Palace of Treason

Palace of Treason
Author: Jason Matthews
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 470
Release: 2017-06-13
ISBN 10: 147679376X
ISBN 13: 9781476793764
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Palace of Treason Book Review:

"Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin. As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation in her nightgown with President Putin. Complicating these risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous as committing espionage in Moscow. And when a mole in the SVR finds Dominika's name on a restricted list of sources, it is a virtual death sentence."--

Palace of Treason

Palace of Treason
Author: Jason Matthews
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2015-06-02
ISBN 10: 1476793751
ISBN 13: 9781476793757
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Palace of Treason Book Review:

Red Sparrow is now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton! The thrilling sequel to Red Sparrow—CIA insider Jason Matthews’s compulsively readable New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner—featuring Russian spy Dominika Egorova and CIA agent Nate Nash “shimmers with authenticity. The villains are richly drawn...the scenes of them on the job are beyond chilling” (The New York Times Book Review). Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service despises the oligarchs, crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia—but what no one knows is that she is also working for the CIA. Her “sparrow” training in the art of sexual espionage further complicates the mortal risks she must take, as does her love for her handler Nate Nash—a shared lust that is as dangerous as treason. As Dominika expertly dodges exposure, she deals with a murderously psychotic boss, survives an Iranian assassination attempt and attempts to rescue an arrested double agent—and thwart Putin’s threatening flirtations. A grand, wildly entertaining ride through the steel-trap mind of a CIA insider, Palace of Treason is a story “as suspenseful and cinematic as the best spy movies” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)—one that feels fresh and so possible, in fact, that it’s doubtful this novel can ever be published in Russia.

Palace of Treason

Palace of Treason
Author: Jason Matthews
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2016-01-28
ISBN 10: 1405920823
ISBN 13: 9781405920827
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Palace of Treason Book Review:

DISCOVER WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AFTER THE RED SPARROW STARRING JENNIFER LAWRENCE . . . *** Paris A young woman is cornered on a deserted boulevard. Moments later she walks away, leaving her assailant for dead. Meet Dominika Egorova, of the Russian intelligence service. Athens An elderly man walks into the American embassy with a story to tell. Moscow The most unlikely of traitors is uncovered by the most dangerous of men. Washington A brilliant, unorthadox CIA agent must single-handedly connect the dots to stop an intricate house of cards from toppling in a cold war that's taken a terrifying new twist. 'Superb. Enthralling. Shimmers with authenticity' NEW YORK TIMES *** 'The greatest ever female character in spy fiction' SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE 'Taut, fast paced and authentic. A great American spy novel' CHARLES CUMMING 'A dazzling thrill-filled journey across the globe' SUNDAY MIRROR 'Portrays the heart-pounding rhythms of on-the-street espionage better than any novelist in recent memory' DAILY MAIL

Palace of Treason

Palace of Treason
Author: Jason Matthews
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2018-01-15
ISBN 10: 9781509467457
ISBN 13: 1509467459
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Palace of Treason Book Review:

"Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin. As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation in her nightgown with President Putin. Complicating these risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous as committing espionage in Moscow. And when a mole in the SVR finds Dominika's name on a restricted list of sources, it is a virtual death sentence..."--

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow
Author: Jason Matthews
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2014-04-29
ISBN 10: 1476764174
ISBN 13: 9781476764177
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Red Sparrow Book Review:

Drafted against her will to serve the regime of Vladimir Putin as an intelligence seductress, Dominika Egorova engages in a charged effort of deception and tradecraft with first-tour CIA officer Nathaniel Nash before a forbidden attraction threatens their careers.

The Kremlin s Candidate

The Kremlin s Candidate
Author: Jason Matthews
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2018-02-13
ISBN 10: 1501140108
ISBN 13: 9781501140105
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Kremlin s Candidate Book Review:

Red Sparrow is now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton! The “exciting conclusion” (Entertainment Weekly) in the New York Times bestselling Red Sparrow Trilogy has Russian counterintelligence chief Dominika Egorova and her lover, CIA agent Nate Nash, on the hunt for a Russian agent working in the US government. With a plot ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, Jason Matthews is “one of America’s most readable spy novelists” (The Washington Post Book World), and his high-powered, seductive third novel not only continues the dangerous entanglements of Dominika and Nate but reveals with chilling authenticity how Russian espionage can place agents in the most sensitive positions of power. The Kremlin’s Candidate opens with Russian president Vladimir Putin planning the covert assassination of a high-ranking US official with the intention of replacing him with a mole whom Russian intelligence has cultivated for more than fifteen years. Catching wind of this plot, Dominika, Nate, and their CIA colleagues must unmask the traitor before he or she is able to reveal that Dominika has been spying for years on behalf of the CIA. Any leak, any misstep, will expose her as a CIA asset and result in a one-way trip to a Moscow execution cellar. Ultimately, the lines of danger converge on the spectacular billion-dollar presidential palace on the Black Sea during a power weekend with Putin’s inner circle. Does Nate sacrifice himself to save Dominika? Does Dominika forfeit herself to protect Nate? Do they go down together? This dazzling finale to Jason Matthews’s New York Times bestselling Red Sparrow Trilogy “delivers a wallop on all fronts, from adrenaline-charged action to dark political intrigue to gripping emotional stakes…Readers will finish the book, but their memories of Matthews’s brilliant and fearless heroine will linger well past the final page” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). The Kremlin’s Candidate is “a stellar conclusion…racing to a heart-pounding and unexpected resolution” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Graffiti Palace

Graffiti Palace
Author: A. G. Lombardo
Publsiher: MCD
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2018-03-13
ISBN 10: 0374716714
ISBN 13: 9780374716714
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Graffiti Palace Book Review:

A brilliant, exhilarating debut novel that retells The Odyssey during the 1965 Watts Riots—like nothing you’ve ever read before It’s August 1965 and Los Angeles is scorching. Americo Monk, a street-haunting aficionado of graffiti, is frantically trying to return home to the makeshift harbor community (assembled from old shipping containers) where he lives with his girlfriend, Karmann. But this is during the Watts Riots, and although his status as a chronicler of all things underground garners him free passage through the territories fiercely controlled by gangs, his trek is nevertheless diverted. Embarking on an exhilarating, dangerous, and at times paranormal journey, Monk crosses paths with a dizzying array of representatives from Los Angeles subcultures, including Chinese gangsters, graffiti bombers, witches, the Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, and others. Graffiti Palace is the story of a city transmogrified by the upsurge of its citizens, and Monk is our tour guide, cataloging and preserving the communities that, though surreptitious and unseen, nevertheless formed the backbone of 1960s Los Angeles. With an astounding generosity of imagery and imagination, Graffiti Palace heralds the birth of a major voice in fiction. A. G. Lombardo sees the writings on our walls, and with Graffiti Palace he has provided an allegorical paean to a city in revolt.

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow
Author: Jason Matthews
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2013-06-04
ISBN 10: 147670614X
ISBN 13: 9781476706146
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Red Sparrow Book Review:

Now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton! From the New York Times bestselling author and veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews comes the electrifying modern spy thriller Red Sparrow. In contemporary Russia, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova has been drafted to become a “Sparrow”—a spy trained in the art of seduction to elicit information from their marks. She’s been assigned to Nathaniel Nash, a CIA officer who handles the organization’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception and, inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s valuable mole in Moscow. For fans of John le Carré and Ian Fleming and featuring “high-level espionage, pulse-pounding danger, sex, double agents, and double crosses” (Nelson DeMille), Red Sparrow is a timely and electrifying thriller that is impossible to put down.

Istanbul Passage

Istanbul Passage
Author: Joseph Kanon
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 404
Release: 2013-04-16
ISBN 10: 1439156433
ISBN 13: 9781439156438
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Istanbul Passage Book Review:

In 1945 Istanbul, American undercover agent Leon Bauer's attempt to save a life leads to a desperate manhunt, a game of shifting loyalties, and an unexpected love affair.

Treason By The Book

Treason By The Book
Author: Jonathan Spence
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2012-04-05
ISBN 10: 0241959144
ISBN 13: 9780241959145
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Treason By The Book Book Review:

In 1728 a stranger handed a letter to Governor Yue calling on him to lead a rebellion against the Manchu rulers of China. Feigning agreement, he learnt the details of the plot and immediately informed the Emperor, Yongzheng. The ringleaders were captured with ease, forced to recant and, to the confusion and outrage of the public, spared. Drawing on an enormous wealth of documentary evidence - over a hundred and fifty secret documents between the Emperor and his agents are stored in Chinese archives - Jonathan Spence has recreated this revolt of the scholars in fascinating and chilling detail. It is a story of unwordly dreams of a better world and the facts of bureaucratic power, of the mind of an Emperor and of the uses of his mercy.

The Bell of Treason

The Bell of Treason
Author: P. E. Caquet
Publsiher: Other Press, LLC
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2019-09-24
ISBN 10: 1590510526
ISBN 13: 9781590510520
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell of Treason Book Review:

Drawing on a wealth of previously unexamined material, this staggering account sheds new light on the Allies’ responsibility for a landmark agreement that had dire consequences. On returning from Germany on September 30, 1938, after signing an agreement with Hitler on the carve-up of Czechoslovakia, Neville Chamberlain addressed the British crowds: “My good friends…I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.” Winston Churchill rejoined: “You have chosen dishonor and you will have war.” P. E. Caquet’s history of the events leading to the Munich Agreement and its aftermath is told for the first time from the point of view of the peoples of Czechoslovakia. Basing his work on previously unexamined sources, including press, memoirs, private journals, army plans, cabinet records, and radio, Caquet presents one of the most shameful episodes in modern European history. Among his most explosive revelations is the strength of the French and Czechoslovak forces before Munich; Germany’s dominance turns out to have been an illusion. The case for appeasement never existed. The result is a nail-biting story of diplomatic intrigue, perhaps the nearest thing to a morality play that history ever furnishes. The Czechoslovak authorities were Cassandras in their own country, the only ones who could see Hitler’s threat for what it was, and appeasement as the disaster it proved to be. In Caquet’s devastating account, their doomed struggle against extinction and the complacency of their notional allies finally gets the memorial it deserves.

The Stone Girl A Novel

The Stone Girl  A Novel
Author: Dirk Wittenborn
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2020-06-16
ISBN 10: 1324005823
ISBN 13: 9781324005827
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Stone Girl A Novel Book Review:

The Stone Girl is a riveting tale of deception, vengeance, and power set against the haunting beauty of the Adirondack wilderness. Deep in the Adirondack Mountains lies a speck of a town called Rangeley. There isn’t much to this tiny town, but it is at the crossroads of serene fishing streams off the Mink River, pristine hunting grounds in the surrounding mountains, and vast estates of the extremely rich. It is also the gateway to the Mohawk Club, which houses the Lost Boys, an exclusive group of wealthy and powerful men with global influence and a taste for depravity. Raised wild and poor in the shadows of the Mohawk Club, Evie Quimby was a teenager when she first fell victim to the Lost Boys. Seventeen years later, she is now a world-renowned art restorer famous for repairing even the most-broken statues. After spending half her life in Paris, establishing her reputation and raising her daughter Chloé, Evie has come a long way from the girl who left Rangeley behind. But when Chloé receives a visit from an elegant stranger who claims to be an old friend of her mother’s, the ghosts of Evie’s past return in full force, pulling her back to the North Country of her girlhood and into the tangled, intricate web of the Lost Boys. Evie bands together with her formidable mother and an embattled heiress, both victims of the Lost Boys, in pursuit of an unusual and heart-stopping vengeance.

Palace of Spies

Palace of Spies
Author: Sarah Zettel
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 373
Release: 2013-11-05
ISBN 10: 0544073754
ISBN 13: 9780544073753
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Palace of Spies Book Review:

A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don't.Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spyperhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love . . . History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.

Disney Mulan s Adventure Journal The Palace of Secrets

Disney Mulan s Adventure Journal  The Palace of Secrets
Author: Rhona Cleary
Publsiher: Dark Horse Comics
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2020-03-03
ISBN 10: 1506716547
ISBN 13: 9781506716541
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Disney Mulan s Adventure Journal The Palace of Secrets Book Review:

Follow the fearless hero on a quest to save China for the second time in story that is interwoven with pages from Mulan's own journal. An assassination attempt is made on the Emperor of China's life. Under the backdrop of the beautiful Spring Festival, Mulan must go undercover as the guest of honor at the Imperial Palace to protect the emperor. When danger presents itself in the shadows and in plain sight, everyone is a suspect. Between his family, guards, counselors, and a deadly organization called The Golden Tiger--Mulan must figure out who among them is plotting treason. And in between all the commotion, Mulan must also find a balance between being a celebrated hero and staying true to herself. In this graphic novel, pages from Mulan's own journal are woven into the adventure! As you follow the tale, you will read her thoughts as she travels from her village to the Imperial Palace, from sunrise, to sunset. Beautiful watercolor illustrations fill her journal, giving you a glimpse into the human, the warrior, the woman, Mulan, like you've never seen her before!

Chocolate House Treason

Chocolate House Treason
Author: David Fairer
Publsiher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2019-08-22
ISBN 10: 1838599894
ISBN 13: 9781838599898
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chocolate House Treason Book Review:

Covent Garden, January 1708. Widow Trotter has big plans for her recently-inherited coffee house, not suspecting that within days her little kingdom will be caught up in a national drama involving scandal, conspiracy and murder...

Red Sparrow Trilogy eBook Boxed Set

Red Sparrow Trilogy eBook Boxed Set
Author: Jason Matthews
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 1376
Release: 2018-05-22
ISBN 10: 1982106190
ISBN 13: 9781982106195
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Red Sparrow Trilogy eBook Boxed Set Book Review:

Red Sparrow is now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton! Now available in a single collection, the complete electrifying New York Times bestselling trilogy—Red Sparrow, Palace of Treason, and The Kremlin’s Candidate—“a primer in twenty-first-century spying...terrifically good” (The New York Times Book Review) from veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews. In present-day Russia, ruled by President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorov struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Forced to become a “Sparrow”—a spy trained in the art of seduction to elicit information from unsuspecting marks—she’s been assigned to Nathaniel Nash, a CIA officer who handles the organization’s most sensitive Russian intelligence. The action in The Red Sparrow Trilogy careens between Russia, France, Hong Kong, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and the United States as these two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of deception and a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens both their careers and consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to the highest offices in the US government. In each book they confront not only the shadows and intrigues of the Russian and American intelligence networks but highly trained, cold-blooded killers assigned to destroy them. With a plot ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, and written with sophisticated brio, The Red Sparrow Trilogy has been hailed as a monumental accomplishment “as suspenseful and cinematic as the best spy movies” (The Philadelphia Inquirer); “fans of the genre’s masters including John le Carré and Ian Fleming will happily embrace Matthews’s central spy” (USA TODAY). Collected together, the three novels form a stunning masterwork of suspense, intrigue, sex, and violence.

The Little Universe

The Little Universe
Author: Jason Matthews
Publsiher: BookCountry
Total Pages: 1
Release: 2013-07-26
ISBN 10: 1463002297
ISBN 13: 9781463002299
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Little Universe Book Review:

"...quite an inventive story." "...before you know it, you can't put the book down." "...one of those rare books, light enough on the surface to be a fun summer read, but deep enough to keep you thinking about it long after you've turned the last page." "I can honestly say I didn't want it to end." What if you could create a universe: a miniature self-enclosed universe? Imagine having probing cameras that could focus to any star or planet looking for life. And once you found life, what if you could accelerate time and watch it evolve? What might you find? These are not the questions Jon Gruber ponders as he pedals to his next carpentry job. Over thirty and unmarried, he doesn't even own a car. But a new assignment challenges him to rethink his place in the world. Is he a loser? Or is he about to become a partner in an experiment of phenomenal discovery? Webster Adams, astronomer, inventor, and Jon's latest client, performs such an experiment. To Webster's amazement, he finds planets and cultures beyond his wildest dreams. His little universe turns into a discovery machine--an overnight goldmine. He and his crew observe societies so far past them on levels of technology and spirituality, that the world will be forever changed. Webster's lovely daughter, Whitney, also overwhelms Jon. She opens his eyes to the deeper meanings within the experiment by finding the most advanced beings within the project--the spirit guides from Theta 7. The Little Universe is a mind expanding concept. For Webster Adams, one question immediately comes to light. "If I can create a universe," he wonders, "then who created ours?" Can it be proven that some form of God exists? Or is life random and free-flowing without purpose? Along with Jon, you, the reader, will be presented a new perspective on life and your role in the great mystery of the universe.

Princess Academy Palace of Stone

Princess Academy  Palace of Stone
Author: Shannon Hale
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2013-06-06
ISBN 10: 140883491X
ISBN 13: 9781408834916
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Princess Academy Palace of Stone Book Review:

This long-awaited follow-up to Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy hit the New York Times bestseller list in the first week of US publication. A rich and compelling fantasy about one girl's journey to discover where her home and heart truly belong in a divided world is reminiscent of the best writing by authors like Eva Ibbotson and Cornelia Funke. With a chance to study at the university and live at the Queen's Castle, Miri leaves village life and is thrust into the bustling chaos of the city. Her best friend, Britta, has been chosen by the Prince of Asland to be his bride, and the royal wedding is fast approaching. But helping Britta prepare for her future is not an easy task. When Miri discovers a secret plot against the royal court - which is motivated by good - she feels torn. Will she choose loyalty to the princess, or reform for the people? As Miri struggles to resolve this dilemma in her own mind, her heart is suffering: an old love comforts her; a new crush consumes her; she yearns for her homeland. Can Miri find her way in this new place, or will she be considered a traitor? The fate of the kingdom is at stake.

Seven Deadly Zins

Seven Deadly Zins
Author: Nancy J. Parra
Publsiher: Crooked Lane Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2019-01-08
ISBN 10: 1683318722
ISBN 13: 9781683318729
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Seven Deadly Zins Book Review:

The second in Nancy J. Parra’s Sonoma Wine Country mysteries is sure to make fans of Ellen Crosby heady with delight. Which suspect drowned an inspector in the Zinfandel? Sonoma tour guide Taylor O’Brian uncorks another intoxicating Sonoma Wine Country mystery. Taylor O’Brian, founder of “Off the Beaten Path”, takes small groups on wine country tours of romantic Sonoma County. Friends are everything in the tour business, so Taylor is happy to guide investors to the winery owned by her friend Tim Slade. But vintage turns to vinegar when an FDA inspector is found floating face down in one of Tim’s vats of squished grapes. Tim is arrested on suspicion of murder, and Taylor and her friends rally to prove his innocence. But it’s not an easy task, especially since the winery proprietor’s acidic sense of humor tends to reap a harvest of sour grapes. Taylor’s investigation is withering on the vine until she discovers that Tim’s girlfriend, Mandy, is having an affair with a self-help guru. But before she has a chance to confront Mandy, Taylor finds Tim standing over the body of the dead guru. This tart turn of events sends a bottle shock through Sonoma. Might Taylor’s friend really be a Zin-ful killer? If so, could Taylor be the next victim? The tour guide and her friends come to realize that the true murderer’s scent is obscured by an unsavory bouquet of red herrings. A complex mystery designed to delight the palate of wine and cozy mystery enthusiasts alike, Seven Deadly Zins is the second quirky installment in Nancy J. Parra’s Sonoma Wine Country mysteries.

The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth
Author: Ken Follett
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 1008
Release: 2010-06-29
ISBN 10: 1101442190
ISBN 13: 9781101442197
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pillars of the Earth Book Review:

#1 New York Times Bestseller Oprah's Book Club Selection The “extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece” (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career—and begins where its prequel, The Evening and the Morning, ended. “Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled Publishers Weekly on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Follett’s unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother. A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.