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Creators Map [Hardcover]

Emilio Calderon , Silver

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Book Description

July 22 2008
Through the eyes of a Spanish architect in Rome, the dark period surrounding the rise and fall of Fascism roars to life, as the architect, a passionate young librarian, and an Italian prince become entangled in a web of intrigue, love, and deceit involving a fateful map whose secrets are powerful enough to destroy them.

Rome, 1952- José María is-like Europe itself-struggling to recover from the chaotic and character-defining events that transpired during the previous fifteen years, events that haunt him still. He and his wife, Montse, attempt not to dwell on their past, until the day they read about a mysterious death by decapitation of an old acquaintance, and José María's memories come surging back.

And so our narrator begins his tale... It is 1937, in the thick of the Spanish Civil War. José María and Montse are two of a group of Spaniards thrown together, forced to wait out the war in refuge at the Spanish Academy in Rome. Unlike the rest of his compatriots, José María has no strong feelings either way about the Fascist or Nationalist ideologies that are causing such bloodshed in his home country; it is only the beautiful and bookish Montse who ignites his passion. When Montse and José María sell a sixteenth century text discovered in the Spanish Academy's forgotten library, they unwittingly become embroiled in an underground Nazi plot to collect mystic artifacts for the practice of the black arts. The most powerful artifact sought-the one most coveted by the Führer-is the Creator's Map, a legendary document depicting the power centers of the universe, said to be penned by God himself.

When the handsome and sinister Prince Junio, a wealthy Italian Fascist and Nazi sympathizer who is in pursuit of the map, appears to take a romantic interest in Montse, she is recruited to spy on him. As WWII blazes into full force, the idealistic Montse becomes more and more deeply involved in espionage, as does José María, for his own reasons.

Covering the most tumultuous and fascinating period of recent history-from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War to the end of World War II-The Creator's Map brilliantly recreates the dark intrigue, romantic entanglements, and divided loyalties of a war-torn Europe. Long after the war is over, the destinies of these characters will continue to be shaped by the devastating repercussions of this tumultuous time.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press (HC); Tra edition (July 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594201811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594201813
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,356,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Calderon's refusal to allow a character to become the mouthpiece of a cause is admirable' -- Laura Silverman, Daily Mail 'Subtle touches of humour follow this unlikely spy, and evocative descriptive passages afford the reader satisfying moments of reflection' -- Elisabeth Field, Financial Times 'Calderon is clearly a novelist with a superb imagination' -- Gillian Nelis, Sunday Business Post 'A powerful mix of romance, spy story and thriller, this fascinating novel captures life in the Eternal City under Nazi rule. It's a real page turner' -- Choice 'Calderon has a light literary touch, a respect for historical reality and a dark dramatic imagination' -- Iain Finlayson, Saga Magazine 'I'm thoroughly enjoying it' -- Bookseller 'Incredibly entertaining ... A narrative that combines the historical novel and the espionage thriller, with a dash of fashionably esoteric intrigue, it is likewise a story whose stylistic and thematic beauty surpasses the expectations of even the most demanding of readers. ... A stunning work of fiction' -- ABC Las Artes y Las Letras (Spain) 'A challenging, very enjoyable read' -- Yours magazine 'Thrilling and beautifully translated espionage thriller...I had difficulty putting this book down. I am sure you will too' -- Dover Express & Folkestone Herald --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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In 1937 a group of Spaniards are thrown together, forced to wait out the Spanish Civil War in Rome. Unlike the rest of his compatriots, José María has no strong feelings either way about the ideologies causing such bloodshed in his home country; it is only the beautiful and bookish Montse who ignites his passion. Unwittingly, they become embroiled in an underground Nazi plot to collect mystic artifacts. The most powerful artifact sought is the Creator's Map, a legendary document depicting the power centers of the universe, said to be penned by God himself. The idealistic Montse is recruited as a spy and becomes more and more deeply involved in espionage, as does José María, for his own reasons.

The Creator's Map brilliantly re-creates the dark intrigue, romantic entanglements, and divided loyalties of war-torn Europe. Long after the war is over, the destinies of these characters continue to be shaped by the devastating repercussions of this tumultuous time. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read Jan. 22 2009
By A. Raffo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A complicated triangle during the fall of the fascist regime in Italy. If you liked books like The Da Vinci Code, The Last Cato: A Novel, ... you will find this book a nice addition. The style resembles Dan Brown: short chapters, you want to keep going and find out. There is a love story, an historical context, Rome, and a secret plot. It does not beat my favorite in this genre, The Shadow of the WindLa Sombra Del Viento/ the Shadow of the Wind (Autores Espanoles E Iberoamericanos) (Spanish Edition) by Zafon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and entertaining April 19 2013
By K. N. Grieshaber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's hard to understand why this book is not more well known or more available.It has all the intrigue of The English Patient,the sensitivity of a love story and the author is skilled and smart. I love the Italian settings,the strong female character and the weaving of the actual events into a narrative. Again, I can't believe that I had never heard Emilio Calderon before reading this fabulous book.If nothing else it is a valuable
e history lesson,but it is such a pleasure to read and is the perfect length,not too long or too short.Highly recommended!

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