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A River in the Sky: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense (Amelia Peabody Series) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011
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This book takes place in 1910, and in the story chronology it falls between Guardian of the Horizon and Falcon at the Portal. I think Ramses is about 18 here, and you can see him in the process of becoming the man he is in later installments.
This 19th entry into the series is wonderful fun--and is concentrated on the activities of just the central members of the clan, which makes the story feel like a return to some of the earlier tales where there wasn't such an enormous cast of characters to keep track of. While I like knowing what all the various characters are up to, it's nice to focus on the main characters this time.
The Emersons manage to dominate any landscape they enter, and their excursion into the Holy Land brings in some new and interesting elements.
Fans of the Emersons will rejoice!
The story takes place in pre-WWI 1910, as Amelia, Emerson, and company head to Palestine to stop a politically and religiously sensitive excavation of holy ground. It was wonderful to see Amelia and Emerson charging around berating political and religious leaders alike for their failures in the region, and even better to see Ramses as a tentative, developing 23 year-old. With a good plot, credible villains, and a cast of characters small enough that I was able to enjoy them all to the fullest, I loved every minute of it... especially Sethos' appearance (which all of the Emersons missed - but I didn't!) A treasure for any long-time fan of the series and highly recommended!
So, while I agree that this might not be up to the excellent standards Ms. Peters set for herself in previous books, her middling best is still better than a lot of what is out there for mystery buffs - especially those of us who enjoy a large dollop of humor in the mix - so I liked it and gave it four stars accordingly. I only hope there are more Peabody and Emerson adventures to come, whether they are set after 1922 or during the "in-between years"!
Since we already know what happens to all the characters, about all that is left to enjoy is the interaction between them, however we are robbed of that as well since Ramses and David are separated from the rest of the group for most of the book. Again, this is very unsatisfying.
Finally, I really don't have the foggiest idea of what happened in the book. It involves some kind of homeland movement or something or other and much of the impetus for the crimes, whatever they are, is political-- none of which particularly interests me so I zoned out through much of it. I realize that Peters has kind of run out of places to go with this series because if she continues into the post WW I future, the history of Egyptian archaeology is fairly well known and she would have to change some history pretty blatantly, which I don't think she really wants to do.
That all being said, this is still an Amelia Peabody book, and I get the feeling that Peters loves her character as much as her fans do and just can't keep from writing about her. Since she can't really go forward, she takes it backwards so she can at least do something with her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was Elizabeth Peters last book of her amazing and riveting Amelia Peabody series. In saying that I felt this book lacked the plot, intrigue and excitement of her previous 18... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terrywithay
It seemed very short, and not to the usual standard of this series. Was a good read. Just very different which it should be considering the setting.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a wonderful set of characters doing what they do best with humor and insight into their eraPublished 7 months ago by Maureen E. Karman
Elizabeth Peters is always great, writes funny, fun, well written satirical novels. I can read them over and over just to enjoy the way she presents her characters and their... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lucy J
If you want to get away from the regular store. this want is different. Elizabeth Peters give this character some thing new. It is set in the later 1890 and early 1900. Read morePublished 8 months ago by linda k
Typical Elizabeth Peters novel: interesting, well written and hard to put down.Published 8 months ago by prn