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The Golden One (Amelia Peabody #14)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,478 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
A new year, 1917, is dawning, and the Great War that ravages the world shows no sign of abating. In these perilous times, archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her extended family must confront shocking dangers. But it is son Ramses who faces the most dire threat, answering a call that will carry him to the fabled seaport of Gaza on a mission as personal as it is perilous -- wh ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Avon (first published 2002)
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Feb 09, 2016 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Emersons are my favorite characters. I have to remind myself they fictional one they are so real. This book is really two books brought together in the third part. The Emersons have returned to Egypt for the duration of the war and have settled in Luxor. Jamal is back and has found another tomb which furnishings have sold. Before they can do much Amelia decides to find him. A number of events occur before the problem of Jamal is solved. All wonder what it " it is in the Hand of God". Meanwhi ...more
Mar 02, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
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Aug 29, 2013 Dorothy rated it it was ok
I love the early books in Elizabeth Peters' series, but I enjoyed this one much less. Much of the reason lies in “Manuscript H”.

The series is “written” by Amelia Peabody, the resourceful wife of an archaeologist working in Egypt in the early part of the 20th century. She's a feisty, intelligent woman who's handy with a parasol in a tight spot, and she has a nice line in dry humour.

The problem (for the author) is that her accounts are written in the first person – which works well in the early
Oct 09, 2014 Jenifer rated it really liked it
The Peabody family remains one of my favorite literary groups of people. I love their personalities and their friends and their enemies! Their adventures are good, and the history is supplementary. I'm more interested in the family development than in the actual adventures, and I noticed that Emerson and Amelia are much less amorous in this installment. I hope they get their groove back on, because it's one of my favorite parts of their relationship.
3.5 stars. Another entertaining Amelia Peabody novel, although the plot is a slightly awkward mix of murder mystery and spy adventure.

It's 1916 and the Emersons are back in Egypt to stay for a while, since ocean travel is growing more dangerous due to German submarine attacks. The usual murder mystery interrupts their archaeological digging, plus the British authorities continue to pursue a reluctant Ramses, trying to engage him yet again in the Great Game.

I continue to be amused by Amelia, and
Shala Howell
Jun 15, 2007 Shala Howell rated it really liked it
Again, using this book as a stand-in for the entire series of Amelia Peabody mysteries. Elizabeth Peters was my companion of choice in 2005-2006 for airplane trips. If you want to read a lot of brain candy while pretending you're doing something literary, read the Amelia Peabody mysteries in the order in which Peters wrote them. Peters develops a lot as a writer over the course of writing these novels, and it's fascinating to watch her gain mastery over the craft. The first books can be grim rea ...more
I'm unsure about this particular book. I'm reading/listening to the series in order, and this isn't one of the best. I think Peters falters when her books are crowded with characters, since her strengths as a writer are in her main characters. The more Amelia and Emerson we get, the better, IMO. So these books that have many secondary characters are confusing and less entertaining. Plus, the Albion's were annoying and never really made sense to me.

The plot was very slow to get started. I often f
Aug 04, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
On audiobook, these books are a delight, even though Amelia and Emerson are getting older and Ramses and Nefret are grown and married, there's still a lot of humor and fun in the books. But alas, not as much as in the first few. Still Barbara Rosenblat is fabulous doing the reading, none better! She "is" Amelia Peabody Emerson!

To be honest, there really wasn't a whole lot to the plot that was very memorable. WWI is still going on and the Emersons are all in Egypt for the season at their latest d
Stephanie Patterson
Feb 08, 2013 Stephanie Patterson rated it it was amazing
Some years ago my husband recommended these mysteries both for Ms. Peters deft characterizations and for her knowledge of Egypt and her accurate portrayal of the practice of archeology in the early 20th century. I made the mistake of trying to read this book before any of the others. It’s important to read these books in order to see the development of the characters and the way in whichthe author moves them through this particular part of history.
This book takes place during World War I. So
Aug 19, 2014 Gillian rated it really liked it
Quite a bit shorter than the others in this series, but I quite liked it. It did seem from time to time to jump a bit back and forth between story-lines, but I didn't mind. I'm curious if the rest of the books will continue on in this style. There were lots of hints that some big plot changes are coming in the future, and I imagine this book was almost an intermission between some of the more dramatic story-lines.

I just can't get enough of these.
Oct 27, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it
This is the first Peters I'd read, and it hooked me very early on. Her books turn out to be like satisfying, multicourse meals. They have complex plots and subplots. The historical detail is fantastic. The characters are generally not stereotypes or even archetypes. My only quibble is that Fatima, the Egyptian housekeeper, has almost no role to play except to be worried, exclaim a lot, and push food on people. She's a fairly boring stereotype of a woman, and Peters has disappointed me in that sh ...more
This is a fun series with a quirky main character in Amelia Peabody. I enjoy the author's dry sense of humor.
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Dec 27, 2015 Desertblues rated it really liked it
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I do love these books about Egypt. I traveled there a few years ago, but now it is difficult..... During my daily 1,5 hour brisk walks I listen with much pleasure to the series.
As with all of Peters’ Amelia Peabody books, The Golden One is a delightful admixture of mystery thriller, archaeological adventure, and historical romance of the best sort. Her portrayal of the setting is detailed and skillful without being burdensome–you get what you need to appreciate the setting, but she doesn’t spend pages on unnecessary description. The balance of the historical setting–the war and such–against the Emersons’ personal lives and interests is also excellently done, suiting th ...more
Barbara ★
What more could I possibly say about this hilarious (and often dangerous) exciting excavation series? Ramses and Nefret have surpassed my love of Amelia and Emerson. The only bad thing I will say about this installment...I can't stand Jumana and hope she doesn't return in future books. I love how there are always multiple dangers and multiple villains (working separately) as it really keeps you guessing. Thrilling series!
Leanne (Booksandbabble)
Could I rate my Amelia any less, I think not :D
Sheila Woofter
Jan 01, 2014 Sheila Woofter rated it really liked it
What can I say. This series does not get old. There is enough new in each story to keep the reader interested. This is the third book taking place during WWI. I'm ready for the next in the series!
Dina Tanners
Apr 10, 2014 Dina Tanners rated it really liked it
This book is the 14th of the Amelia Peabody series mostly set in Egypt from the late 1880s to the early 1920s. I've continued to read the series because it is a light way to learn about archeological exploration in Egypt at that time and also because I have become interested in the main characters. This book is rather complex with three different plots that, in part, come together toward the end of the book. It was a bit more loosely written for the first part but still a pleasant read while tra ...more
Pamela Mclaren
In this, the 14th book in the series about Amelia Peabody, her husband, Emerson, and their adventures in Egypt, Elizabeth gives you another winning mystery, despite having a most annoying main character in Peabody. But I have to admit that I keeping saying never again and then go ahead and read one of her books. In this outing, The Emersons return to Egypt and expect to ge there quite some as their travels are during 1917 and the first world war. Their son, Ramses, is approached again to go unde ...more
Beverly Temporal
Aug 01, 2013 Beverly Temporal rated it really liked it
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Not my favorite book in the series but love the series. And it was still entertaining.
Jan 17, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what to think of how the various parts of this story fit together, but any chance to hang out with the Peabody Emersons reproduces some of my happiest childhood reading experiences. That's not to call the books childish, but I'm hard put to think of a book -- much less series -- that's brought me as much joy since I first discovered the delight of a good story.

I will say, however, that certain references and aspects of the story won't mean as much unless you've read the series from
Rhonda Pickens
Sep 13, 2015 Rhonda Pickens rated it it was amazing
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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Synopsis: A new year, 1917, is dawning, and the Great War that ravages the world shows no sign of abating. Answering the siren call of Egypt once more, Amelia Peabody and her family arrive at their home in Luxor to learn of a new royal tomb ransacked by thieves. Soon an even more disturbing outrage concerns the intrepid clan of archaeologists: the freshly and savagely slain corpse of a thief defiling the ancient burial site.
Yet this is nothing compared w
Aug 06, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Title: The Golden One.

Author: Elizabeth Peters.

Genre: Mystery, Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction, War Thriller, Egyptology, Romance, Humorous, Sequel.

Plot: Amelia Peabody Emerson and her husband Radcliff Emerson bring in the new year of 1917 on board ship heading for Egypt at the start of a prolonged stay in that country. It’s the beginning of another excavation season and Emerson is keen to get back to work. Also in their party are the Emerson’s grown son Ramses, his wife Nefret and Amelia’s
Nov 23, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it
Again another fun novel about the Emerson clan. This novel is more focused on the war than the archaeology, but still very fun. It had all the humor as the other books, but I felt as if it was missing in some of the action. They can't all be high action, and there was a lot of fun in this one, but it wasn't as suspenseful as some of the earlier novels. The only major complaint I have is that there were so many characters that sometimes it was hard to keep everyone straight.

I really have nothing
May 07, 2011 Rach rated it liked it
There are lots of good things in this book. I love anytime we get to spend with Sethos, and the more he features in these books, the more we get to know and like him, just as Amelia, Emerson, and the rest of the family do. I'm also so glad that Bertie is thriving as an archeologist, and happy for Cyrus that he finally has his big find. The family's adventure to Gaza was quite thrilling, and I enjoyed that action, despite the fact that this war business is generally wearing on me. I also loved wh ...more
At this point, on book 14 my reviews are likely to get a bit repetitive, but I still love this series and the Emerson family!

Once again the Emersons manage to become embroiled in a plot to locate a hidden tomb containing undiscovered treasures, which also includes appearances by Sethos and yet other new villians who must be outwitted by the intrepid family of Egyptologists!

Amelia and Emerson are their usual selves, each battling to outwit and outthink and out-scheme the other. Ramses and Nefret
Sep 16, 2013 Hillary rated it did not like it
This was the first book I read in the Amelia Peabody series. I randomly had it on my shelf and I just now found out that it's #14 in the Peabody series. Maybe I shouldn't have started the series at #14.

The writing did not flow. The dialogue was choppy and the speech between the characters never really seemed "real." I didn't enjoy any of the characters either. The characters' personalities all seemed to switch from chapter to chapter, which isn't a good thing. Character personalities really shou
Jul 13, 2015 Valerie rated it really liked it
I think technically I would give this one a 4.5 stars. I started reading these books years ago and got 8 or 9 books in and then a couple years ago decided to start over and make it through the whole series. I believe this is #14 and I have to say, of the later books, I think this might be one of the better ones. This one seemed to have a faster pace than some of the other later books in the series, which was a relief, and the characters were a delight as usual. Despite there not being any truly ...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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“Emerson,' I said, choosing my words with care, 'it is a sheer drop from the cleft down to the base of the cliff. If you are bent on breaking your arm or your leg or your neck or all three, find a place closer to home so we won't have to carry you such a distance.” 10 likes
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