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Title:
Seven wonders : a novel
Author:
Mezrich, Ben, 1969- , author.
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, Inc., [2014]
Physical Description:
8 audio discs (9 hr., 29 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
When the reclusive mathematician Jeremy Grady goes missing, it's up to his estranged brother Jack to find out why. His search leads him on a far-flung journey as he unravels the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World, and discovers that Jeremy may have hit upon something that's been concealed for centuries. With the help of scientist Sloane Costa, they discover a conspiracy to hide a road map to the Garden of Eden, and the truth behind a mythological ancient culture.
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Title from web page.

Compact discs.

Duration: 9:29:00.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781491548875
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Audiobook on CD

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When the reclusive mathematician Jeremy Grady goes missing, it's up to his estranged brother Jack to find out why. His search leads him on a far-flung journey--from Brazil, India, Peru, and beyond--as he unravels the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World, and discovers that Jeremy may have hit upon something that's been concealed for centuries. With the help of scientist Sloane Costa, they discover a conspiracy to hide a road map to the Garden of Eden--and the truth behind a mythological ancient culture.

With a heart-pounding pace and panoramic backdrops, Seven Wonders is an electrifying read, and will be the first in a trilogy.

"It's a fast-moving thriller involving murder, conspiracy, historical mystery, and the Seven Wonders of the World. Is it enjoyable and imaginative? Hell, yeah." -- Booklist

" Seven Wonders delivers a page-turning global adventure with the high stakes and hard-charging characters we expect from a Ben Mezrich story. An exciting, compulsive read that will please thriller fans and history buffs." --Matthew Pearl, New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and The Technologists

"Ben Mezrich's Seven Wonders is a terrific adventure, a wild quest around the world in the best Da Vinci Code tradition, in the company of an Indiana Jones-style scientist-hero who doesn't know the meaning of fear." --Joseph Finder, author of Paranoia and Suspicion


Author Notes

Ben Mezrich was born in 1969 and received a degree in social studies from Harvard University in 1991. He originally wrote fiction, occasionally under the pseudonym Holden Scott, before switching to nonfiction.

His nonfiction works include Ugly Americans, Busting Vegas, Rigged, and Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History. Two of his books were made into films. In 2008, Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions was made into the film 21 and in 2010, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal was made into the film Social Network.

He appeared on Court TV in the series High Stakes with Ben Mezrich and has hosted the World Series of Blackjack.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Most readers probably know Mezrich as the author of such nonfiction gems as Bringing Down the House (2002) and The Accidental Billionaires (2009). It might seem like a surprise that he's written a novel, but before he turned his hand to narrative nonfiction, he wrote a handful of novels under his own name and a pseudonym (Holden Scott). This new novel compares nicely with those; it's a fast-moving thriller involving murder, conspiracy, historical mystery, and the Seven Wonders of the World (specifically the startling correlation between the Seven Ancient Wonders and the Seven Modern Wonders, several of which seem to have been built on the remains of the Ancient Wonders). Mezrich builds the characters in this made-up story the same way he builds them in his nonfiction: slowly, piece by piece, adding layers of motivation and complexity as the story progresses; and his writing here is as fluid as it's ever been. Is the book as riveting as, say, The Accidental Billionaires? No. Is it enjoyable and imaginative? Hell, yeah.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

A bestselling author of nonfiction (Bringing Down the House; The Accidental Billionaires), Mezrich ventures into thriller territory with enjoyable results. The murder of anthropologist Jack Grady's 28-year-old twin brother, Jeremy, brings Jack to MIT, where he recovers a hidden thumb-drive, which proves that Jeremy, a mathematical savant, discovered a seemingly impossible link between the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the new Seven Wonders of the World. The sole anomaly is Brazil's immense statue of Christ the Redeemer, and it is there Jack heads for clues. A series of finds leads Jack and his companion, botanist Sloane Costa, to other wondrous sites, where they are shadowed by operatives of billionaire Jendari Saphra. Like Indiana Jones, Jack must overcome a number of obstacles, including spiders, snakes, and booby traps, en route to uncovering an ancient secret. Mezrich has written a rollicking adventure with a fantastic behind-the-scenes tour of some of the world's most intriguing spots. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

When reclusive math genius Jeremy is murdered in an MIT lab, his twin, Jack, a high-tech Indiana Jones-like anthropologist, arrives seeking answers. While inspecting the crime scene, Jack stumbles upon Jeremy's covert research, a connection between the ancient and modern Seven Wonders of the World. Jack and his team traverse the globe recovering components of an ancient artifact that somehow connects the Seven Wonders to his own professional focus, the legendary tribe of female warriors known as the Amazons. During each leg, Jack encounters women intent on terminating his quest. Could these women be modern Amazons? What secret do they protect? Mezrich (Bringing Down the House) is adept at writing captivating, well-researched nonfiction that translates successfully into film (21). Marking the author's fiction debut (and Running Press's first foray into commercial fiction in collaboration with producer/director Brett Ratner's Ratpac Press publishing imprint), this is a relic-hunt thriller in the same vein as works by Katherine Neville, Steve Berry, and -Raymond Khoury. Much like Juliet Fortier's The Lost Sisterhood, this novel is grounded in a thorough knowledge of classical literature, with skillful interweaving of plausible archaeological speculation, ancient mythology, and exciting modern adventure. VERDICT -Readers who enjoy artifact-seeking books with behind-the-scenes tours of real-life sites will be delighted. [Ratner is set to adapt a film version.-Ed.]-Laura Cifelli, Fort -Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.