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Library Journal Review
Pilgrim, a former award-winning CNN correspondent and news anchor, applies her investigative skills to an exciting debut novel-an action/adventure thriller layered with history, a diverse array of characters, international intrigue, a potential epidemic, and romance. Oceanographer Cordelia Stapelton receives an award on behalf of her great-great-grandfather, an Arctic explorer, as well as his personal journal, which alludes to a concealed deed for a small plot of frozen tundra-sought after by Russia, Britain, the United Nations, the United States, and Norway. With assistance from wealthy archaeologist John Sinclair, Cordelia travels to Britain, France, Turkey, and the Arctic isles to find the deed. VERDICT Pilgrim captures the tension and suspense typical of a globe-trotting search for a hidden treasure; however, in the concluding chapters many of the characters reappear unexpectedly and in a bizarre manner that undermines the plot's believability. Pilgrim signed a two-book contract with Scribner. One hopes her next effort omits the theatricality. [See Prepub Alert, 1/24/11.]-Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
CNN correspondent Pilgrim's entertaining debut focuses on a classic theme: the search for missing treasure, in this case the lost deed to untold acres of invaluable Arctic land granted to Victorian-era explorer Elliott Stapleton by the Norwegian government. Since many believe Stapleton's great-great-granddaughter, the stunning Cordelia, a feisty, brilliant oceanographer, has the deed (she doesn't), Cordelia is soon pursued by flamboyant evangelists, fanatical ecoterrorists, and some nasty Russian thugs. Even the CIA gets into the act. Determined to find the deed herself, Cordelia sets off on a whirlwind hunt from one exotic locale to the next-Monaco, Monte Carlo, a luxurious cruise ship, and a lavish estate in the English countryside-along with ally and protector playboy archeologist John Sinclair, who's totally smitten with her. While everything is over the top-a storybook romance; odious and loathsome villains; Hollywood settings-it all works, providing a heady and highly engaging mix. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Surprisingly, it takes a bit of arm-twisting to convince dedicated oceanographer Cordelia Stapleton to swap the spartan trappings of her research vessel for a cushy stint as a guest lecturer on a luxury cruise ship. It takes the added perk of accepting an award recognizing the contributions of her great-great-grandfather, legendary polar explorer Elliott Stapleton, to seal the deal. Once on board, however, Delia becomes the target of Russian gangsters, Norse bioterrorists, and American religious zealots, all trying to steal the deed to a hotly contested and environmentally valuable tract of land they believe her ancestor bequeathed her. Sure to get whiplash from looking over her shoulder at all the people who either want to kidnap or kill her, Delia finds a welcome ally in international playboy archaeologist John Sinclair, who is quickly entranced by Delia's alluring combination of strength and vulnerability. An acclaimed journalist, Pilgrim shows promise as a romantic suspense novelist in a masterful debut sure to appeal to fans of Iris Johansen and Sandra Brown.--Haggas, Caro. Copyright 2010 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
Cordelia Stapleton is magnificent, with dark hair and the body of an athlete. An orphan whose illustrious ancestor was a great polar explorer, "Delia" has been invited to receive an award on her ancestor's behalf in glitzy Monaco. Delia, who doesn't want to leave her job with an oceanographic institute even to take a short vacation, has the time coming to her, and, as her co-workers point out, it's a great opportunity to break away from her workaholic daily life. She goes, but first stops in New York to see her lawyer and family friend, Jim, who breaks the news that her only living relative has died in London and made her a very wealthy woman. Meanwhile, in Turkey, hunky and almost sinfully handsome John Sinclair leaves his archaeological digs to make it to Monaco in order to hand out the award Delia is coming to accept. John, an international playboy, is wealthy in his own right. The two become enamored of one another faster than a Ferrari takes one of those dangerous, curvy Monte Carlo roads, and soon they're off in pursuit of a land deedyes, a land deed. But not just any old land deed. This one is where the vault that houses the world's emergency supply of seeds sits, and everyone, from the Russians to the Norwegians, wants it. And, it turns out, would kill to obtain it. Pilgrim throws in little bits of science along the way, but most of the novel is weighted down with expensive brand names, luxury hotel rooms and descriptions of the lives of the very rich and pampered. If knowing the pedigree of a rug in someone's Paris apartment is what trips a reader's trigger, then this brand-dropping tale is just the thing to make them forget just how much gas went up at the pumps today.The kind of read that will fade from memory the second the last page is turned.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.