Lost Things - Book I of The Order of the Air [NOOK Book]

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In 1929 archeologists began draining Lake Nemi in search of the mysterious ships that have been glimpsed beneath its waters since the reign of Claudius. What they awakened had been drowned for two thousand years. For a very good reason.

Veteran aviator Lewis Segura has been drifting since the Great War ended, fetched up at last at the small company run by fellow veterans and pilots Alma Gilchrist and Mitchell Sorley, assisted by their old ...
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Lost Things - Book I of The Order of the Air

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Overview

In 1929 archeologists began draining Lake Nemi in search of the mysterious ships that have been glimpsed beneath its waters since the reign of Claudius. What they awakened had been drowned for two thousand years. For a very good reason.

Veteran aviator Lewis Segura has been drifting since the Great War ended, fetched up at last at the small company run by fellow veterans and pilots Alma Gilchrist and Mitchell Sorley, assisted by their old friend Dr. Jerry Ballard, an archeologist who lost his career when he lost part of his leg. It’s a living, and if it’s not quite what any of them had dreamed of, it’s better than much that they’ve already survived. But Lewis has always dreamed true, and what he sees in his dreams will take them on a dangerous chase from Hollywood to New York to an airship over the Atlantic, and finally to the Groves of Diana Herself….

The world is full of lost treasures. Some of them are better off not found.

Cover art by BOB EGGLETON

A Tie-in novel to the O.C.L.T.

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Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly - Anonymous Reviewer
Scott and Graham avoid the pitfalls of conventional occult adventure thanks to their clean, well-crafted prose and their embrace of unconventional characters in unorthodox relationships. What could have been a mundane collect-the-plot-tokens supernatural thriller becomes a pleasantly intriguing story in their talented hands. -- Publishers Weekly
Geek Speak Magazine - Geonn Cannon
The story is equally spent between action and quiet character moments, introducing us to these people and this world while simultaneously moving the story forward. The end result is a vibrant and utterly believable world peopled by characters you can’t wait to see in action again.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014734219
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2012
  • Series: The Order of the Air , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 26,819
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Melissa Scott is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied history at Harvard College and Brandeis University, where she earned her PhD in the Comparative History program. She is the author of more than twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, and has won Lambda Literary Awards for Trouble and Her Friends, Shadow Man, and Point of Dreams, the last written with her late partner, Lisa A. Barnett. She has also won Spectrum Awards for Shadow Man and again in 2010 for the short story “The Rocky Side of the Sky” (Periphery, Lethe Press) as well as the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She can be found on LiveJournal at mescott.livejournal.com.

Jo Graham worked in politics for fifteen years before leaving to write full time. She is the author of the Locus Award nominated Black Ships and the Spectrum Award nominated Stealing Fire, as well as several other novels, including the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series. Her next book, The General's Mistress, is highly anticipated from Gallery Books. She lives in North Carolina with her partner and their daughter. She can be found online at jo_graham.livejournal.com.
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  • Posted June 21, 2012

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    A wondrous and imaginatie classic.

    (I’ll state for the record now that I got this ebook as an advance reader, and devoured it start to finish in one tingling run-through)

    Lost Things is quite possibly the best book I’ve read all year, and the definition of exactly what I like the most is as tricky to pin down as its subject matter.

    I’m not sure what enthralled me the most: the perfectly paced, desperate chase across 1929 USA, France and Italy (complete with the most exquisitely described Airship you could imagine), or the brilliant occult-based sections where the Lodge, comprising our Heroes Alma, Jerry, Mitch and Lewis, flex their powerful but loosely trained Hermetic and Oracular abilities, or the overriding plot that describes the dark designs of a demon that wore the skin of Emperors and villains past and seeks more power again, or perhaps it’s just the sheer level of detail that brightens this story to a gleaming finish without showing off how clever the research is.

    You really are in 1929 here: the flying of new, powerfully-engined mail and passenger planes, the clothes and fashions, the architecture, the pre-feminist social attitudes, the occasionally xenophobic, post-Great War spirit of entrepreneurialism – it’s all rendered in such rich detail that you are swept along as the plot unfolds and our group of willing but nervous Heroes pursue their quarry back to where it was first bound, with many twists, turns and clever interventions along the way.
    The underlying tale of romance, both present and past, and strong moral belief, keeps the group together in faith as much as hope, and arms them suitably for the final conflict.

    There’s a tie in here to the brilliant OCLT series – with references to Geoffrey Bullfinch, and you can see the streams of the occult flowing across the decades to the more modern titles in the series.
    A real seat of the pants ride, you’ll breathlessly follow the group as they use instinct and ingenuity to meet their challenges head on.

    Written with sublime skill and art, this book will appeal to fans of historical thrillers, magical adventure and occult fantasy alike.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    I'm a long time fan of Melissa Scott, and a more recent fan of J

    I'm a long time fan of Melissa Scott, and a more recent fan of Jo Graham, so I started this book with high expectations, and I'm happy to say it lived up to them. While this is a fantasy story, not historical fiction, the authors' research appears to have been meticulous, lending the fantastic elements credibility. I'm something of a history geek, particular 20th century occult history, and they nailed the feeling and supporting details of their hermetic lodge perfectly, while avoiding the temptation to share all their research with the reader which bogs down so many historical settings.

    I found the characters both likeable and believable. There are no larger than life heroes here - all are believable, flawed people. They've survived the horrors of the first World War with scars of one sort or another - physical, mental or both, but they're going on with their lives, and committed to doing work they believe in.

    The plot flows naturally. The pressure on the characters to prevent disaster builds steadily, but manages to avoid having any of the increasingly hazardous setbacks appear to be contrived purely for the sake of adding tension.

    I'm looking forward to the sequel, which I understand is already underway, with impatience.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    great book!!!

    if you love ships you will love this!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    A very good tale set in the very early years of aviation, with c

    A very good tale set in the very early years of aviation, with characters that are so very real they come out to greet you. The details of early aircraft and dirigibles, and the very act of flying these machines, are incredible. These details are important to the tale, but the real tale is one of occult practices, and the struggle between good and bad by a band of semi-superhero's against an ancient demon set loose upon the earth by an archeological find in Italy. The character's fit into the historical atmosphere of the tale with finesse, and follow through the ever increasing drama they are thrust into with bravado. There did seem to be a few dry spots in the tale, that slowed the story to a crawl, much like the speed of the early aircraft within the story. However, these may have been intentional to give the feel of early flight, and to develope character and plot--a honing of these points to a tee. An incredible tale. Entertaining, and recommended for a stirring of the imagination.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Very well thought out plot and characters. If you are a history

    Very well thought out plot and characters. If you are a history buff this book really hits the time frame well.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    An Occult Adventure

    This was a great read- well-written, fast-paced yet intelligent with vibrant characters, great historical detail from the early 20s, and intruiging occult flourishes. A great buy, and authors I would love to visit again. Can't wait for the sequel...or to check out the O.C.L.T. series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Great paranormal yarn

    Looking forward to the next book

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    Brilliant historical fantasy!  Well crafted action sequences and

    Brilliant historical fantasy!  Well crafted action sequences and characters you really care about give a sense of urgency to an adventure plot that reminds me of Indiana Jones!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Awesome book!

    A very good, fast read. Not what i expected but very enjoyable. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    interesting trip into early aviation

    the story reflects the days of early aviation and the abandon with which they followed their dreams.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    A poor read

    This is a dull story that drags on in when it shouldnt and when it should be more detailed it's a simple paragraph. I found it a hard book to read that was very confusing.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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