“To those of us who like our prose refined, Ms. Eliot has considerable pleasure to offer. And to those of us who like it passionate–well, sample the Hawaiian hurricane that that opens this book. Emily B. would have loved it. And the INNER hurricane, too, is Bronte-esque–the surrender to love that whirls us through the story…But this is not a dark novel or a heavy one. It’s a colorful, exotic, danger-filled adventure that bristles with scientific and alchemical speculation, a thriller that makes you sensitive to the sound of a computer in a dark room–and then its absence. It skips like a stone to Malibu, Milan, Sydney, Varese…an optimistic book. Awe and wonder are with us throughout.
“Essentially,” the narrator tells us, “there are two choices to be made in life: to be bitter or not to be bitter.” In Winslow Eliot’s distinct voice, bitterness doesn’t have a chance.” Robert MacLean, author of The President’s Palm Reader, the Toby Series, Greek Island Murder, and others.
Investigative reporter Leigh Gardner admired scientist Kale Trenton from the time she first heard of him, way back when she was a teenager. When his ancient chalice is stolen, a chalice vital to a mysterious scientific project he is involved in, she vows she’ll go to the ends of the earth to bring it back–not just for him, but because she wants to know more about its extraordinary power. The more she finds out, the more she realizes she is running a terrifying race against time.