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"...An intriguing thrill ride...a combination of the secrets and symbols of Dan Brown with the adventures of Jules Verne...unlike anything else you'll read this year."
(AP)

“An audacious adventure novel a la Jules Verne steeped in Norse mythology and Nazi esotericism.”
—Publishers Weekly
(Publishers Weekly)

"In this breathtaking debut novel, lavish with historic detail and colorful panorama, Jan Wallentin brilliantly evokes the mysterious, underwater, middle-earth worlds of Jules Verne, interwoven with the pulse-pounding, countdown thrillers of James Bond. STRINDBERG'S STAR is a tale of eternal evil - with two diabolical "fathers," more deeply disturbed than Darth Vader, pulling the hidden strings.”
—Katherine Neville, author of THE EIGHT and THE FIRE
(Katherine Neville)

“Evil Nazi schemes, Norse mythology, Pompeian legend and a balloon expedition to the North Pole are narrative bedfellows in this sprawling, fanciful tale…it scores as a larkishly offbeat alternative to the dour mysteries Swedes are known for.”
—Kirkus
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“All the elements of a Dan Brown thriller…A perfect vacation read.”
—Booklist
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About the Author

Jan Wallentin is a journalist. He is forty-one years old and has three children. He lives in Stockholm and is currently working on his next book. This is his first novel.

Rachel Willson-Broyles has translated Invasion and Montecore, both by Jonas Hassan Khemiri. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1st Us Edition edition (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670023574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023578
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,619,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: Every book starts off as a 5-star read. Some keep all their stars, and others lose them as they go. Such was the case with Jan Wallentin's Strindberg's Star. As I neared the end of this overly-long book, I realized that I was doing all kinds of rationalizing to try to give it that 3rd star--because there were elements of this novel that worked--but rather than redeem a flawed debut, the ending damned it.

The novel opens strongly--with a lone diver deep in a flooded Swedish mineshaft making a gruesome discovery. Erik Hall has found a body. It's remarkably well-preserved, but there are anomalies indicating that it may have remained hidden for a long, long time. Furthermore, there is some fairly incendiary writing on the walls by where the body was found.

Hall's discovery, of course, prompts a media frenzy, an outcome that seems to distress the diver not at all. For once his 15 minutes is up, he starts doling out additional "secret" discoveries from the mineshaft, including some astonishingly out-of-place artifacts. It is during the press coverage that Hall meets Don Titelman, the novel's true protagonist. Titelman is a historian specializing in Nazi symbolism, a discipline he switched to after failing at medicine, in an attempt to exorcize some very personal family demons. Why he was the expert called upon by this particular chat show is never fully explained, but the intersection of these two characters proves to be significant. The other main catalyst of the story is Titelman's being accused of a crime he did not commit, and going on the run with his extraordinarily trusting and loyal court-appointed attorney--a woman who appears to have some secrets of her own.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By packers on November 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The one review that already exists is right on except that 2 stars are 2 too many. What a horrid read. Half way through it was barely so so but I vowed to finish it. Wish I hadn't wasted the time. The cover says this is an international bestseller. Really???
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oper1326 on February 16, 2013
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This book is well written but I'm not crazy about the writer's style. Also there's a good deal of fantasy, which I don't like.
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