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. Zhengas mission is to chart the globe, trading for riches and bringing glory to Chinaas emperor. Among the crew is the talented cartographer and navigator Ma Zhi, whose work will lead to the first true map of the worldabut 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 Portugalas 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 Portugalas most secret treasure: a map that already shows the way. New York, present day: Mara Coyneas 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 clientas 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 an incredible entrAce to the murky underworld of stolen artifacts and the thieves and traders who broker them. From Hong Kong to the Italian countryside, from Lisbon to the remote reaches of Communist China, and literally around the world on the ships of fifteenth-century explorers, Heather Terrell takes readers on a globe-trotting adventure of epic proportions. From the Hardcover edition.AND INDIAN OCIEANS. THE AFRICAN CU, -\$a#39;la#39;. ... Zhi needs to find a way to guide the ships back across the Atlantic Qcean, back down the coast of West Africa. and around the ominous cape. The squadron ... Armed with charts. Zhi finds theanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Map Thief|
|Publisher||:||Ballantine Books - 2008-07-29|