|Plot Summary of Children of the Storm|
Morrow, April 2003, 25.95, 416 pp.
By December 1919, the Great War is finally over. Amelia Peabody and her husband, the famous archeologist Emerson, are in their Luxor, Egypt home along with their extended brood. This includes their son Ramses, his wife Nefret, and their two children, Emerson's brother Walter, his wife Evelyn, their daughter Lia and her husband David and their children as well as Emerson's illegitimate half brother Sethos and his bastard daughter Maryann.
Emerson and Amelia's friend and colleague Cyrus Vandergelt has found a well preserved tomb in the Deir el Medina, the same place where Emerson is working on an archeologist site. Soon afterward, a trusted worker disappears with some of the treasure and his murdered body is found in the desert. A woman pretending to be the goddess Hathor kidnaps Ramses, but he escapes before he finds out what she wants. Maryann is attacked and someone sabotages the boat they are traveling on. None of the incidents form a pattern that makes any sense but Amelia knows someone is weaving a web around them and intends to trap them in it.
It is fascinating to read about three generations of Emersons in the same book. CHILDREN OF THE STORM is the fifteenth mystery starring Amelia Peabody and it doesn't get any better than this. Elizabeth Peters brilliantly shifts from the first person to the third person so readers always know what is going on the minds of the characters. Old enemies reappear while the heroine of this amateur sleuth novel works overtime trying to figure out who is waging a vendetta against her and her family.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Children of the Storm|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
- escape/rescue from kidnappers
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
Part of Africa:
- Arabic Africa
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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