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  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (Feb. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006195165X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061951657
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 10.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #351,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on Jan. 24 2004
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I think I've fallen in love with Ramses, a main character in this series. This book is so good!
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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.
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This is just one in a series of wonderful books by Elizabeth Peters about Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson and her family.
But don't start reading the series here if you are the type of person who likes to read things in order! Start with _Crocodile on the Sandbank_ which is the first book where she meets Emerson and marries him. If you don't care about reading them in order, then this is an excellent book, so get started! I got the first one out of my public library and fell in love with the series and now own many of them. Elizabeth Peters also writes about other topics/characters and I highly recommend all of her books. The Peabody series is her most involved and if you are at all interested in mysteries and Egyptology, these are the books for you!
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By A Customer on Feb. 28 2003
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This book is one of my supreme favorites! It was great, and I totally recomend it for any fan of the series. Still, if you're not up to speed, don't bother until you read some of the others in the series. Otherwise, it's a great read. Enjoy!
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By Louis M. Perdue on Oct. 21 2002
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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 that they become almost real in the reader's mind. In this particular episode, WW I has begun and its affects are being felt in Egypt as with most other parts of the world. I found this book particularly impelling because of the way in which Ms. Peters treats subject of the war - showing the affects without actually taking the reader into the battlefields. The premise of the book is that Ramses is a coward, refusing to fight; that misconception is soon righted for Amelia, Emerson, etc. although they never believe that he is a coward, anyway. The book moves along at the usual Peters-pace and the ending is fantastic. Have already purchased the next book in the series and look forward to many more exploits with these characters who have almost become friends to me.
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This novel is by far my favorite of the Peabody novels - but you CANNOT read it first if you are new to the series. Read at least the three previous installments first! Please! This engrossing mystery serves as the culmination of a four-book saga within the larger Amelia series. In addition to the usual archaeology and criminal mayhem, we have some espionage thrown in as the world enters the Great War. Amelia and family are, of course, in the thick of things. By the end of the book comes the resolution of a certain plot that has been stewing for several books now - and the family experiences some surprising revelations as well.
Peters has outdone herself with this novel. Descriptions of Egypt are as colorful, and her characters as lovable, as ever. But in this book Ramses, Peters' best character, truly comes into his own. For the first time the action really focuses on him rather than Amelia, and we see inside his head more than ever before. This book is a must-read for fans of mysteries, historical fiction, or romances. So pretty much everybody!
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What are this book's good points? Well, it's fat (if you like that kind of thing), densely written, atmospheric in its setting, and full of intrigue. There is more time with your favourite characters, if you're a fan of the series, and some amusing moments. There are also many loose ends tied up, and some astonishing revelations about the villains of the piece.
What are this book's bad points? Sometimes it is unclear whether it is supposed to be a romp or deadly serious, fun or high art. Archaeological digging and mystery is kept to a minimum, and Amelia and Emerson do not get much of a role. The focus is squarely upon the boring Ramses and Nefret, their son and ward, respectively.
Exactly why Peters has chosen to go with this departure from what made the others in the series I have read (with the exception of Falcon at the Portal) so much fun, I really couldn't say. But since I care just as much about a good plot as I do about the characters, I would not class this change as a success. In Thunder in the Sky, the bulk of the plot is concerned with Ramses' double-dealing as he attempts to unmask a traitor within the British administration in the early stages of World War One. Woven within this is the unresolved romantic tension between him and Nefret. They love each other, but the usual litany of misunderstandings, assumptions, and misplaced pride still keep them apart. As with Amelia's manoeuvrings with the Master Criminal, it's really only of interest if 1) you have read the other books in this vein and 2) want the focus upon family drama and tying up loose ends. Myself, I prefer the usual archaeological adventure with a mysterious twist.
Thunder in the Sky is competently written, by Peters' standards, though I do think she overreaches herself occasionally in tone.
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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. But I was wrong. Each book brings a certain maternal feeling as Ramses has grown up in each book. He Shall Thunder in the Sky is the book where Ramses is no longer just part of the plot, he is an integral part of the story. Not that he wasn't before, but an omniscent view of his escapades added to his mother's "journals" make for a more involved and evolved story. Elizabeth Peters has done a wonderful job bringing the Emerson family to life, and I can see the series going on for years.
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