A River in the Sky

A River in the Sky

Book - 2010
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Amelia and Emerson follow an expedition searching for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem. Besides suspecting the leader of the expedition of inept excavation practices, they believe him to be secretly working for German intelligence.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2010
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed. --
ISBN: 9780061945731
0061945730
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Peter 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 446 p. ;,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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