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The Fire Seekers (The Babel Trilogy Book 1) by [Richard Farr]
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Book 1 of 3: The Babel Trilogy

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From the Editor

Of the many things to love about The Fire Seekers—from its race-around-the-world archaeological quest to its deep philosophical questions—the one I admire most is, very simply, that it surprised me. I had to read the ending twice, incredulous at the turn of events. And even after the second reading, I had to sit there and think about what had unfolded. I haven’t encountered many recent novels powerful enough to inspire that reaction. Well, The Fire Seekers has that power.

At first glance, the story seems relatively straightforward. The protagonist is seventeen-year-old Daniel Calder, whose two best friends are off-the-charts smart, as are his parents. They’re also "Babblers," meaning they have the unusual ability to pick up new languages like you or I might pick up a new sweater when the weather gets cold. When Daniel’s world is rocked by a terrible tragedy, he’s shocked to discover, amidst his grief, that what happened to him may be connected to a cult known as the Seraphim, which is gaining mass numbers of converts the world over.

If you think you know where the story might go from there—trust me, you don’t. How could you? This book has ancient archaeological mysteries, cold-blooded murder, philosophical arguments about the nature of existence, and a thrilling race to the far reaches of the globe. These disparate pieces come together to form something entirely new that is much more than the sum of its parts. And in the book’s final pages, this newness will leave you experiencing a range of emotions: disbelief, satisfaction, wonder, and an intense desire to know, what next?

That’s the question I keep asking Richard, the author, but it seems I will have to wait for the sequel to get an answer.

- Courtney Miller, Editor

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“[An] erudite thriller” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Richard Farr is the author of the award-winning Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antarctic, 1910–13. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children, where he is currently working on the sequel to The Fire Seekers. Find him online at

Product details

  • Publisher : Skyscape (November 1, 2014)
  • Publication date : November 1, 2014
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3203 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 338 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 1,689 ratings

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