By Paul Christopher
There's fact in paintings. however the fact can kill.
Young archaeologist Finn Ryan is laboring for a London public sale condo whilst she will get a few not likely 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 faux Rembrandt.
But the pretend hides a true Rembrandt portrait, which in flip hides a clue to a centuries-old secret. Finn and Billy aren't the single ones who comprehend what's at stake-and what's ready to be stumbled on on the backside of the South Pacific. Pursued around the world through ruthless adversaries, Finn and Billy are thrown into the search for a forgotten treasure which may swap their lives forever-or finish their lives in an instant.
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There's fact in artwork. however the fact can kill.
Young archaeologist Finn Ryan is laboring for a London public sale residence while she will get a few not likely 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.
But the faux hides a true Rembrandt portrait, which in flip hides a clue to a centuries-old secret. Finn and Billy aren't the one ones who comprehend what's at stake-and what's ready to be chanced on on the backside of the South Pacific. Pursued all over the world via ruthless adversaries, Finn and Billy are thrown into the search for a forgotten treasure which can switch their lives forever-or finish their lives in an instant.
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2001-07-03
Number of Pages: 784
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"AS exciting AS SARUM AND RUTHERFURD'S different SWEEPING NOVEL OF BRITISH heritage, LONDON. "
–The Boston Globe
"Engaging . . . A sprawling tome that mixes truth with fiction and covers 900 years within the historical past of recent wooded area, a 100,000-acre forest in southern England . . . Rutherfurd sketches the histories of six fictional households, starting from aristocrats to peasants, who've lived within the woodland for generations. . . . however the genuine good fortune is in how Rutherfurd paints his photograph of the wooded enclave with photographs of treachery and violence, in addition to magic and wonder. "
–The long island Post
"THE woodland IS MICHENER instructed WITH AN ENGLISH accessory. "
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"TALES of affection AND HONOR, DECEIT AND VIOLENCE, INHERITANCE AND LOSS. "
–San Jose Mercury News
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Author identify: Edward Rutherfurd
Author Description: Francis Edward Wintle, top identified lower than his pen identify Edward Rutherfurd, was once born within the cathedral urban of Salisbury. informed in the community, and on the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, California, he labored in political examine, bookselling and publishing. After a number of makes an attempt to put in writing books and performs, he ultimately deserted his occupation within the ebook alternate in 1983, and lower back to his youth domestic to jot down SARUM, a ancient novel with a ten-thousand 12 months tale, set within the quarter round the historical monument of Stonehenge, and Salisbury. 4 years later, while the ebook used to be released, it grew to become an rapid overseas bestseller, ultimate 23 weeks at the ny occasions Bestseller checklist. seeing that then he has written 5 extra bestsellers: RUSSKA, a singular of Russia; LONDON; THE wooded area, set in England's New wooded area which lies nearby Sarum, and novels which conceal 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, long island, New Hampshire and eire. He at the moment divides his time among New England and Europe. He has children.
Edward Rutherfurd is a lifestyles Member of the chums of Salisbury Cathedral, the Salisbury Civic Society, and the buddies of Chawton condominium, that's positioned in Jane Austen's village and devoted to the examine of girls writers. he's additionally a shopper of the nationwide Theatre of eire (the Abbey Theatre) in Dublin.
In 2005, town of Salisbury honored his providers to town via naming one of many streets best off its medieval industry position 'Rutherfurd Walk'.
Author URL: http://www. goodreads. com/author/show/16204
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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.