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Lord of the Silent (Amelia Peabody Series #13)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2001

    Takes the Amelia Peabody Series to a Higher Level!

    Elizabeth Peters has been gathering and developing her characters in masterful ways for some time in the wonderful Amelia Peabody series. In Lord of the Silent, Ms. Peters reaps a rich harvest from that preparation in order to provide the richest fabric ever of plot and suspense in the series. Lord of the Silent is very much part two of a series that Ms. Peters is writing about World War I. I strongly urge you to read He Shall Thunder from the Sky (this book's immediate predecessor) before reading Lord of the Silent. The plots and characters of the two books are so intertwined that you will not appreciate and enjoy Lord of the Silent nearly as much without having read He Shall Thunder from the Sky. The book opens with vivid scenes from war-time England. Zeppelin raids on London create fear that foreshadows the massive Battle of Britain in World War II. This sets a somber mood of uncontrollable threat for the whole book that is admirably suspenseful. You will wonder when the next bomb might burst. In many ways, the plot's complications are like the effects of a random bombardment . . . bringing danger, fear, discomfort, and damage. The whole family is in England in 1915. Because of the war, English people cannot cross the continent for travel to Egypt. Ocean-going vessels are the only choice. But submarine warfare is a danger, and neutral liners (like the Lusitania) have been sunk. Should they take the risk and go to Egypt? Who should go? The book opens with these pressing questions. What would you have done? Part of the family does make it to Egypt, and find a land transformed by the distant war. The hospitals are full of injured soldiers from the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. There are rumors of uprisings among the Bedouins in the desert that are encouraged by the Turks and Germans. Many old friends are missing for the duration because they are from enemy countries. Thieves are opening unprotected sites and taking away priceless archeological relics. Graffiti is appearing in the most unexpected places. Professor Emerson is focusing his attention on some noble tombs (mastabas) that Emily finds absolutely boring. She yearns for a pyramid. Soon, events intervene to make life seem rather too exciting. Can she keep her family safe? The plot is nicely changed by having Ramses and Nefret as husband and wife. Although they still hide things from one another, they do less of that. As a result, you have a better balance between the professor and Amelia keeping secrets from the younger Emersons and vice versa. This makes for a smoother, faster-paced, and more interesting plot. As usual though, if everyone had told everyone else what they knew, the whole problem could have been resolved in about one-third of the time. But that's the way people really are, so you won't mind it at all. They are just trying to protect their loved ones. Sennia (aged 6) plays a bigger role in this story. She shows signs of having great potential as a character in the future. Adding a third generation to the story gives the plot much more diversity that you will enjoy. The classic plot elements of an Amelia Peabody novel are all here: Amelia fighting off attackers, unexpected bodies, hidden treasure, red herrings, Nefret healing people, mysterious manipulations from a distance, Ramses operating in disguise, after-dark trips into the native Egyptian areas, officials complicating matters, nosy females who are attracted to the Emerson men, men who are attracted to the Emerson women, help from Abdullah's family, and a prophetic dream of meeting with Abdullah. Everything you have enjoyed in the past, you will find in this book . . . except more of it. The book's title is a reference to the description of Amon, king of the gods, who was described as Lord of the Silent. Here are some of his other characteristics: 'who comes at the voice of the poor . . . who gives bread to him who has none . . . father of the orphan, hus

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

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    Great series

    Only sad that there are only 19 books!

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    This book knocks you down, picks you up, moves you, excites you, and delights you!!!!!!!!!!

    This books is centered Egypt, 1915, right smack dab in the middle of World War I. Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson continue their excavations at Giza, chronicaling all the small and numerous arftifacts, paintings, and other archeological delights. Meanwhile, Ramses and his gorgeous new wife Nerfret are taking a honeymoon while checking the sites near Luxor for any illicit digging or tomb robbing. However, as much as Emerson wishes for it this family cannot have a peaceful season of excavation. The British Intelligence Office is hounding Ramses to take another spying job for them while he steadfastly refuses. An Egyptian revolutionary contacts Ramses and is later found dead at Giza. "The Master" has taken to plying his evil trade again and the Emersons suspect he has found something particularly rich and interesting. As the story unfolds, new plot twists develop, weaving an intricate story web that, as more threads and colors are added like a gigantic tapestry, begins to develop a clear picture and bring all those threads together like so many colors in a painting. Fans of Amelia Peabody and newcomers to her world will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2003

    The Emerson Family Keeps You Reading

    Amelia Peabody is deeply entertaining. Great follow-up to He Shall Thunder in The Sky. The Peabody Series is a must read for anyone who enjoys reading. One of the best series I've ever found.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Breathtaking!

    Amelia's back and ready for action! She's ready to stick her nose in everyone's business and get shot! This book also includes a little bit more of Ramses and Nefret, too. Altogether the masterpiece of her collection(so far)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2001

    It made me want to read all the Amelia Peabody books!!!!!

    This an unbelievable book. One of Elizabeth Peters best!!! I simply couldn't and wouldn't put it down. I can't wait till the next one comes out and we get to pick up the story of the Emersons and see what kind of distractions they get themselves into! A MUST READ BOOK! You will not be disapointed!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent historical mystery

    In 1915, archeologist Amelia Peabody returns to Cairo for the season accompanied by her spouse Emerson, their son Ramses, and his wife Nefret. Amelia quickly realizes that the charm of the city has been muted by the arrival of European agents from both camps and blatant tomb robbers. Still Luxor is so out of the way, Amelia expects a serene dignified dig. <P>However, her dreams of quiet success turn nightmarish when Amelia finds a corpse that requires law enforcement to date the homicide. As the war heats up in Northern Africa, the murder count rises too. Amelia, worrying about the killer striking again, begins her brand of sleuthing to uncover the identity of the culprit before her family is harmed. <P> The latest Amelia Peabody historical mystery contains all the elements that make this series such a delight. The who-done-is cleverly devised and the glimpses at Egyptology through a historiographer¿s eyes are intelligently used to foster the feel of the times (along with World War I) without slowing down the plot. Still, the tale belongs to the intrepid Amelia who may suffer perils like a Pauline, but rescues herself and others rather than wait for the handsome hero to arrive. Somewhat a witty satire, LORD OF SILENT is a fabulous novel that will add to the reputation of excellence sub-genre fans and critics have bestowed on author Elizabeth Peters. <P>Harriet Klausner

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