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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: William Morrow; Auflage: First Edition First Printing (6. April 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061246263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061246265
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“Once again, MWA Grandmaster Peters uses vivid settings, sharp characterizations, and deft dialogue to transport the reader to another time and place.” (Publishers Weekly)


New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Peters brings back beloved Egyptologist and amateur sleuth Amelia Peabody in an exciting tale set amid the ancient temples and simmering religious tensions of Palestine on the eve of World War I. . . .

August 1910. Banned from the Valley of the Kings by the Antiquities Service, Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, are relaxing at home in Kent, enjoying the tranquil beauty of summer. But adventure soon beckons when they are persuaded to follow would-be archaeologist Major George Morley on an expedition to Palestine, a province of the crumbling, corrupt Ottoman Empire and the Holy Land of three religions. Searching for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem, Morley is determined to unearth the legendary Ark of the Covenant.

The skeptical Emerson wants no part of the scheme until a request from the War Office and Buckingham Palace persuades him to reconsider. The Germans are increasing their influence in Palestine and British intelligence insists that Morley is an agent of the Kaiser, sent to stir up trouble in this politically volatile land. Emerson can't believe that the seemingly inept Morley is a German spy, but could he be mistaken?

Determined to prevent a catastrophically unprofessional excavation that could destroy priceless historical finds as well as cause an armed protest by infuriated Christians, Jews, and Muslims who view the Temple Mount, also known as the Dome of the Rock, as sacred, Amelia, Emerson, and company head to Palestine. Though it is not to her beloved Egypt, the trip to Jerusalem will also reunite her with her handsome and headstrong son, Ramses, working on a dig at Samaria, north of the holy city.

Before Ramses can meet his parents, however, he is distracted by an unusual party of travelers who have arrived in Samaria, including a German woman archaeologist and a mysterious man of unknown nationality and past. Unfortunately, Ramses's insatiable curiosity and his knack for trouble lead him to a startling discovery: information he must pass on to his parents in Jerusalem—if he can get there alive.

Once again the Peabody-Emerson clan must use all their skills and wiles to find the truth, prevent a bloody holy war, and save their son from the clutches of a nefarious enemy in this wonderfully engaging tale chock-full of thrills, mystery, and daring from the inimitable Elizabeth Peters.

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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Anatas am 11. Februar 2011
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Die Amelia Peabody Reihe von Elizabeth Peters gehört meinen liebsten Krimireihen, aufgrund des wunderbaren Humors, den spannenden Geschichten und der herrlichen, wenn auch zugegebenermaßen überzeichneten Charaktere, so ist Ramses das Sprachgenie schlechthin und natürlich noch gut aussehend usw.
Das Band der Reihe allerdings war keines der stärksten, die von Frau Peters geschrieben wurden, bei mir kam weniger Spannung auf als in anderen Teilen der Reihe, der Schwung der Geschichte fehlt ein wenig.
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12 von 15 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 7. Mai 2010
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"Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee." -- Luke 17:11

The jacket copy promises a lot more than this book delivers. Unless you feel compelled to read every single Amelia Peabody mystery, please realize that you could skip this one and not miss much.

Except for Ramses, who is working in Samaria, the Emersons are comfortably ensconced at home in Kent as this book opens in August 1910. They have been banned from the Valley of the Kings (their usual haunt) in Egypt. The British government is concerned that a ham-handed adventurer, Major George Morley, will stir things up with the Arabs and encourage German influence in Palestine. There may also be some spying going on. Emerson reluctantly gives in to the pressure and sets off en famille to keep an eye on Morley. A rendez-vous with Ramses is set for Jerusalem, but events intervene to put Ramses in peril.

To give you a sense of how slowly this plot moves, the book is half over before the senior Emersons make it to Palestine. Building a story around Ramses being at risk is a little strange given that he's the most adept of the young people in taking on danger and intrigue. In most of the similar plots, it's Amelia who is at risk. Those make a little more sense, although she's also very formidable in confronting enemies.

A story based in the Holy Land should be pregnant with opportunities to explore the rich religious history of the region. There's little of that. Instead, Emerson mostly baits Amelia with his unbelief in the Scriptures.

If you just changed a few names and details, you wouldn't know that this story was based in the Holy Land. It could be sited in the desert in Sudan instead, except for the title reference which refers to it being rainy where they are.

All the usual story elements were there, but they just didn't come to life for me. I found my interest fading the longer I read the book.
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The last Amelia Peabody novel written by Peters (though it's set earlier) before her death (sad...)

While I still enjoyed it, it somehow lacked the multiple, complicated lines of the earlier novels, esp. compared to the previous ones during and before the war. I also found the ending - that very important things made from clay were in a wooden, non-watertight box and therefore destroyed by rainflood - hard to believe for serious half-way intelligent villain.
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Woot! A new Amelia Peabody Emerson tale is worthy of celebration 7. April 2010
Von Saralee Etter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I read this entire book with a huge grin on my face. Amelia is back in perfect form, and so is Emerson.

This book takes place in 1910, and in the story chronology it falls between Guardian of the Horizon and Falcon at the Portal. I think Ramses is about 18 here, and you can see him in the process of becoming the man he is in later installments.

This 19th entry into the series is wonderful fun--and is concentrated on the activities of just the central members of the clan, which makes the story feel like a return to some of the earlier tales where there wasn't such an enormous cast of characters to keep track of. While I like knowing what all the various characters are up to, it's nice to focus on the main characters this time.

The Emersons manage to dominate any landscape they enter, and their excursion into the Holy Land brings in some new and interesting elements.

Fans of the Emersons will rejoice!
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Amelia is back! 11. April 2010
Von Amy Phipps - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of Elizabeth Peters for over 20 years, so the prospect of a new Amelia book is always thrilling to me. I was admittedly a bit disappointed in the last book in the series, which, though wonderfully written, was really more of a tribute to King Tut's tomb than an Amelia story. This book, on the other hand, was back to Peters' classic formula. Another dead body? Another shirt ruined? Heavenly!

The story takes place in pre-WWI 1910, as Amelia, Emerson, and company head to Palestine to stop a politically and religiously sensitive excavation of holy ground. It was wonderful to see Amelia and Emerson charging around berating political and religious leaders alike for their failures in the region, and even better to see Ramses as a tentative, developing 23 year-old. With a good plot, credible villains, and a cast of characters small enough that I was able to enjoy them all to the fullest, I loved every minute of it... especially Sethos' appearance (which all of the Emersons missed - but I didn't!) A treasure for any long-time fan of the series and highly recommended!
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Welcome back, Peabody! 25. April 2010
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I agree with some reviews that this installment was shorter and lacking in detail in places, but it reminded me of what got me hooked on this series in the first place 20 years ago - Peabody and Emerson! Peabody's "little lists"; her parasol; her self-confidence; her steely, take-no-prisoners mentality (all wrapped up in the perfect decorum of a Victorian British lady, of course); and the wonderful driving force behind the series, the passionate yet loving relationship she shares with Emerson, her hunky, hilarious, brilliant and outspoken husband, "the greatest Egyptologist of this or any other age". They are a delicious pair, with their "refreshing discussions", charging in where angels fear to tread, fighting the good fight against spies, criminals, inept bureaucrats, archeologists and hypocrites everywhere.

So, while I agree that this might not be up to the excellent standards Ms. Peters set for herself in previous books, her middling best is still better than a lot of what is out there for mystery buffs - especially those of us who enjoy a large dollop of humor in the mix - so I liked it and gave it four stars accordingly. I only hope there are more Peabody and Emerson adventures to come, whether they are set after 1922 or during the "in-between years"!
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good, but no character development 11. April 2010
Von E. Wakeman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've enjoyed all the Amelia Peabody books, but was disappointed in this one. Most of the books were published in chronological order ... that is to say, Amelia and the rest of the characters are a bit older in each book. Even larger than life fictional characters can't live forever (except perhaps Sherlock Holmes), and so Peters has been filling in the blanks. Since there were multiple times that the series initially jumped several years, there are quite a few opportunities.

Sadly, there just wasn't room for the characters or their relationships to develop in this book. Ramses and Nefret's relationship can't develop, because it is already established that NOTHING HAPPENS between them during this time period. The same is true of all the characters. We know where they've been and where they will go, and there just isn't any room for them to move in this book.

There are spies, captures, escapes, little lists, the parasol, and another dead body.

Nothing we haven't seen before.
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Amelia's Back! Hallelujah! 16. April 2010
Von D. Croner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I gulped this baby down in one sitting. Unlike some other reviewers, I thoroughly enjoyed the new setting of Palestine. As usual the denouement was almost an afterthought, but still this is a welcome addition to the Oeuvre. That makes nineteen of this series that I have read, with no major complaints. And while $12.99 (Kindle Edition) may seem like a bit too much for an evening's entertainment, it is less than four glasses of Pinot Noir at my local canteen, and after reading the book I woke up the next morning without a hangover.
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