He Shall Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters

Amelia Peabody, Book 12

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Here is a series that I like very much. I always take great pleasure in reading it. If I haven’t read them all yet, I don’t have many left and I’m trying to make them last. So it was with great pleasure that I embarked on He shall thunder in the sky. I would like to say to those who have not yet started the series, however, that the order of the releases and the chronology are not the same and I advise you not to do like me (I read everything in disorder). You can find the real order on the internet. I think it will be all the more enjoyable.

So we find all our heroes the Emersons, Nefret and Ramses in a new story with the approaching war and in which our characters of course play an important role. But here we are, worries are accumulating, the archaeological research is slowed down and our heroes must also face former enemies like Sethos! But that’s not all, because the relationship between Nefret and Ramses is delicate because of the previous events and each will act in the other’s shadow.

I really had a great time again! This series is really great and I can only recommend it if you haven’t tried it yet. The characters are colorful and their adventures are always very exciting. As always, there is a lot going on in these novels, but it is also far from over. There are also revelations that we didn’t expect and that I was delighted to discover and rediscover based on the novels I read.

So again a very good addition to the series and I can’t wait to read the ones I miss!

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