The Orpheus Descent
By Tom Harper
I have never written down the answers to the deepest mysteries, nor will I ever...The philosopher Plato wrote these words more than two thousand years ago, following a perilous voyage to Italy -- an experience about which he never spoke again, but from which he emerged the greatest thinker in all of human history.Today, twelve golden tablets sit in museums around the world, each created by unknown hands and buried in ancient times, and each providing the dead with the route to the afterlife. Archaeologist Lily Barnes, working on a dig in southern Italy, has just found another.But the thirteenth tablet is different. This tablet names the location to the mouth of hell itself.And then Lily vanishes.Has she walked out on her job, her marriage, and her life -- or has something more sinister happened? Her husband, Jonah, is desperate to find her. But no one can help him: not the police; not the secretive foundation that sponsored her dig; not even a circle of university friends who seem to know more than they're saying. All Jonah has is belief, and a determination to do whatever it takes to get Lily back.But like Plato before him, Jonah will discover the journey ahead is mysterious and dark and fraught with danger.And not everyone who travels to the hidden place where Lily has gone can return.
By Adam Baker
They took the job to escape the worldThey didn't expect the world to end.Kasker Rampart: a derelict refinery platform moored in the Arctic Ocean. A skeleton crew of fifteen fight boredom and despair as they wait for a relief ship to take them home. But the world beyond their frozen wasteland has gone to hell. Cities lie ravaged by a global pandemic. One by one TV channels die, replaced by silent wavebands. The Rampart crew are marooned. They must survive the long Arctic winter, then make their way home alone. They battle starvation and hypothermia, unaware that the deadly contagion that has devastated the world is heading their way...
By Rebecca Reisert
Passionate Ophelia longs for a life as huge as her spirit. She seems to get her chance when she's taken to Elsinore Castle to rejoin her unknown father, but soon she's torn between her love for the glamorous Prince Hamlet and the wild pirate Ragnor. As she struggles to understand why she's the only person able to see the multitudes of ghosts who haunt the castle, she finds herself drawn into a plot to kill the queen and replace her with Ophelia herself. One desperate act leads to another until madness seems the only path to save those she loves in the dangerously mad world of the Danish royal court.