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The Resource Strindberg's star, Jan Wallentin ; translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Strindberg's star, Jan Wallentin ; translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

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Strindberg's star
Title
Strindberg's star
Statement of responsibility
Jan Wallentin ; translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Title variation
Strindbergs star
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Language
  • eng
  • swe
  • eng
Summary
When a Swedish cave diver discovers a dead body wearing an ancient ankh, religious symbol expert Don Titelman is wrongly accused of the cave diver's subsequent murder, which reveals ties to the 1897 Arctic crash of a hydrogen balloon and 1942 experiments on concentration camp victims
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  • The Swedish crime-in-translation wave hasn't crested yet, as evidenced by the first English publication of Wallentin’s debut novel, a taut, fast-paced thriller. When a cave diver uncovers a perfectly preserved body clutching an ankh-shaped object, an international hunt is set off as rival groups attempt to track down the piece of Strindberg’s Star that has been lost for more than 100 years. With the supposed ability to open a passage into another world full of scientific and technical wonders, if and when its two pieces are reunited, the Strindberg Star draws adventurers and maniacs of every variety, all of whom are willing to do anything to get the missing piece. All the elements of a Dan Brown–style thriller are here: Nazis, Holocaust survivors, psychic powers, ancient relics, and a secret club of rich old men. The story seems a little far-fetched, but somehow it manages to grip the reader all the way to the end. A perfect vacation read. -- Moyer, Jessica (Reviewed 05-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 17, p42)
  • The discovery of an ankh-shaped amulet in a corpse’s hands at the bottom of an abandoned copper mine in Falun, Sweden, propels Wallentin’s debut, an ambitious if flawed thriller. Don Titelman, professor of history with an expertise in symbolism and mythology who has evaluated the artifact, goes on the run after its owner is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect. Titelman’s search to uncover the object’s significance leads him to jaw-dropping revelations surrounding an ancient city buried in the Taklimakan Desert in northwest China, an ill-fated 19th-century hot air balloon expedition to the Arctic, and top-secret Nazi schemes. The relentless pacing only partially makes up for less than well-developed characters and a plot that strains credibility to the breaking point. While comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are unavoidable, this is more accurately an audacious adventure novel à la Jules Verne steeped in Norse mythology and Nazi esotericism. 5-city author tour. (May) --Staff (Reviewed April 2, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 14, p)
  • This international best seller—Stockholm-based Wallentin's first novel to be published abroad and in the United States—is a suspenseful mix of history, crime story, and adventure thriller about a man pursued for a crime he didn't commit who gets caught up in a quest for a lost artifact. Can he escape the authorities and the secret society seeking the ancient ankh it believes is in his possession. Is there anyone he can trust? VERDICT Swedish journalist Wallentin has crafted a compelling cross-genre thriller involving Norse mythology, 19th-century Arctic exploration, and Nazi crimes that keeps the reader glued until the nail-biting conclusion. However, he gets bogged down in describing the background and history involved, as if readers would not know enough about Nazi Germany or the Nazis' medical experiments to understand the plot. In addition, the protagonist is an antihero, a pill-popping addict who is not particularly likable or appealing. Despite these flaws, the book offers enough entertainment value to recommend it to readers seeking escapist summer fare. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/11.]— Cynde Suite, Bartow Cty. Lib. Syst., Cartersville, GA --Cynde Suite (Reviewed May 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 08, p77)
  • (The following is a combined review for STRINDBERG&#39 and S STAR)Evil Nazi schemes, Norse mythology, Pompeian legend and a balloon expedition to the North Pole are narrative bedfellows in this sprawling, fanciful tale driven by the desperate pursuit of a metal ankh, or amulet, discovered on a corpse in an abandoned copper mine. A bestseller in Sweden, Germany and France, Swedish journalist Wallentin's first novel is an Energizer bunny effort that keeps going and going across continents and time periods, piling on plot details as it does. After the bizarre murder of the diver who discovered the ankh, a history professor known for his research in symbols and myths, Don Titelman, is held for the crime. The son of a Holocaust survivor whose horrific accounts of torture have made him a pill-popping wreck, Titelman is mysteriously abducted by Germans from the Swedish Embassy and locked with his lawyer in a wine cellar. They escape and hook up with Titelman's strange, reclusive sister, Hex, who literally lives underground. The action leads to the Arctic, where Titelman uncovers the truth behind an ill-fated 1897 balloon expedition, during which three men perished, including Swedish photographer Nils Strindberg. For fans of overstuffed adventures who are adept at keeping up with slippery plot developments, this book has much to offer. In the early going, it scores as a larkishly offbeat alternative to the dour mysteries Swedes are known for, and its evocations of the Holocaust can be oddly affecting. But the deeper Wallentin gets into his grandiose concepts, which include the discovery of an ancient buried city in China's Taklimakan desert, the more he loses his narrative thread. Better suited to the role of odd-duck supporting character than protagonist, Titelman fails to elicit the rooting interest he should. Any one of the plot strains in this ambitious debut might have made for a satisfying novel, but woven together, they create more confusion than excitement. (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2012)
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10107655
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DLC
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1970-
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Wallentin, Jan
Dewey number
839.73/8
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Swedish
LC call number
PT9876.33.A24
LC item number
S8713 2012
Literary form
fiction
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Willson-Broyles, Rachel
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  • Signs and symbols
  • Secret societies
  • Murder
  • Murder
  • Secret societies
  • Signs and symbols
Label
Strindberg's star, Jan Wallentin ; translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
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Contents
"Jules Verne, interwoven with the pulse-pounding, countdown techno-thrillers of James Bond" -- cover. -1895 -- A new Pompeii has come to light and, with it, two remarkable artefacts, found in a hidden burial chamber. A metal ankh and star -- covered in strange inscriptions, feather-light and cool to the touch. Svalbard, 1897 -- On the skerried islands of Svalbard, a hydrogen balloon is readied for a polar voyage. Publicly, it is a patriotic attempt to put Sweden in the lead of the race to the North Pole. Privately, the three men on board have another objective. But S. A Andree, Knut Fraenkel and Nils Strindberg will never be seen alive again. Falun, Sweden, 2011 -- 260 meters under the earth, in a long-flooded mineshaft, a diver's torchbeam plays over a mouldering corpse with a fist-sized hole in its forehead. Skeletal fingers clutch a metal amulet. It is the key to the annals of a secret history so deeply buried that the few who knew of it though it lost forever. Until now..
Control code
ocn757470391
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
447 pages
Isbn
9780670023578
Lccn
2011043888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)757470391
Label
Strindberg's star, Jan Wallentin ; translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Jules Verne, interwoven with the pulse-pounding, countdown techno-thrillers of James Bond" -- cover. -1895 -- A new Pompeii has come to light and, with it, two remarkable artefacts, found in a hidden burial chamber. A metal ankh and star -- covered in strange inscriptions, feather-light and cool to the touch. Svalbard, 1897 -- On the skerried islands of Svalbard, a hydrogen balloon is readied for a polar voyage. Publicly, it is a patriotic attempt to put Sweden in the lead of the race to the North Pole. Privately, the three men on board have another objective. But S. A Andree, Knut Fraenkel and Nils Strindberg will never be seen alive again. Falun, Sweden, 2011 -- 260 meters under the earth, in a long-flooded mineshaft, a diver's torchbeam plays over a mouldering corpse with a fist-sized hole in its forehead. Skeletal fingers clutch a metal amulet. It is the key to the annals of a secret history so deeply buried that the few who knew of it though it lost forever. Until now..
Control code
ocn757470391
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
447 pages
Isbn
9780670023578
Lccn
2011043888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)757470391

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