Pre­ston and Child’s is­land filled with thrills and stel­lar writ­ing

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Books - JEFF AY­ERS

The Lost Is­land, the third novel to fea­ture mas­ter thief and bril­liant sci­en­tist Gideon Crew, is another clever and com­pelling tale from Dou­glas Pre­ston and Lin­coln Child.

Gideon has a rare con­di­tion that will kill him within a year un­less he finds a cure. He works for Eli Glinn, a mys­te­ri­ous man with un­lim­ited wealth, who asks Gideon to steal one page from the price­less Book of Kells, an Ir­ish tome on dis­play at a New York li­brary. The se­cu­rity sys­tem is be­yond im­pen­e­tra­ble, and it be­comes the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge.

Through de­ceit, trick­ery and sleight of hand, Gideon suc­cess­fully grabs the page, and what is dis­cov­ered on the parch­ment is a strange map that prom­ises treasure and a pos­si­ble cure. He re­luc­tantly teams up with Amy, one of Eli’s as­sis­tants, and to­gether they em­bark on a jour­ney across the Caribbean, fol­low­ing a map with cryptic sym­bols and de­scrip­tions.

Read­ers might be di­vided since reg­u­lar se­ries char­ac­ter Aloy­sius Pen­der­gast is nowhere to be found in The Lost Is­land. But the stel­lar writ­ing read­ers ex­pect from Pre­ston and Child is still in abun­dance.

The Lost Is­land Dou­glas Pre­ston and Lin­coln Child Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing

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