Children of the Storm (Amelia Peabody Series #15)
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Children of the Storm (Amelia Peabody Series #15) (Amelia Peabody #15)

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A Great War has ended, but evil still casts a long shadow over a violence-scarred land. One woman -- an adventurer and archaeologist with a brilliant mind -- must now confront a dreadful adversary more fiendish and formidable than any she has ever encountered. But by doing so, she may be feeding the flames of a devastating firestorm that threatens the fragile lives of the

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Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published (first published 2003)
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Trina Morgan
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...more
Diana Suddreth
Every time I read an Emilia Peabody book it's like visiting family. The quirkiness of the characters makes them all so absolutely loveable and the story is always exciting. Emilia and Emerson are still passionate for each other, even as they explore grandparenthood, and Emilia's attitude toward the children is absolutely in keeping with her character...no ridiculous grandmothery sugar here (unless you count cakes at tea to keep the little ones occupied).

It was particularly fun reading this exac...more
Sandra
This is my second Amelia Peabody mystery and I am ready to go back to the used bookstore and find all the rest of them! The author, Elizabeth Peters, has a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago, making the backdrop for the novels convincing and full of fascinating detail. Amelia, of course, is an archeologist married to a dashing archeologist named Radcliffe Emerson. Together with their family and their extended Egyptian family they live and work in Luxor, excavating ancient tombs in...more
Lynne Tull
Elizabeth Peters never disappoints in this series. Each book is better than the last one. I will soon run out of 'stars'. Amelia and her family are again involved in an attack by a person or persons unknown. Her brother-in-law, Sethos, takes a larger part in the solving of this mystery. There are more and more characters added to the story and you will love them all. I wonder why this story has not made it to the small screen? Another Downton Abbey set in Egypt. Given the present events in Egypt...more
An Odd1
"Children of the Storm" (Amelia 15) by Elizabeth Peters refers generation weathered by the dark turbulence of WW1, and an Egyptian horoscope predicting trouble. A plethora of Egyptologists has accumulated in the long series, too many blood and marriage relations to the original, large of brain, body and vocabulary, parasol-wielder Amelia Peabody. Her long-winded pompous narrative style, reminiscent of inspiring Sir Henry Rider Haggard (King Solomon's Mines), and after-the-fact premonitions are f...more
Tracy
What can I say, I'm a fan. These books are fun! In this novel, the characters find new strength by switching up the way they solve the crime. I wasn't sure about it at first, but it had a lasting impact on the characters in a positive way.

The ending of this novel was one of the best in a long time. Good endings seems to be Elizabeth Peter's unique gift. She has a flair for dramatic surprises.

The family has practically exploded. Writing a story with so many main characters is an accomplishment....more
Colleen
It has been a while since I picked up an Amelia Peabody novel and while this book is just as fun as the ones that came before it, it didn't grip me as some of the earlier novels have. It might be because I haven't read one of the novels in a while, but there were also too many characters and not a defined threat in this novel to push the plot forward. The middle of the novel dragged except for the few incidents against Daoud and Selim so it took a while to get through. It was a fun read, but jus...more
Kristen
Another fun, exciting installment of the adventures of the ever-expanding Emerson family!

When the family, now including not only Ramses, Nefret and their two twins, but David and Lia and THEIR two children, plus Sethos, now part of the family too upon his conversion from a life of crime, arrives in Egypt for the new season, they hope - as always - for a season of simple archeological expeditions. Alas, it is not to be.

When Cyrus is the victim of theft of several precious artifacts from the huge...more
Barbara ★
Well it's two years since the events in the last installment and Nefret has had her babies and they are on the dig this year in Egypt with the Emerson's extended family - Walter and Evelyn, Lia and David and their two youngsters, and even Sethos and his daughter Molly. This is a family reunion unlike any you could imagine - with murder, mayhem, mysterious events, kidnappings, double-dealings. The whole works - nothing is too great (or small) for the Emersons. I absolutely loved the madcap advent...more
Liz
Children of the Storm is definitely one of my top favorite Amelia Peabody books, and that is definitely saying something, since they're all phenomenal. The mystery, the twists, and the pacing just felt so right with this installment.

Having everyone back again - Walter, Evelyn, David, Lia, etc. - and all the new babies present was just wonderful. The whole cast really just made this book, from top to bottom.

The mystery was fantastic and unexpected. I love when the plots circle back around to pr...more
Jenn
Another great read from Elizabeth Peters. Amelia Peabody Emerson is one of my most favorite characters in literature (I want to be her when I grow up). She doesn't disappoint in Children of the Storm. One of the major bonuses of this series is learning about the Egyptian culture and Egyptology. I find it especially interesting being set in the early 1900's. It is sad to think of all the unrest that has happened in Egypt since then.

This particular Amelia adventure is more of the same. But the twi...more
Carol
This was one of my very favorites in this wonderful series. Here is one of my favorite bits of dialogue:

"Deuced lucky," said Bertie, with a broad smile. The brave lad was so pleased with himself that he had actually ventured to interrupt Emerson. "My injury was only a scratch, nothing to speak of, and Nefret said Sethos would be back to normal in a few days. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."

"It did have its moments, didn't it?" I said, returning his smile. "I have always wanted to hear s...more
Chrisanne
I felt like I was being pulled a million directions with all the old characters and the new ones. Thus my interest and affection for the characters was minimized somewhat. Not that Peters has lost her sense of humor, or her cleverness. It's still there. But it would help to simplify things a bit. Maybe separate the family and have 2 mysteries going on rather than try and remember every little detail. The "additions" to the family circle are endearing and the character growth is believable.

Last p...more
Melliemom
There really is a lot going on in this book. It also gets to be a lot of fun because there are so many family members around. I had speculated about who the villain who be, but I never could quite put my finger on anything.

I got a laugh in the end when the personalities of the children became apparent.

In previous books Sethos seemed to come back to life more than once and after this book, I began to wonder if that might happen to the villain in this book. I wouldn't be too surprised if it surfa...more
Rach
I really enjoyed this volume of the Emersons' adventures. Finally, the war is over! And there are babies, and the whole family is back together in Egypt again. It's still kind of strange to think of Amelia and Emerson as being old enough to be grandparents - in my head, they are still in their 30s, full of youth and vitality. And I hope that view of them never changes, because deep down, that is who they are, regardless of the passing of time.

The mystery of this book was intriguing and windy, wi...more
Vinny Pauletti
Excellent addition to the Peabody Series

As usual Ms. Peter's delivers an action-packed novel drawing her reader into the early 20th century of Egypt. Whether it's running through the streets of Cairo or amongst the tombs of ancient ruins, Peter's storytelling never gets old and keeps her reader guessing along with the characters until the very end. Looking forward to her next novel in the series.
Karen
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Meredith
Finally, everyone is there, not only the core family, but David and Lia and children, Evelyn and Walter, and Ramses and Nefret's children.

And their past is wreaking havoc on their present - all with a slew of children under foot.

For a while, the mystery is as confusing to me as it is to the family, however, as pieces do fall into place, it does make sense. And certainly continues to have some truly laugh out loud moments.

For the last several novels, their ending both allows for more to be writte...more
Emily
I loved this book. I received this book as a gift, but I'm glad I went back and read the other books in the series first before reading this one because it wouldn't have made much sense otherwise. It's like a big family gathering, chaotic and cozy. As a reader I just want to be a part of this family. One of my favourite bits was an argument between Emerson and Amelia. Emerson exclaims, "You always win". I had to laugh because my husband says that to me too.

The story itself was good and the plot...more
Jennie Flemmons
Nov 05, 2007 Jennie Flemmons marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Book 15 - Peabody

1919-20 Season
Published April 2003

December of 1919 marks the end of the first year of peace after the Great War. Amelia is looking forward to a magical holiday season in her Luxor home with her handsome husband Emerson, their accomplished son Ramses and his doctor-wife Nefret, who are now parents. Joining them is Emerson's brother Walter and his wife Evelyn who arrive from England. Finally united after years of separation and international turmoil, they are planning to celebrate...more
Candi
I have liked this series of books all along. Elizabeth Peters is a great writer, even though these books are all mysteries involving the same set of people, they don't get old or predictable. There is always something new and this volume is no exception. This book did have a really long set up before the plot really got rolling. I find this series is the best after the dead body shows up and the dead body in this one didn't turn up until after halfway. Still once it got going it was a great read...more
Zdenka
Nice to follow the family for a little bit more, but the plot in his book is weak (compared to the others) and the "meanies" are unconvincing, unimaginative, absurd and actually a bit boring... On the other hand, lots of Sethos and his lot in this one (we even learn his true first name) and quite a nice sense of satisfaction from the fact that Ramses's kids give him a little taste of his own medecine. The best part of this book is that Nefret finally starts behaving lika an adult, stops cligning...more
Kaye
Another Peabody adventure. The whole family is finally all together in Egypt including grandchildren. It makes for a lot of people to keep track of and to give something to do in the story-line. This adventure starts with Ramses being kidnapped briefly and then the conservator and jewels go missing as Cyrus Vandergelt is packing up his great find from the last novel. Many other little things happen and the family including Sethos all pitch in to see if they can solve the mystery. Some parts are...more
Vicki Cline
Ameila Peabody Emerson is a fun narrator and I always enjoy her comments. This book didn't seem to have much of a plot until near the end. But the whole family was on hand, Walter and Evelyn from England, Ramses and Nefret with their two children, David and Lia with another two, Sethos (the reformed villain half-brother of Emerson and Walter) with his daughter Maryam, and probably some I'm leaving out. Various seemingly random incidents happen but it's all tied together at the end. The last 80 o...more
Jamie
It's 1918 and the Great War is over, so it's time for an Emerson family reunion. All three generations, including Walter & Evelyn's family, are in Egypt for the season. The toddlers toddle, and the rest manage to get a little archeology work done in between the usual kidnappings and thefts and murders.

These books are always fun to read. Love the characters, love the setting, and I have come to enjoy the ridiculous adventures. I look forward to the next book - I'll be sad when I run out of th...more
Ann
The Amelia Peabody series still hasn't grown stale for me. The characters are so delghtful, their adventures are so exhilarating, and so many wonderful new characters are added, that it is still fresh and more fun than the three-ring circus that their lives often resemble.

In this installment, Amelia and co. are on the trail of thieves who've stolen a few very valuable pieces of Ancient Egyptian jewelery from their good friend, Cyrus Vandergelt, as they try to work out a pattern to a number of ot...more
Bronwyn
Oh geez, Will I ever get enough of this family. It keeps growing and growing. This time the Emersons are besigued by enemies from their past and rescued by them also. The Father of Curses doesn't get much done on his dig with everyone running off in different directions . So much to do so much to do. The mystery surounds stolen jewelry and attacks on seemingly random members of the extended family and friends. Again I had suspisions but like Amelia I couldn't get everything to fit into place. An...more
Bethany Harvey
Enjoyable, but I think this series has long passed the point of diminishing returns when it comes to adding new characters. In addition to the new ones, the author seems totally unable to let old characters go -- even the dead ones hang around and influence the story. I found it really hard to keep track of everyone, and because there were so many characters, there was little time spent with any one of them. Which is sad, because most of the appeal in these novels is the characters, rather than...more
Libbie Counselman
I always enjoy Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series...
Jen
Really 3 1/2 stars.

I feel like this series started out fun, but not particularily well-written, and Peters found her voice as a writer as the series developed. Then, the series peaked with He Shall Thunder in the Sky and has deteriorated since then. This was like the beginning of the series -- fun, but not particularily well-written. I love the Emersons, but this is not the Emersons at their best. There are four more books in the series, and I'll finish them, hoping Peters gets her magic back.
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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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