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CATHEDRAL OF THE SEA by Ildefonso Falcones – This historical novel about medieval Barcelona follows the fortunes of the Estanyol family, from their peasant roots to a son, Arnau, who flees the land only to realize spectacular wealth and devastating problems. Barcelona is dominated by the construction of the city’s great pride – the cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar – and by its shame, the deadly Inquisition. Arnau joins the powerful guild of stone-workers and helps to build the church with his own hands, while his best friend and adopted brother Joan studies to become a priest. When Arnau is betrayed and hauled before the Inquisitor, he finds himself face-to-face with his own brother.
CODEX 632: THE SECRET IDENTITY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS by José Rodrigues Dos Santos – When Thomas Noronha, a professor of history and an expert cryptographer, is called upon to finish an unresolved investigation involving an aged scholar who is found mysteriously dead in his hotel room, his life takes several unexpected and dramatic turns. As Thomas slowly begins to unravel the cryptograms and enigmas that shroud the old professor’s work, he finds a code that could possibly change the course of historical scholarship. In his quest to decipher it, Thomas travels around the world, immersing himself in the history of the discovery of the Americas, and the one enigma that no historian has ever been able to solve: the true identity of Christopher Columbus.
SEPULCHRE by Kate Mosse – In 1891, young Léonie Vernier and her brother Anatole arrive in Rennes-les-Bains, in southwest France, at the invitation of their widowed aunt, whose mountain estate, Domain de la Cade, is famous in the region. But it soon becomes clear that their aunt – and the Domain – are not what Léonie had imagined. The villagers claim that Isolde’s late husband died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre high on the mountainside. A book from the Domain’s cavernous library describes the strange tarot pack that mysteriously disappeared following the uncle’s death. But while Léonie delves deeper into the ancient mysteries of the Domain, a different evil stalks her family: one which may explain why Léonie and Anatole were invited to the sinister Domain in the first place.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN? by Morgan Spurlock – Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is a jittery father-to-be with a simple question: If Bin Laden is behind 9/11 and all the ensuing worldwide chaos, then why can’t we just catch him? And furthermore, why is his message so compelling to so many people? So the intrepid Spurlock kisses his anxious wife goodbye and – armed with a complete lack of knowledge, experience or expertise – sets out to make the world safe for infantkind and find the most wanted man on earth. After boning up on his basic knowledge of Bin Laden, Islam and the global war on terror – and learning how to treat “sucking chest wounds” in a “Surviving Hostile Regions” training course – he hits the Osama trail.
THE HOST by Stephanie Meyer – Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human, but there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.
MADAM PRESIDENT AND THE ADMIRAL by Carl Nelson – “Let me play this back,” President Cass said as she scanned her advisors. “Russia and China are poised to fight over a border dispute and an oil pipeline. If war breaks out, they will need to replace that oil. They expand by taking the Spratly Islands, then take control of the mid-East oil trade route and risk a world war? China fights Russia and takes us and Taiwan on at the same time? None of it makes sense.” She took a deep breath. “I have followed China and this is out of character. This could be about oil or property, or both, but my take is it’s about something else. Something we’ve never faced before. As commander-in-chief, I will decide.”
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