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Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody #16)

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Što se događalo s Emersonovim klanom tijekom godina prije Velikog rata? Sada je konačno tišina razbijena i otkrivena je istina o opasnom putovanju do tajnoga i tajanstvenog mjesta skrivenog duboko u srcu nemilosrdne pustinje.
Pustolovina potaknuta lojalnošću prema prijatelju u opasnosti - ometana lažima i izdajom - vodi Ameliju Pea-body i njenu neustrašivu obitelj u gnijezd
Paperback, 321 pages
Published 2005 by Constable and Robinson (first published 2004)
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Denise You can certainly read it as a stand alone, there is no info that you need to know that can only be gotten from earlier books. However, if you want to…moreYou can certainly read it as a stand alone, there is no info that you need to know that can only be gotten from earlier books. However, if you want to read the series from the beginning, this book will give a few things away about the characters.(less)
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Nov 03, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Peabody family is back their Manor House in England after Emerson's temper got them banned from The Valley of the Kings. A surprise visitor from the Lost Oasis informs them that Tarek and his heir are sick. and dying. They make plans to return to Lost Oasis. To their dismay arriving in Egypt that the secret is out and they gather unwelcome attention. The trip has many excitements and adventures. At the arrival Tarek is not there to meet and the next day Nefert is missing. Meeting the King th ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE the Emerson family, but this book was a big letdown. I suppose it was naïve to think I'd like all of Elizabeth Peters's books. The author's goal seemed to bring the characters into normality.

In this novel, Amelia, Emerson, Ramses, and Nefret make mistakes and seem helpless. The whole reason we love them is because they charge in where angels fear to tread and somehow, though sheer force of will, they save the day and emerge unscathed. But most of this book is spent sitting around wonderi
BJ Rose
Nov 15, 2010 BJ Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book just before this one introduces the twins of Ramses & Nephret, so it was difficult at first to get my mindset back to a time when Nephret treated Ramses as her brother. Once I did that, I was ready to travel with them to the Lost Oasis, This book explained about Nephret's early life. I think if I had known that this was a look back into time, I would have read it before they were married and had twins, but it was still a good read. Actually, I listen to this series - Barbara Rosenbl ...more
Sep 26, 2008 Emilie[-MLE-] rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody. I command you to avoid it.
Shelves: own, elizabeth-peters
Daria makes me want to puke.

And throw something.

And yell at Ramses to try to make him see sense.

And cry. with Nefret.
Feb 12, 2013 Septentrion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policier
A great opus in the Amelia Peabody series. Just know that the plot is situated after "The Ape who Guards the Balance". So it was back in time as far as the series goes but very great. Amelia and Emerson surpassed themselves.
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Ida Flowers
Aug 08, 2012 Ida Flowers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction, and I love series fiction. Ms. Peters (or Mertz, or Michaels) has been an inspiration to me for over a quarter-century.

When I was a very young mother, and had all the time in the world for reading and writing, Ms. Peters' books stimulated my intellect and aroused my imagination. I had no college, and through Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody I was inspired to learn who John Donne and Howard Carter were, to read Shakespeare and listen to Handel, and to reach for independen
Actually falls between #10 and #11 in the timeline, so I'm reading it now.
A fun read, preposterous in (mostly) the right ways. This one struck me as a little more "Indiana Jones" style than the previous ones, but that's okay. It's entertaining. The friend who recommended this series to me noted that at a certain point, she was reading them more for the characters than the plots, and I feel the same way. I still love the way Amelia and Emerson interact. Although I'm still getting accustomed to se
Mar 15, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typical enjoyable adventure with the Emersons. However, the choices she made with Ramses seemed completely out of character, utterly pointless, and even offensive. I hope I can forget them, and they don't come back to influence the story in the next books.
Jan 14, 2008 Dia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of the Amelia Peabody books and I have been waiting for her to go back to the oasis. But I was very disappointed in this book. I was expecting more and I didn't like Ramses. He is usually one of my favorites
Inger Faherty
Jan 20, 2016 Inger Faherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one takes us back in time. Interesting to listen knowing what's going to eventually happen.
May 03, 2016 Vivienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, adventure
started as my audiobook on the go as no longer driving
Mar 13, 2014 Vivienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Feb 01, 2017 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a throwback in time period to several years before the previous book in the series, with the Emersons heading back to the Lost Oasis that was first visited in The Last Camel Died at Noon where Nefret joined the family. It was a fun adventure story, hitting all the adventure buttons, but I rather missed the Egyptological bits that truly characterize this series. Plus it fits so poorly into the previously described history of the Emersons and the development of the characters. Not one of ...more
Liked that this one went back in time, in the series since, I like the earlier books better.
See: Last Camel Died at Noon
Guardian Of The Horizon, by Elizabeth Peters
★★★★★ and a ♥

Synopsis: A hitherto lost journal of the indomitable Amelia Peabody has been miraculously recovered: a chronicle from one of the "missing years" -- 1907–1908 -- shedding new light on an already exceptional career, a remarkable family . . . 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 myste
Rhonda Pickens
Jun 28, 2012 Rhonda Pickens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone & everyone
I'm in the process of re-reading the entire Amelia Peabody series again, from start to finish in one go. They are still some of my favorite books. They must be read with tongue firmly inserted in cheek. It also helps to have an interest in and some knowledge of Colonial-era exploration narratives, fiction like that of H. Rider Haggard, Orientalist studies, the competitive acquisitive zeal of western museums at the turn of the century, and the "gentlemen archaeologists" of the 19th century who br ...more
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Dec 30, 2010 Deanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amelia and her handsome and irasible husband are drawn again into danger and intrigue. Her son, Ramses, has grown into a tall, handsome man with his own set of talents -- bravery, cunning, intelligence. Her adopted daughter, Neferet, has her own set of issues, and one is the conflicted feelings about her past and future.

I love this entire series. But, I can only give this one four stars, because in this book, for the only time in the series, one of the main characters violates internal principle
Kathy Davie
Jan 04, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, history, homey
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May 13, 2012 Cat. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest, just out this month, in the Amelia Peabody series.

Where to start...if you haven't read this series this explanation will probably make no sense. (view spoiler)
Feb 23, 2010 Genie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I understand Elizabeth Peters will end the Amelia Peabody series with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. If that is true, then the series nearing its end. Keeping that in mind, Peters goes back in time with ‘Guardian of the Horizon’. As explained in chapter one, a new cache of papers documenting the 'missing years' has been found. These documents chronicle the eccentric Emerson family of Egyptologists / amateur sleuths as they travel and explore the tombs and monuments of Egypt.
'Guardian of th
For the first time, the Amelia Peabody series is jumping back in time to "fill in" one of the missing years from its timeline. This book, which chronologically takes place directly after The Ape Who Guards the Balance, transports us back to a time before Ramses' and Nefret's marriage and children, before Nefret even realized she loved Ramses. If I had read this book right after TAWGTB, I would have loved it more, I think. Amelia, Emerson, and company head back to the Lost Oasis, one of my favori ...more
May 13, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel returns to one of my favorite settings in the entire series, The Lost Oasis and was just as fun and interesting as the first novel that took place here. While the description of the city was not as gripping as in the first novel a lot more of the oasis was explored and I got a better view of the society, so it was a good trade off. I loved the plot and felt for the characters as I was supposed to (aside from Nefret, but we'll get to that) It was another fabulous novel in the series.

Sarah Sammis
Jan 19, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released, pc, read-in-2004
While I found Guardian of the Horizon one of the better recent books in the series and closer to the charms and cheekiness of the earliest books, I still don't like Ramses. Why did Peters let this series become the Ramses Adventure serial? The end of chapter 11 made me put the book down for a good half hour of eewing. I don't want to know about Ramses love life. I'd rather he be seen and not heard. He's never been a well written or likeable character but had fortunately been nicely toned down fo ...more
Jim Mann
Apr 18, 2015 Jim Mann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 16th book in the Amelia Peabody series is actually set well before the 15th book, and before the First World War, which impacted several of the previous books. It follows on, a decade later, to the story of perhaps my favorite book in the series, The Last Camel Died at Noon.

Most of the books in the series are mysteries, in which archaeologists Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson (known to the Egyptian locals as the Father of Curses, due to his temper), solve mysteries while also working
Jul 28, 2010 Gracie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this, the Emerson's second visit to the lost city called "the holy mountain", we have the first of the Amelia Peabody series that is out of chronological order. There are a few of these so-called "lost journals" and I must say that I have mixed feelings about them. While on the one hand there are magnificent examples of the Author's sturdy talents and a good adventure to boot, they are not completely in sticking to the previously written books that take place after the events described. Durin ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Teri-k rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Supposedly this one comes after #10 chronologically, so I'm going to listen to it there.)

I know some people didn't like this book as well as others, but I deliberately read it in it's chronological order, and other than one little problem, I really liked it. This was the first book in the series where I found myself really worried about the Emersons and wondering if they'd manage to get out of this situation. Usually the intrigue comes from watching how they do it, but I never worry that they a
Kimberly Ann
Jan 15, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ZERO Stars

Slogging through....this tedious over written long winded story. I really do not believe that all the minute detail is necessary. I could give a fig that Amelia insists on washing all Beasts of Burden before riding them or using them on an expedition, or that camels are especially difficult because they move, fold & kick.

More to follow..... I am skipping portions, because this is boring me.....

From Buddy Read thread: I started one of these: It is so tedious...... TMI, just get to t
I love the Emerson family, and I love reading about their adventures. This book wasn't my favourite, mainly because it's a "lost" year of Amelia's journals, and takes us a number of years back into the past, well before the current situation, when the make-up of the Emerson family was quite different.

All the things I love about the Amelia Peabody books are here - the laugh-out-loud-funny snappy repartee between Emerson and Amelia, the exciting adventures the family ALWAYS manages to get themselv
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also wrote 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 Frede ...more
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