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  1. I'm almost afraid to mention this but is anybody intending to buy a copy? My father is picking his up tomorrow and I'll get a read of it in due course. I know that Brown isn't popular and having read the Sunday Times interview of him yesterday I now know where he gets his terrible prose from. Nevertheless I am looking forward to reading it.
  2. What a load of bollocks ! I'm reading it for a group read, so I suppose I'll have to finish it, though. Phoebus
  3. Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci – and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vaults of history. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever… RRP: £6.99, <a href ="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/spring2005.asp?CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank">The Book Pl@ce</a> Price: £4.89 Just click on book jacket <A HREF="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/display.asp?ISB=0552149519&CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank"> <IMG SRC=""> </A>
  4. When the National Security Agency’s invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls in its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage – not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves… RRP: £6.99, <a href ="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/spring2005.asp?CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank">The Book Pl@ce</a> Price: £4.89 Just click on book jacket <A HREF="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/display.asp?ISB=0552151696&CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank"> <IMG SRC=""> </A>
  5. Something Hidden was rather good fun. It’s one of those novels which takes a real life mystery - one long forgotten - and warms it up as fiction. Not a million miles from Eoin McNamee’s Blue Tango in approach. In this case, Nick Blackstock chooses a train crash in 1928 - amongst the bodies were two children who were never identified - and perhaps reheats, or perhaps invents, some of the gossip and intrigue that went on at the time. The novel follows two parallel narratives - Jim Thornton, the driver of the train; and Ron Charteris, a cub reporter on the local paper. The narrative winds its way through the next two decades as both Charteris and Thornton feel the urge to pick at the seams and discover the truth. In all this, the whodunnit aspect is almost set aside - the question is more whathappened. Nick Blackstock’s writing style feels a little clunky for the first few pages - it doesn’t quite lift off the page, but his plotting is taut and pacing is superb - so the reader soon finds the rhythm. Occasionally one has a nagging doubt about whether the dialogue is anachronistic - would people in the 1920s really have said those things? But again, the plot is enough to swipe these doubts to one side. The one down side is that the ending, when it comes, is enigmatic. This is not the first novel based on true historical mystery to bring the curtain down just before the crucial moment, but it is a technique which only satisfies some readers. On the down side, there’s no closure; on the up side, the ideas and thoughts will stay with you as you try to work out what did really happen. ****0
  6. When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man’s chest. His conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years - now reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic church. In Rome, the college of cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Yet somewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion. While the minutes tick away, Langdon joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to decipher the labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome to the long-forgotten Illuminati lair – a secret refuge wherein lies the only hope for the Vatican. But, with each revelation comes another twist, another turn in the plot, which leaves Langdon and Vetra reeling and at the mercy of a seemingly invincible enemy… RRP: £6.99, <a href ="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/spring2005.asp?CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank">The Book Pl@ce</a> Price: £4.89 Just click on book jacket <A HREF="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/display.asp?ISB=0552150738&CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank"> <IMG SRC=""> </A>
  7. When a new NASA satellite detects evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory…a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election. With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Arctic to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable — evidence of scientific trickery — a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before Rachel can make her findings known, she realises, perhaps too late, that such knowledge puts her and Tolland in deadly jeopardy. Fleeing for their lives in an environment as desolate as it is lethal, they possess only one hope for survival: to find out who is behind this masterful ploy. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all… RRP: £6.99, <a href ="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/spring2005.asp?CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank">The Book Pl@ce</a> Price: £4.89 Just click on book jacket <A HREF="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/display.asp?ISB=0552151769&CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank"> <IMG SRC=""> </A>
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