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For the first time in paperback-New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels presents the compelling tale of two strangers thrown together in a desperate race to save an innocent child . . .

THE FUTURE SCROLLS

To Manhattan editor Dani Arnold, it might have sounded like something out of a novel. But when she impulsively comes to the aid of a lost child, she finds herself plunged into a mystery more dangerous than anything on the city ...

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Overview

For the first time in paperback-New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels presents the compelling tale of two strangers thrown together in a desperate race to save an innocent child . . .

THE FUTURE SCROLLS

To Manhattan editor Dani Arnold, it might have sounded like something out of a novel. But when she impulsively comes to the aid of a lost child, she finds herself plunged into a mystery more dangerous than anything on the city streets-with an enigmatic stranger who threatens everything she believes in . . . yet fascinates her in a way no other man ever has . . .

Dr. Alex Mendenares will do anything to keep his daughter safe. Anything except reveal the potentially devastating secret that has been guarded by his family for centuries. But he never bargained on meeting someone like Dani Arnold, who instantly captures his little girl's heart-and lights an unexpected spark in his own. Now, against the most deadly odds, Alex must place his trust in a woman he barely knows . . . but would like to know much better...

Praise for

FERN MICHAELS

"A fun read . . . will keep readers on tenterhooks."


-Booklist on KENTUCKY RICH

"A tribute to the author."

-People on PLAIN JANE

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After more than 50 books, crowd-pleaser Michaels (Dear Emily, etc.) dishes up a romantic thriller that begins with the history of a Nostradamus-like manuscript. In A.D. 1200, a messenger from God entrusts God's predictions for the future of mankind to a humble scribe. Once the scribe has finished the scrolls, he in turn entrusts them to the venerable Mendeneres family. Flash forward to the present, when the reader is introduced to wealthy Alexander Mendeneres, whose scheming and vindictive wife, Valerie, has stolen the scrolls, bringing them from Argentina to Manhattan hoping to sell them for profit. Alex finds himself forced to use his precocious 10-year-old daughter, Maria, as a pawn in the battle with Valerie, but Maria takes matters into her own hands when she finds herself alone in New York, teaming up with lonely 20-something editor Dani Arnold. Kidnappings, danger and romance ensue. Despite the contemporary setting, the characters all seem to have walked out of early Hollywood films. The bad guys could be Cagney co-stars; Maria is a modern-day Shirley Temple, dispensing advice on politics, smoking and love; and Alex is melodramatic in a Fernando Lamas sort of way. As for Dani, she's the kind of bravely foolish heroine of yesteryear who insists on going off half-cocked and alone, yet she stops for a cigarette when she stumbles over a corpse in the enemy's lair. Everything about the novel, including the paint-by-numbers cover, is so anachronistically clich d, it's practically high camp. But Michaels's many fans and other readers who prefer their chaste romance to be sealed only with kisses may not mind. (Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420127102
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 49,953
  • File size: 724 KB

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels

Fern Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Once, Sweet Revenge, The Nosy Neighbor, Pretty Woman, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    This book was so disappointing-it was horrible!

    I have enjoyed Fern Michaels' books for years. Usually I have a hard time putting her books down. The Future Scrolls was definitely the exception. It was so disappointing. I kept thinking 'this doesn't read like a Fern Michaels book at all'. The characters were larger than life, but at the same time, not fully developed, interesting or believeable.Maybe it was one of her first books that has been reprinted. I don't know. All I know is that the book was very boring and seemed to drag on and on with a weak plot. I couldn't finish it. I would not recommend The Future Scrolls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2004

    What a Waste of Time!

    Boy, what a big disappointment this one was! Usually, anything by Fern Michaels is awesome, but this one was sadly lacking in plot, and the characters weren't developed enough to hold my interest. I didn't feel like I knew them at all. There were huge holes in the plot and I kept starting over, just in case I missed something. I didn't. Also, a proofreader should have caught the date error on the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    Don't waste you time...

    I've read other Fern Michaels books that I enjoyed - this was not one of them. Nothing bothers me more than to have books from successful authors, apparently rejected years before, reappear as 'classics' or 'by the author of ...' This books seems to fall into that category. The story seems dated, hastily thrown together, and lacking in substance. Characters are not fully developed and the plot skips around leaving the reader feeling that something is missing. I found myself going back to make sure pages in the book were not missing, and then forcing myself to continue. Don't waste your time or money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2003

    Romance For Undeserving Jack In The Box Hero

    This first stab at Fern Michael¿s literary work left much to be desired. The plot had a lot of potential but ended up scrawny and meatless, which was a shame because iam sure a truly talented author would have been able to weave a potentially good plot into something more breathtaking. Sadly for Michaels, she had the idea but her mode of presentation was parched! Her flow gave me the impression that she was uncertain as to what path the story should take, and then just blindingly grasped around, barely coming up with a coherent string of events. The romance between Dani and Alex was contrived and stiff. The outpouring of emotions were rather artificial, a sudden kiss on the lips without any meaningful build-up, a sudden `overwhelming feeling of not wanting to live without the other¿ when they rarely spent any time together. How can a romance blossom when the hero only makes his appearance like a `jack in the box'? Alex does not even deserve the title of `¿hero¿¿. His role was of a man who did nothing but endanger the lives of his little girl and Dani. And he does not possess any redeeming qualities I can think of that would justify Dani's ''swooning and knee weakening'' episodes. He is in and out of the city, oblivious to the threats that surrounds his daughter, and the next thing we know he is back, the villains got their `¿just deserts¿¿ and within minutes he is declaring to our heroine `¿ I want to marry you. I have loved you from the moment I first saw you¿¿. Further, it reads like a slow,squeaky train¿chug chug chug¿..chug chug chug¿zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2003

    Very Disappointed in this book

    This book is so boring I couldn't even finish it. I have read many of Fern Michaels' books and enjoyed them, but feel she must have been under the gun to put out a new book in this one. I am a read-aholic and go through 8 - 10 books a week.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    A must read!

    I found I couldnt put the book down. Wonderful writer! I have enjoyed all her books. Big Fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    Good reading here

    Hundreds of years in the past, an angel entrusts the future of mankind to a humble scribe who records the predictions to a set of sacred scrolls. The scrolls are then given into the care of the Mendares family to be held in trust forever. All goes well until the current time, when Dr. Alexandre Mendares scheming, manipulative wife steals the scrolls. If their holy words come into the public eye, world wide diseaster could occur. Alexandre is forced to use his own child to draw out his wife, but the little girl is just as quick witted as her parents. She enlists the aid of Manhattan editor Dani Arnold, who takes Maria in, believing she is a run away or abandoned. When Alexandre catches up with them, the two adults are suspicious of each other at first, but become allies in the race to save mankind. ............... **** Kidnappings, mysterious forces, and romance draw readers into this action packed thrill ride. Despite the fast pace, Ms. Michael's hallmark warmth and tenderness come through every page. This is a women's version of Dan Brown. ****

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