“This is my all time favorite of the Amelia Peabody Books. While Rameses under the guise of Manuscript H has played a role before, this is the book where he truly comes into his own. The many threads of this book are exciting and the ending is satisfying in so many ways, particularly to a fan of...”see full review » see other reviews »
“ipod, fun to listen to when read by rosenblat”Lori wrote this review Tuesday, October 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my all time favorite of the Amelia Peabody Books. While Rameses under the guise of Manuscript H has played a role before, this is the book where he truly comes into his own. The many threads of this book are exciting and the ending is satisfying in so many ways, particularly to a fan of the series.”Muffy Morrigan wrote this review Monday, July 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another fantastic story of the Emerson's! WWI is now beginning and Rameses and David are undercover in their many disguises to find out who some of the opposition forces are and how they are bringing arms into the area. Sethos again makes his appearance and he and Amelia have their encounters once again. This is the final chapter in their history, as many encounters happen and his identity is revealed to the surprise of all the family, especially Radcliffe. The mysterious comings and goings of Nefret, David and Ramses are all revealed and it is a sad, but also happy ending. They did have some interesting digs and did find some unusual statues and treasures, so it will be exciting to read what happens next!”Elfinity wrote this review Tuesday, March 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was the BEST Emerson/Peabody book yet!! I LOVED this one!!
The Emersons are back in Egypt, but nothing is "as usual" this year. There is a threat of war and the British are fearful of an attack on the Suez Canal by those locals opposed to British rule and desiring Egypt's independance. Because of this, many Egyptians are interned in India - including the Emerson's son-in-law David. This is particularly upsetting for the family, since David's wife, and Emerson's niece, Lia is ready to deliver her first baby any day and is back in England with her parents.
Ramses, who is ostensibly opposed to the war, has become a pariah among the British expatriates in Egypt and has collected quite a quantity of white feathers. But it quickly becomes apparent that Ramses is more involved in the war than anyone realizes. And, of course, where Ramses goes, Emerson, Amelia, and Nefret are soon to follow!
All the Emerson nemesises make appearances - Sethos and Percy in particular cause a great deal of trouble for the family. Not much Archeology is done in this outing, but the story is full of excitement, danger and drama.
Without giving any spoilers, there are are number of BIG revelations and surprises delivered in this book which is why it's my favourite so far. We also get the usual banter between Peabody and Emerson, and Ramses and Nefret, which is probably THE BEST feature of these books.
Although the story of the war and the sad and frightening aspects it brings have a serious tone - very respectfully handled by Elizabeth Peters by the way - the overall tone of the book is full of the quirks and lovable aspects hanging around with the Emersons always deliver. The revalations previously mentioned can be expected to change the tone and approach of the coming books, but absolutely in a great way and I'm ver looking forward to those coming books as a result. If you love the Emersons, you will not be disappointed in this installment at all!!”
“Enjoyed this one a lot more than recent stories. Both books 11 & 12 have been more exciting the than the two or three books preceding.”Rebecca S wrote this review Tuesday, November 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ramses goes under cover. Master criminal dies. Ramses and Nefret finally get married”Stephanie R wrote this review Monday, May 24, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of a series; I need to go back and start with the first one. But I really liked it. and I learned about Eygpt at the turn of the century-the end of the Victorian period.”Christine B wrote this review Wednesday, April 21, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My favorite of the series.”ChunkyLover09030@yahoo.com wrote this review Wednesday, March 17, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No