Days Without Number

Days Without Number

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" ... Nick Paleologus, a coolly efficient Englishman, is summoned home to resolve a dispute that threatens to tear his family apart. His father Michael is a retired archaeologist and supposed descendant of the last Emperors of Byzantium. Michael has received a hugely generous offer for the family estate in Cornwall, but refuses to sell--and refuses to divulge why. Soon the stalemate between Nick's siblings and their father is tragically broken, and only then do they discover why their father was bound to protect the house at all costs ..."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : The Mysterious Press, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780802125729
0802125727
Branch Call Number: Mystery Goddard
Characteristics: 433 pages ; 21 cm

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capitalcity
Nov 28, 2013

As many a reader has experienced, sometimes a novel underwhelms, only to be rescued by an exceptionally well-crafted final chapter or two. Of course, the reverse is also a possibility. The latter applies to this Goddard offering. The intrigue, honed to a high level right from the start, suffers sabotage by the premise presented at the end. Quite frankly, when an author resorts to the old canard of invoking a fantastical element (e.g., a divine being) in order to authenticate justification for the machinations of wealth seeking individuals ... well. Only those dwelling in a domain of utter credulity would accept such a proposition as having even a modicum of viability. In stark contrast stands BORROWED TIME, one of Robert Goddard's true gems. No resort to an untenable construct in that case.

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PatrickT
Nov 18, 2010

Typical Robert Goddard book. Historical aspect and lots of twists and turns.

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