Elizabeth Peters Guardian of the Horizon

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Guardian of the Horizon

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A lost journal of Amelia Peabody has been miraculously recovered: a chronicle from one of the "missing years" -- 1907-1908 -- shedding light on an already exceptional career...and an unexpected terror.

Ousted from their most recent archaeological dig and banned forever from the Valley of the Kings, the Emersons are spending a quiet summer at home in Kent, England, when a mysterious messenger arrives. Claiming to be the teenage brother of their dear friend Tarek, he brings troubling news of a strange malady that has struck down Tarek's heir and conveys his brother's urgent need for help only the Emersons can provide.

The family sets off in secret for the mountain fortress from which they narrowly escaped ten years before. The Emersons are unaware that deception and treachery are leading them onward into a nest of vipers -- where a dreadful fate may await. For young Ramses, forced to keep his growing love for the beautiful Nefret secret, temptation along the way may prove his ultimate undoing. And a dark past and grim obligation has ensnared Nefret once again, as she is helpless to save those she loves most from the prison of the Lost Oasis.

Rich with suspense, surprises, unforgettable characters, and the intoxicating atmosphere that has earned her the coveted title of Grand Master two times over, the remarkable Elizabeth Peters proves once again that, in the world of historical adventure fiction, she is truly without peer.

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Unaccountable lost until now, the Emersons' journals chronicling the 1907-1908 season have been discovered, revealing unknown events from Amelia Peabody's remarkable career! Banned from the Valley of the Kings, their excavation at an abrupt end, Amelia and her distinguished husband have returned to England with their 19-year-old son, Ramses, and their foster daughter, Nefret. Ramses is hopelessly and secretly in love with the beautiful young Nefret, and is prepared to flee to Germany to escape temptation. But a mysterious visitor provokes a change in plans for Ramses and the others. After a decade, Prince Tarek from the Lost Oasis has written to the Emersons, asking for help. His only surviving son is ill with a mysterious malady and his throne may be threatened...Guided only by a crumbling map that took them to the oasis a decade earlier, the Peabody-Emerson clan head for the Sudan. There they will confront forces secretly arrayed against them, and Ramses must come to grips with his feelings for Nefret when she again meets the handsome, chivalrous son.

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Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson, along with their son Ramses and foster daughter Nefret, are summoned back to the Lost Oasis, a hidden stronghold in the western desert whose existence they discovered many years ago (in The Last Camel Died At Noon) and have kept secret from the entire world, including their fellow Egyptologists. According to Merasen, the brother of the ruling monarch, their old friend Prince Tarek is in grave danger and needs their help, however it's not until they retrace their steps back to the Oasis, with its strange mixture of Meroitic and Egyptian cultures, that they learn the real reason for their journey. There's no better company on an archaeological expedition than the Father of Curses and the Lady Doctor, their beautiful Anglo-Egyptian ward, and Ramses, the Demon Brother who loves her, as Peters once again demonstrates in the latest historical mystery in this immensely popular series. If you haven't met the indomitable Amelia yet, this intriguing tale is a great place to start! --Jane Adams

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