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He Shall Thunder in the Sky: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12 | [Elizabeth Peters]

He Shall Thunder in the Sky: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12

In her best-selling Amelia Peabody mysteries, author Elizabeth Peters has created an award-winning mixture of vivid archeological detail, finely-tuned suspense, and witty romance. This, the 12th Amelia Peabody mystery, opens in 1914. As the tides of war rise, Egypt is threatened by attacks. Espionage abounds, pulling in several members of the Peabody Emerson household even as they embark on a new archeological season.
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Publisher's Summary

In her best-selling Amelia Peabody mysteries, author Elizabeth Peters has created an award-winning mixture of vivid archeological detail, finely-tuned suspense, and witty romance. This, the 12th Amelia Peabody mystery, opens in 1914. As the tides of war rise, Egypt is threatened by attacks. Espionage abounds, pulling in several members of the Peabody Emerson household even as they embark on a new archeological season. Amidst a growing tangle of disguises and deceptions, Emerson's nemesis, the Master Criminal, appears. As increasing perils threaten the Peabody Emersons, their expedition, and Egypt, help arrives from a most unlikely source. He Shall Thunder in the Sky is a treasure; absorbing, intriguing, and highly entertaining. And the surprising resolution is one that leaves even the unflappable Amelia thunderstruck.

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What the Critics Say

"Despite having produced 11 previous tales of Egyptological mystery and detection, Peters still writes a deeply satisfying story that combines elements of espionage, mystery and romance. Some big surprises are in store for readers while Peters deftly ties her subplots together, but a few threads are left dangling enticingly at the end, leaving fans to expect another installment in this extraordinary series." (Publishers Weekly
"Filled with intrigue and nail-biting suspense...rich with detail and realism...ripe with tension and peril." (The Washington Post Book World)
"Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia, in wit and daring, by a landslide." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Carolynne Halland, East Sussex, United Kingdom 21/07/2006
    Carolynne Halland, East Sussex, United Kingdom 21/07/2006
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    "An excellent rendition"

    When I heard the sample of Barbara Rosenblat reading this book I could not resist getting it. She sounds exactly as I had imagined Amelia Peabody to sound. If you enjoyed reading the books you will enjoy hearing Barbara read them to you again, particularly if, like me, you listen to them with a friend who also enjoys the books. The shared laughter is twice as good.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom 10/06/2008
    Caroline Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom 10/06/2008 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful"

    This is my most favourite of the Amelia Peabody stories available so far at audible. The writing is brilliant, so witty and intelligent, and the narration is nothing short of amazing. I really liked all the characters' voices - half-way through I was starting to fall in love with Ramasses! I think the reader must be American because of the way she pronounces a couple of words - this makes it even more stunning if it is the case. I just wish all the books were available here.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    V J Burnley, Lancs, United Kingdom 16/04/2011
    V J Burnley, Lancs, United Kingdom 16/04/2011 Member Since 2007
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    "The moment we've all been waiting for..."

    This is the 12th book in Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series. The books are part archeology, part crime/murder mystery, part family saga and overall extremely funny. I'm sure different people enjoy them for different aspects, personally, I enjoy all of these aspects but as time goes on I think it's the family saga that appeals to me the most. For other fans who feel the same way this is the book they have been waiting for!

    If you have listened to (or read) all the books in the series so far then this book is the pay-back for the heart-break of 'Falcon at the Portal'. I think fans will find that in this book Peters manages to answer all the questions, and resolve all the loose ends - and I do mean all of them!

    'He Shall Thunder in the Sky' is not a good choice for a first Peabody to listen to - for best effect these books should be experienced in order, starting with 'Crocodile on the Sandbank' - I think it would still be enjoyable but the relevance of some parts would be lost.

    All in all I didn't find that there was a single disappointing moment, enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penelope 05/08/2013
    Penelope 05/08/2013
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    "He Shall Thunder in the Sky"

    Time moves on and this was a much darker story, but again, well written and well narrated

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    H. Paisley 27/10/2007
    H. Paisley 27/10/2007

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    "Good old Amelia"

    I already knew this was a fantastic story and I enjoyed hearing it very much. HOWEVER, although the reader is excellent at the female voices, her version of Ramses REALLY didn't work for me. And why did she give David an accent?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Moriah Edinburgh, United Kingdom 28/12/2013
    Moriah Edinburgh, United Kingdom 28/12/2013 Member Since 2009
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    "I love this series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of He Shall Thunder in the Sky to be better than the print version?

    I adore Barbara Rosenblat's narration. She brings the characters to life and I hope the next few books are available unabridged by her but I won't hold my breath.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved this whole book! I love this series! You become so attached to each character and want to know what happens to each.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending had me cheering and doing a dance around the kitchen with joy.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Agatha Christie books or the parasol protectorate series, please try these. The archealogy can be a little confusing but these books are very well written and beautifully narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nodi Cape Town, South Africa 07/04/2013
    Nodi Cape Town, South Africa 07/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny & charming, beautifully read!"

    Narrator Rosenblat's virtuoso performance enlivens Peters' genuinely witty tales of a gung-ho heroine. Set amidst the heat and mystique of turn of the century Egypt, Amelia, Peabody to her Egyptologist husband and Mother to son Ramses, is a derring-do Brit of the first water. Peter's amusing characterisation, not without irony, is underpinned by genuine respect for the people and country. Rosenblat's vocal range, command of accents and intelligently nuanced delivery makes for an audible delight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Demeter Norwich, United Kingdom 27/08/2011
    Demeter Norwich, United Kingdom 27/08/2011 Member Since 2006
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    "Bette than expected"

    These books are always enjoyable, but light reading For me there is a substance missing. In this book we have son Ramses as an adult and it set at a time when Egypt was becoming more involved in the war. It is still an easy 'read' but a little less superficial, even if still not exactly believable. Still a a good yarn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    11/06/04
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    "Excellent!"

    This is a wonderful tale, told with humor and knowledge. I've listened to all the books in the series, and this was definitely the best. Amelia can be a bit egotistical, so injecting some more "objective" narrative can be a relief. And this narrator - Barbara Rosenblat - is fantastic, with a range of voices that is truly awesome.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    15/04/08
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    "Excellent as always!"

    No disappointment in this book. The characters are continuously growing and the younger members of the family are following in Amelia's footsteps. The readers voice too is aging which is appropriate. The additional manuscripts from Ramses and Nephret shed a lot of detail to the story. The only disappointment is that Audible has chosen not to carry the unabridged versions of the next 3 books, and they ARE available. Too bad, I won't waste money on abridged versions.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • S.Palmer
    Long Beach, CA, United States
    03/11/06
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    "Thunderous!"

    WWI overtakes the Emersons and interferes with their excavations. Peters has drawn such vivid characters that they seem to fit in perfectly with larger-than-life historical events. The affection between Emerson, Ameleia, and Ramses is nice here, as is his parents' acknowledgement that Ramses is a man with his own skills and responsibilites, and no longer a child. the ending is satisfying on several levels! Rosenbladt does her ususal bang-up job of narration. She's so good that I find that I would rather listen to her than read the book myself! Unfortunately, the rest of the series only seems to be available in abridged form -- ugh!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie
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    13/09/11
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    "This was the best of the first 12"

    Barbara Rosenblat is wonderful, and the characters have truly, matured and grown over the years. I am really sorry that the next three titles are only available in ABRIDGED form. I will try to get in large print because I'm visually impaired. After reading I will continue, with the unabridged title # 16. I couldn't even find 13,14,15, unabridged on audio anywhere. seems the publisher didn't think it necessary. If after I read the 13,14 and 15 and I wish to listen to the ABRIDGED version I'll consider. I 'll never understand the way publishers think or do things. If any you have been following the series and are up to this title don't miss it. I really enjoyed, especially the ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nicole
    Seattle, WA, United States
    22/01/13
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    "A good, fun read."
    Any additional comments?

    I picked up this audiobook having never heard of the series before. In fact, I didn't realize it was one in a series until I started listening, I only noted that it was a highly rated book when I decided on a whim to purchase it. I really loved it! The reader was extraordinary in handling the huge cast of characters and the story managed to contain both overt and subtle humor without sacrificing drama, suspense, and even a little romance. I've been yearning for another since I finished it but the next book in the series is only available in MP3 in abridged format and there's no way I want to sacrifice any part of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Virginia Beach, VA, United States
    24/05/12
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    "Read this series."

    Thank me later. Barbara Rosenblat is superb as usual. If you like a dash of tortured romance in your mystery, this is the book for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Louise Tremblay Cole
    06/02/10
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    "Dependably Enjoyable"

    This series is a favorite. The history is reliable, the style is authentic, and the plots are engaging. The the characters are likable and amusing; their development and their changing relationships pique interest in the ongoing saga.
    A great plus in the audio versions is the amazing Barbara Rosenblat, who gives each character a distinctive and convincing voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    Troy, IL, USA
    03/08/08
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    "Love this series"

    I love these books and think Barbara Rosenblat is amazing. If you are attached to the characters in the series, this is one of the best of the bunch.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cindy
    United States
    04/06/12
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    "Wonderful Conclusion To The Ongoing Storyline...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of He Shall Thunder in the Sky to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reveal of who Sethos really was and how Nefret and Ramses came together


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nefret tells Amelia her feelings and her past with Ramses


    If you could rename He Shall Thunder in the Sky, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it at all


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of the Amelia Peabody books and was ecstatic to find them in Audio Books. Of all of them, this has always been my favorite. Barbara Rosenblast's narration makes the books-I couldn't imagine anyone else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy A. Curl
    Charlotte, NC United States
    21/05/12
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    "Great fun, engaging entertainment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.
    The characters are delightful. The story line is intriguing. The setting is exotic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance, the plot...all good.


    Which character ??? as performed by Barbara Rosenblat ??? was your favorite?

    Rameses. Such a nice mixture of shy and outrageous.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. Had a difficult time not doing so!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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