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The Scorpion's Bite (Lily Sampson #3)

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It is 1943 and the world is at war. Archaeologist Lily Sampson has been sent to Trans-Jordan, by the OSS, along with Gideon Weil, the famous director of the American School of Archeology in Jerusalem. As part of their survey, they roam the beautiful, silent, Trans-Jordanian desert where the indelible presence of Lawrence of Arabia is still lingers, and where the ancient

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Paperback, 152 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published May 27th 2010)
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Audrey
Feb 26, 2011 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third in the Lily Sampson series, The Scorpion's Bite is another archaeological thriller written by Aileen G. Baron. As in Baron's novel, The Torch of Tangier, Lily is the archaeologist who is purposely placed by the OSS in the Middle East during World War II to do more than dig around ruins.

Lily's job is to perform an archaeological survey of Trans-Jordan amid assassination plots and battles over oil. Behind the scenes, Lily and her associate, Gideon Weil, are called upon to protect the Trans-J
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Denise
Nov 07, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Scorpion's Bite by Aileen G. Baron is the third book in a series about Lily Sampson, an archaeologist and intelligence agent in the Trans-Jordan desert during World War II. When her Bedouin guide is murdered and her traveling companion accused of the crime she doesn't know who to trust or where to turn. Shortly after that she learns that her real mission is to protect the Trans-Jordan oil pipeline from being destroyed by the Nazis and simultaneously trying to destroy the oil pipeline supplyi ...more
Jennifer
May 14, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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A beautifully descriptive and mysterious novel, The Scorpion's Bite by Aileen G. Barron is a definite page-turner. WWII is waging on when two archeologists, Gideon Weil and Lily Samson, along with photographer Klaus Steiner set out on an archeological mission from the OSS to survey Trans-Jordan, or so they are lead to believe. Then one morning their Bedouin guide, Qasim ibn Achmad disappears, later to be found murdered and even though Gideon has an airtight alibi, he is arrested.
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Jennifer
Jan 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
From My Blog...[return]A beautifully descriptive and mysterious novel, The Scorpion's Bite by Aileen G. Barron is a definite page-turner. WWII is waging on when two archeologists, Gideon Weil and Lily Samson, along with photographer Klaus Steiner set out on an archeological mission from the OSS to survey Trans-Jordan, or so they are lead to believe. Then one morning their Bedouin guide, Qasim ibn Achmad disappears, later to be found murdered and even though Gideon has an airtight alibi, he is ar ...more
Steph
May 01, 2011 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading some of the reviews from others who have read this book, I can understand how they thought it was confusing. It did have a lot of technical terms and was about a culture that most of us do not understand. However, I did not let that keep me from enjoying the story. Even with all the technical jargon, I found the book very enjoyable. In America, we are used to what we experience on a daily basis, and that is a means of comfort to us. Reading books like this one remind us that we are ...more
Aileen G.
Jan 22, 2011 Aileen G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because “archaeologists can go anywhere without raising suspicion,” in this third Lily Sampson mystery, The Scorpion's Bite, Lily and Gideon Weil are sent to do an archaeological survey of the Trans-Jordan by the OSS in 1943. But the true mission, involving oil pipelines that supply Axis and Allied forces, gradually becomes clear. Along the way, allegiances are revealed, and blood is repeatedly spilled, beginning with that of their first Bedouin guide, a murder for which Gideon is blamed and ma ...more
Susan
It is 1943 and the world is at war. Archaeologist Lily Sampson has been sent to Trans-Jordan, by the OSS, along with Gideon Weil, the famous director of the American School of Archeology in Jerusalem. As part of their survey, they roam the beautiful, silent, Trans-Jordanian desert where the indelible presence of Lawrence of Arabia is still lingers, and where the ancient Nabateans once ruled an empire from their capital in Petra. Soon Lily and Gideon are stranded in the Wadi Rum, and their Bedoui ...more
Tanya
Mar 18, 2011 Tanya rated it it was ok
The books time period is 1943 and the story takes place in the Middle East. While on a pretense of being on an archeological dig, Lily and Gideon's guide is murdered and Gideon is thought to be the killer. The location names and peoples names were distracting to me in this book. It is a short book but the storyline wasn't all that interesting.
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Aug 09, 2016 Elizabeth rated it liked it
There was quite a bit of what seemed to be aimless wandering in the desert before the plot of the book was revealed.
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Aka Aileen Baron.

Aileen Garsson Baron is retired from a distinguished career as professor of archaeology, where her research took her to many parts of the world, and numerous seasons of fieldwork in the Middle East. She taught for twenty years in the Departmant of Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton. Her many years of archaeological fieldwork in the Middle East include a year at
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