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Strindberg's Star


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A secret city and a one-hundred-year-old murder reveal a deadly conspiracy of fantastic proportions: Strindberg's Star will chill your bones in the summer's heat...

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Jan Wallentin is a journalist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Strindberg's Star is his first novel.


This international best seller-Stockholm-based Wallentin's first novel to be published abroad and in the United States-is a suspenseful mix of history, crime story, and adventure thriller about a man pursued for a crime he didn't commit who gets caught up in a quest for a lost artifact. Can he escape the authorities and the secret society seeking the ancient ankh it believes is in his possession. Is there anyone he can trust? VERDICT Swedish journalist Wallentin has crafted a compelling cross-genre thriller involving Norse mythology, 19th-century Arctic exploration, and Nazi crimes that keeps the reader glued until the nail-biting conclusion. However, he gets bogged down in describing the background and history involved, as if readers would not know enough about Nazi Germany or the Nazis' medical experiments to understand the plot. In addition, the protagonist is an antihero, a pill-popping addict who is not particularly likable or appealing. Despite these flaws, the book offers enough entertainment value to recommend it to readers seeking escapist summer fare. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/11.]-Cynde Suite, Bartow Cty. Lib. Syst., Cartersville, GA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

The discovery of an ankh-shaped amulet in a corpse's hands at the bottom of an abandoned copper mine in Falun, Sweden, propels Wallentin's debut, an ambitious if flawed thriller. Don Titelman, professor of history with an expertise in symbolism and mythology who has evaluated the artifact, goes on the run after its owner is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect. Titelman's search to uncover the object's significance leads him to jaw-dropping revelations surrounding an ancient city buried in the Taklimakan Desert in northwest China, an ill-fated 19th-century hot air balloon expedition to the Arctic, and top-secret Nazi schemes. The relentless pacing only partially makes up for less than well-developed characters and a plot that strains credibility to the breaking point. While comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are unavoidable, this is more accurately an audacious adventure novel a la Jules Verne steeped in Norse mythology and Nazi esotericism. 5-city author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

This breathtaking debut novel, lavish with historic detail and colorful panorama, brilliantly evokes the mysterious, underwater, middle-earth worlds of Jules Verne, interwoven with the pulse-pounding, countdown techno-thrillers of James Bond. * Katherine Neville, Author of The Eight *

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