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Children of the Storm (Amelia Peabody #15)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  5,497 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Return once again with "New York Times" bestselling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters to a remarkable land of mystery, deception, and danger, where murderous intrigues swirl in the desert wind. . . .

The Great War has ended at last. No longer must archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, the distinguished Egyptologist, fear for the life of their daring son, Ramses
ebook, 576 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2003)
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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
Diana Suddreth
Mar 10, 2013 Diana Suddreth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ridiculous grandmothery sugar here (unless you count cakes at tea to keep the little ones occupied).

It was particularly fun reading this exac
Sep 28, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say, I thought this was one of the better Amelia Peabody mysteries in the whole series. As the children are grown, with Amelia and Emerson as grandparents, I sort of thought the best was behind us, but I was (thankfully) wrong! As usual, everyone is in Luxor and odd things begin to happen. Old faces from the past resurface and for once, there was an actual plot! I love these books, but let's face it, the plots are usually loosely woven around the humorous antics of Amelia and Emerson - an ...more
Children Of The Storm (Amelia Peabody #15), by Elizabeth Peters
and a for the series as a whole

Synopsis: At last the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond (yet firm) grandmother, hopes that for once, this will be a quiet year with Ramses no longer undertaking peri
P.D.R. Lindsay
I read the first Amelia Peabody novel a long time ago. I do not normally read romances, they irritate me. But stroppy 'old' Miss Peabody rescuing Evelyn and then clashing with such obvious deliberate fun with Emerson made for hilarious reading. And Elizabeth Peters was in no danger of getting her historical details or Egyptology wrong. I hate authors who can’t do their research, or only do superficial research.

Over the years novels have followed as the Emerson clan produced children who grew up
Oct 16, 2014 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid installment. The schadenfreude of Ramses dealing with precocious children much as he was is delightful. I'm still amazed at Peters' ability to resurrect enemies and how they all bear such incredible grudges that they prepare elaborate plans to try to finally rid the world of the Emersons. Fortunately, the Emersons remain victorious (although they still seem to have not learned some important lessons like, safety in numbers and do not go rushing where angels fear to tread).
Nov 09, 2014 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion Barbara Mertz, who wrote the Amelia Peabody series as Elizabeth Peters, was an author few could hope to emulate. Her writing style, incredible vocabulary, gift of creating clear pictures, impeccable knowledge of Egypt & detailed research, comedic timing and love of the written word, made every one of her books an escape for me, and a journey into spontaneous laughter. I am gutted that I have completed the entire series, and that she is no longer with us to produce her magic for ...more
After the slight disappointment of the previous book, and the more serious nature of all of the WWI volumes, this book is a delight. Not only is it fun - full of Amelia and Emerson in top form - but there's a return to the early style of "unearthly" activities when Ramses is kidnapped by a mythical goddess. That kind of outlandish event adds to the fun, I think.

I wasn't sure how I'd feel about David and Lia arriving with their two small children, but I enjoyed seeing the four married children an
Oct 26, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2014 Lynne Tull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Joe White
Written by a woman with a strong disposition toward female readers. The first 30 % was a long trudge that eventually set the stage for a pretty good plot. The large number of kids, kids names, the rambling discourse leading to establishing order of the various households and the individual duties and inclinations of the various characters, provided more background fill than I thought was necessary.

The good points in my opinion: (1) The reader gets a worker-type perspective view of early pre-WW2
Carla Hostetter
Jul 28, 2014 Carla Hostetter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of the Amelia Peabody stories and always enjoy the main character, her gruff husband, Emerson, and her now very studly son, Ramses. Somehow I missed this one along the way. World War One had ended and excavations in Egypt can begin again. The extended family gathers to resume work, and it is old home week with even Emerson's half-brother, Sethos showing up along with his actual brother, sister-in-law and several children. Of course, a mystery ensues with Ramses abducted by a woman ...more
A fun entry in the series. Walter and Evelyn along with David and Lia and their children have returned to Egypt now that WWI is over. Even Sethos returns. It was great having the whole extended Emerson clan and the Vandergelts together again. The plot involves the man who was restoring the princess tomb treasures, discovered by Bertie in a previous novel, disappearing with some of the jewelry. Ramses is then kidnapped by a woman dressed up as Hathor. Then mysterious accidents begin affecting Dao ...more
I did not enjoy this book as much as others in the series. Time is passing and Peters is introducing the newest generation of the Emerson clan, but the children do not interest me and they are EVERYWHERE in this installment. I found it annoying as well because it detracted from the more interesting story lines. Plus at the very end of the book Peters has one of Ramses twins adopting the same horrible mangling of diphthongs, "Did you catch de lady?", that she gave to Ramses in an earlier book. I ...more
Dlightful performace by Barbara Rosenblat as usual. It is this performance that truly makes these books so charming.
Dayna Smith
The fifteenth book in the amazing Amelia Peabody series. The Great War is ended and Egypt is getting back to normal. Nefret and Ramses are back excavating with their parents, along with their twin children. Walter, Evelyn, David, Lia and their children are also joining the party. Several pieces of ancient jewelry are stolen from Cyrus and then the thief is found murdered. Ramses is kidnapped and drugged by a woman dressed as Hathor, and a series of "accidents" begin to occur that set the Emerson ...more
Alethea White-Previs
Amelia Peabody's adventures have certainly taken a turn towards the domestic since Ramses and Nefret married and produced a pair of beautiful twins. Though danger is always around the corner for the Emersons, somehow the danger of it is a bit more tempered for having taken place around a group of beautiful little cherubs. In this installment of the series, Ramses is kidnapped one night in Cairo; when he wakes up, he is faced with none other than the goddess Hathor. She leaves the room; he, drugg ...more
Rhonda Pickens
Sep 13, 2015 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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An Odd1
May 03, 2012 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fun
"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
Jul 15, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Dec 24, 2014 Jenifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amelia and Emerson are now grandparents, and though they still want to get out and do their excavating and egyptology, (and solve any mysteries that happen to come along) They have, by now, collected a large entourage of extended family and friends. They have expanded the compound and there are always visitors, children and cats to be dealt with. I love how the family relationships develop in this series, side-by-side with the history of the region and fictional local drama as well.
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
Dec 31, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I hate to slight Peters in any way, this book didn't grab me as quickly as all the others in the series -- perhaps because the archeological themes have more to do with restoration and transport of a previous find rather than new discoveries. In fact, I only got a few pages into my paper copy before others things distracted me for several months. I finally got through it via recording during a holiday road trip.

As a listened-to tale, there were just a handful of places where the story dr
Liz { nvl.tea }
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
Aug 29, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-/5. Mystery with layers was a little confusing due to large extended family and multiple incidents possibly related , but difficult to see in what way until the book unfolds. Made more difficult as I read this completely out of sequence, where the main family members would have been more gradually introduced. Archeological Egyptian theme. Comical characters: very strong willed family.
Don P
Sep 11, 2014 Don P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this was one of my favorite Amelia Peabody books yet. I loved the introduction of the newest generation, and I also enjoyed seeing old faces reappear such as Sethos--who had a great introduction. I also loved how the entire family banded together to rescue their loved ones at the climax/finale of the book; it was a very tense couple of chapters! Onto the next entry!
Jun 15, 2008 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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