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Maze Master

Maze Master

Kathleen O'Neal Gear

St. Martin's Press

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New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Gear's new apocalyptic thriller Maze Master shows the world ending not in fire nor in ice but in science.

Kathleen Gear, who often co-writes with her husband W. Michael Gear, has authored 42 books which have been New York Times, USA Today and international bestsellers. Translated into 29 languages, there are around 17 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

LucentB is a retrovirus that’s inevitable, unstoppable, and utterly catastrophic for humanity. The US government believes the only person who can find the cure is the geneticist who tried to warn them about it and then disappeared: James Hakari. They assign the task of finding him to his former student Anna Asher, who in turn recruits paleographer and religious studies scholar Dr. Martin Nadai.

The brilliant but insane geneticist is leaving clues for Anna and Martin to follow, showing he’s truly earned his students’ nickname for him: the Maze Master. The search takes Anna and Martin around the world and into a warzone they never imagined.

Maze Master's LucentB is based off of the real retrovirus HERV-K, which has caused several plagues over the past 75,000 years, almost wiping out Neandertals 50,000 years ago, and maybe 30,000 years ago. Modern geneticists consider HERV-K not to be extinct, but rather to be waiting for some trigger to come alive again.

With its scientific and archaeological authenticity and suspenseful clues, Maze Master will have readers rushing through its in… More…

New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Gear's new apocalyptic thriller Maze Master shows the world ending not in fire nor in ice but in science.

Kathleen Gear, who often co-writes with her husband W. Michael Gear, has authored 42 books which have been New York Times, USA Today and international bestsellers. Translated into 29 languages, there are around 17 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

LucentB is a retrovirus that’s inevitable, unstoppable, and utterly catastrophic for humanity. The US government believes the only person who can find the cure is the geneticist who tried to warn them about it and then disappeared: James Hakari. They assign the task of finding him to his former student Anna Asher, who in turn recruits paleographer and religious studies scholar Dr. Martin Nadai.

The brilliant but insane geneticist is leaving clues for Anna and Martin to follow, showing he’s truly earned his students’ nickname for him: the Maze Master. The search takes Anna and Martin around the world and into a warzone they never imagined.

Maze Master's LucentB is based off of the real retrovirus HERV-K, which has caused several plagues over the past 75,000 years, almost wiping out Neandertals 50,000 years ago, and maybe 30,000 years ago. Modern geneticists consider HERV-K not to be extinct, but rather to be waiting for some trigger to come alive again.

With its scientific and archaeological authenticity and suspenseful clues, Maze Master will have readers rushing through its intricate maze to find out the fate of the world in this thrilling adventure.

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Praise for Maze Master

Praise for Maze Master:

“Dazzling and ambitious…Maze Master is an epic, breathless countdown to the end of the mankind that can only be saved by locating and understanding ancient clues.” — C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Disappeared

"Crackles with tension and imagination, captivating with plausibility from beginning to the end. The science is both compelling and frightening as the characters match wits in a game with the highest stakes imaginable. The incredible thing is that the most surprising parts are real. This is nail-biting to the extreme.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

"Maze Master has everything you want in a science thriller: a continent-hopping hunt through exotic locales, pulse-pounding action, and a twisty mystery involving cutting-edge science. At times the suspense is damn near unbearable." —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

“Terrific ... Maze Master combines wild imagination with solid science and history to create sensational suspense.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

"From the very first page, you'll know you're in the hands of a master storyteller. With plenty of "Da Vinci Code" twists and turns, Maze Master is both thrilling and mind-bending." —Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of I Know a Secret

Praise for Kathleen O'Neal Gear's other books:
"No one reads a Gear novel without being transformed in beautiful wa… More…


Praise for Maze Master:

“Dazzling and ambitious…Maze Master is an epic, breathless countdown to the end of the mankind that can only be saved by locating and understanding ancient clues.” — C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Disappeared

"Crackles with tension and imagination, captivating with plausibility from beginning to the end. The science is both compelling and frightening as the characters match wits in a game with the highest stakes imaginable. The incredible thing is that the most surprising parts are real. This is nail-biting to the extreme.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

"Maze Master has everything you want in a science thriller: a continent-hopping hunt through exotic locales, pulse-pounding action, and a twisty mystery involving cutting-edge science. At times the suspense is damn near unbearable." —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

“Terrific ... Maze Master combines wild imagination with solid science and history to create sensational suspense.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

"From the very first page, you'll know you're in the hands of a master storyteller. With plenty of "Da Vinci Code" twists and turns, Maze Master is both thrilling and mind-bending." —Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of I Know a Secret

Praise for Kathleen O'Neal Gear's other books:
"No one reads a Gear novel without being transformed in beautiful ways. The Gears, separately and together, rank among the most significant novelists of modern times, and their work will endure for generations." —Richard S. Wheeler

“The Gears colorfully integrate authentic archaeological and anthropological details with a captivating story replete with romance, intrigue, mayhem, and a nail-biting climax.”—Library Journal on People of the Owl

"Blended with the carefully drawn suspense of court intrigues, colorful characters and sharp plot twists, this is a terrific tale.”—Publishers Weekly on People of the Thunder

"...the breadth of the Gears’ archaeological and historical knowledge underpins the mythic adventure as it unfolds through a panoramic lens."—Booklist on People of the Songtrail

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Kathleen O'Neal Gear

KATHLEEN O'NEAL GEAR began writing full-time in 1986 and has over one hundred non-fiction publications in the fields of archaeology, history, writing, and buffalo conservation. She has authored several novels under her own name, and co-authored more than thirty international bestsellers with her husband, W. Michael Gear. Their books have been translated into twenty-one languages. She and Michael live on a buffalo ranch in the Owl Creek Mountains of northern Wyoming.

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