Journey to the Crossroads of Science and Myth--Winner of the Chanticleer Global Thriller Grand Prize and the Cygnus Speculative Fiction award
The New Leprosy plague and a geomagnetic reversal threaten the world's precarious balance. When jaded American expat Peter Mitchell agrees to transport mysterious Ariadne Demodakis to sacred sites in the Greek islands, the sailor convinces himself it's just another "freelance import" job. But when his passenger is pursued by the terrorist Sons of the Prophet, mercenaries, and a cult of warrior women, Peter realizes there's more to the young bioelectricity researcher than he first believed. Then paparazza Leeza Conreid blackmails her way onto the boat, intent on sabotage, and Peter nearly walks away from the deal. Ariadne seeks to confirm a connection between the pandemic, geologic upheavals, and ancient lore that promises healing for humans and the planet. Peter will need all his wits and weapons to protect Ariadne as she labors to control her connection to the dangerous forces that may deliver a global cure. Or destroy them all.
“The Ariadne Connection takes the reader on a visual feast through the azure waters and rugged Mediterranean landscapes of the Greek Islands while tapping into the deep roots of mythological tradition…. A rocket-paced thrill ride that delivers complex, engaging characters in a laser-sharp plot.” –Chanticleer Reviews
“Draws connections between humanity's moral compass and the well-being of the planet we live on.” –The Bookmonger Review
"A thrilling adventure with unexpected twists and turns." Readers' Favorite 5-Star Review
"Pulses with admirable energy." -William Dietrich, NY Times bestselling author.
|Publisher:||Sara Stamey, LLC|
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About the Author
Stamey's personal journeys include treasure hunting and teaching scuba in the Caribbean and Honduras; backpacking Greece and New Zealand; operating a nuclear reactor; owning a farm in Southern Chile; and now teaching creative writing at Western Washington University. Resettled in her native Pacific Northwest, she shares a backyard wildlife refuge with her cats, dog, and very tall husband Thor.
More information and her blog can be found at www.sarastamey.com
Reviews for Stamey's recent novel "Islands":
"A superior mystery and suspense novel... a stomping, vivid ride." -Statesman Journal
"Stamey knows how to tell a story. Vividly descriptive prose recalls the standard set by Joseph Conrad.... an enchanting darkness." -Red Rock Review
"Intense and gripping." -SF Chronicle
"Stamey knows how to tell a story. Vividly descriptive prose recalls the standard set by Joseph Conrad... blends archetypal structure in an enchanting darkness in which the reader vicariously participates."
- Red Rock Review
"Highly palatable.... She galvanizes considerable interest." -Locus Magazine
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite Welcome to a future where nothing is as we expected. Polar reversals have the Earth itself unsteady, as a new leprosy plague threatens the human population. Instead of progress, humanity has brought war, disease, and uncertainty to our future. Ariadne is seeking to find the cure not only for the plague, but for the hurting world as well. When science fails to reveal an answer, she must turn within to find that science can't do everything, and is shocked to discover that she holds the power to heal the hurts and ills of the world. Her journey from family isolation to a life on the run with the mysterious AWOL American smuggler, Peter, takes her on a journey of discovery through space, time, and reality unlike any other. Add in her unstable media-maven college friend, Leeza, and you have a recipe for a thrilling adventure with unexpected twists and turns until the last page. The Ariadne Connection by Sara Stamey is a thrilling ride into the future. I enjoyed how this book mixed science with mysticism to create a more holistic view to life in this world. The concepts mentioned in The Ariadne Connection shouldn't be new or unfamiliar to readers, and provide a fresh perspective to the story. I especially like how Sara Stamey mixes science and religion to bring the story to life, which can make it more personal to readers. It's a fast paced, thrilling journey into the future that will leave readers breathless and wondering what will happen to the very end. A great read.
This is a smart, crisp, fast-moving thrill ride through a future that, in the age of Ebola, reawakened measles, and superbugs, is all too imaginable. Peter Mitchell and his mysterious passenger, Ariadne, form a delightfully sparring and hopelessly enmeshed duo. I love the use of Greek myth--the two must go to Delphi to conquer the world's ills--and the era of superporn and plague this book evokes manages, like all great science fiction, to turn a mirror on the present day. A fantastic read, if you want to think deeply about where we humans might be landing ourselves, or if you simply want to enjoy a crackling good story with unforgettable characters.