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Garstein's Legacy
     

Garstein's Legacy

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by Peter D Wilson
 

Jacob Garstein has built a house in the Targhee forest. A visiting childhood friend finds him distraught at having broken a promise to bury his deceased wife’s ashes beside those of two relatives in a favourite glade across the mountains in Wyoming, a promise that the friend helps him to fulfil, whereupon Garstein suddenly dies on the spot.
The friend, a

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Jacob Garstein has built a house in the Targhee forest. A visiting childhood friend finds him distraught at having broken a promise to bury his deceased wife’s ashes beside those of two relatives in a favourite glade across the mountains in Wyoming, a promise that the friend helps him to fulfil, whereupon Garstein suddenly dies on the spot.
The friend, a successful financier, had promised to take care of the house but himself dies a few years later estranged from all that remain of his relatives, and leaves the house with most of his wealth to an English couple who many years earlier had comforted his dying wife after an accident.
Their heir Mike Crampton, a newly-unemployed mechanic, is sufficiently intrigued to visit the house, finding there an informal request to check the conditions of the glade, and seeking directions is helped by Josie to whom he is strongly attracted.
Back home he uses his newly-acquired wealth to rescue from bankruptcy the bus company for which he had worked, on condition of taking operational control, and so can provide a replacement when the next year he finds Josie and a touring party she leads stranded by an accident to their coach.
It transpires that Garstein might have buried with the ashes some clue to the whereabouts of a long-kidnapped nuclear engineer Donald Harris, and being unable to describe adequately the location he has to guide a recovery party that unearths a can of film. This does lead to a rescue, and Harris turns out to be Josie’s husband.
Returning to work at the Idaho National Laboratory Harris finds the situation unsatisfactory, turns to drink and becomes so violent that Josie reluctantly leaves him. He then pulls himself together enough to participate in a seminar at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, but afterwards is accidentally jostled on a Metro station platform and falls under a train. Josie has to identify the body; her aunt would normally accompany her but cannot, ands asks Mike to deputise.
Three years later, with Mike’s guidance, she buries Harris’s ashes near those of the Garsteins, and is then ready to move on.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011348013
Publisher:
Peter D Wilson
Publication date:
06/08/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
705,743
File size:
309 KB

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Peter Wilson was born in Nottingham, England, in 1936. After education at Nottingham High School, where he changed course from classics to science because he couldn’t get on with Greek, he gained an open scholarship to St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, to be taken up after National Service (1955-57) in which he was a radio mechanic at the SHAPE military headquarters near Paris. At Oxford he gained first-class honours in chemistry, then took a PhD at Leeds University. In 1964 he was appointed to a research position at the nuclear reprocessing site at Sellafield in Cumberland (the north-western corner of England), then operated by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency (UKAEA) of which the relevant division became British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL) in 1971. He remained there until retirement in 2001, mostly working on process chemistry development. For the last dozen years he was chiefly concerned with certain aspects of long-term waste management and related strategic issues, helping to form the company technical policy thereon and presenting its rationale in international discussions. He was also the technical member of a team representing the UK in gaining acceptance of an extension to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to cover a possible loophole. His book "The Nuclear Fuel Cycle" (Oxford University Press, 1996) has become the standard text on the subject. Following his retirement, BNFL set up and financed a "Peter Wilson Medal and Prize" for research and communication, to be awarded annually for ten years at Leeds University. He lived in Seascale, a coastal village near to the Sellafield site. His interest in amateur dramatics dated back to the 1960s and for many years he was an active member of the society based in Gosforth, the next village inland. His collection of stories, plays and film scripts along with some factual material may be found at http://peterwilson-seascale.zohosites.com/.

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Garstein's Legacy 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
NJG More than 1 year ago
I am sure this book is very well written, but I just could not get into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a good story line to it, but was a bit confusing & somewhat boring at times.
btyboop91574 More than 1 year ago
i found it to be very good but would like to know if there is another book to the story
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