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Head of Zeus
Deserted Cities of the Heart
01 Aug 2019 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781789541274

A taut political thriller and transcendent apocalyptic fantasy.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 320 pages
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Deserted Cities of the Heartby Lewis Shiner

Years ago, Eddie Yates disappeared into the rainforests of the Yucatan, a burned-out visionary in search of cosmic truth. A mysterious photo sends Lindsey, his ex-wife, on a quest to bring him back and puts her on a collision course with Eddie's brother Thomas, whose desire for Lindsey has never faded.

Their search leads them to the ruined Mayan temples of NaChan, deep in the jungle, where mushrooms grow that can send you back through time – or kill you. NaChan is sacred to the Landon Indians, and their enigmatic shaman Chan Ma'ax. But the ruins have also become a nexus for the political forces that are tearing Mexico apart.

Lindsey, Thomas, and Eddie are soon caught between Carla's rebel army and the secret US paramilitary group known as the Fighting 666th as they face off in the first battle of the end of the world.

Born in Texas, Lewis Shiner is a musician, rock music journalist and award-winning author, writing across genres. He has published six short stories collections and eight novels, including Glimpses, winner of the World Fantasy Best Novel Award.

From the author of OUTSIDE THE GATES OF EDEN.

First published in 1988.

'With surpassing skill, Shiner creates a milieu of corruption, decay, and ultimate redemption – populated with a cast worthy of Robert Stone. This savagely written novel is a total original' James Ellroy

Both a taut political thriller and a transcendent apocalyptic fantasy... Perhaps the most astonishing thing about the novel is its sense of hopefulness. Full of violence and set at the beginning of the end of the world as we know it, Deserted Cities of the Heart nevertheless leaves the reader with the liberating notion that, even though history endlessly repeats itself, there may come a better time when guns and bullets do not matter' San Francisco Chronicle

'I have never seen the pacing, the mood, the psychological intensity of individual scenes drawn any better than this' Washington Post, Book World

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