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The Golden One: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Feb. 14 2011 Amelia Peabody Mysteries

A richly woven tale of greed, treachery, intrigue, and murder in a breathtaking realm of ancient wonders and crumbling splendor

A new year, 1917, is dawning, and the Great War that ravages the world shows no sign of abating. In these perilous times, archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her extended family must confront shocking dangers. But it is son Ramses who faces the most dire threat, answering a call that will carry him to the fabled seaport of Gaza on a mission as personal as it is perilous—where death will be the certain consequence of exposure. While far away, Ramses's beautiful wife, Nefret, guards a secret of her own. . . .

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From Publishers Weekly

The legions of Amelia Peabody Emerson fans will be overjoyed with this 14th in the series (after 2001's Lord of the Silent), for they're getting two books in one. First, MWA Grandmaster Peters offers another amusing if wordy Egyptian archeology mystery, set in 1917 and replete with grave robbers, a murder, the discovery of a richly furnished tomb and a cast of thousands. Halfway through the book, this plot is annoyingly left dangling when the British recall the Emerson's brilliant son, Ramses, for an espionage assignment in Gaza, where he must determine if a newly powerful figure, Ismail Pasha, is really the Emerson family black sheep, Sethos, master criminal and secret agent. The redoubtable Amelia; her eccentric husband, Radcliffe; Ramses's adventurous wife, Nefret; and their faithful foreman, Selim, follow him in disguise. Captured by Sahin Pasha, head of the Turkish secret service, Ramses later escapes, fulfilling his mission with his family's help. Then it's back to Egypt, where the Emersons and their friends the Vandergelts solve the murder and subdue the villains. Radcliffe even ejects intrusive tourists from fragile archeological sites. Peters's books divide the mystery-reading public. With a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago, she provides an authentic historical backdrop. However, her long-winded explanations and preposterous plots frustrate many. Those who enjoy romance and find the hubbub of the Emersons and their devoted entourage entertaining will forgive the faults.
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Amelia Peabody Emerson returns for another entry in a long-running series that never seems to run out of steam, and, as her journals (edited, of course) reveal, she hasn't changed a bit. She's still a witty, intelligent Egyptologist, a lady ahead of her time, whose aphorisms, fierce loyalty, and unusual parasol serve her well. On arriving in Luxor for a season of archaeological investigation, Amelia and her family discover that war (it's 1917) has taken its toll on their beloved Egypt. Before too long, the conflict intrudes on their plans and embroils them in an adventure, complete with double agents, Turkish spies, derring-do, and the ever-puzzling Sethos. At the same time, they must reckon with tomb robbers, killers, and antiquities fraud. Joining Amelia once again are her dashing, hot-tempered husband, Radcliffe Emerson, Father of Curses ("Curse it, Amelia"); brave, beloved son, Ramses; and Ramses' beautiful wife, Nefret; plus an assortment of cats, friends, and foes. Series fans will relish the underlying humor, which is particularly good here, and recognize the characters as old friends who continue to improve and delight with age. Stephanie Zvirin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read Aug. 31 2013
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When you read the series, these characters become friends. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, you share in the adventures of Emerson and Amelia's family and this is a good one. Read it in one sitting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Elizabeth Peters book yet!!!! July 13 2004
By Morgan
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I have read quite a few of her books and this is the best one.It is a real page turner.The plot is just so exciting!!!
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Elizabeth Peters seems to be running out of steam with Amelia, Emerson, et. al. The series was once a really wonderful one. Now, I still follow along since I've liked the characters so much over the years, but the characters themselves seem tired at times, and the plots are predicatable and often flabby. Moreover, the humor -- once such an important part of the series -- is now much rarer. I still enjoy the books overall -- and The Golden One is no exception -- but they aren't what they once were.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Form Dec 1 2003
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Having been just [very] slightly disappointed in the last book in this series, Lord of the Silent, I was brought back to loving this series once again with this entry. There are the usual elements of an Amelia Peabody mystery: a couple of dead bodies, some threats made against the family, Emerson screaming, Peabody knowing all, Ramses being enigmatic and so forth.
In this episode, Amelia and family are being led to believe that someone has found a previously undiscovered royal tomb. They waver back & forth as to whether this is possible or not but continue to think about the clues pointing in that direction.
Meanwhile, Ramses is convinced by the army to sneak himself into the enemy-controlled Gaza to discover if their old nemesis, Sethos, has indeed gone over to the enemy. Amelia, Emerson, and Nefret cannot allow him to do this without their help, of course, and mayhem ensues.
All in all an enjoyable read and a nice cliffhanger at the end to build interest in the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia Peabody strikes! Sept. 30 2003
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The Golden One is perhaps not as funny as the other novels, but I still thought it was defintely worth the buy. Reading about all the new characters that have shown up on the scene is reason enough without all the new action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another fun Egyptian adventure April 29 2003
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Like all her books featuring Amanda Peabody (archeologist and egyptologist) this was a fun-filled book that was difficult to put down. If you've read the other books in the series, you'll happily revist some old friends (and enemies). All in all, a fun read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No surprises. April 18 2003
I have read all of the books in this series and have enjoyed every one of them. This was a good read except it was not as entertaining as some of the other books. It was predictable nothing in the book was a surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia is on the trail again! Dec 9 2002
One would think that reading 13 books in the Amelia Peabody Emerson series would be enough. But there can never be enough Amelia! This lastest book continues Ms. Peters' great tradition, or as she says, edification of the most astounding journals of one of the greatest(and most opinionated) women Egyptologists of the time. This book continues the narration of Mrs. Emerson's, and her husband, Radclife Emerson's adventures and their work in the field of archeology. Their equally talented and intellegent son, Ramses and his wife, Nefret, join them in their search for ancient tombs and pyramids. This book takes them back to Egypt during the war-torn days of the First World War. Again, the Emersons encounter corpses, secret agents, old nemises and danger around every corner. Amelia, Emerson and Nefret follow Ramses, who is once again called up by the British Secret Service, into the desert and encounter, once again, their old nemisis, Sethos.
This book is a must=read for anyone who loves Agatha Christie mysteries, Victorian society, romance or Epyptology. As Ms. Peters holds a Ph.D. in Egyptology, she does an outstanding job describing the excavation of tombs and the archeological methods of the late 19th century, not to mention the colonial and Egyptian lifestyle in Egypt at the turn of the century.
Some may find Amelia's ramblings in her "journal" annoying, but as this book is kept in the true Victorian writing style, this should be over looked and enjoyed. All in all I would give this lastest addition a huge Two Thumbs Up! Brava, Ms. Peters!
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