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The Falcon at the Portal: An Amelia Peabody Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Oct. 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have never liked the character of Nefret. I wish it had never been introduced to the Peabody series. I hope the future books are better than this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger! Aug. 30 2002
By Maggie
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what an incredibly suspenseful cliffhanger! Couldn't stand the ending (though the rest of the story was great!) because of all of the loose ends. I guess it just gives Peters another book to tie it all together in! Great book, leaves you hanging, but altogether another Peter's mystery caught in the folds of Egyptology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia does it again! Aug. 22 2002
By Jen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The amazing and bullheaded Amelia is back. But of even greater significance, so is her son Ramses and ward Nefret. As usual this book entertains the reader, but there is even more intrigue when Ramses is getting in on the act. If you loved the other Peabody mysteries, this one will have you enthralled as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars -The Falcon at the Portal Aug. 20 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While I've only read three of the Amelia Peabody Mystery's by Peters' (and totally enjoyed each one) this paticular book left me with a sour taste for the book series. The situation with Nefret and Ramases is sad. And Nefret is made out to be well to lack of a better term a "Hussy". I want to read the next book in the series but I don't want to be let down again.
I hope that the mystery and allure of "The Ape that Gaurds the Balance" my favorite in this series so far comes back in the next book. After all it's the mystery that is what brought me to these books and well maybe the romantic life of Amelia.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A different sort of novel July 3 2002
By kallan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Falcon at the Portal was a new type of Amelia Peabody book for me. Very different to others in the series I have read, I did feel somewhat let down by it. The mystery storyline we have come to expect is, in this book, only incidental. Family drama is what Peters has given us instead. In the hands of a less accomplished writer, I would be tempted to call it melodrama. The difficulty for me is, The Deeds of the Disturber is the most recent book in the series I have read before this; so what may make sense in the context of the whole series came out of nowhere for me. The two-star rating is partly because, as well written as Falcon at the Portal is, this book is not what I've come to expect either from Peters or from her series.
The book opens with the wedding of Amelia's niece Lia to Egyptian family friend David - and the revelation that David is suspected of trading in stolen antiquities. This gives the whole Emerson clan a new mystery to look into when they travel to Egypt for their annual archaeological dig. The usual roll-call of old friends and new characters appears once the action shifts to Egypt - and one of them ends up dead at the bottom of the shaft in the pyramid the Emersons are excavating. So between the need to clear David's name and the need to explain the fate of the murder victim, there is a great deal of scope for Amelia's usual feisty investigations, backed up by Emerson's temperamental but kind-hearted assistance.
But sadly, Peters provides little of this. The bulk of the book is actually taken up with the romantic drama between Ramses, Amelia and Emerson's son, and Nefret, their ward.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dribble June 26 2002
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I've read several other books written by Elizabeth Peters and have enjoyed them. But this book was not up to her usual standards. Combine an over use of superfluous adjectives with a weak story line and an unexplained passage of time by the end of the book you earned five stars just for sticking with it.
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Like most of the other reviewers, I was entranced by the story in this book, happy for David and Lia, frustrated for Ramses and Nefret...but it held together very well. Ms. Peters has developed these characters a great deal since my first reading years and years ago, and has incorporated the political realities in a very real way.
As I said in my review of "The Ape..." I would love to give 4.75 stars but Amazon doesn't have the facilities for that.
Read it, enjoy it, and by all means, have fun with it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Falcon at the Portal Jan. 31 2002
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I loved this book. This book has everything. It keeps you interested from the beginning to the end. It all starts with the Emerson's usual trip to Egypt. David and Lia have just gotten married and Ramses is in love with Nefret but she does not know this. Someone is framing David. Quite a few forgeries have showed up tracing back to David. The Emersons are certain that it is not David who did these. Mean while a young American girl seems to have fallen head over heels for Ramses. She is doing her best to win his heart over. Time goes by fast and soon it is Christmas. Ramses recieves a gift from the American girl. The next day at the site the emersons are working at her body is found. Ramses in blame of her death. To find out what happens buy this book. I assure you, you will love it.
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