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Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody #16)

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This book is the lost season 1907-08 and fits in between books 10 and 11 if you want to read them in that order.

Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson, along with their son Ramses and foster daughter Nefret, are summoned back to the Lost Oasis, a hidden stronghold in the western desert whose existence they discovered many years ago (in The Last Camel Died At Noon) and have
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Published 2006 by Robinson Publishing (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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A mysterious visitor from a place the Peabody-Emersons visited once before insists he needs their help. Emerson is reluctant to agree but the ladies believe their help is needed so off they go to the Sudan on a journey from which they may not return.

This is one of the best books in the series. It starts off a little slow. Amelia recaps the plot of The Last Camel Died at Noon and no one dies for a long time. I remembered perfectly what happened on the last trip so I didn't need the recap. The st
Nov 03, 2015 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 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
Sep 26, 2008 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.
BJ Rose
Nov 15, 2010 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
Feb 12, 2013 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.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My own revisit to the Holy Mountain is everything I remember - just a little too much reliance on my memory of The Last Camel Died At Noon, not enough Daoud and Selim, oodles of intrigue, noble savages, and borrowings of early 20th century adventure lit to make a thrilling time with my old friends.

I am reminded why I mourn EP every time I revisit these. I am going to have to start rereading at the beginning again so I can remember just when Ramses became the smoking hot star of the show and Peab
Rereading a favorite novel or series is like a homecoming of sorts, and I delighted in rereading Guardian of the Horizon this time around, ten years later. I haven't read Elizabeth Peters since her last published novel in 2010. Seven years later, in advance of her final post humous publication releasing in a couple weeks in addition to discovering this thought provoking fan fiction in my twitter feed [], I decided to revisit one of my least favorite of her ...more
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May 13, 2012 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.

Trina Morgan
Aug 08, 2012 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 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 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
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment in the Peabody series. I read the series many years ago and thought I had read them all. It was wonderful to get back into the adventures and distinctive style of writing. I highly recommend reading this series in order.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, adventure
started as my audiobook on the go as no longer driving
Inger Faherty
Jan 20, 2016 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.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Bill Telfer
Since summer of 2016, I have been listening to the entire (and most excellent) "Amelia Peabody" series (this is #16... however, in terms of the characters' storyline, the plot really follows the events of book #10, which is why we listened to it as our ELEVENTH book of the series... she wrote a couple out-of-sequence to fill in gaps in her overall narrative, which is why we decided to listen to the books in the order they appear in the plot and NOT in their order of publication... AND SO GLAD WE ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a redux of "The Last Camel Died at Noon" including many of the same plot elements and characters (or sons of former characters) and certainly the same setting. Nonetheless, I am such a huge fan of the Amelia Peabody series that I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I debated reading it in the chronological order of the year of the story, but nonetheless I read it in the order of publication. I sort of wish I had done otherwise, because it's hard to connect with some plot lines when you know too ...more
Rachel N.
Though this is the 16th book in the series chronologically it fits after the 10th book, The Ape Who Guards the Balance and closely connects to the 6th book The Last Camel Died at Noon. Unfortunately I read both those books quite awhile ago so it took a bit for me to get up to speed. A messenger from the Lost Oasis has shown up at the Emerson's house in England stating that the king urgently needs their help. Amelia, Emerson, Nefret and Ramses proceed to travel to the Lost Oasis in the Sudan wher ...more
Travis Mueller
In listening to this series, I decided to follow the internal chronological order, rather than the order of publication. So far this is the only one I have encountered that has a deviation. I hadn't expected this book. Perhaps it was naive to think that the setting of The Last Camel Died at Noon wouldn't show up again, given the long in-setting career of the characters. It was enjoyable, but to my mind didn't have the same drive as the early book.
I am positive I listened to the unabridged audiobook at some point, but I cannot remember when, and for some reason never logged it here. I generally object to abridged books, but am glad I listened to this one - the abridgment minimized the parts of this book that got so very much on my nerves. The plot dragged the characters, rather than being driven by them. I suppose that's not surprising, since the characters weren't quite themselves. It's not a terrible installment in the annals of the Pea ...more
Jessica McAllister
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Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I still enjoyed this book, all the characters acted "out of character"... Surprising that Nefret role was so little, even though it seemed iot really revolved around her!!!??? And Ramses??? So, disappointing. What happened to that decisive boy??? And Ramses settling for Daria seemed out of sequence. The reveal about Nefret came after his unexpected time with Daria. I think it would be more likely for him to do that after what he learned...
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying playing a long-overdue catch-up on the Amelia Peabody series. This was a fun book, although it reminds me a bit too much of the wishy-washiness of Nefret that annoyed me in several earlier books, particularly in regards to her relationship with Ramses, but the return to the Lost City was as outrageous and dramatic as I would expect. I really adore Peabody and Emerson, and Selim and Daoud are characters I've come to love more and more.

Can't wait to read the next one!
Umm...not my favorite. Amelia and Emerson don't get to have much fun since they spend most of the book worrying. Ramses and Daria...yuck. Nefret is reduced to a crying and helpless girl. Amelia keeps secrets about Sethos from Emerson. Maybe it's because this book was written later and inserted back into the timeline, but it seems off. I still love the series and the characters, just not so much this book.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guardian is my 17th book by Peters

I read this book in two and a half days as I wanted to finish it as it went a few years back before Ramses got married. This is the first of the Egyptian series to contain so much cursing. Perhaps Ms Peters had already passed away and the manuscript was completed by someone else. I was most surprised by Ramses Indiscretion.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A thoroughly enjoyable adventure in the style unique to the Egyptological Emersons. I have read all of the other books at least twice, but it was my first time for this one. It takes the Emersons back to the pre-war days, and while there is nothing surprising or game-changing in the story, every minute of the book was a delight, especially with Barbara Rosenblat's superb narration.
Sarah Ryburn
Definitely not my favorite of this series. I’m not entirely sure what I think, although Ms. Peters seems to have thoughts of reintroducing Daria in a future book. Not sure what I think about this either. 🤨
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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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