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Nancy's Notes - November 6, 2014

“Pegasus” by Danielle Steel, “Wolf In Winter” by John Connolly, “Havana Storm” by Clive Cussler.

    Danielle Steel’s, “Pegasus”, is the story of a German family reinventing themselves in the United States. Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, are members of the German aristocracy, and have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children in luxury on the large Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding white Lipizzaner horses that entertain audiences throughout Europe. But it is Nicolas’s bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick’s mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent.  Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, sailing with his two sons across the Atlantic for a new life in America. 

John Connolly’s, “Wolf In Winter”, is the next in his Charlie Parker series. The community of Prosperous, Maine, has always thrived when others have suffered. Its  inhabitants are wealthy residents who  shun outsiders. At the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, constructed stone by stone centuries earlier by the founders of the town. But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draws private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat more serious than any they have faced in the past. Now, in the comfortable inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.
    Dirk Pitt is back in “Havana Storm” by Clive Cussler. While investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea, that may ultimately threaten the United States, Pitt unwittingly becomes involved in a post-Castro power struggle for the control of Cuba. Meanwhile, Pitt’s children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, are on an investigation of their own, chasing an Aztec stone that may reveal the whereabouts of a vast historical Aztec treasure. The problem is, that stone was believed to have been destroyed on the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, which brings them both to Cuba as well and that places all three of them in harm’s way. 
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