Days Without Number

Days Without Number

Book - 2003
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Nick Paleologus is summoned to the unyielding bosom of his family to help resolve a dispute which threatens to set his brothers and sisters against their aged and irascible father. Michael Paleologus, retired archaeologist and supposed descendent of the last Emperors of Byzantium, lives alone at Trennor, a remote and rambling house on the Cornish bank of the Tamar. A ridiculously generous offer has been made for the house, but he refuses to sell despite the urgings of his children, for whom the proceeds would solve a variety of problems. Nick accomplished little in the role of mediator, but the stalemate is soon tragically broken. Only then do Nick and his siblings discover why their father was bound at all costs to reject the offer and what may really be the motives of the prospective buyer. Their increasingly desperate efforts to conceal the truth drag them into a deadly conflict with an unseen and unknown enemy, who seems as determined to force them into a confrontation with their family's past as he is to conceal his own identity. Late in the day, perhaps too late, Nick realizes that the only way to escape from the trap their persecutor has set for them is to hunt him down, whe
Publisher: London, Eng. : Bantam Press, 2003.
ISBN: 9780593047590
0593047591
Characteristics: 382 p. ;,24 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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