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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE EXPLORER’S CODE:

“An intelligent thriller based on discovery, exploration, and real scientists….Wonderful characters lead us on a merry chase through some of the most glamorous and sophisticated places in the world. I learned a lot, and couldn’t put it down." —Paula Zahn

“What a page turner! I always knew Kitty Pilgrim could write down and report the facts. Now she has turned her journalistic skills and keen understanding of the world to pen an exciting novel. The Explorer’s Code takes you on a wild ride to exotic places filled with greed, intrigue, suspense and colorful characters -- rich, beautiful people and villains worth hating. Oh - and the heroes are science geeks! There’s nothing more I could ask for from a thriller.” -- Miles O’Brien, Science Correspondent, PBS New Hour

"Captivating characters, scientific intrigue, polar exploration, and romantic tension all wrapped up in a mad dash around the world that will leave you breathless! Only Kitty Pilgrim could so deftly bring together this story of Russian oligarchs, the 1918 flu epidemic, St Paul's letter to the Ephesians, the twisted roads of the Cote D’Azur, and the rarified air of the well-heeled into such a vivid and unforgettable novel. I could not put it down.".

-- Christine Romans, CNN host and author of Smart is the New Rich

“Kitty Pilgrim crafts a rollicking good read in The Explorer’s Code, an intelligent thriller that races from one romantic and exotic dateline to the next, propelled by characters who are smart, sexy and sinister. A must read for anyone who loves adventure with a brain. Guaranteed to leave you chilled, breathless and demanding a sequel!” -- Martin Savidge, International Correspondent, CNN

“By land, by air, by sea...Kitty Pilgrim spins a fast-paced mystery packed with roller-coaster ups and downs and an irresistible heroine like no other -- Cordelia Stapleton.” -- Nancy Grace, Television host and author of Destiny on the D-List

“I love a journey filled with adventure, intrigue and twists and turns. In The Explorers Code, Kitty nailed it. Her character development is flawless and in Cordelia Stapleton is an irresistible intellect and strength that draws you into each moment, page by page. You are just waiting for her to fall in love. This adventure surely doesn't disappoint! I'm already looking forward to what's next from Kitty!” -- AJ Hammer, "Showbiz Tonight" CNN Headline News

"A masterful debut sure to appeal to fans of Iris Johansen and Sandra Brown." Carol Haggas, Booklist

"CNN correspondent Pilgrim's entertaining debut focuses on a classic theme: the search for missing treasure…(There’s) a whirlwind hunt from one exotic locale to the next…a storybook romance, odious and loathsome villains, Hollywood settings--it all works, providing a heady and highly engaging mix." Publishers Weekly

“By land, by air, by sea...Kitty Pilgrim spins a fast-paced mystery packed with roller-coaster ups and downs and an irresistible heroine like no other -- Cordelia Stapleton.” Nancy Grace, Television host and author of Destiny on the D-List

From the Author

The Explorer's Code was born of my love for the Arctic and exploration.  I have followed the interesting developments in Arctic exploration in recent years and the melting of the polar cap, and what that means for resource development.  

That said, I wanted to bring these issues to my readers in a very light vehicle that would real like a romantic thriller.  Learning about interesting things should not be homework.  The Explorer's Code is very much a book you cant take on vacation, to the beach, or read at night after a long day at work.  It is entirely meant to entertain.  But a little information along the way can't hurt.   
I hope you like my character Cordelia. She is a strong independent woman and very much as strong as the hero, John Sinclair.  I made her an oceanographer, because that is one of the most interesting jobs I can imagine.  
Happy reading!
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439197199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439197196
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kitty Pilgrim is an award-winning international journalist, turned thriller novelist. Her travels have taken her on special assignments all over the world to Russia, Cuba, China, Japan, South Korea Europe the Middle East and Africa. Pilgrim's novels are rich in information, filled with high lifestyle and luxury, and based on real exploration. Traveling constantly to research locations, Pilgrim explores the far reaches of the world, living the life she writes about. She a certified diver and a member of historic Explorer's Club of New York, and a fellow in the Royal Geographical Society of London.

THE EXPLORER'S CODE - celebrates the great traditions of polar exploration.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ViviBabyStar on July 18, 2011
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I loved The Explorer's Code and think it is a wonderful debut from the talented Kitty Pilgrim. I found her characters likable, fun and real. The dialogue is fast, fresh and classy without being pretentious.
The plotlines kept me guessing and I wondered how it would all end. The locations are so unique, I felt like I learned so much from reading this novel.
A triumph!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By roko roko on August 30, 2011
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The book feels like it's written to read a bit like the da vinci code, as it is a page turner. But there's really nothing new in it and the people move around in it and talk as if they are just components of what makes this kind of novel, so much so that you're aware of it pretty much throughout. It feels formulaic with no personal style. I didn't find the last dramatic scene believable.

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In the last dramatic scene I couldn't believe that two people would risk their lives going in after some seeds all widely available and replaceable. The vault would blow up, but so what?
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Natalia Lebedeva on July 7, 2011
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A romantic thriller! What a thought, and it is fully accomplished by Kitty Pilgrim in her Explorer's Code. Love the main hero Cordelia, a talented and adventurous, and glamorous. A marine scientist who gets an award for her great grand father, and with that her exploring and thrilling adventures begin. It takes you on a fascinating journey from Monaco to Paris, London, Ephesus, and Arctic regions of Norway. The book is fantastically research.. You learn real details about the places, history, etc. Written in a very beautiful and short-chapter-laconical way. Could not put it down. You learn, you are taken away by the book, you cannot help reading and dreaming. A MUST to have!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Batsch on November 14, 2011
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This great novel kept me riveted from the first page. I loved the strong characters (especially Cordelia!). Obviously, the scientific side is extremely well researched. I loved the details about the pandemic and although I have never been to the Arctic (much too cold) , after reading the descriptions, I felt as if I had been there! I believe I'd be much happier in the Turkish locations.
Well done, Kitty Pilgrim
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry V. Phillips on July 29, 2015
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Kitty Pilgrim knows how to spin a good yarn. The Explorer's Code was a fun read and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves mystery and intrigue. Kitty is a masterful writer who knows how to bring to life the characters and places in her stories. I loved every minute reading The Explorer's Code.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Davie on October 30, 2012
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A romantic suspense involving an archeologist and an oceanographer when she inherits a family legacy.

My Take
The concept and the characters are great. Unfortunately, the story's execution, in so very many senses of that word, is too surface and immature.

It's---eventually---a sweet romance that finds Cordelia and John entangled in international intrigue with numerous attacks. The odd thing is that the attackers are all so inept and it's a good thing that Pilgrim keeps telling us what everyone is feeling and thinking because you'd never know from the storyline. Pilgrim doesn't bother with developing the story or creating any depth to make us feel what's happening or that would lead us to conclude for ourselves, instead she relies upon words to tell us that Cordelia is attracted. That John is falling in love. That Frost...gimme a break...thinks John could be a good agent. I really don't get that one. That comment was so out of the blue.

It reads more like a really developed outline. As though Pilgrim started out with a basic outline and then kept building up the outline. She just forgot to include the flesh, the meat for this story.

I probably should have given this a "2", but she really did make an effort and she certainly had a lot of help. I have to wonder just how bad it was if this was the best all those professionals could help her create. I wonder if she had so much help and, perhaps, a really tight deadline. That all that help kept throwing "oh, ya gotta have a world-threatening conspiracy" and "ya gotta have...", one after the other and she just kept adding these extra bits in because ya just gotta have. The food descriptions feel like they were plopped in because "they gotta be there". Whoever proofread did a really nice job.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By smgov on July 5, 2011
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Oh, this was so good! I couldn't put it down... Ms. Pilgrim did an amazing job... her details were fantastic... I couldn't get enough of Cordelia and Sinclair... Is there another book on the way??? i can't wait... I need more now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Turner on October 13, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. Every turn of the page had some exciting twist. The characters were so real and the plot so interesting. I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the continuing story of John and Cordelia.
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