The Last Camel Died at Noon

The Last Camel Died at Noon

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It's true: the last camel is gone, leaving Amelia, Emerson and Ramses to bake under the desert sun in the winter of 1897. Armed with a mysterious note and map, they have been commissioned to locate a lost English aristocrat and his wife, who disappeared over a decade ago. In this tribute to H. Rider Haggard ( King Solomon's Mines ), the family marches into the desert where survival depends on solving a mystery as old as Ancient Egypt, and where they meet a young girl, Nefret, who will join their family and change their lives forever.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2013, c1991
Edition: 1st oversize mass market ed
ISBN: 9781455572373
Branch Call Number: M PET
Characteristics: 495 p. :,map ;,20 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 25, 2016

This book is a tribute to Rider Haggard, the author of "King Solomon's Mines" and the prototype of the Indiana Jones movies. So it's a bit different from the rest of the series. But Amelia and Emerson are the same characters we know. This is the first time we really get to know Ramses, who begins as an obnoxious, loquacious 10 year old, but becomes a real part of the Emerson detecting team. The plot's silly, (the title is my favorite of all the series), but the family is in severe danger all the same. They fall for a story about rescuing a couple who have been missing for a decade in the desert, when what really attracts them is a treasure map. What they find is brothers feuding over who'll be king in a replica of ancient Egypt. They meet the daughter of the couple they came to rescue, and while we learn little about her except that she's blond and beautiful, and can sing, she comes with them when they escape, and it's clear Nefret will play a part in their lives from then on.

hermlou Oct 04, 2011

Professors and spouses Radcliffe Emerson and Amelia Peabody travel to Egypt for research but decide to help find a couple who disappeared 14 years ago. The couple's heir gives them a map, and their travel has many turns, beginning with the death of all their camels. They are rescued/kidnapped and don't know who is trustworthy. They go from one danger to another, always with courage and some humor. I enjoy the characters and the setting.

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