Beijing, China, 1421 It Is A Momentous Time For The Ming Dynasty Honoring The Completion Of The Forbidden City, A Fleet Of Unprecedented Size Sets Sail Under Admiral Zheng He Zheng S Mission Is To Chart The Globe, Trading For Riches And Bringing Glory To China S Emperor Among The Crew Is The Talented Cartographer And Navigator Ma Zhi, Whose Work Will Lead To The First True Map Of The World But Whose Accomplishment Will Vanish When The Fleet Returns To A Very Different China Than The One It Left.Lisbon, Portugal, 1496 At The Height Of Portugal S Maritime Domination During The Age Of Discovery, The Legendary Explorer Vasco Da Gama Embarks On A Quest To Find A Sea Route To India On Board Is Navigator Antonio Coehlo, Who Guards Portugal S Most Secret Treasure A Map That Already Shows The Way.New York, Present Day Mara Coyne S New Client Has Left Her Uneasy Republican Kingmaker Richard Tobias Has Hired Her, He Says, Because Of Her Skill In Recovering Stolen Art And Advocating For The Rightful Owners, But Mara Senses That He Is Not Telling Her Everything Tobias Reveals That A Centuries Old Map Was Stolen From An Archaeological Dig He Is Sponsoring In China, And He Wants Her To Get It Back But As Mara Begins Her Investigation, She Uncovers The Shocking Truth The Map Is Valuable Than Anyone Has Ever Imagined, And Her Client S Motives Are Sinister Than She Suspected.Weaving Rich Historical Detail And Astounding Fact Into A Fast Paced Suspense Fiction Ride, The Map Thief Is An Incredible Entr E To The Murky Underworld Of Stolen Artifacts And The Thieves And Traders Who Broker Them From Hong Kong To The Italian Countryside, From Lisbon To The Remote Reaches Of Communist China, And Literally Around The World On The Ships Of Fifteenth Century Explorers, Heather Terrell Takes Readers On A Globe Trotting Adventure Of Epic Proportions From The Hardcover Edition.


10 thoughts on “The Map Thief

  1. Noor Jahangir Noor Jahangir says:

    This is an interesting novel, blending historical settings with a modern day thriller This is a well researched novel, but often it seems the author is trying too hard to show off the research, providing details that don t directly or indirectly impact the plot or character development Its a very short novel and could have perhaps done withtwists and drama Perhaps the author is overly protective of her main character because there never really comes a point where I felt anxious for her, This is an interesting novel, blending historical settings with a modern day thriller This is a well researched novel, but often it seems the author is trying too hard to show off the research, providing details that don t directly or indirectly impact the plot or charac...


  2. Lara Lara says:

    The mystery in the hunt for the map kept me reading it, but in the end just ok Couldn t get into the characters and the adventure side of it was anti climatic Interesting idea behind the book though that the Chinese discovered the world before the Europeans.


  3. Tiago Vinagre Tiago Vinagre says:

    Retomar os h bitos de leitura roubados pelos exames nacionais com este livro foi uma boa op o Apesar de n o ser brilhante, de n o ter um daqueles enredos ou tipo de escrita que nunca mais saem da tua cabe a, foi uma leitura agrad vel e que apreciei Um bom livro, f cil de ler, ideal para relaxar.


  4. Janet Janet says:

    I really enjoyed this book I like Heather s writing and she really appears to do a lot of research for her books I always enjoy a story that is loosely based on historical fact It makes it so muchinteresting to me I also enjoyed her first book, The Chrysalis, and was looking forward to her second I was not disappointed She also gets extra points for living in Pittsburgh I only had one tiny complaint while reading I was really wanting there to be somethingbetween Mara and Ben I really enjoyed this book I like Heather s writing and she really appears to do a lot of r...


  5. Debby Debby says:

    The beginning was a little confusing, but once I got to the middle pages 119 on , I could not put it down A little too easy to figure out but interesting The side stories needed somedevelopment They just didn t seem rounded enough, es...


  6. Sassbot5000 Sassbot5000 says:

    Quick and enjoyable mystery I liked the characters even though they didn t really have any growth or development But then, this story wasabout the search for the map then it was about great character development.


  7. Elli Andrews Elli Andrews says:

    Mara Coyne begins a case to find a map thief which takes her on a rollercoaster journey to China and Portugal but who can she trust This book has all the makings of a great story there s flashbacks to both China and Lisbon in the 1400s to expand the tale, there s secret riddles, love interests and globe trotting However, it s all just left feeling a little flat I didn t realise and there is no reference to it on the book spage that this is actually the second book in the series o Mara Coyne begins a case to find a map thief which takes her on a rollercoaster journey to China and Portugal but who can she trust This book has all the makings of a great story there s flashbacks to both China and Lisbon in the 1400s to expand the tale, there s secret riddles, love interests and globe trotting However, it s all just left feeling a little flat I didn t realise and there is no reference to it on the book spage that this is actually the second book in the series of Mara Coyne The previous book The Chrysalis is referenced heavily in the f...


  8. Shannon Shannon says:

    She plays a lot with historical facts, but I enjoyed this idea about China discovering the world and the three storylines woven together.


  9. Dana Dana says:

    This story is written in three parts Beijing, China 1421, Lisbon, Portugal 1496 and present day Beijing is under the Ming dynasty The forbidden city has just been completed and to celebrate the completion Admiral Zheng He is told to amass a fleet to map the world and bring back riches and glory for the emperor Ma Zhi is a eunuch cartographer who wishes to join the armada and help his family s finances He must go through rigorous testing but is finally chosen to accompany the Admiral He cre This story is written in three parts Beijing, China 1421, Lisbon, Portugal 1496 and present day Beijing is under the Ming dynasty The forbidden city has just been completed and to celebrate the completion Admiral Zheng He is told to amass a fleet to map the world and bring back riches and glory for t...


  10. Donna Donna says:

    The book has three story threads concerning a magnificent map of the known world drawn in 1421, used in 1496 and excavated in 2008 The problem is, that once unearthed in present time, it is stolen because of what the map emcompasses It becomes almost impossible to recover as historians don t believe such a complex map exists and if it does, it will turn history as we know it upside down if it is made public While intriguing from a historians point of view, from a readers point, it is a littl The book has three story threads concerning a magnificent map of the known world drawn in 1421, used in 1496 and excavated in 2008 The problem is, that once unearthed in present time, it is stolen because of what the map emcompasses It becomes almost impossible to recover as historians don t believe such a complex map exists and if it does, it will turn history as we know it upside down if it is made public While intriguing from a historians point of view, from a readers point, it is a little thin T...