Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody Series #16)

Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody Series #16)


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Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody Series #16) by Elizabeth Peters, Alyssa Bresnahan, Barbara Rosenblat

A lost journal of Amelia Peabody has been miraculously recovered: a chronicle from one of the "missing years" — 1907-1908 — shedding light on an already exceptional career...and an unexpected terror.

Ousted from their most recent archaeological dig and banned forever from the Valley of the Kings, the Emersons are spending a quiet summer at home in Kent, England, when a mysterious messenger arrives. Claiming to be the teenage brother of their dear friend Tarek, he brings troubling news of a strange malady that has struck down Tarek's heir and conveys his brother's urgent need for help only the Emersons can provide.

The family sets off in secret for the mountain fortress from which they narrowly escaped ten years before. The Emersons are unaware that deception and treachery are leading them onward into a nest of vipers — where a dreadful fate may await. For young Ramses, forced to keep his growing love for the beautiful Nefret secret, temptation along the way may prove his ultimate undoing. And a dark past and grim obligation has ensnared Nefret once again, as she is helpless to save those she loves most from the prison of the Lost Oasis.

Rich with suspense, surprises, unforgettable characters, and the intoxicating atmosphere that has earned her the coveted title of Grand Master two times over, the remarkable Elizabeth Peters proves once again that, in the world of historical adventure fiction, she is truly without peer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402574801
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 03/08/2004
Series: Amelia Peabody Series , #16

About the Author

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.

Barbara Rosenblat is a multi-award-winning voice actor for audiobooks. On Broadway, she created the role of 'Mrs. Medlock' in 'The Secret Garden'.


A farm in rural Maryland

Date of Birth:

September 29, 1927

Place of Birth:

Canton, Illinois


M.A., Ph.D. in Egyptology, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1952

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goodwritingrules More than 1 year ago
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!!
justmarsha More than 1 year ago
Highly always with the Amelia Peabody Series there is wit, romance and adventure true to form. Loved it...not so crazy about #18 tho....
xyz47 More than 1 year ago
This series is enjoyable. The book is #16 and follows the pattern of the other books. Light reading.
tuggytoot More than 1 year ago
I've read the series 3 times and will read it again in another year or so.
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AnneAR More than 1 year ago
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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Bmerbeth More than 1 year ago
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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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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Confutatus More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.