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

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  5,451 ratings  ·  208 reviews
1914 finds archaelogists Amelia Peabody and husband Radcliffe Emerson back in Egypt for another dig, despite civil unrest. Defiantly pacifist son Ramses hides his spy activity with cousin David. He rescues Molly 12ish, and his dazzling smile conquers yet another female. An artifact from Giza confirms the return of archnemesis Sethos.
Hardcover, William Morrow First Edition, 400 pages
Published June 2000 by Harper Collins
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Jamie
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...more
Sarah
Book 12
This book deserves 6 stars
Left me in a daze of joy. Ramses is the hottest thing ever put in print. Damn.
Callista
*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...more
Donna
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...more
Robin
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...more
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
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
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...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...more
Deanna
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
Colleen
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
Rach
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...more
Vanessa
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
Patti
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
Zdenka
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
Kristen
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...more
Angela
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Dacia
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...more
Ann
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
Jasmine1
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...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
Mindy
I think I have read this series before--lots of deja' vu--Parts are familiar but the ending is different--hmmm. Finally we have interaction with Sethos and the whole family is up to date on the mysterious part he has played in the Antiquities trade/Spy game/Emerson family. Finally we have resolution between Nefret and Ramses. I loved the part David plays in this book, he really is an amazing brother to Ramses. The young girl Sienna is an interesting addition to the family in that she looks like...more
Grace
I really respect the treatment of World War I in the backdrop of the Amelia Peabody stories. She nails the know-it-all priggishness of the British upper classes that laid waste to a generation. It's interesting to learn how Egypt and the middle east was effected by the war.

For different viewpoints of World War I, I heartily recommend Regeneration, Home is where the wind blows and If the war goes on.
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Sono passati ormai molti anni da quando Amelia Peabody ha sposato l'uomo della sua vita, l'archeologo Radcliff Emerson diventando sua compagna nella vita e nel lavoro. Amelia è una donna forte, pratica, indipendente. Suo marito è irascibile, orgoglioso, testardo. Non stupisce quindi che da questa unione sia nato un figlio "forte come un toro, coraggioso come un leone, testardo come un cammello" sempre pronto a rischiare l'osso del collo insieme all'amico David e a Nefreth Forth, giovane donna me...more
Frances Fuller
I am getting these as fast as I can from the library. Even in Phoenix, some of these books are on hold and she wrote this one 14 years ago. Since I am unable to wait, I have been buying the ones on hold from the second hand book stores. Will be very sad when I read the last one in this series.
Kaye
My absolute favorite of the series. I stayed up late listening to the ending and had to re-listen in the morning just so I knew I didn't miss anything important. This is the story where Ramses is finally seen by his parents as the adult he has become. With his parents and David's help he is undercover helping British authorities stop an attack on the canal. The story sets the right tone as WWI breaks out and friends and family now have children serving in the military. Sethos is back and more of...more
Karen
As mentioned, the previous book ended with a bit of a cliff-hanger. This book addresses it, and only in the briefest sense, but it was more than satisfactery considering all that takes place in this book. I never knew much about the middle eastern part in WWI, but then again, I didn't know much about the Pacific engagements in WWII until I'd read Flags of our Fathers. Granted that was non-fiction and this is fiction, but I strongly believe that the author did her best to present all the facts ac...more
Liz
I don't really have anything else to say except that these books are flawless. It's been a while since I visited this series, and this one immediately made my Elizabeth Peters fever flare up again. I want to reread all the previous books, I want the next one in my hands immediately. I can't even contemplate reading another book by another author right now.

Elizabeth Peters represents an epitome of talent to me. She knows how to balance humor, romance, and danger in a way that no other author I'v...more
Schmerica
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Lynne Tull
Ms. Peters has reached the pinnacle with this installment of the Amelia Peabody journals. I love the continuing characters and the introduction of new ones. I am also intrigued by the resolution of old mysteries that keep popping up to get in the way of their excavations. It has always puzzled me that Amelia is so intuitive about solving mysteries, but doesn't intuit what is going on in her own family. Not to be a spoiler, because you know he will appear...even Sethos remarks upon it.

I did have...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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“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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“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.” 7 likes
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