Days Without Number

Days Without Number

Large Print - 2004
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Michael Paleologus, retired archaeologist and supposed descendant of the last Emperors of Byzantium, lives alone in a remote and rambling house in Cornwall. His son, Nicholas, is summoned to resolve a dispute which threatens to set his brothers and sisters against their aged and irascible father. An overly generous offer has been made for the house, but
Michael refuses to sell.
Only after the stalemate is tragically broken do Nick and his siblings discover why their father was bound at all costs to reject the offer. Their desperate efforts to conceal the truth drag them into a deadly conflict with an unseen enemy, who seems as determined to force them into a confrontation with their family's past as he is to conceal his own identity.
Nick realizes that the only way to escape from the trap their persecutor has set for them is to hunt him down, wherever -- and whoever -- he may be. But the hunt involves excavating a terrible secret from their father's past. And, once that secret is known, nothing will ever be the same again.

"From the Paperback edition."

Publisher: Anstey, Eng. : Thorpe, 2004, c2003.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781843953333
1843953331
Characteristics: 494 p. ;,24 cm.

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capitalcity
Nov 28, 2013

As many a reader has experienced, sometimes a novel underwhelms, only to be rescued by an exceptionally well-crafted final chapter or two. Of course, the reverse is also a possibility. The latter applies to this Goddard offering. The intrigue, honed to a high level right from the start, suffers sabotage by the premise presented at the end. Quite frankly, when an author resorts to the old canard of invoking a fantastical element (e.g., a divine being) in order to authenticate justification for the machinations of wealth seeking individuals ... well. Only those dwelling in a domain of utter credulity would accept such a proposition as having even a modicum of viability. In stark contrast stands BORROWED TIME, one of Robert Goddard's true gems. No resort to an untenable construct in that case.

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PatrickT
Nov 18, 2010

Typical Robert Goddard book. Historical aspect and lots of twists and turns.

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