By Robert Masello
During this haunting and suspenseful mystery, Robert Masello offers an event that spans continents and centuries—a spellbinding tale that levels from Victorian England to a distant antarctic study station, the place an old glacier yields a surprising prize it has held captive for almost 2 hundred years….[b]
Journalist Michael Wilde—his international lately shattered via tragedy—hopes monthlong task to the South Pole will provide him a brand new hire on existence. the following, within the so much inhospitable position in the world, he's easily seeking to locate solace . . . till, on a regimen dive in to the polar sea, he suddenly unearths whatever else solely: a tender guy and lady, sure with chains and sealed endlessly in a block of ice. Beside them a chest jam-packed with a wierd, and sinister, cargo.
Now, in a bleak yet breathtaking international of shimmering icebergs, deep blue crevasses, and endless solar, Wilde needs to resolve the secret of this doomed couple. have been they the blameless sufferers of worry and superstition—or have been they anything a ways darker? His seek will lead from the barracks and battlefields of the Crimean warfare to the unexplored depths of the Antarctic Ocean, from the ill-fated cost of the sunshine Brigade to an age-old curse that survives to this day.
As the ice round the murdered fanatics starts to soften, Wilde must grapple with a miracle—or a nightmare—in the making. For what's lifeless, it seems, will not be long past. And right here, on the very finish of the identified international, there’s nowhere to conceal and no position left for the residing to run.
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Young archaeologist Finn Ryan is laboring for a London public sale residence while she will get a few not going good fortune. besides the good-looking younger nobleman Billy Pilgrim, she's inherited a home in Amsterdam, a shipment send off Borneo South Pacific, and what seems to be a pretend Rembrandt.
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Publication Date: 2001-07-03
Number of Pages: 784
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"AS pleasing AS SARUM AND RUTHERFURD'S different SWEEPING NOVEL OF BRITISH background, LONDON. "
–The Boston Globe
"Engaging . . . A sprawling tome that mixes truth with fiction and covers 900 years within the historical past of recent woodland, a 100,000-acre wooded area in southern England . . . Rutherfurd sketches the histories of six fictional households, starting from aristocrats to peasants, who've lived within the wooded area for generations. . . . however the genuine luck is in how Rutherfurd paints his photograph of the wooded enclave with pictures of treachery and violence, in addition to magic and wonder. "
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Author identify: Edward Rutherfurd
Author Description: Francis Edward Wintle, top recognized lower than his pen identify Edward Rutherfurd, used to be born within the cathedral urban of Salisbury. trained in the community, and on the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, California, he labored in political learn, bookselling and publishing. After a variety of makes an attempt to write down books and performs, he eventually deserted his profession within the publication exchange in 1983, and back to his adolescence domestic to jot down SARUM, a historic novel with a ten-thousand 12 months tale, set within the quarter round the old monument of Stonehenge, and Salisbury. 4 years later, while the e-book used to be released, it grew to become an quick foreign bestseller, final 23 weeks at the ny instances Bestseller checklist. in view that then he has written 5 extra bestsellers: RUSSKA, a unique of Russia; LONDON; THE wooded area, set in England's New woodland which lies within sight Sarum, and novels which hide the tale of eire from the time earlier than Saint Patrick to the 20th century. His books were translated into twenty languages.
Edward has lived in London, manhattan, New Hampshire and eire. He at present divides his time among New England and Europe. He has children.
Edward Rutherfurd is a existence Member of the chums of Salisbury Cathedral, the Salisbury Civic Society, and the buddies of Chawton condominium, that is situated in Jane Austen's village and devoted to the research of ladies writers. he's additionally a client of the nationwide Theatre of eire (the Abbey Theatre) in Dublin.
In 2005, the town of Salisbury honored his prone to the town by means of naming one of many streets top off its medieval marketplace position 'Rutherfurd Walk'.
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Lev Davidovich would never know if the twelve days during which they remained stranded in that spot in the middle of nowhere were due to the delays in the diplomatic consultations or if it was only because of the most devastating snowstorm he’d ever seen, capable of lowering the thermometers to forty degrees below zero. Covered with all of the coats, hats, and blankets at their disposal, they received Seriozha and Anya, who traveled without the children, who were still too little to be exposed to those temperatures.
But soon Caridad would feel that those places had an excess of that which she wasn’t seeking (men willing to inebriate her to throw her in bed) and something, still undefined, was lacking, something capable of motivating her and reconciling her with her own soul. Then that fine woman, surrounded by luxury and comfort from birth, educated by nuns, an expert rider of Arabian h orses, married to that owner of factories who was, by his very nature, removed from the feelings of men who worked for their wealth, removed her jewels and attractive clothing and descended in search of the shadiest corners of the city.
He felt that, at that exact moment, his exile was beginning—true, complete, without any support. Aside from his family and a very few friends who had reiterated their solidarity, he was a man who was overwhelmingly alone. His only useful allies for a battle like the one he had to initiate (how? ) were still confined in work camps or had already given in, but all of them remained within the borders of the Soviet Union, and his relationship with them was snuffed out by distance, repression, and fear.