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The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters
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The Golden One

by Elizabeth Peters

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As usual, I enjoyed the book, but couldn't keep track of the plot. Overall, the series gets a bit darker as time goes by, although you could hardly call it noir. ( )
  themulhern | Feb 16, 2019 |
More than any other volume of the fourteen I've read so far, this Amelia Peabody book was a serial installment rather than a freestanding novel. There was not enough exposition to orient new readers to significant character interactions, and the superimposed plots, while all braiding nicely with the those established earlier in the series, did not cohere with each other in a way that would give the book a sense of unity. The usual archaeological intrigues, the family drama, and the World War I espionage all fit together nicely--only if you had been reading earlier books. It was also quite long, perhaps the longest of them so far.

I did enjoy it, though. A lot happened, including the introduction of some entertaining new characters, and the final 20 pages or so were full of portents for the volumes to come.
1 vote paradoxosalpha | May 21, 2017 |
Deir el Medina & The God's Wives...

Let me just say that Elizabeth Peters aka Barbara Michaels/Mertz is one of my all time favorite authors! I absolutely love all of her books but this series is my most favorite because of its ancient Egypt and archaeology theme. Plus I fell in love with Amelia Peabody and her family from book one. It literally has some of everything that I enjoy- exotic locales, mystery, espionage, war, suspense, adventure and travel, archaeology, Egyptology etc.etc. It just resonates with me on so many levels. I'm going to be so sad when I reach the end of the series! I actually stopped reading it a year or so ago because I was getting close to the end and I wasn't ready for that at all, but for one of our Summer Book Bingo squares we had to read a book by an author that has passed away so I figured this was my cue to suck it up and just savor the few remaining books. I'm very glad I did. I've missed their family dynamics and their scheming... 
 
In this particular book they have just arrived at their home in Luxor, Egypt for an extended stay because the war is on and traveling back to England by ship is too dangerous because of the military submarines. They are working at the site of Deir el Medina; speculation about the possible location a royal tomb is running rampant and British Intelligence is seeking out Ramses for another mission. As always there is never a dull moment and the story is highly entertaining. If you haven't read any of Peters' books yet you should give them a try one day. Just a word of caution though, I would stay away from the audio of this particular series. I don't care for the narrator at all. In my opinion, she doesn't do the series or characters the justice they deserve. ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
It's 1917 and the Emersons have returned to Egypt for an extended stay due to the hazards of war time travel. The family is excavating a village but are distracted by the exploits of Jamil who is still robbing tombs. About halfway through the book the storyline completely shifts to spy exploits in Gaza. I didn't like the split in the story and found parts of the story slow moving. There is still plenty of humor to be found and it isl overall an enjoyable read. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Synopsis: A new year, 1917, is dawning, and the Great War that ravages the world shows no sign of abating. Answering the siren call of Egypt once more, Amelia Peabody and her family arrive at their home in Luxor to learn of a new royal tomb ransacked by thieves. Soon an even more disturbing outrage concerns the intrepid clan of archaeologists: the freshly and savagely slain corpse of a thief defiling the ancient burial site.
Yet this is nothing compared with the lethal fate that threatens Ramses. Besieged by the British and defended by formidable Turkish and German forces, the fortified seaport of Gaza guards the gateway to the Holy Land. Answering a call he cannot refuse from British military intelligence, Ramses must journey to this ancient, fabled city to undertake a mission as personal as it is perilous. Death will surely be his lot if he is caught or exposed. Meanwhile, Ramses's wife, Nefret, guards a secret of her own....
Once again the incomparable and bestselling carries us to a breathtaking realm of ancient wonders and crumbling splendor -- from the hectic bustle of the Cairo markets to remote, sand-swept corners of the Egyptian desert where the gods of antiquity sleep. Returning visitors to the world of Amelia Peabody will be enthralled by the latest mesmerizing adventure from the award-winning grandmaster, and newcomers will succumb to her wiles as they are caught up in the tantalizing spell of the remarkable Elizabeth Peters and The Golden One.
In A Sentence: Yet another good one from the Amelia Peabody Series
My Thoughts: Of course this series is always fun, and this book is no exception. I read this book years back, and I remembered that the series started to deteriorate at around this book. So I had lowered expectations when I started reading this novel. Perhaps it was because of this lowered expectation, but I really enjoyed this installment in the series. It was split into two separate problems; one was related to tomb-robbing, the other was related to spies and World War I. I felt that the story was split and put back together nicely; it made it more interesting and action-packed, and I was able to enjoy both stories without getting bored. The story also kept a lot of the original humor that made me fall in love with Amelia Peabody in the first place.
My only issue with the story is the interactions between Sethos and Amelia. It is implied that there is something more going on, and it bothers me. I don’t think it adds anything to the story; as a matter of fact, I feel it detracts from the story. But that’s the only thing I really don’t like about this book.
Overall, this was yet another decent read from an enjoyable series. As always, I strongly recommend you try this series.
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  Spirolim | Jan 13, 2016 |
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When I am in one of my philosophical moods, I am inclined to wonder if all families are as difficult as mine.
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We praise the Golden One,
the Lady of Heaven, Lady of Fragrance,
Eye of the Sun, the Great Goddess,
Mistress of All the Gods,
Lady of Turquoise, Mistress of Joy, Mistress of Music...
that she may give us five children,
happiness, and a good husband.

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A new year, 1917, is dawning, and the Great War that ravages the world shows no sign of abating. In these perilous times, archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her extended family must confront shocking dangers. But it is son Ramses who faces the most dire threat, answering a call that will carry him to the fabled seaport of Gaza on a mission as personal as it is perilous -- where death will be the certain consequence of exposure. While far away, Ramses's beautiful wife, Nefret, guards a secret of her own ...

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Revisiting Egypt in 1917 with her husband, son, and daughter-in-law, Egyptologist Amelia Peabody stumbles across a murdered body, a situation that is complicated by an assignment from British intelligence and her daughter-in-law's troubling secret.

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