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The Explorer's Code: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2011

    Excellent

    I have traveled on a cruise to the places talked about in this book and I can picture everything I am reading. It makes me feel like I'm right there. It's a book you just do not want to put down and go to sleep. I am so interested in the story and just can't wait to read more. I really am enjoying every single page. This is such an interesting book !!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    A BRILLIANT NOVEL- SO MUCH MORE THAN SIMPLY A GREAT THRILLER!!

    "Award-winning CNN journalist Kitty Pilgrim turns her talents to print in The Explorer's Code, an exciting international thriller that revolves around the quest for a land deed valuable enough to kill for. When the renowned young oceanographer
    Cordelia Stapleton receives an invitation to accept an award on behalf of her great-great-grandfather, a famous Victorian polar explorer, she has no idea her life is about to change dramatically"


    When one reads a debut novel, especially one by a public figure, there is always a feeling of the unknown. Is this book published due to its merits or the fame of its author? I am happy to report that The Explorer's Code by former CNN anchor Kitty Pilgrim is very much falls into the latter category. The Explorer's Code is quite simply a magnificent book, one that rockets Ms. Pilgrim into the upper echelon of novelists.

    It would be easy to pigeon-hole The Explorer's Code as just a "thriller" but that would be greatly unfair. This is a book that certainly is a superb international thriller, with the reader glued to the action, but it is so much more. The plot, sub-plots and array of characters and locations that Ms. Pilgrim expertly paints with words transports the reader into a veritable literary journey. While Ms. Pilgrim has certainly traveled extensively during her CNN career, it is one thing to visit a place and quite another skill to be able to put that location into such exceptional words that the reader feels as if they are actually there- in Monaco, Turkey, England ect.
    There is little doubt that Ms. Pilgrim has this "word picture" skill in abundance!

    Cordelia Stapleton and David Sinclair, the main protagonists in the novel are far from your stereotypical characters. Each has been made so real, with all the human strengths and weaknesses that we all have, courtesy of the superb literary skills of Ms. Pilgrim. We, the readers, feel a real connection to them and their plights, something few authors can attain. The many other characters, Russian Criminals, Texas Fanatics and especially a fascinating and quite intriguing botanist are all equally well done. This is a novel with many characters- yet the reader is never overwhelmed because Ms. Pilgrim is able to make each an individual- another rare and quite amazing feat for a debut writer.

    The main plot- a deed for a Global Seed Vault in Norway- contained in
    a long ago written Journal- which disappears- and places Cordelia in peril (I do not want to go into too much detail as the plot contains so many ingenious twists and turns- I fear saying anymore will spoil it for the reader!!) and which brings David Sinclair into her life, is so very original. The subplots, British Virologists, Genomes, the 1918 Influenza Pandemic,the previous mentioned characters and a sexy American spy - all in search of that mysterious and missing deed,make this a true page-turner in every sense of the word. Why is the deed so terribly sought? That I will leave to the reader to find out- needless to say- the conclusion is a knockout!!

    Kitty Pilgrim should be quite proud of this achievement. After reading The Explorer's Code - she will never only be thought of as a former CNN journalist- her resume will read KITTY PILGRIM- FIRST RATE WRITER!!

    AN OFFICIAL JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READ

    RICK FRIEDMAN
    FOUNDER
    THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Bad Use of Language

    Sounded like a good summer read, exciting story and looked to be well told. So I downloaded the preview. But, by page 48, Ms. Pilgrim decided to use God's name vainly, for no purpose. She's fallen into the same trap as Hollywood, not being able to tell a story without being profane. Too bad Kitty, I would have thought you had the potential for something much better than that.

    After filing this review, I will delete this book from my library.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Started out strong, but towards the end it went flat.

    I really liked this book at the beginning, I was really into the characters and setting of the story and everything seemed to be moving along at a great speed. Then around the last hundred pages, the story to me seemed to change, I lost focus on the story and it seemed like the author was running out of ideas. It seems she just throw anything in there to finish it and she forgot to give an ending to a main point of her story. And I started to lose the love I had for the two main characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This was a great read. Suspenseful,romantic and great history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2011

    Excellent Read

    I never write reviews BUT I do read them and this is a greaat book.
    I have been to these places over seas and also on a cruise and that's why I bought the book. I did enjoy it very much .... I really am very
    careful buying a book ..... I want lots of pages and a page turner .... that's what I got and I am pleased I bought it and I think others will enjoy it also. Read the sample then make up your own mind. Good Reading

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Strong Locales and Sense of Place Undone by Poor Plot

    Author Kitty Pilgrim does a terrific job setting up the locations within her debut novel " The Explorer's Code". While I've never been to Monaco, Turkey or the English countryside, Pilgrim is at her best in establishing the locales for mystery-adventure, and connecting the reader to these beautiful locations. One will pick up a strong sense of the mystery and allure of a Turkish bazaar, and the outrageous wealth and glamour of the Monaco coastline.

    Unfortunately, the thin plot and inconsistent characterizations weaken a promising book.

    I really wanted to like it. The story was right up my alley and it seemed like a terrific summertime beach-read. Pilgrim spends a lot of time on vapid dialogue, without providing strong enough emotional associations between characters and readers. The plot is interesting, but 1/3 through the book feels more tv-movie-of-the-week rather than blockbuster, and it was clear 2/3 of the way through that there would be no strong finish.

    If you're looking for something very lightweight, this might not be a bad choice. The book really isn't terrible.it's just not very good.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    INCOMPLETE

    Writer did not bring closure to the story line about the 1918 flu panademic. Was it still out there? Disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2011

    Perfect for my book club!

    Kitty Pilgrim really got this one right! (perfect for my book club) The action never stops. Reading at night, I had to MAKE myself put it down and turn out the light. The ending at the Global Seed Vault is so breathtaking, I read the last 50 pages all at once! When is the next one coming out? Can't wait.

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