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Book 119: Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters

Book 119: Thunder in the Sky (Amelia Peabody #12).
Author: Elizabeth Peters, 2000.
Genre: Adventure. Historical Mystery. Egyptology.
Other Details: ebook. 619 pages. Unabridged Audio (17 hrs, 7 mins). Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.

It is 1914 and Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson are back in Egypt for another season of archaeological excavation. But this year a new menace hangs over the dig: rumblings of war abound in Europe while over in the East, Turkish and German forces are massing for an attack on the Suez Canal. There are problems closer to home too: their son Rameses, passionately opposed to the war, is collecting white feathers and challenges from the British community of Cairo, their beautiful ward Nefret seems to have become involved with Amelia's detested nephew Percy, while David, the young Egyptian ..., has been interned because of his nationalist sympathies. Even Amelia finds it difficult to concentrate on pyramids when her children are in trouble and Cairo teems with enemy agents, including her old nemesis. - synopsis from UK publisher's website.

In the USA this was titled He Shall Thunder in the Sky.

This was another terrific book in this highly engaging series. After the emotional roller-coaster of the previous book this one served to wrap up three ongoing plot arcs and also dealt with aspects of the opening months of the Great War including its impact on the Emerson family. I found that I became rather tearful at the end as Amelia quotes from the Egyptian text containing the title as a tribute.
Tags: audio book, historical mysteries, period fiction (20th century), war

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