to the Holy Mountain

I'd say this entry is better than average. Not as epic as the Emersons' first visit, but definitely better written, with better pacing and more memorable characters. I don't particularly care for Ramses' activities during this one, but I suppose you have to let a character make some mistakes.

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Get list of books from Wikipedia to read in order

I love this Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Amelia is an egyptologist living and working at the end of the 1800's and early 1900's, and these fun mysteries follow her and her family's adventures in the form of her journals and family letters. This particular book is listed as book 16, probably because that is the order the books were written in, but if you want to follow the adventures in the order they happen for the characters, this is really book 11. Wikipedia has a list of the books according to the dated "journals" so you can listen or read in order. The performance in this audio book is great - so far the same voice artist as in the past books and hopefully for all the future books - there are about 20 books in the series. I was about to give this book a less happy review, because my ClipJam stopped before the end, but I went to iTunes to check and its all there, so no worries that you'll miss anything if you buy this book. These really are great stories!

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i couldn't stop listening once i started the book.

loved every minute of it. the Emerson's sure know how to have a great adventure.

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  • Bonita
  • Exeter, CA, USA
  • 11-29-17

A Most Enjoyable Listen

As usual, the Emerson’s, et al weave a wonderful tale of excitement and adventure. This story was excellent. I enjoyed Ms. Rosenblatt’s naration very much.

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Satisfying

Was wondering what happened to the holy mountain, well written and characters are as rich as ever

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  • Robert
  • chicago, IL, United States
  • 05-12-05

UNINTERESTING

IT HAD NO SUSPENSE OR INTERESTING PLOT TO IT. KEPT WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN BUT IT DIDN'T. MAYBE TOO ENGLISH FOR ME.

0 of 14 people found this review helpful