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In The Lion's Paw [Kindle Edition]

Ninian Boyle
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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At the end of 2012 a chance astronomical discovery, a kidnapping and the threat of global nuclear war leads to a race against the clock. The unlikely coalition of three men, a Roman Catholic priest, an elderly professor of astronomy and a unassuming scientist do their best to bring reason to a world racked with fear and religious bigotry, stoked by the Internet and 24 hour global news coverage. Against this backdrop, a Chicago cop hunts the abductors of a small child on Christmas Eve. Will the kidnappers prevail? Will the politicians see sense and avert a global catastrophe?

In The Lion's Paw takes the reader on a breathless race against time and through different time zones around the world. The countdown to midnight on the 31st December 2012 leaves nerves jangling as the clock ticks down to destruction on a global and personal scale.

Are you brave enough to face the future?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: AKH Publishing (2 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00632J5UK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A brilliant new work of fiction from Ninian Boyle - the premise of this book might just happen next year so read it now so you won't be too surprised when it does.

I love the way the story flits around the planet yet, as an astronomer, Ninian makes it easy for mere mortals to follow the plot despite the complexities of the story playing out across multiple time zones.

The book is both an entertaining romp and an educational tool ... a hard act to pull off without "information dumping" for any author but Ninian manages it masterfully ...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Lion's Paw 17 Feb. 2012
By Hagclan
Format:Kindle Edition
An excellent read from cover to cover. As I progressed through the story It became clear that this is a scenario that could very well occur. The Supernova exploded 370 years ago! which made me think that the author (Ninian Boyle) has some prophesying talent, a modern day Nostradamus, is he trying to warn us of pending doom - and will I be one of the chosen few!!

Brilliant read, sizzling suspense, dazzling story. I highly recommend you read this.

Richard Judd (President Hampshire Astronomical Group - Clanfield Observatory)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Lions Paw... 17 Feb. 2012
Format:Paperback
I have to say I was not dissapointed with Ninian's first novel. I found the book to be a good story, very cleverly written jumping through various timezones and with ggod characters throughout. I read the book in 2 sittings (much to the annoyance of my wife!) The story and structure were well crafted and gripping, with a good amount of relevent astronomical information which served to enhance the story rather than make it geeky. A good blend of fact and fiction with well balanced story telling. I can honestly say that this is a book worth reading and I look forward to the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 31 Dec. 2011
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story keeps your attention from cover to cover. As I have a passing interest in astronomy I particularly enjoyed this slant and the insight provided by the author. I am looking forward to a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever plot, beautifully crafted. 22 Dec. 2011
By Kate
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great story that has pace and kept me going back for more. The plot is cleverly woven with suspense, intrigue, humour and poetic observations of both nature and Man. The influence of nature, coupled with scientific knowledge, is explored in the revelation of an unexpected and timely Supernova Star. Its subsequent impact on religious, political, legal and cultural groups, as well as personal lives, is well portrayed. Insights into the perspectives of these differing groups are explored alongside the influences and powers of a press reporting the incident from a somewhat crippled perspective. The crafting is both plausible and fantastical, revealing the somewhat tenuous thread that Man holds over the circumstances of his existence and fate. For a light and entertaining read, with much food for serious thought, I would recommend this book to all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astronomical thriller! 25 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book because it was recommended to me by a friend. The premise sounded hopeful but I wasn't sure whether it would live up to the promise. I needn't have worried. The author is an astronomer (reasonably famous too according to his bio). As the starting point for the story is an astronomical event of earth-shattering proportions (well not exactly earth-shattering, more star-shattering) it's hardly surprising that the detail included, not just in terms of the science involved but also the mechanics of how observations are made and confirmed and disseminated to the world, makes the story credible. Where this diverges from most other Apocalyptic stories is that what follows from the initial discovery is also entirely politically plausible and doesn't descend into the usual realms of superstition or pseudo-science.

The combination of end-of-time fanatics latching onto a cosmological event, politicians over-reacting, media organisations competing for primacy (never mind the facts), law enforcement being stretched and, for once, the not-so-fanatical religious establishment behaving reasonably sensibly, inexorably leads us through a countdown to the end of the year (or will it be the end of days?) The action happens in parallel all over the world, separate strands yet ultimately interconnected; each inevitable step towards the deadline directed by global media yet with personal triumphs and tragedies that make the story come alive before your eyes. These are characters you will care about, the outcome is one you must care about. Once you start reading this story you will be swept along through a tumultuous week in these characters' lives, in the whole world's population's lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Lion's Paw 14 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The phrases, "a real page turner" and "I couldn't put the book down" may be well worn cliches, but they were what sprang to my mind minutes after I started reading Ninian's superbly crafted novel.

OK, I'm an amateur astronomer and perhaps I am naturally disposed towards liking a book wherein the action is based around a supernova event, written by one knowledgeable in this field. But you don't have to be into astronomy to appreciate and enjoy this skilfully crafted story, which cleverly weaves several "mini plots" into a fast moving and all too believable tale.

The sad thing is that I've finished the book! I can only hope that when "In the Lion's Paw" becomes the sensational best seller it surely deserves to become, Ninian Boyle will turn his very special talents to penning other thrillers, just as good as this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Liked the accuracy and attention to detail of the science ...
Liked the accuracy and attention to detail of the science but the story was let down by very poor character development. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pauline Tilbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read, could not put it down
Very good read, could not put it down, Ninaian's news letters on Astronomy are also worth a look, a very knowledgable writer.
Published 3 months ago by JudithJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Well written and Fast-paced. Little disappointing as the end fizzled out a bit. Still very engaging and a good read.
Published 11 months ago by Tony Foy
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Lion's Paw
A gripping read. I really like the multiple threads in the story. Very difficult to put down and I keep looking for that bright star in the sky now.
Published 20 months ago by Julian Parfitt
4.0 out of 5 stars A supernova triggers chaos at Christmas....
A really great story from an experienced astronomer, which I found I couldn't put down. I was attracted to this having a keen interest in astronomy and the unexpected discovery by... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Lion's Paw
A truly excellent work.
The format that Ninian has chosen, with events taking place in different timezones, really adds to the pace and sense of urgency of the plot. Read more
Published on 7 Mar. 2012 by Lawrence H
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking Good Read
I picked up "In The Lion's Paw" when I was in the middle of reading something else,expecting to just browse through it briefly, then read it properly after finishing my other book. Read more
Published on 8 Feb. 2012 by Shreestar
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept coming back for more!
Having had the opportunity to have meet Ninian on a couple of occasions and having bought my son a signed copy of this book. Read more
Published on 26 Jan. 2012 by Becci T
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and exciting!
Don't be put off by the astronomical detail in this book - it is informative without 'dumbing down', and all part of the story. Well researched, well paced, and an exciting read!
Published on 6 Jan. 2012 by KenL
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Lion's Paw
An excellent read. Although based on a common astronomical event you do not need to have any prior knowlege of the subject. It is a thriller that you will not want to put down.
Published on 4 Jan. 2012 by Looking Up
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