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Declare: A Novel

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent expionage meets the X-Files

    It was probably ordained form the day Andrew Hale was born, an event shrouded in mystery, that he would ultimately join His Majesty¿s Secret Service in the war against Hitler. As a child, his mother introduced Andrew to his ¿Godfather¿, who was in the business. Andrew took to the world of espionage as few ever have. He even fooled the Soviets into recruiting him. If the perfect spy had an weakness it had to be Elena, a dedicated Communist who worked with Andrew during the Vichy control of France. His only failure was the men who died on Mt. Ararat when the Soviets sought the Ark. <P>After the war, Andrew returned to England as a university professor, believing his days as a spy were over. However, in 1963, he receives a coded phone call that reactivates him sending him to the Middle East where the Soviets are trying to obtain the Ark. Andrew speaks with Legion and passes a weird test of sorts. Now all he must do is fight the forces of darkness on Ararat with the stakes being the freedom of the world. <P>DECLARE is an interesting combination of a classic espionage thriller crossed with the X-Files to create an intriguing ecclesiastical spy tale. The riveting story line employs flashbacks to World War II so that the reader can grasp what happened that led to the 1963 events. Fans will declare that Tim Powers¿ power is to make the mundane exciting and the supernatural believable as he does with this thriller. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Intriguing

    Tim Powers has a knack for making really strange things seem plausible, like there is a very thin veil separating the natural and built world from something very spooky. Here he has taken the true story of a Cold War double agent, and filled in the blanks a bizarre and magical tale that seems like it -- maybe -- could be the real story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    Don't Forget Your Ankh!

    Sounds like everyone's done a good job of giving the background, so I'll keep things short. Declare is one of my favorite works of fiction, if not THE favorite. This supernatural thriller is still enjoyable after multiple readings. Powers does a fantastic job of weaving history with strands of the fantastic. When he ends the work with notes about his research, you may find yourself suprised at which weird bits are authentic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2003

    Declare high!

    I have just finished this marvelous novel for the second time, savoring its rich language and imaginative, complex plot. The prior reviews are quite good, so I will only add some observations. First, Elena Teresa Ceniza-Bendiga adds almost as much to the story as do Hale and Philby. Her journey from Catholicism to Marxism-Leninism and back is convincingly laid out, as are her complex feelings about Andrew Hale. And the romance, spun out over 23 years, is no mere James Bond fling. Second, I marvel at the research Powers must have done to portray the espionage, the Cold War history, the many locations and the diverse mythologies so convincingly, and have the parts fit together. The title, Declare, contains multiple meanings. I particularly enjoyed the high-low poker game for enormous stakes begun at the foot of Ararat in '48 and completed in Moscow in '64. What a rewarding read this has been.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Awesome

    Poetic and action packed

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