The Wheel of Darkness

Author(s): Douglas Preston

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Perched like a black crow on a crag in the most hostile depths of the Himalayas stands a monastery. For a thousand years the monks have kept guard. Now their sanctum has been violated, the secret carried off. After a millennium of hiding from the world, the guardians of the treasure will have to turn to an outsider for help. Luckily Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is no stranger. Having trained body and mind in Tibet, he knows the land well. But neither he nor his ward, Constance, are prepared for the truth about what the monks have been protecting. The pursuit of the stolen artefact takes Pendergast and Constance far from the snowy wastes, to where the largest-ever ocean liner is preparing for her maiden voyage. As Pendergast and Constance board, they know they are joined by a cargo of secrets and murderers. As the ship slips into the night, it becomes a deadly race to recover the secret of the monks, or blackness to threaten to fall not just over the ship, but the wider world...A stunning dance of death and mystery, THE WHEEL OF DARKNESS takes the most unusual investigator around on his most thrilling mission yet...

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Combining history, breakneck adventure and mystery, THE WHEEL OF DARKNESS is pitch-perfect commercial thriller writing. The success of authors like James Rollins, Raymond Khoury, and of course, Dan Brown, has grown the market for these kind of rollicking adventure thrillers THE BOOK OF THE DEAD spent 7 weeks in the New York Times charts and Preston & Child have become one of the most succesful writer pairings in the US. 'Bestsellers Preston and Child have come up with another gripping, action-packed page-turner' Publishers Weekly 'Wildly cool...Thrill hounds couldn't ask for a creepier environment. Eccentric, grisly and thoroughly original...no room for the squeamish' Kirkus Reviews

Douglas Preston is a regular contributor to the New Yorker. Lincoln Child is a former book editor at St. Martin's Press and has published numerous short-story anthologies. Together they are the co-authors of a series of bestselling novels, including the Agent Pendergast adventures. After a childhood that is of interest only to himself, Lincoln Child majored in English. Discovering a fascination for words, and their habit of turning up in so many books, he made his way to New York intent on finding a job in publishing. Over the next several years, he clawed his way up the publishing hierarchy, becoming an editor at St. Martin's - with titles as diverse as The Notation of Western Music and Hitler's Rocket Sites - but focused primarily on popular fiction. Lincoln's own nascent interests in writing only came to fruition after he left publishing. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter. A dilettante by natural inclination, Lincoln's interests include: pre-1950s literature and poetry; post-1950s popular fiction; playing the piano, various MIDI instruments, and the 5-string banjo; English and American history; motorcycles; architecture; classical music, early jazz, blues, and R exotic parrots; esoteric programming languages; mountain hiking; bow ties; Italian suits; fedoras; archaeology; and multiplayer deathmatching.

General Fields

  • : 9780752890692
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : October 2007
  • : 234mm X 153mm X 28mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Douglas Preston
  • : Paperback
  • : Export ed
  • : 400