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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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Form Dec 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 is on the trail again! Dec 8 2002
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden One is 100% Gold Aug. 10 2002
Format:Hardcover
Elizabeth Peters is at her best once again! I can't get enogh of this Emerson clan.
This new adventure brings back Jamil, the youngest son of Yusuf and trickster of the Emerson's. He claims that he has found a new tomb. But before Amelia can interogate Jamil, he dies... but with his last words are"in the hand of the God" huh?
Then "Mr. Smith" whose true name is hyphenated and unpronouncable, asks Ramses to found out if Ismail Pasha is Sethos gone traitor or Sethos just really getting involved in his role... and since Ramses is such a nice family man, he agrees.
It takes him to Gaza, under cover in the labour corps. Must i say that his family also went to Gaza in disguise. Emerson as an Arab (Don't forget the beard!!) with 2 wives. Amelia his chief wife and Nefret his "favorite". Their reis also attends the lastest adventure, as a servant or something to Emerson.
Once Ramses' mission is complete and i will not give away anything on that account, They return to luxor to excavate with The Vandergelt's. Bertie is showing real promise and making Cyrus 'gosh-durn proud'. Nefret has her own little secret that she reveals and it's quite a shocker...and the way Emerson behaves with the news is...cute!
This is a great read... took me a day and half to read... and i've read it twice since then. I hope Ms. Peters hurrys up and writes another book in the series, i want to see how Sennia reacts to Nefrets news!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Egypt Adventure June 12 2002
Format:Hardcover
Emerson and Amelia Peabody have a new archeological dig, Ramses is overjoyed with his wife, and Amelia's adoptive family continues to grow, but all is not well in World War I era Egypt. Tomb robbers have discovered an ancient temple and are sneaking artifacts out, and are willing to kill Emerson and Amelia to preserve their treasure. The British army has bogged down outside of Gaza and its intelligence community desperately wishes to get Ramese back in the fold. And somehow, Amelia has to manage all of this while hoping that she will soon become a grandmother. Naturally, Sethos--Emerson's half brother and something of a love interest for Amelia is back and in the midst of both tomb robbing and the war.
Author Elizabeth Peters has created a wonderful set of characters in the extended Emerson family. Emerson's bull-headedness, Ramses's honor, Sethos's deviousness and overcompensated inferiority complex, and Amelia's proper British manipulativeness all ring true and consistent through the novel and, indeed, through the series. THE GOLDEN ONE does not integrate World War I with the archeological elements of the story as well as some of the earlier novels in the series (perhaps because the Turks have been driven further from Egypt), but is otherwise a delightful adventure.
Readers new to this series may find Amelia's proper Britishisms somewhat off-putting but; for me at least, these have become familiar friends and amusing reminders of a time when the British really thought that they had a great moral lesson to share with the world. Peters certainly knows her Egypt and makes this great period of Archeology and Egyptology come to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read
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 more
Published 14 months ago by Liz Wiles
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Elizabeth Peters book yet!!!!
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!!!
Published on July 13 2004 by Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars The series is still fun, but it's not what it once was
Elizabeth Peters seems to be running out of steam with Amelia, Emerson, et. al. The series was once a really wonderful one. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Jim Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia Peabody strikes!
The Golden One is perhaps not as funny as the other novels, but I still thought it was defintely worth the buy. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2003 by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fun Egyptian adventure
Like all her books featuring Amanda Peabody (archeologist and egyptologist) this was a fun-filled book that was difficult to put down. Read more
Published on April 28 2003 by Frances C. Monroe
3.0 out of 5 stars No surprises.
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. Read more
Published on April 18 2003 by Teresa Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic Peabody romp
I am not sure how it is possible, since she is already so superb, but Ms. Peters just keeps getting better! Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of fun
I am a huge fan of the Amelia Peabody books! This one was great, but it took awhie to get into it. The mystery was not as exciting as some of the others and there weren't many... Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't get "into" this book
I love this series but just couldn't get interested in this book; I almost had to make myself finish it. Read more
Published on July 22 2002 by plum9195
5.0 out of 5 stars The Emerson's are back!!!
Amelia Peabody relates another thrilling adventure (with occasional entries by her son, Ramses) that starts when the war affects their beloved Egypt. Read more
Published on July 22 2002 by Alicia K. Ahlvers
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