Days Without Number

Days Without Number

Book - 2011
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Nick's father is a retired archaeologist who is a supposed descendant of the last emperors of Byzantium. When someone puts in a ridiculously generous offer for the father's Cornish house he refuses to sell. After the old man dies Nick discovers why he had to reject the offer and what the buyer's real motive was.
Publisher: London : Corgi Books, 2011, 2003.
ISBN: 9780552164900
Branch Call Number: GOD
Characteristics: 445 pages.

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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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