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The map thief : a novel

Author: Heather Terrell
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beijing, China, 1421: It is a momentous time for the Ming Dynasty. Honoring the completion of the Forbidden City, a fleet of unprecedented size sets sail under Admiral Zheng He. Zheng's mission is to chart the globe, trading for riches and bringing glory to China's emperor. Among the crew is the talented cartographer and navigator Ma Zhi, whose work will lead to the first true map of the world--but whose  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Thrillers (Fiction)
Fiction
Historical fiction
Suspense fiction
Legal stories
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2008298872
(OCoLC)233854365
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Heather Terrell
ISBN: 9780345507242 034550724X 1299163025 9781299163027
OCLC Number: 292912389
Description: 1 online resource (251 pages) : map
Responsibility: Heather Terrell.

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Beijing, China, 1421: It is a momentous time for the Ming Dynasty. Honoring the completion of the Forbidden City, a fleet of unprecedented size sets sail under Admiral Zheng He. Zheng's mission is to chart the globe, trading for riches and bringing glory to China's emperor. Among the crew is the talented cartographer and navigator Ma Zhi, whose work will lead to the first true map of the world--but whose accomplishment will vanish when the fleet returns to a very different China than the one it left. Lisbon, Portugal, 1496: At the height of Portugal's maritime domination during the Age of Discovery, the legendary explorer Vasco da Gama embarks on a quest to find a sea route to India. On board is navigator Antonio Coehlo, who guards Portugal's most secret treasure: a map that already shows the way. New York, present day: Mara Coyne's new client has left her uneasy. Republican kingmaker Richard Tobias has hired her, he says, because of her skill in recovering stolen art and advocating for the rightful owners, but Mara senses that he is not telling her everything. Tobias reveals that a centuries-old map was stolen from an archaeological dig he is sponsoring in China, and he wants her to get it back. But as Mara begins her investigation, she uncovers the shocking truth: The map is more valuable than anyone has ever imagined, and her client's motives are more sinister than she suspected. Weaving rich historical detail and astounding fact into a fast-paced suspense-fiction ride, The Map Thief is the story of an incredible map's riveting journey through the murky underworld of stolen artifacts--from the dragon ships of the Ming Dynasty to the school of Europe's most famous explorers, from the hallowed halls of royalty into the boardrooms of New York City--a globe-trotting adventure of epic proportions.

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