Gayle Lynds is the bestselling, award-winning author of several international espionage thrillers, including "Masquerade," "The Coil," and "The Last ""Spymaster." A member of the Association for Intelligence Officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) of ITW (International Thriller Writers). She lives in Santa Barbara.
Rare-book expert Eva Blake is pulled into a frantic search for the Library of Gold-a collection of illuminated manuscripts thought to be lost in the 15th century-and embroiled in a conspiracy that reaches to the mountains of Afghanistan. As in the novels of Robert Ludlum, with whom Lynds has collaborated, the pace is unrelenting and the villains unbelievably efficient and prescient. While the story is tense and exciting in some places, the protagonists are too thinly drawn to invite emotional investment. Still, Kate Reading wrings every last drop of drama from the story; she handles the characterizations exceedingly well, creates plausible female and male characters of all age and accents, and keeps her audience enraptured. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 15). (May) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
In New York Times best-selling author Lynds's (www.gaylelynds.com) sixth stand-alone novel, following The Last Spymaster (2006), rare-books expert/conservator Eva Blake must work with the CIA to find the Library of Gold, a legendary collection of rare, priceless books. Actress/narrator Kate Reading (The Agency) brilliantly captures Lynds's colorful descriptions, employing multiple accents and conveying a wide range of emotions. The book closes with a time line illustrating the five-centuries-long real-life search for the Library of Gold. This thrilling tale of intrigue is perfect for audio and will appeal to listeners enjoying a complex story with roller-coaster turns. ["Readers of both espionage and artifact novels.will crave subsequent escapades with these characters," read the review of the St. Martin's hc, LJ 2/1/10.-Ed.]-Susan G. Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
""The Book of Spies" is hands-down the best book I've read all year. Grippingly paced, poignant, surprising with every turn of the page, this novel stunned me. Gayle Lynds has long been a master of espionage, but with this book, she proves that true masters only get better over time. Destined to become and instant classic in the field. In a word: Wow." --James Rollins on "The Book of Spies""One of the best suspense writers in the world." --James Patterson"A master of intrigue and adventure" -- Clive Cussler"Today's finest espionage writer" -- Lee Child"A master of espionage." -- James Rollins"One of the premier espionage writers of our time" --Vince Flynn"A master of the spy thriller" --Steve Berry"A modern classic...Rich with history, breathtaking in plot and pacing, ripe with living, breathing characters we truly care about--or utterly fear--"The Book of Spies" will consume you from page one." --Jeffrey Deaver "THE BOOK OF SPIES [is] a combination of history, spy craft and grand concept that takes readers by the hand for a literary romp that is instructional, hair-raising, and most of all, entertaining." --BookReporter.com """"