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He Shall Thunder in the Sky (Amelia Peabody #12)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  6,298 ratings  ·  230 reviews
You've got your romance. You've got your archaeology. You've got your mystery and myth. You've even got your basic world war. And most of all you've got your great Elizabeth Peters gift for gab.

Translate to: While America is on the brink of war in 1914-1915, Amelia Peabody and her husband are working merrily away at their Egyptian archeological site, pressed into acknowled
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Published January 1st 2000 by Recorded Books
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This is my favorite Amelia Peabody adventure so far - but I've said that about the last several books. They keep getting better. The early books were amusing enough, but they were light, frivolous reads. Peters has gradually increased the drama and the emotional intensity. After I finished the previous book, The Falcon at the Portal, I was so caught up in the story that I immediately started this one.

It's set in 1914, during the Great War. Peabody and Emerson have been granted permission to exca
Book 12
This book deserves 6 stars
Left me in a daze of joy. Ramses is the hottest thing ever put in print. Damn.
Skip River in the Sky and read this one right now.
You can go back later if you want to, but I am *telling* you, go read it right now. I'll wait.

Okay, not really. I have to wonder if Elizabeth Peters thought this was going to be her last novel, because just a large number of stories get resolved here. (It took me forever to read this. I stayed up late. You have NO idea how much I like to sleep, and I GAVE IT UP to finish this book.)

I won't give away spoilers, because you'll just get mad at me. Bu
*Much* better than book #11 in terms of plot, though also enjoyable because of the way the Emersons interact. This is the most caring I've ever seen them toward each other, and it's adorable. Amelia and Ramses have some especially lovely moments, but there are some nice Emerson-Ramses and Emerson-Amelia moments, as well.
Of course, there are lots of things to chuckle at, too.
The plot was deliciously complicated, and several things that seemed extraneous at first ended up being important. There
I literally just finished this book and I can not even begin to write how amazing it was. My favorite book of the series hands down. I am having a hard time even putting it into words. I am a bit of a history geek so when the events were set during World War I I was already excited, but then Ramses and Emerson's involvement made it all the better. This novel was also a lot more emotional and suspenseful than the other ones in the series which I loved, but also almost gave me a heart attack. Ther ...more
Leonide Martin
Jun 06, 2013 Leonide Martin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amelia Peabody fans, Egypt fiction, mystery-adventure readers
Another marvelous Elizabeth Peters tale weaving mystery, adventure and humor in early 20th century Egypt, seen through the discerning eyes of Amelia Peabody. Just after WWI breaks out, Amelia and Emerson's son Ramses becomes enmeshed in counter-intelligence work for the British involving an insurgent militant group in Cairo. While Emerson grumbles and curses while pursuing mastaba excavations, Amelia ferrets out dangerous information while trying to keep everything from their adopted daughter, N ...more
An Odd1
The 1914 journal of feisty Amelia Peabody with her sharp umbrella and belt of accoutrements is supplemented by other family letters. Her son, chameleon Ramses is tall, strong, with black curls, "dazzling smile", "bright blue eyes". To protect peace, he and married cousin David spy against Nazis in Cairo during their archaelogical digs. (view spoiler)

The whole family is bra
Ah, finally .... this one of the Amelia Peabody series has thrill after exciting thrill as the Emersons become involved in the mess that was World War I in the Middle East. True to form, Ms. Peters has done her research, with the real events of that time interwoven with the fictional adventures of this family. Espionage, traitors, plots for revenge and uprising all interweave with developing romance among the younger Emersons, while Amelia and Radcliffe try their best to protect those they love ...more
Finally! Finally Finally Finally Finally!! :D

I won't leave it at that, though. There were parts of this book that were hard to read because they were too real. War is hard, and painful, and sometimes seems pointless to those involved in it. I agree with much that Ramses had to say about the pagentry of war, especially at the time and place they were. Also, my overwhelming hatred for Percy really made some parts hard to stomach, but the end more than made up for those, to be honest. So, what did
Ed Mestre
The last time I read a book in this series I thought it was my last because of rubber stamp formula had left me bored. I went ahead & grabbed this one off my shelf for another go with Emerson, Amelia, Ramses, & Nefret. After all I had paid for the darn thing already. Well, the formula was there, but the start of WWI brought a new dimension & opportunities for characters. Yes, the dry British wit weaving about the melodramatic late 19th/early 20th century theatrics continue the formul ...more
Zoe and the Edge
Ramses - “You used to sing me to sleep. When I was small. Do you remember?”
Amelia - “I remember.” I had to clear my throat before I went on. “I always suspected you pretended to sleep so you wouldn’t have to listen to me sing. It is not one of my greatest talents.”
“I liked it.”

Agh! So adorable! Amelia and Emerson have truly raised a remarkable child. Ramses is such an incredible young man. I just melted whenever he was sweet to his mother. Even though throughout the series Amelia seems to be
It's now 1914 and WWI has begun. It's also two years after the shocking ending of the previous book, The Falcon at the Portal. The plot of this one, involving a possible insurrection in Cairo didn't grab me as much as previous books (hence the 4 stars instead of 5). However, the interaction of the characters was excellent and it wrapped up fabulously.

I have loved listening to this series on audiobooks and am horrified to see that for some unknown reason, the next three books are unavailable on a
Vanessa Kelly
My favorite Amelia Peabody to date - I love Amelia's voice, but the addition of Ramses story, in the form of manuscript H, really made the book for me. The setting during WWI and the more serious plot and themes also took the series to a new level. And I'm so happy to see the fraught and painful relationship between Ramses and Nefret finally reach a satisfactory resolution. Ramses = best hero, ever!
Ina Ruth
These books are my favorite series of all time. Endless fun, fantastic characters, great plots—no criticism. This book is the climax of the whole series. Even the early books are great, but once the plots start interacting with the poliitics of the time, they really take off. Just… just go read them.
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So worth the pain endured in The Falcon at the Portal to get to this exquisite installment that was very satisfying.
Great follow-up to The Falcon at the Portal. (view spoiler) ...more
Elizabeth Nixon
This is by far my favorite Amelia Peabody mystery yet. I am absolutely floored.
Wendy Denham
Another great book from the Amelia Peabody series
He Shall Thunder In The Sky, by Elizabeth Peters
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Synopsis: Egypt and her hoary secrets are no match for New York Times-bestselling Grandmaster Elizabeth Peters and her indomitable archaeologist sleuth Amelia Peabody. The sand-and-wind blown ambience of this strange and colorful world, the ancient enchantments and delicious menace are more vibrantly realized than ever in this thrilling new adventure that places the intrepid Amelia and her equally remarkable family in the dangerous
This next installment of Amelia's adventures started out a little slow for me. WWI has just started, and the story is very focused on it and it's effects on the people in Egypt. The Emersons have gotten permission to excavate at one of the Giza pyramids because the archaeologists who normally work there are either involved in the war or have left Egypt until the war is over. Did you read that location?! They are at GIZA and we don't get to experience much of their archaeology at all in this book ...more
I would give it more and I wish I could, but I seriously hate damned Nefret for no other reason than that she is such a cardboard character with no flaws whatsoever. She doesn't deserve Ramses. But, like in all of my reviews, I'm biased because I want Ramses for myself. Never before have a I read about a character that turns me on as much as he does. Forget Edward, Jacob, Patch, Daniel Grigori, Stark, and other characters, Ramses is HOT. Not only does he have an amazing intellectual capacity, bu ...more
A lot of answers indeed in this excellent book. I am still surprised to find a book that draws me in so much that it can make me cry and laugh out loud and leave me with a feeling of relief at the end (if all ends well). This one certainly did. I couldn't put it down and will have to go back to reread some passages again soon. This book seems to have been designed initially as something of an end to the series, as it ties some of the loose ends from previous volumes. But fortunately it isn't. So ...more
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
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Oct 24, 2009 Dacia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone! Though non-peabody readers may do better to read "A Falcon at the Portal" first
Shelves: mystery, peabody, romance
I think half of what makes me love this book so much is the title! It's such a strong and mysterious title, and I love thunderstorms, so it draws me instantly.

Yet the story here is strong and interesting. It's one of my favorites of the series. The younger generation really comes into their own in this book, and though much of it is filled with strife that could be overcome if people would just TALK to each other - the tensions are classic Emmerson!

The history involved in this book is also qui
I am only putting this one up here just because there are so many Elizabeth Peters/ Amelia Peabody mysteries that I don't want to clog this shelf. But this is an especially good one. Amelia Peabody is an Egyptologist who, along with her Egyptologist husband Radcliffe Emerson, spends an awful lot of time getting involved in murder and antiquities theft plots while on excavations in Egypt. The stories take place in the late 19th and early 20th century, and Amelia Peabody is quite the forward think ...more
I love this series and this is one of my favourites. As always Peters develops an intriguing mystery artfully intertwined with actual historic events all set in the exotic and beautifully described background of turn of the century Egypt.

The characters are fun, intelligent and slightly flawed which makes them all the more loveable. I especailly adore the return of Sethos who has always been the dark horse of the series.

The fact that we see both the younger and older generations at their peak int
Dayna Smith
Book number twelve in the Amelia Peabody series. The Emerson's attempt to carry on as usual, but it's difficult. WWI is in full swing and there is fear that the Turks will attack the Suez Canal. The British government is rounding up all Egyptians involved in the independence movement, including David. Ramses is being ostracized for his apparent pacifism, but with Ramses nothing is ever what it seems. Nefret seems to be growing close to the disgusting Percy, and Amelia and Emerson must again face ...more
Timothy Ferguson
I’ve expressed misgivings about this series in previous monthly updates. Now that Rameses has grown up, though, this is a far superior series. Structurally it allows the author to swap between storylines, to break up the narrative. It also allows multiple viewpoints, so that the main character, Amelia, seems a bit more fallible and likeable. Also, all of the precociousness seems to have been beaten out of Ramses with a whip made of hippopotamus leather. He’s evolved from Magic Genius Child to Da ...more
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also writes as Barbara Michaels as well as her own name. Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. Mertz was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She lived in a historic farmhouse in Fred ...more
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“As Ramses did the same for his mother, he saw that her eyes were fixed on him. She had been unusually silent. She had not needed his father's tactless comment to understand the full implications of Farouk's death. As he met her unblinking gaze he was reminded of one of Nefret's more vivid descriptions. 'When she's angry, her eyes look like polished steel balls.' That's done it, he thought. She's made up her mind to get David and me out of this if she has to take on every German and Turkish agent in the Middle East.” 9 likes
“It's not unsporting to thrash a cowardly cad,' said Simmons. 'Everyone knows you don't fight like a gentleman.'
'That might be called an oxymoron,' Ramses said. 'Oh--sorry. Bad form to use long words. Look it up when you get home.'
The poor devil didn't know how to fight, like a gentleman or otherwise.”
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