A River in the Sky

A River in the Sky

Book - 2010
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"Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia--in wit and daring--by a landslide."
--New York Times Book Review

Intrepid archaeologist and superior sleuth Amelia Peabody returns in A River in the Sky. In this breathtaking new adventure, New York Times bestselling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters transports the indomitable Amelia and her family, the Emersons, from their usual milieu, early twentieth-century Egypt, to an exciting--and dangerous--new locale: Palestine! A tale full of atmosphere, intrigue, and thrills, A River in the Sky is further proof that "Peters has few rivals" (Houston Chronicle).

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061246265
0061246263
Characteristics: 307 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Jan 15, 2017

This book, written out of chronological order, is "off" in other respects too. Peabody is just plain manipulative, as is Emerson. Peters is out of her element, as she's writing about Palestine instead of Egypt, her first love and the Emerson family's first love. The relationship between Ramses and Nefret is all but non-existent--in fact Ramses admits to himself that he's gone to Palestine with an inferior archaeologist mainly because he can't bear to be in the same room with her. I'll read anything in this series, but this one rather put my teeth on edge compared to most of them. I agree with Amelia's conclusion--she wants to go home, and she means Egypt, not England. This isn't a bad book, just not up to par.

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Memawrayne
Mar 21, 2016

I have enjoyed her books. The main trouble I find with serials is that many facts about the characters have to be repeated for first time readers. I still enjoy the books about ancient times in the middle east.

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FatCat22
Feb 15, 2011

The flavor of this Amelia Peabody book is "off". There are no foreign phrases. No shirts are ruined. Emerson doesn't get cut off mid-word when he disparages someone's heritage. Nefret is obedient -- or at least acquiescent. And Ramses uses the latrine (a function that was never mentioned in previous books). All of which lead a fan to ask "Has Elizabeth Peters taken on a ghost-writer or an assistant?"

It's not a bad story, but the characters seem to have lost dimension and the genuine affection they had for one another in previous novels.

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