Strindberg's Star by Jan Wallentin & Rachel Willson-Broyles

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Any one of the plot strains in this ambitious debut might have made for a satisfying novel, but woven together, they create more confusion than excitement
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Synopsis

A multilayered international thrill ride at breakneck pace, reminiscent of The Rule of Four

The Arctic, 1897: Nils Strindberg crashes his hydrogen balloon during the mysterious Andrée Expedition to the North Pole.
Germany, 1942: Gruesome and inexplicable experiments are performed on concentration camp prisoners.
Sweden, present-day: Cave diver Erik Hall finds a dead body wearing an ancient ankh, buried deep in an abandoned mine. Religious symbol expert Don Titelman seeks out Erik to study the ankh—but finds Erik dead. Don is the prime suspect, and soon he’s being chased across Europe to escape a secret society that will do anything to get their hands on the ankh. . . .

In this international bestseller, each of these fascinating strands weaves together to create a mind-blowing cross-genre thriller that includes arctic explorers, a secret railroad network, Norse mythology, Nazis, and ancient symbols—and a shocking secret that’s been hidden for centuries.


 

About Jan Wallentin & Rachel Willson-Broyles

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JAN WALLENTIN is a journalist. He is forty-one years old and has three children. He lives in Stockholm and is currently working on his next book. This is his first novel.RACHEL WILLSON-BROYLES has translated Invasion and Montecore, both by Jonas Hassan Khemiri. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Published May 24, 2012 by Viking Adult. 458 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
May 01 2012

Any one of the plot strains in this ambitious debut might have made for a satisfying novel, but woven together, they create more confusion than excitement

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Read Me Deadly

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Reviewed by Georgette Spelvin on Jun 18 2012

The book's main problem is its lack of appealing fictional characters. Don, the protagonist, is only 43 years old; yet, he's a grey-faced physical and psychological wreck...It's a bit hard to root for Don

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Violin in a Void

Below average
May 08 2012

Strindberg’s Star however, is both dull and complicated, making it hard to pay attention long enough to scrabble together the information for a decent plot summary, nevermind a thorough articulation of my feelings about the book.

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The Archaeologist's Guide to the Galaxy

Below average
Reviewed by Thomas Evans on Jun 21 2012

There are abrupt and blatant info dumps that could truly irritate some readers

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Books Make Great Lovers

Good
Reviewed by stargirlreads on Jun 28 2012

I found myself intrigued and wanting to read more and more. The word choice was impeccable.

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