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The Fire Theft: A Novel Hardcover – October 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670848700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670848706
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,644,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Graham's third thriller (after The Missing Sixth and The Harbinger ) has enough poise and panache to evoke favorable comparisons with the work of Robert Ludlum and Jack Higgins. The story revolves around archeologist Stephen Kaine, whose discovery and excavation of the ancient Persian city of Kasmin-Yar has been cut short by the Turkish government. When the Calais-to-Dover ferry carrying Kaine's daughter Angela is deliberately scuttled by a Turk, the archeologist and his ex-wife Danielle become enmeshed in a far-reaching international conspiracy that seems to involve everybody from Scotland Yard to the American embassy. Intricate plot twists and believable characters send Kaine from England back to Turkey to discover the secrets behind Kasmin-Yar, gradually isolating him and revealing a world in which no one can be trusted and everyone knows more than he about what's really going on. For all his amateur blundering, Kaine manages to hold his own with little help from friends like the enigmatic and alluring Jaymin Bartel. Combining Ludlum's complexity (without the exclamation points) and Higgins's drive (without the occasionally thin narration), Graham has cooked up a robust thriller: fast-moving, well-written and crisply told, a real attention-grabber. 35,000 first printing; major ad/promo.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

When an archaeologist discovers the lost capital of the Persian empire, known as Karmin-Yar, he gets more than he bargains for. Stephen Kane and his daughter, Angela, capture the interest of a variety of nations and parties, from heroin dealers to members of the DEA and Scotland Yard. The resulting novel is reminiscent of the Raiders of the Lost Ark film and television series, though more rooted in reality. Graham ( The Missing Sixth , LJ 11/1/91) paints a grittier picture of the world than most adventure films, but he keeps a lighter touch on violence and sex than most thriller writers. Overall, his writing style fits the genre well. A series of realistic scenes that take place aboard a sinking ferry is particularly riveting. A good bet for public libraries.
- Jim Cunningham, Illinois Mathematics & Science Acad., Aurora
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve P on March 31, 2012
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Really?? This got published? With an expanse of factual errors, immediately obvious to anyone that's ever been to the UK, along with extremely stereo typical Brits, who only seem to speak American English? I especially liked the amazing overvaluation of the French Franc, I would loved to have drunk out on 3 Francs in 1989 too!!!!!! Very poor indeed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annika on April 12, 2012
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I would give it 2 and a half stars, but erred on the generous side.
Entertaining read, but very strange obvious errors about Britain make you read the whole book assuming the writer has not done his research. Obviously he has never been to Britain, but also did not do minimal research on the internet. He talks about Greenwich Mean Time and Dover time being different... There is only one time zone on the British Isles. They are serving horse meat pie in a pub... In the rest of Europe maybe, but in Britain it would be the equivalent of eating puppies, would suggest steak and kidney pie as an alternative. And there is no such thing as a Mackinaw (featured repeatedly) probably a Macintosh coat is intended. And scotch whisky is very appreciated in England.
(Living in Ireland btw. so not personally involved :-)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Shiver on February 23, 2012
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The Fire Theft grabs your attention on page one when a ferry boat sinks in the English Channel and never once lets up until a mystery involving an ancient archeological site and heroin smuggling is solved. The protaganist is Stephen Kaine, a gifted archeologist, and one of the best written characters you'll ever experience. Mark Graham writes with the best of them.
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