He Shall Thunder in the Sky

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He Shall Thunder in the Sky
First edition cover
Author Elizabeth Peters
Country United States
Language English
Series Amelia Peabody mysteries
Genre Historical mystery
Publisher William Morrow
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 400 pp
ISBN 0-380-97659-5
OCLC 43540556
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3563.E747 H38 2000
Preceded by The Falcon at the Portal
Followed by Lord of the Silent

He Shall Thunder in the Sky (2000) (also published as Thunder in the Sky) is the 12th in a series of historical mystery novels by Elizabeth Peters, featuring fictional archaeologist and sleuth Amelia Peabody.[1]


The novel takes place in 1914, as Ramses Emerson works undercover to gather intelligence for the British military, Nefret returns from studying medicine in Switzerland, and Percy Peabody returns to wreak revenge on the Emerson family for past events. The Emerson have acquired the firman for part of the Giza concession, but of course are distracted by the criminal element, and eventually by a startling revelation from the Master Criminal, Sethos himself.

Explanation of the novel's title[edit]

The title comes from a translation of "The Contendings of Horus and Set" from a papyrus in the Chester Beatty Library:

"Then Re-Harakte said: Let Set be given unto me, to dwell with me and be my son. He shall thunder in the sky and be feared."

References to historical events or persons[edit]

The novel's climax coincides with the First Suez Offensive, the attack launched by the Ottoman Empire on the Suez Canal in January 1915.


The novel was nominated for an Agatha Award in the "Best Novel" category in 2000 and for the 2001 Anthony Award in the same category.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (June 11, 2000). "Crime Reviewed This Week". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2012.  (registration required)
  2. ^ "Malice Domestic Convention - Bethesda, MD". Malicedomestic.org. August 23, 1988. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon.info. October 2, 2003. Retrieved March 9, 2012.