The Moonlit Earth

The Moonlit Earth

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by Christopher Rice
     
 

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“How long do I have to convince you that my brother is not capable of murdering sixty people?”

 

Christopher Rice, the author of four New York Times bestselling novels by the age of thirty, returns with his first female protagonist since The Snow Garden. In The Moonlit Earth, he delivers a compelling psychological thriller

Overview

“How long do I have to convince you that my brother is not capable of murdering sixty people?”

 

Christopher Rice, the author of four New York Times bestselling novels by the age of thirty, returns with his first female protagonist since The Snow Garden. In The Moonlit Earth, he delivers a compelling psychological thriller about a young woman who must act to save her brother’s reputation and life when he is accused of being involved in a terrorist event.

 

When Megan and Cameron Reynolds’s father walked out on their mother, they forged an unbreakable bond. If their father could not be there to take care of them, they would always be there to take care of each other. But life intervenes, and siblings go separate ways . . . until something happens to reforge that bond.

At thirty, faced with disappointments in career and romance, Megan Reynolds returns to the safety of Cathedral Beach, the home of her mother, who lives among the wealthy with no money of her own. Cameron worries that his sister will lose herself around their mother’s frivolous life, but Megan worries more about her brother. She worries that Cameron’s care- free charm, which makes him popular in both his work as a flight attendant on a luxury airline and the West Hollywood party scene he enjoys, could lead him into danger.

 

When a bomb goes off in a high-end hotel in Hong Kong, security-camera footage appears on television showing two men escaping: one Middle Eastern and one American. Megan and her mother recognize the young American as Cameron—and find that he has become enmeshed with a mysterious family of wealthy Saudis.

 

In her desperate journey to save her brother’s life, Megan uncovers a trail of secrets and intrigue that
snakes from the decadent beaches of southern Thailand to the glass skyscrapers of Hong Kong— and finds herself part of a dark global conspiracy that involves a member of her own family.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of this compelling cat-and-mouse thriller from bestseller Rice (Blind Fall), 30-year-old Megan Reynolds has returned to her mother’s house in posh Cathedral Beach near San Diego after being fired as head of a Northern California nonprofit organization for homeless kids that she tried to save using unorthodox methods. Megan soon faces a far greater challenge. Her beloved gay brother, Cameron, a handsome flight attendant for Peninsula Airlines, disappears with Majed, a suspicious Middle Easterner, in the wake of a terrorist bombing in Hong Kong that killed 60 people. When the FBI investigators point to Cameron as a suspect in the attack, Megan embarks on a dangerous mission to find her brother and help clear his name. Megan’s journey will test her endurance and her faith in family in unexpected ways. Rice sensitively charts the relationship of two close-knit siblings. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
When a young flight attendant disappears during a terrorist bombing in Hong Kong, his sister must brave a series of conspiracies to clear his name. The central characters in Rice's lethargic latest (Blind Fall, 2008, etc.) are Megan Reynolds and her petulant brother Cameron. Newly unemployed, Megan is holed up with their socialite mother when Cameron shows up at her birthday party, where they get into an argument about their long-gone father. Soon after, Megan starts working for Lucas, a wealthy cousin who sets her up as head of a nonprofit environmental organization. Her plans are derailed when a massive explosion rips through Cameron's hotel in Hong Kong, and a video camera catches him fleeing the scene with a Middle Eastern fixer. Following her brother's trail to Hong Kong, Megan meets a young Saudi prince named Aabid, who explains at interminable length about his involvement with Cameron. Uncharacteristically, her brother had rejected the prince's advances, and he'd also threatened to expose the bloodthirsty relationship between Aabid's wealthy family and Zach Holder, a ruthless American mogul who is one of Lucas' biggest clients. Rice manages to hold together a paper-thin plot and even makes some salient points about sexuality in Muslim cultures. These few worthwhile moments are swamped by an endless barrage of expository passages, ham-fisted action sequences and hackneyed dialogue. "I've only been seeing shades and shadows and soft edges. Now I see cracks and angles . . . and blood," says Megan during a typical exchange. There are plenty of cracks in her story, that's for sure. A hollow potboiler.
From the Publisher
“Christopher Rice delivers it all: action, suspense andinternational intrigue. The Moonlit Earthis a timely and tautly told tale.”

—Tami Hoag, New YorkTimes bestselling author of DeeperThan Dead

"Christopher Rice shows his guns by weaving family secrets,breakneck plotting and true-to-life characters into a thriller of unusualdepth. The Moonlit Earth is intense, moving and rich in ways thatpromise a stellar career. Well done!"

—ROBERT CRAIS, New York Times bestselling author of CHASING DARKNESSand THE FIRST RULE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439171721
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
406,481
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Rice is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. The son of author Anne Rice and the late poet Stan Rice, he was raised in New Orleans. He now resides in Los Angeles, where he is a cohost of the Internet radio program The Dinner Party Show with Christopher Rice & Eric Shaw Quinn.

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Moonlit Earth 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
AlexanderWilliams More than 1 year ago
Christopher Rice has, like his mother, never written a disappointing novel. You'll love the characters, plot and everything about this his fifth novel. I'd love it if he were to write another based in New Orleans. When he describes settings in NOLA, it's proof positive there's no place like home.
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This is by far the best to date book that he has wrote!!!!! I so love his books. I have all his books and they are so mind blowing! Once you start reading one you can't put it down till you read the vety last page. Love the face that he has a strong female lead in this book. I love the fact that camron is an open and strong gay guy. And was willing to help someone elce come to terms with it.
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arcticancer More than 1 year ago
I have loved reading all of Chris Rice's books and the Moonlit Earth does not disappoint. I like the fact that he went back to using a female character as a lead and the story line still flows like you would be in the story itself.
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