Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody Series #16)

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From the lost journals of archaeologist Amelia Peabody comes a chronicle from the “missing years”—a tale of adventure, bravery, and terror.

Readers have long wondered what befell the Emerson clan during the years before the Great War. Now, at last, the silence is broken and the truth revealed of a perilous journey to a secret and mysterious place hidden deep in the heart of the unforgiving desert. An adventure prompted by loyalty to an endangered friend—and spurred on by lies ...

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Overview

From the lost journals of archaeologist Amelia Peabody comes a chronicle from the “missing years”—a tale of adventure, bravery, and terror.

Readers have long wondered what befell the Emerson clan during the years before the Great War. Now, at last, the silence is broken and the truth revealed of a perilous journey to a secret and mysterious place hidden deep in the heart of the unforgiving desert. An adventure prompted by loyalty to an endangered friend—and spurred on by lies and treachery—leads Amelia Peabody and her intrepid family into a nest of vipers lying in wait at a remote mountain fortress. And when a dark past and a shocking mystery are ultimately discovered, a loved one may be lost forever.

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Get ready for a grand and glorious adventure, as Guardian of the Horizon offers fans of Elizabeth Peters's bestselling historical mystery series a tantalizing glimpse into fictional archaeologist Amelia Peabody's past. This book fills in a missing segment of Amelia's experience: the mysterious events of the 1907-8 archaeological season, as recounted through Amelia's journals and other family documents "recently found among her papers."In response to a request for aid they find impossible to ignore, Amelia and her husband, Emerson -- along with their grown son and foster daughter, Ramses and Nefret -- forego the glories of Egypt to return to the Sudan, where their paths lead them to the Lost Oasis, a hidden city where the entire family nearly perished ten years before -- and where they will once again face betrayal, forge unexpected alliances, and fight for freedom! A delightful treat and a crack entry in a popular series! Sue Stone
Entertainment Weekly (A-)
“Funny and engaging.”
Winston-Salem Journal
“One of Peters’ most engaging and exciting installments in the series.”
Book Magazine
“Humor and passion...quick-paced and well-researched.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Funny and engaging.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Funny and engaging.”
Book Magazine
“Humor and passion...quick-paced and well-researched.”
Winston-Salem Journal
“One of Peters’ most engaging and exciting installments in the series.”
The New York Times
If Batman can remain young and frisky from one millennium to the next, why must Amelia Peabody, the intrepid English heroine of Elizabeth Peters's archaeological adventures in Egypt, settle into a passive matriarchal role? Perhaps to stifle such infantile whines, Peters has set Guardian of the Horizon in 1907, predating her previous historical novel by more than a decade. Besides evading the sobering war years and wiping out a generation of beloved cats and distracting grandchildren, the device revitalizes Amelia, allowing the daring explorer and her manly husband, Radcliffe Emerson (honored in Egypt as ''the Father of Curses"), to go tearing across the Sudan desert on a mission fraught with danger. — Marilyn Stasio
Publishers Weekly
Intrepid archeologists Amelia Peabody, husband Emerson and son Ramses have shared numerous exciting adventures, but the 16th volume in MWA Grand Master Peters's bestselling series will have particular appeal for fans. The author fills in a gap in the chronological record (1907-1908) and revisits the hidden city of the Lost Oasis, whose discovery was recounted in The Last Camel Died at Noon (1991). The doughty explorers, including foster daughter Nefret, who is from the Lost Oasis, heed the call of a messenger purportedly from that realm's ruler, Tarek. Peters, as her many accolades would suggest, knows precisely what she is doing as she spins a tale of romance, derring-do, bravery and, of course, deceptions, betrayals and disguises in the classic tradition of H. Rider Haggard, if with tongue often in cheek. Familiar enemies surface (bureaucrats, soldiers of fortunes, despoilers of antiquities, etc.) and dog the group as they travel by ship, boat and camel from their English home to the remote desert location that will test their mettle once again. Peters's knowledge of ancient Egypt and the excavations and desecrations that accompanied early archeological attempts in the region allow her to dress her melodrama with authentic trappings that add greatly to the enjoyment. Agent, Dominick Abel. (One-day laydown Mar. 30) FYI: Peters received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic in 2003. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
During 1907-08, an era unaccounted for in previous Amelia Peabody tales, the redoubtable detective must help Prince Tarek of the Lost Oasis keep his throne. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061999383
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Series: Amelia Peabody Series , #16
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 237,440
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

Biography

Neither the Great Depression nor the lack of a public library in her small hometown of Canton, Illinois, deterred Barbara Mertz (the future Elizabeth Peters) from becoming an avid reader. Yet, when her family moved to a suburb of Chicago, she was elated to discover the riches contained in the town's local library and proceeded to devour every book she could get her hands on. She began writing in high school; but by that time she had already decided to become an archaeologist.

Mertz received a scholarship to the University of Chicago, which boasted a world-famous Egyptology department. Her mother, an eminently practical soul, encouraged her daughter to become a teacher; but after taking only two education courses, Mertz knew a career in the classroom was not for her. Determined to follow her dream, she moved over to the university's Oriental Institute, and received her Ph.D. in Egyptology at the age of 23.

The post-WWII job market wasn't kind to women in general, much less to women seeking careers in archaeology. Mertz married and began a family, but never lost sight of her life's ambition. While she was raising her two children, she decided to try her hand at writing. Her first few attempts were never published, but they did land her an agent; and in 1964 she published her first book, Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt.

Mertz authored two additional works on archaeology before foraying into fiction in 1966. The Master of Blacktower is the first of several gothic suspense novels written under the pseudonym Barbara Michaels. (In her biography, she explains that the use of pseudonyms helps readers to distinguish various types of books written by a single author.) The supernatural elements in the thrillers penned under the Michaels name have kept readers on the edge of their seats for decades.

In the 1970s, Mertz began writing under her second, more famous pseudonym, Elizabeth Peters. As Peters, she has authored books in three different series. Beginning in 1972 with The Seventh Sinner (1972), the first series features a glamorous librarian-turned-romance novelist named Jacqueline Kirby (the final Jacqueline Kirby mystery, Naked Once More, won a coveted Agatha Award in 1989). The second series, starring American art historian Vicky Bliss, debuted in 1973 with Borrower of the Night (Vicky's last outing was 2008's Laughter of Dead Kings). Then, in 1975, Peters introduced her most famous protagonist, archeologist/sleuth Amelia Peabody, in a dandy adventure entitled Crocodile on the Sandbank.

From the first, readers loved Amelia, a plucky Victorian feminist who—together with her husband, the distinguished Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerston—has gone on to solve countless mysteries in the Middle East. Peabody fans received an extra treat in 2003 with Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium to Her Journals, a nonfiction stroll through ancient Egypt that included nearly 600 photographs and illustrations, plus expert academic articles.

In addition to her three series, Mertz has written several standalone suspense novels as Elizabeth Peters. She has this to say about her successful, prolific career: "The craft of writing delights me. It is impossible to attain perfection; there is always something more to be learned—figuring out new techniques of plotting or characterization, struggling with recalcitrant sentences until I force them to approximate my meaning. And nothing is ever wasted. Everything one sees and hears, everything one learns, can be used."

Good To Know

The pseudonym Elizabeth Peters is taken from her two children, Elizabeth and Peter. She uses three pseudonyms so readers can tell the difference between the three types of books she writes: nonfiction archaeology as Barbara Mertz, supernatural thrillers as Barbara Michaels and historical mysteries as Peters. For the record, Mertz has called the pseudonyms "a horrible nuisance."
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    1. Also Known As:
      Barbara Mertz, Barbara Michaels
    2. Hometown:
      A farm in rural Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 29, 1927
    2. Place of Birth:
      Canton, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      August 8, 2013

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Guardian of the Horizon


By Elizabeth Peters

William Morrow

ISBN: 0-06-621471-8


Chapter One

When we left Egypt in the spring of 1907, I felt like a defeated general who has retreated to lick his wounds (if I may be permitted a somewhat inelegant but expressive metaphor). Our archaeological season had experienced the usual ups and downs - kidnapping, murderous attacks, and the like - to which I was well accustomed. But that year disasters of an unprecented scope had befallen us.

The worst was the death of our dear old friend Abdullah, who had been foreman of our excavations for many years. He had died as he would have wished, in a glorious gesture of sacrifice, but that was small consolation to those of us who had learned to love him. It was hard to imagine continuing our work without him.

If we continued it. My spouse, Radcliffe Emerson, is without doubt the preeminent Egyptologist of this or any other era. To say that Emerson (who prefers to be addressed by that name) has the most explosive temper of anyone I know might be a slight exaggeration - but only slight. His passions are most often aroused by incompetent excavators and careless scholarship, and during this past season he had - I admit - been sorely provoked.

We had been excavating in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor, my favorite site in all of Egypt. The concession for the Valley was held by an irritating elderly American, Mr. Theodore Davis, who was more interested in finding treasure than in scholarly research; we were there under sufferance, allowed to work only in the lesser, more boring tombs. Still, we were there, and we would be there again in the autumn had it not been for Emerson.

The trouble began when Mr. Davis's crew discovered one of the strangest, most mysterious tombs ever found in the Valley. It was a hodgepodge of miscellaneous funerary equipment, much of it in poor condition, including a mummy and coffin and pieces of a magnificent golden shrine; and if it had been properly investigated, new light would have been shed on a particularly intriguing era of Egyptian history. In vain did we offer Mr. Davis the services of our staff. Abdullah, who was still with us, was the most experienced reis in Egypt, our son Ramses was a skilled linguist and excavator, and his friend David an equally skilled copyist. Not to mention our foster daughter Nefret, to whose excavation experience was added medical training and a thorough acquaintance with mummies. Only an egotistical idiot would have refused. Davis did refuse. He regarded excavation as entertainment, not as a tool in scholarly research, and he was jealous of a better man. He wanted no one to interfere with his toy.

Watching Davis "rip the tomb apart" (I quote Emerson) was trying enough. The denouement came on the day when the mummy fell apart due to careless handling. (It might not have survived anyhow, but Emerson was in no state of mind to admit that.) Face handsomely flushed, blue eyes blazing, impressive form towering over that of the withered old American, Emerson expressed his sentiments in the ringing tones and rich vocabulary that have earned him his sobriquet of Abu Shitaim, Father of Curses. He included in them M. Maspero, the distinguished head of the Service des Antiquités. Maspero really had no choice but to accede to Davis's infuriated demand that we be barred from the Valley altogether.

There are many other sites in Luxor. Maspero offered several of them to Emerson. By that time Emerson was in such a state of fury that he rejected them all, and when we sailed from Port Said we had no idea where we would be working the following season.

It was good to be back at our English home in Kent, and I make it a point to look on the bright side, but as spring turned to summer and summer wore on, my attempts to do so failed miserably. It rained incessantly. The roses developed mildew. Rose, our admirable housekeeper, caught a nasty cold that refused to yield to treatment; she went snuffling drearily around the house, and Gargery, our butler, drove me wild with his incessant prying and his pointed hints that he be allowed to come to Egypt with us in the autumn. Emerson, sulking in his study like a gargoyle, refused to discuss our future plans. He knew he had been in the wrong but would not admit it, and his attempts to get back in my good graces had, I confess, not been well received. As a rule I welcome my husband's attentions. His thick black locks and brilliant blue eyes, his magnificent physique, and - how shall I put it? - the expertise with which he fulfills his marital obligations moved me as they always had; but I resented his efforts to get round me by taking advantage of my feelings instead of throwing himself on my mercy and begging forgiveness.

By the end of July, all our tempers had become strained. It continued to rain, Emerson continued to sulk, Rose continued to snuffle, and Gargery's nagging never stopped. "Oh, madam, you need me, you know you do; only see what happened last year when I was not there to look after you - Mr. Ramses and Mr. David kidnapped and you carried off by that Master Criminal chap, and poor Abdullah murdered and -"

"Do be quiet, Gargery!" I shouted. "I asked you to serve tea. I did not invite a lecture."

Gargery stiffened and looked down his snub nose at me. I am one of the few people who is shorter than he, and he takes full advantage. "Tea will be in shortly, madam," he said, and stalked out.

I seldom shout at the servants - in point of fact, Gargery is the only one I do shout at. As a butler he was something of an anomaly, and his unusual talents, such as his skill at wielding a cudgel, had proved helpful to us in the past ...

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First Chapter

Guardian of the Horizon

Chapter One

When we left Egypt in the spring of 1907, I felt like a defeated general who has retreated to lick his wounds (if I may be permitted a somewhat inelegant but expressive metaphor). Our archaeological season had experienced the usual ups and downs -- kidnapping, murderous attacks, and the like -- to which I was well accustomed. But that year disasters of an unprecented scope had befallen us.

The worst was the death of our dear old friend Abdullah, who had been foreman of our excavations for many years. He had died as he would have wished, in a glorious gesture of sacrifice, but that was small consolation to those of us who had learned to love him. It was hard to imagine continuing our work without him.

If we continued it. My spouse, Radcliffe Emerson, is without doubt the preeminent Egyptologist of this or any other era. To say that Emerson (who prefers to be addressed by that name) has the most explosive temper of anyone I know might be a slight exaggeration -- but only slight. His passions are most often aroused by incompetent excavators and careless scholarship, and during this past season he had -- I admit -- been sorely provoked.

We had been excavating in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor, my favorite site in all of Egypt. The concession for the Valley was held by an irritating elderly American, Mr. Theodore Davis, who was more interested in finding treasure than in scholarly research; we were there under sufferance, allowed to work only in the lesser, more boring tombs. Still, we were there, and we would be there again in the autumn had it not been for Emerson.

The trouble began when Mr. Davis's crew discovered one of the strangest, most mysterious tombs ever found in the Valley. It was a hodgepodge of miscellaneous funerary equipment, much of it in poor condition, including a mummy and coffin and pieces of a magnificent golden shrine; and if it had been properly investigated, new light would have been shed on a particularly intriguing era of Egyptian history. In vain did we offer Mr. Davis the services of our staff. Abdullah, who was still with us, was the most experienced reis in Egypt, our son Ramses was a skilled linguist and excavator, and his friend David an equally skilled copyist. Not to mention our foster daughter Nefret, to whose excavation experience was added medical training and a thorough acquaintance with mummies. Only an egotistical idiot would have refused. Davis did refuse. He regarded excavation as entertainment, not as a tool in scholarly research, and he was jealous of a better man. He wanted no one to interfere with his toy.

Watching Davis "rip the tomb apart" (I quote Emerson) was trying enough. The denouement came on the day when the mummy fell apart due to careless handling. (It might not have survived anyhow, but Emerson was in no state of mind to admit that.) Face handsomely flushed, blue eyes blazing, impressive form towering over that of the withered old American, Emerson expressed his sentiments in the ringing tones and rich vocabulary that have earned him his sobriquet of Abu Shitaim, Father of Curses. He included in them M. Maspero, the distinguished head of the Service des Antiquités. Maspero really had no choice but to accede to Davis's infuriated demand that we be barred from the Valley altogether.

There are many other sites in Luxor. Maspero offered several of them to Emerson. By that time Emerson was in such a state of fury that he rejected them all, and when we sailed from Port Said we had no idea where we would be working the following season.

It was good to be back at our English home in Kent, and I make it a point to look on the bright side, but as spring turned to summer and summer wore on, my attempts to do so failed miserably. It rained incessantly. The roses developed mildew. Rose, our admirable housekeeper, caught a nasty cold that refused to yield to treatment; she went snuffling drearily around the house, and Gargery, our butler, drove me wild with his incessant prying and his pointed hints that he be allowed to come to Egypt with us in the autumn. Emerson, sulking in his study like a gargoyle, refused to discuss our future plans. He knew he had been in the wrong but would not admit it, and his attempts to get back in my good graces had, I confess, not been well received. As a rule I welcome my husband's attentions. His thick black locks and brilliant blue eyes, his magnificent physique, and -- how shall I put it? -- the expertise with which he fulfills his marital obligations moved me as they always had; but I resented his efforts to get round me by taking advantage of my feelings instead of throwing himself on my mercy and begging forgiveness.

By the end of July, all our tempers had become strained. It continued to rain, Emerson continued to sulk, Rose continued to snuffle, and Gargery's nagging never stopped. "Oh, madam, you need me, you know you do; only see what happened last year when I was not there to look after you -- Mr. Ramses and Mr. David kidnapped and you carried off by that Master Criminal chap, and poor Abdullah murdered and -- "

"Do be quiet, Gargery!" I shouted. "I asked you to serve tea. I did not invite a lecture."

Gargery stiffened and looked down his snub nose at me. I am one of the few people who is shorter than he, and he takes full advantage. "Tea will be in shortly,madam," he said, and stalked out.

I seldom shout at the servants -- in point of fact, Gargery is the only one I do shout at. As a butler he was something of an anomaly, and his unusual talents, such as his skill at wielding a cudgel, had proved helpful to us in the past ...

Guardian of the Horizon. Copyright © by Elizabeth Peters. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    #16 And Counting!

    As I settled into the comfy, posterior-shaped indention at the left end of my couch (with a genial beverage) to delve into my latest Amelia Peabody adventure, #16, Guardian Of The Horizon, its intriguing premise, a detour into the past--compliments of the mysteriously described "missing journals"-- prompted a pleasurable regression of my own.

    I was a teenager when I happened upon "Crocodile On The Sandbank" in my mothers' book collection and I quickly discovered it to be a new kind of reading experience-- a book that read like a deliciously humorous, romantic, action-packed matinee starring a hilariously proper and verbose spinster who wields a wicked parasol and finds love among the ruins with an accomplished, energenic, dashing-- and amusingly foul tempered-- hero whom she wins over with her fierce initiative, ratiocination and aplomb-- a fabulous read! "Crocodile" sucked me in and never quite made it back to Mom's collection. I still possess that well-read copy with its wonderful cover art.

    I had no idea that it was the debut of an ongoing series until years later, after marriage and mothergood gave way to an empty nest and I had time to read again. I ventured to the local bookstore, wandered down the mystery aisle and hit the mother lode! With a muted exclamation of pleasure (it was a bookstore, after all) I gathered an armful of Amelia Peabody and exited the establishment glowing with anticipation--and I've been a follower ever since.

    #16 follows Amelia and Co. from their English estate (having been barred from the Valley of the Kings for a season) to the far off oasis in the Sudan desert from which they'd discovered and ultimately liberated the winsome Nefret some 10 volumes ago. The journey is the result of an appearance by a mysterious young stranger who comes to them with stories of illness and unrest at that yet untouched, undiscovered society and causes them to set out across the forbidding sands once again, accompanied by their engaging foreman Selim and his placid brother Daoud. The Emersons mount well-scrubbed camels and eventually arrive at the hidden city whereupon Nefret is compelled to resume her role as High Priestess and the Emersons endeavor to out-maneuver, outwit and outlast those in power in order free her and restore a rightful king to his throne.

    This refreshing leap into the past does not precede the advent of Manuscript H (my boy, though you're the J. Bond of the middle east you'd benefit from a soupcon of your mother's jocularity), but it does catch the Emerson clan prior to the appearance of grandchildren whom, though anticipated and welcome, lack the entertainment value of their elders. I'm left to wonder-- will ongoing marital bliss (and parenthood) render Ramses and Nefret a bit more chucklicious? Will the grandchildren prove chips off virtually incomparible blocks? Will there be more brindled cats? Good Gad-- I can't wait to find out!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Yes!

    Highly Recommended...as always with the Amelia Peabody Series there is wit, romance and adventure true to form.
    Loved it...not so crazy about #18 tho....

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Enjoy the series

    This series is enjoyable. The book is #16 and follows the pattern of the other books. Light reading.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    awesome

    I've read the series 3 times and will read it again in another year or so.

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    None of the books in this series are a bad read.

    As usual, Elizabeth Peters has given us more insight into her family. I especially enjoy getting to know the grandchildren. Too bad she didn't keep the series going by writing about them as adults. I really dread getting to the last book in the series. Every book in the series is a delight and definitely worth the time.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Highly recommend this series

    If you have ever been to Egypt or would like to go to Egypt, this is the series for you. Amelia Peabody is a wonderful woman, and you get swept away in her world. You would like you were there with her. If I were to read the series again, which I just might I would get the compendium that is a companion piece to the series for even more enjoyment. You certainly don't have to but it brings even more of the story to a wonderful vision of sights, smells and sounds of early excavating and how much the British had played in the part of what we now know about these antiquities, and why so much of the treasures are in the British Museum. Couple this with the fact that she is great Sherlock Holmes, has wonderful adversaries, and throw in a couple of Mummies for good measure and you are off on a great adventure. I liked the books when Ramses their son was involved the best. I think he comes in on about the 3rd book in the series. One of my all time favorites is The Last Camel died at Noon. You can start anywhere in the series actually in the first 8 books, and catch up as the series goes back and forth through time. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    AMAZING!

    It's amazing how Elizabeth Peters can take you back in time and still have you guessing what will happen to the Emerson family. This book was an absolutely incredible! I'm a avid reader of the Amelia Peabody Series and truly enjoyed reading this book.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

    England when the Empire Struck Back

    The characters in an Elizabeth Peters book are always going to be interesting, charismatic, mysterious,and romantic. The central character
    Peabody, as her self centered and stubborn but loveable husband calls her, is the main character as well as the story teller. The stories always in
    volve some shady characters, especially when they get to Egypt and a coterie of "stand up" long term friends as well as an equal number of enemies and potential threats to their lives. The writer gives a very vivid picture of the times and the social mores of the times quite honestly. The Book is a quick read and an enjoyable one. I have learned
    quite a bit about ancient Egypt and it environs from the information supplied by Ms. Peters and that is one of the reasons I generally pick up
    one or two of her books when I"m at Barnes and Noble. Buy em, read em and love em. Trust me, you'll get hooked. confutatus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    Peabody

    I'm making my way thru the series. Love the Peabody character since I was given one of the books as a gift. still have quite a few to get thru.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Amelia Rides Again!

    I found this book to be a great chapter in the Amelia Peabody universe. A little disconcerting as it is an interlude. This book deals with an adventure that takes place between two other books. It was fun, but we already knew how it was going to end, because you can't rewrite history. If anyone could, it would be Amelia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    Excellent set up for more stories in the future

    I was delighted with this book. After reading some of the poor reviews I didn't know how it would be. Not at all disappointing -- kind of made me wonder if the reviewers read the entire book. It didn't bother me at all that it was 'out of sequence'. The author did a fabulous job. Hope she writes more. The history and research she puts into each book is awesome. I will read these books over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    Aren't we happy the lost years have been found?

    I just finished reading 'Guardian of the Horizon' and was as happy as I always am when I can fully escape every day hum drum for such exotic fascinating cultural and mysterious fare. Nobody does it better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    Disappointed

    I love Elizabeth Peters, but I was incredibly disappointed by this latest installment. Not only does it not continue the story, but it also adds in the unwanted return of Ramses pining for Nefret. HE ALREADY GOT THE GIRL!!!! If I read this book on its own, I would probably give it four stars, but as a huge fan of Amelia Peabody, I'd give it a two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2004

    not quite satisfied

    I love the Amelia Peabody series, but this one left me unsatisfied. I have 2 issues with this book. #1 why come up with so called lost manuscripts, that will now contridic previous books, that Ramses was with another before Nafret. #2 you also hinted there will be no more manuscripts from Ramses, his contradictions to his mother's make the books, I have so enjoyed his growing up and being able to read his side of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2004

    Just Wondering

    I am always anxious to grab the newest Amelia Peabody off the shelf. I have appreciated good stories, told with good taste. I have always enjoyed the Father of Curses without being subject to seeing the actual curses in print. So I am wondering why I am now seeing the cursing of the Creator's name in these books? So many authors are now adding these unnecessary elements to their stories. Is there pressure from the publishing world, or has this just become politically correct? Hoping this is not a trend, I will look forward to the next new adventure--sans the curse words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    Oh, no! What a disappointment!

    I am one of the really hard-core Amelia Peabody fans, so I never thought I would be writing a negative review of any Peabody book. Unfortunately, this is it. This book is essentially a re-telling of The Last Camel Died at Noon--same characters, same location, same plot--everything the same, just set a few years later. It was great the first time, but there was no need to re-tell it. And knowing what we know from recent books, there was no suspense in going back to a previous time. Let's hope Elizabeth Peters hasn't run out of fresh ideas!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004

    Fantastic!

    After being thrown out of the Valley of the Kings at Luxor due to Radcliffe¿s Emerson¿s temper, he and Amelia Peabody return to their home in Kent, England. Merasen, one of the king¿s sons arrives stating that King Tarek and his heir are very ill and need medical help. Amelia, Emerson, their son Ramses and their foster daughter Nefret immediate make plans to return to the Lost Oases, a civilization hidden from the rest of the world..................................... Nefret, now a doctor, spent much of her life there as the high Priestess of Isis; Tarek helped her escape and return to England. She loves Tarek like a brother and intends to do all in her power to save the king and his son but on their journey they attract the attention of some very unsavory characters. Once they reach the Lost Oases, they find that Tarek has been deposed by Zekare but his power base is very shaky. With the return of the high priestess, he believes he can gain the support of his people. Emerson and Peabody are determined to stop him and put Tarek back on the throne or die trying............................ Though a stretch, the concept of a lost advanced civilization (think Atlantis) is not so impossible to believe in 1907 Sudan where ¿civilization¿ has not reached the entire area and transportation is almost non-existent. It is always a joy to read a New Amelia Peabody book and GUARDIAN OF THE HORIZON is especially exciting as readers are reunited with characters they have come to regard as friends. Although this story took place over a century ago it is reminiscent of the Lara Croft and Indiana Jones movies................................ Harriet Klausner

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