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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue. 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, a more disturbing outrage concerns the archaeologists: the freshly and savagely slain corpse of a thief defiling the ancient burial site.
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, Amelia's son 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' wife, Nefret, guards a secret of her own.
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©2002 Elizabeth Peters (P)2002, 2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Peters' real talent is in creating lovably eccentric characters whom Rosenblat nimbly brings to life....A very entertaining romp in the Middle East." (AudioFile)
"Series fans will relish the underlying humor, which is particularly good here, and recognize the characters as old friends who continue to improve and delight with age." (Booklist)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Suzanne on 05-29-05

The Golden One

Why on earth are some of the Amelia Peabody series missing, and some availible only in abridged form? Who knows what we have missed in this one!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Trishk on 09-19-08

Unfortunately abridged

I love Amelia Peabody books and tend to listen to them over and over. Barbara Rosenblat is a wonderful narrator, and extremely consistent. However, this one - unlike the others - was abridged, and it was done very poorly. I found myself wondering the motivations for all sorts of actions by the Emersons, and getting frustrated because I could not follow the story. In the end, I bought the book so that I could figure out the story.
I don't think I'll ever buy another abridged audible book - please put this one out again - unabridged.

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25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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