Thunder in the Sky Paperback
Part of the Amelia Peabody series
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 married to their niece Lia, 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.
Can Amelia unmask the Master Criminal and prevent a bloody uprising in Cairo, rescue Nefret from the attentions of her nephew, defend her son against unknown enemies and prevent Emerson from dashing off to fight in the looming war?If anyone can it's Amelia - but this time she is going to need all the help that she can get; and some of it from a completely unexpected source.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 26/04/2007
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781845295592
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Review by riverwillow
A wonderfully tense and funny addition to the series in which Peters answers many questions from previous books in the serie0s - most particularly who is Sethos. This book is set in late 1914, WWI has started and many young men known to the Emersons have enlisted. But not David and Ramses. David has been interned in India, Lia is in England anxiously awaiting the birth of her first baby, to add to the tension three of her brothers are serving in the trenches. The Emersons are in Egypt and have more choice over where to excavate as their German and Austrian friends are excluded by the British. Ramses's pacifist views are well known and he's received several white feathers but this doesn't stop him getting into trouble on a regular basis. Nefret, recovered from her miscarriage, is a qualified surgeon and is working in the hospital established for the local prostitutes. But overshadowing everything is the war and the perceived threat to Egypt from the Ottoman Empire and its allies. This is a superb piece of edge of your seat reading, but only really works if you've read at least the four books that immediately precede this in the series.