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The Six Messiahs
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Mark Frost was the co-creator and executive producer of the cult classic television series, "Twin Peaks", and is the author of several books including the bestseller, "The Greatest Game Ever Played". He attended school in Pittsburgh, where he studied acting, directing, and playwriting before leaving to begin his impressive career in television, film, and literature. He received a Writer's Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for his work as executive story editor on the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues. He lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York.

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In the first book of this clever series, The List of 7, Arthur Conan Doyle met the enigmatic Jack Sparks, a secret agent of sorts who inspired him to create the immortal Sherlock Holmes. Now, 10 years after his presumed death, a greatly changed Sparks reappears-just in time to save Doyle from assassins during a steamship crossing of the Atlantic. Bound for America on a celebrity author tour, Doyle has accidentally become involved in a terrifying scheme, which centers around the theft of great holy books from all over the world and the birth of an unspeakable menace in the Arizona desert. Several others are drawn to a new city outside Phoenix, where an old enemy awaits: Eileen Temple, Doyle's lover from the first book; as do an embittered Native American woman, a Chinese assassin, and a gentle and inquisitive rabbi. Several historical figures, too, make cameo appearances; a chance meeting with Teddy Roosevelt is pure delight, and a visit with Thomas Edison reveals an important plot point. Holmes devotees will be delighted by the way Frost alludes to familiar tales from the Sherlockian canon, and all readers should appreciate the wry contemporary touches that spice up this classical-style, slam-bang adventure. (July)

"Hair-raising."--Orlando Sentinel
"Compelling . . . bizarre."--San Francisco Chronicle
"A knockout . . . remarkable . . . engrossing . . . strange and terrifying."--Booklist
"Takes off like a runaway brougham . . . a compulsive puzzler."--Los Angeles Times
"Plenty of detail and fast-paced action."--Denver Post
"A ripping good tale. It effervesces like champagne."--Washington Post Book World
"[A] clever series...classical-style, slam-bang adventure."--Publishers Weekly
"Dark, brooding . . . a heart-thumping, bizarre tale."--Buffalo News
"Dark and compelling entertainment . . . an irresistible page turner."--Clive Barker
A spooky page-turner . . . barrels through Victorian England with the narrative drive of a runaway train."--People

In this follow-up to The List of Seven (Audio Reviews, LJ 10/15/93), author Frost has created an intrigue- and action-oriented work that includes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as a principal character. The audio, given an excellent reading by David Warner, lacks the ability to sustain listener interest even with Doyle, other interesting characters, descriptions of turn-of-the-century America, and nearly nonstop action. The abridgment fails to propose a believable theory for the common dream that links the six religious sensitives in search of stolen scriptures that may either yield the secrets of God's "breath of life" for Adam or implement the end of the world. Worse, the profusion of characters fighting Golem, mind-controlled cultists, and each other makes for considerable confusion. Recommended only for comprehensive fantasy collections.-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., Ohio

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