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Declare: A Novel

Powers, Tim

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ISBN 10: 0380976528 / ISBN 13: 9780380976522
Published by William Morrow
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0380976528 > INSCRIBED by Author. Inscribed by the author upside down on the title page. Clean and bright. > DJ has protective sleeve and is in Fine condition. 517 pages in orange and black boards. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-0767847

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Title: Declare: A Novel

Publisher: William Morrow

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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When Professor Andrew Hale receives a message in old wartime code, he must drop the normal life he's built, flee undercover to London, and resume his career as an agent in Her Majesty's Secret Service. It is 1963, and elements from Hale's past are assembling in Beirut -- Kim Philby, once the British counter-espionage chief, who was a Soviet mole all along; and the beautiful Elena Ceniza-Bendiga, variously a soldier in the Spanish Civil War, an agent of the French Deuxieme Bureau, and now perhaps a solo operator bent on revenge -- and their plans center on a covert Soviet expedition back to the Ark on Mount Ararat, where they all nearly killed each other fourteen years ago. From the corridors of Whitehall to Bedouin camps in the Arabian Desert, from post-war Berlin to the streets of Cold War Moscow, Hale's story encompasses T.E. Lawrence, the Dead Sea Scrolls, strange entities from the Thousand and One Nights, international politics and gritty espionage -- and leads inexorably to a deadly confrontation between Hale and Philby on the glaciers of Mount Ararat, in the very shadow of the fabulous and perilous Ark.


This supernatural suspense thriller crosses several genres--espionage, geopolitics, religion, fantasy. But like the chicken crossing the road, it takes quite a while to get to the other side. En route, Tim Powers covers a lot of territory: Turkey, Armenia, the Saudi Arabian desert, Beirut, London, Paris, Berlin, and Moscow. Andrew Hale, an Oxford lecturer who first entered Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service as an 18-year-old schoolboy, is called back to finish a job that culminated in a deadly mission on Mount Ararat after the end of World War II. Now it's 1963, and cold war politics are behind the decision to activate Hale for another attempt to complete Operation Declare and bring down the Communist government before Moscow can harness the powerful, other-worldly forces concentrated on the summit of the mountain, supposed site of the landing of Noah's ark. James Theodora is the über-spymaster whose internecine rivalry with other branches of the Secret Intelligence Service traps Hale between a rock and a hard place, literally and figuratively. There's plenty of mountain and desert survival stuff here, a plethora of geopolitical and theological history, and a big serving of A Thousand and One Nights, which is Hale's guide to the meteorites, drogue stones, and amonon plant, which figure in this complicated tale. There's a love story, too, and a bizarre twist on the Kim Philby legend that posits both Philby and Hale as the only humans who can tame the powers of the djinns who populate Mount Ararat.

This is an easy book to get lost in, and Powers's many fans will have a field day with it. The rest of us may have a harder time. --Jane Adams

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