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The winter of 1914-15 finds the Peabody-Emerson family back in Cairo--now under British martial law, with the Suez Canal under constant threat of attack from the Ottoman Empire. The city's young Englishmen are rushing to enlist, except for Ramses, who is widely scorned for his pacifism. Yet Amelia and Emerson soon find out that Ramses is (literally) playing a mysterious and potentially explosive part in the conflict between Egyptian nationalists and the British authorities, for reasons both political and familial. Nefret, for her part, is still running a health clinic for the city's fallen women and trying to avoid the attentions of Percy, Amelia's odious nephew. In the meantime, the Emersons' excavations at Giza reveal an unexpected treasure so remarkable that the uneasy Amelia immediately senses the fine hand of Sethos, the Master Criminal (who through many previous books has alternately plagued her and protested his boundless affection for her), at work. The climax and denouement are entirely worth the price of admission--tying up a decade's worth of loose strings and explaining some nagging points so subtle that less observant readers might easily have missed them. It's Peters's great gift that in the grand scheme of things, no clues are wasted. Her plotting is wonderfully complex and intriguing, and it fits seamlessly into the detailed historical background she builds so carefully. It may have taken years for her to complete this four-part dance (she promises more Amelia Peabody mysteries in the future), but she's charmed us right out of our dancing slippers along the way. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I think I've fallen in love with Ramses, a main character in this series. This book is so good!Published on Jan. 24 2004
I couldn't put it down. Couldn't wait for the end and never wanted it to end at the same time. Ties up loose ends from previous books in the series. Can't wait for the next one.Published on Dec 2 2003 by Whatever
This is just one in a series of wonderful books by Elizabeth Peters about Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson and her family. Read morePublished on March 19 2003 by "marthawms"
This book is one of my supreme favorites! It was great, and I totally recomend it for any fan of the series. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2003
There are three or four series that I especially love and this is one of them, perhaps the #1. Elizabeth Peters has created, over the years, characters that are so 3-dimensional... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2002 by Louis M. Perdue
I began reading the Amelia Peabody series in the middle with Hippopotamus Pool. I figured I would not be as attached to the characters if I had read them from the beginning. Read morePublished on June 3 2002 by J. J. Carew
HE SHALL THUNDER IN THE SKY is a wonderful tale of mystery and suspense. It has all of the charecters that Peters fans have grown to love, plus the dawning of WWI. Read morePublished on April 28 2002
I love all the Emerson books and they just keep getting better as they progress. Amelia's nemesis is a favorite of mine and he is featured in this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2002 by Gloyo