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Oracle Lake

by Paul Adam
 

"A cliff-hanger in every sense.... Brilliantly imagined, fiercely authentic and wholly gripping."

Literary Review (UK)

The Indian town of McLeod Ganj has been home to the Dalai Lama for more than forty years. Now, the Dalai Lama is dead, and his followers can only conceal his death for so long before word spreads to the rest of world. Maggie

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"A cliff-hanger in every sense.... Brilliantly imagined, fiercely authentic and wholly gripping."

Literary Review (UK)

The Indian town of McLeod Ganj has been home to the Dalai Lama for more than forty years. Now, the Dalai Lama is dead, and his followers can only conceal his death for so long before word spreads to the rest of world. Maggie Walsh, a daring British photo-journalist, has received a tip about the earth-shattering event and flown straight to the remote village. But before she can get out with the story she is apprehended and remains trapped in detention while the world media trumpet the news.

Now that the Dalai Lama's death has become public, the Tibetan exiles are faced with a dangerous task: to find his reincarnation before the Chinese government can stop them. The borders have been closed and Tibetan nationalists are being arrested throughout the country. In spite of the Chinese occupying forces, an exiled group of Buddhist monks must secretly cross the Himalayas into occupied Tibet to consult a legendary oracle lake for clues to the newborn child's location.

Sensing the story of her career, Maggie has smuggled herself into Tibet to join the monks in their search. She soon realizes that this may be the most dangerous assignment of her life. Because the Chinese are determined to prevent the child being found, and will do anything to meet their goal. And when the fate of the Tibetan nation and the future of Buddhism itself are at risk, the most unexpected players may be forced to fight back.

Paul Adam's acclaimed novel The Rainaldi Quartet brilliantly portrayed the centuries of history and mystery behind the world's most valuable violins. Now, Adam turns his expert eye for vivid detail to the Far East, capturing the conflict and culture of Tibet in this sweeping new adventure thriller.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE RAINALDI QUARTET

"Elegant."

Entertainment Weekly

"Beguiling"

New York Times Book Review

"Well-crafted, expertly-paced... the plot mixes equal parts thriller and riddle."

Christian Science Monitor

"Rich in detail about the history of violin making and music and the chicanery and fraud that often accompany them, the story is told with uncommon grace, clarity, and wit."

Denver Post

"Combines new and old puzzles in an atmospheric and detailed novel."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"From the first stirring theme to the last fading chord, mystery fans and music lovers alike will be captivated by British author Adam's excellent contemporary thriller."

Publishers Weekly (starred)

Publishers Weekly

After the triumph of The Rainaldi Quartet(2006), British author Adam delivers a routine thriller focusing on the continuing Chinese oppression of Tibet. Journalist Maggie Walsh, having barely survived being caught in the middle of a firefight in Colombia, happens on the story of a lifetime when she manages to infiltrate the Himalayan inner sanctum of the Dalai Lama and learns, to her astonishment, that the beloved spiritual leader has died. Maggie tags along as the search begins for the baby in whom he has been reincarnated. When word of the quest reaches the political leadership in Beijing, the dreaded Public Security Bureau frantically launches a massive military operation to thwart it. Numerous hairbreadth escapes and the predictable growing attraction between Maggie and one of the monks seeking the new Dalai Lama will have some readers eagerly turning pages, but others will find this outing strictly by the numbers. (July)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Library Journal
A Dalai Lama death and rebirth put photojournalist Maggie Walsh in mortal danger in the high Himalayas of Tibet. Adam (The Rainaldi Quartet) lives in Nottingham, England. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A search for the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama in occupied Tibet. Risk-taking British photojournalist Maggie Walsh hotfoots it out of strife-torn Colombia to McLeod Ganj, India, where her sources tell her the 14th Dalai Lama, living in exile, is dying. Through subterfuge, she allies herself with a trio of monks determined to infiltrate the motherland to find his newborn successor and ferry him out of the country under the noses of the Chinese oppressors. Jigme, Lobsang and Tsering will know they have found their new spiritual leader when they have encountered three visions prophesied by a senior lama, but first they must outrun border patrols, lockdowns of the Tibetan quarter in Lhasa, fierce snows, altitude difficulties and even car troubles. After many travails, which include torture, bombing and a breaking of Buddhist oaths, the 15th Dalai Lama and his mum are duly settled in McLeod Ganja, and Maggie is off on her next scoop. Despite comic-book escapades and triumphs, the tale is surprisingly effective in capturing the rigors of mountainous Tibet and the gentility of the Buddhist spirit. But Adam (The Rainaldi Quartet, 2006, etc.) continually derails his story with splotches of sentimental hogwash and close-ups of one-dimensional Maggie.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312370251
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.31(d)

Meet the Author

PAUL ADAM grew up in the north of England, and studied law at Nottingham University. He began his writing career as a journalist and has worked in Rome as well as England. He is the author of The Rainaldi Quartet. He lives in Sheffield, England, with his wife and two children.

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