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Library JournalMozambique native Rodrigues Dos Santos, a former BBC reporter who has covered several wars, is presently a university lecturer in Portugal with several best sellers to his credit. This novel is a well-developed thriller with apocalyptic overtones. After the assassination of a scientist in the Antarctic, Interpol contacts Tomás Noronha, a Portuguese historian who knows one other person who has disappeared. Tomás must rely on his training as a code specialist to find clues and solve the mystery. The investigation has biblical allusions: the criminal left behind a note next to his victim with the number of the Beast, 666. Rodrigues Dos Santos here investigates two crucial issues currently affecting humanity—global warming and the availability of energy resources—and his insistence that the text is grounded in historical, technical, and scientific verities makes the book even scarier. Recommended for bookstores and academic libraries.—Liliana Wendorff, Univ. of North Carolina at Pembroke
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