Oracle Lake Hardcover – 10 Jul 2007
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'Paul Adam takes you to the high Himalayas of Tibet where few novelists or readers have gone before. A truly entertaining and intelligent adventure tale told by a master storyteller. FLASH POINT is wonderfully plotted, fast-paced and refreshingly original.' Nelson DeMille **For SHADOW CHASERS: 'Tough, worldly Euro-thriller . Highly effective, undoubtedly authentic.' Philip Oakes ** for GENESIS II 'Very exciting, very scary.' - Lit. Review --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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While attempting to leave the country, Maggie is caught up in a small Chinese/Tibetan rebellion that leaves many locals injured and dead. Within this horrifying skirmish she is thrust into the midst of three Tibetan monks, also on a secret mission. Soon realizing just what their mission is, Maggie risks her life and reputation to remain in Tibet accompanying the monks with their dangerous task in order to reinstate her fallen career with a story she believes will gain her credit, if she can bring back the story of a lifetime.
This is the tale of one gutsy, but often rash woman trying to prove herself, and the adventure of three monks who have been entrusted with the most monumental of challenges. They must find the next reincarnated Dalai Lama before the Chinese find out and attempt to block their way or kidnap the boy. An elder lama has seen the visionary signs in the waters of Oracle Lake. Three signs that will lead Maggie and the monks over the treacherous and panoramic beautiful Himalayan mountains along a path to a baby born for greatness, a boy who will be their next Dalai Lama.
This is a grand scheme adventure of the highest quality mixing mystery, action, danger, and suspense, as the four unlikely young heroes are chased by the Chinese military. All parties on both sides desperately race to find the baby first. The Chinese, who have taken over Tibet and destroyed their heritage, do not want another Dalai Lama. Maggie and the three monks will risk it all, including life and sacrifice to ensure that this boy is brought to the Tibetan people that so desperately strive to remain independent in their hearts and souls, believing some day they will be free.
At times an edge of the seat thriller, other times an emotional roller coaster as the reader feels for the receding Tibetan culture and their struggles with the Chinese occupation. This is a story full of love, faith, and perseverance that will leave you breathless. You will feel deep sorrow for Tibet and their hardship, yet feel uplifted in realization at just what the power of love and faith can accomplish. Oracle Lake is a sensational fictional thriller not to be missed, it is extremely well executed on all accounts that make a novel great.
Maggie joins Tibetan exiles seeking the next Dalai Lama although China has shut down the border into and out of Tibet. Anyone breaching the border will be killed while the Chinese deadly Public Security Bureau cracks down on Tibetan nationalists. Still Buddhist monks secretly enter their homeland to consult the oracle lake to determine the location of the reincarnation.
The search for the reincarnated Dalai Lama, the related Himalayan locales and some insight into Tibetan Buddhism bring freshness to an exciting thriller in which readers will know what next will occur to the living dangerous heroine. The story line is fast-paced as the monks and the Chinese agents seek the chosen one with differing thoughts as to what each side will do if they achieve their objective. Fans of entertaining thrillers in foreign locations will want to join the hunt for the Dalai Lama at ORACLE LAKE.