Sunday, November 9, 2014

Book Review: The Golden One (Amelia Peabody #14), by Elizabeth Peters

The Golden One (Amelia Peabody, #14)The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Golden One, by Elizabeth Peters
★★★★★ and a ♥
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, 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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