Thursday, June 21, 2012

From The Review Pile (7) / Throwback Thursday

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday. The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review. (or any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.

Today I am showcasing Artic Fire by Paul Byers. I received it from author. I couldn't get around it due to a massive reading block. 
Arctic Fire
Wealthy entrepreneur Nigel Cain has devised an efficient new way to bring the earth’s most precious resource to the masses – clean water – by transporting massive man-made icebergs from the frigid arctic and delivering them literally to the doorsteps of millions.

Gabriel Pike works at a small engineering firm that has been awarded the task of giving the final safety approval to pilot the first gigantic block of ice into New York harbor.

A consummate showman, Cain has built a fabulous 5-Star hotel and casino high atop the iceberg so his celebrity guests and media elite can cover this spectacle from beginning to end. Pike is whisked away from his work-a-day world and dropped into the lap of luxury where he’s expected to simply rubber-stamp his inspection.

A brutal winter storms ravages the iceberg and exposes structural inconsistencies and hidden agendas that fill Pike with serious doubts about the true intentions of the project. But a grisly double homicide on the ice puts the inspections on the back burner and sends Pike’s life spiraling out of control when he’s accused of being the jealous murderer in a lover’s triangle.

But Pike soon discovers that there is far more at stake than just his life. He uncovers a conspiracy more heinous than anything he could have imagined – a plot that will level a city, change the political face of America, and whose shock waves will be felt around the world. Fate rests in his hands – if he can survive long enough to take action...

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Publications/2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0615504078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615504070
Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books!

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes (Synopsis):

Capturing all the rueful irony and racial ambivalence of small-town Mississippi in the late 1950s, Melinda Haynes' celebrated novel is a wholly unforgettable exploration of family, identity, and redemption.

Mother of Pearl revolves around twenty-eight-year-old Even Grade, a black man who grew up an orphan, and Valuable Korner, the fifteen-year-old white daughter of the town whore and an unknown father. Both are passionately determined to discover the precious things neither experienced as children: human connection, enduring commitment, and, above all, unconditional love. 

A startlingly accomplished mixture of beauty, mystery, and tragedy, Mother of Pearl marks the debut of an extraordinary literary talent. 

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press/2000
  • ISBN-10: 0671774670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671774677


The Housework Can Wait said...

Wow, I've never heard of Mother of Pearl, but that plot sounds really complex and interesting. Great Throwback! Here's mine!

Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books said...

I have to echo Lauren's comment - that plot sounds incredibly complex! Thanks for sharing it with us. Here's my Throwback.

Laura said...

I agree with Lauren and Mandi - sounds like an intense, but great book. Thanks for sharing!

theHyperMonkey said...

Mother of Pearl sounds like a breathtaking novel!

aliaa said...

Oh sounds like a really cool book!

starryeyedjen said...

Both of these sound like very interesting books. Thanks for sharing!

Kelly said...

I love books from this time period. Great Throwback! My Throwback