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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 43 minutes
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- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 23, 2006
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- Language: English
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Tomb of the Golden Bird: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 18 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Emerson's heart is broken because he will not be one of the first ones to see all the treasures to be found. Even from a distance, he is keeping watch to make sure that all protocols are being followed in order to ensure the safety of all the treasures to be found.
It is nearing Christmas, and the entire family is gathering to celebrate.
But as always in this family, there are mysteries in every direction. Sethos, Emerson's half brother has arrived unexpectedly. He is suffering from malaria, but he is also being followed by villains because of his work for the British Home Office. Emerson and his son Ramses have been assaulted. Gargary their elderly butler is kidnapped. There is danger afoot.
Elizabeth Peters wrote the Amelia Peabody books with a sure knowledge of archeology and a wonderful sense of humor. She created characters who were amusing and adventurous and most of all wonderfully human creations.
Amelia is a woman who is never in doubt of her superior knowledge. She is a manager of people, events and lists. She is well loved by her husband Emerson, her son Ramses and daughter-in-law, Nefret, her grandchildren and a great number of family and friends. Although she is overbearing and bossy, she continues to be surrounded by people who admire her.
Emerson is a man of honor. He has pointed out certain conditions which point to the discovery of the tomb of Tut. But, because he let his sense of honor get the better of him, he has been excluded from any involvement with the discovery. He is a man who loves his wife and family beyond measure. Everything about him is larger than life.
This story has murder, spies, plots and a great deal of adventure. Although it is part of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone. But, if you have never read any of the Amelia Peabody books, you are doing a great disservice to yourself.
Because the background of this story is the discovery of Tut's tomb, there are many descriptions and discussions of archeology. That is one of the things I have always enjoyed about this series.
I enjoyed this book. And that enjoyment has brought home to me, the wonderful hours I have spent sharing time with Amelia, Emerson and the entire cast of characters.
Although, for me, there were slow spots which were not quite what I expect from Amelia, this is still one of the wonderful Elizabeth Peters' best books.
This is not the strongest book in the series, for a number of reasons, Over the years since the series started with "Crocodile on the Sandbank" in 1975, Peters has added greatly to her cast of characters. Besides the original four of Amelia, her husband Emerson, his brother Walter, and Walter's wife Evelyn, there have been the Emersons' son Ramses, their ward and daughter-in-law Nefret, the Emerson brothers' half brother Sethos, their reis Abdullah, his grandson David and son Selim, the Emersons' niece Sennia, their American friend Cyrus Vandergelt (a gentle Theodore Davis), his wife Katherine and her son Bertie, and a whole host of English servants, Egyptian crew, Egyptolgists, etc etc.
In this book much of the time is spent just managing this unwieldy crowd.
Then there's the whole Tutankhamun discovery, which turns out to be due more to the Emersons than to Howard Carter, or at least that is what Amelia Peabody would have us believe. There is very little of the usual Peabody criminal intrigue. Instead we view the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb from the Peabody perspective, which is delightful.
It's sad to see the series end, but after all, Elizabeth Peters has given us 18 books since 1975, and back in 1964, under her real name of Barbara Mertz back she wrote a wonderful introduction to ancient Egypt called "Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs; the Story of Egyptology" (recently reissued in a second edition). She has been giving us pleasure in her many books for some time, and we will miss her.