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The Nautical Chart

by Arturo Perez-Reverte

In an unusual and compelling thriller Coy, the lonely seaman banned from the sea, is enlisted as navigator, sailor and diver by the beautiful Tanger Soto in her obsessive search for the Dei Gratia, a ship on a secret mission sunk off the Spanish coast two centuries before. A rich narrative full of literary allusion and memorable characters which builds to a powerful climax.

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I suppose Coy told himself, the precise word is fear. You know there are rocks ahead, and that's that. Navigate, eyes on the sea, feel the breeze in your face and the salt on your lips, but don't be fooled. Know.
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Parallels

The Tempest by Juan Manuel de Prada
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
 

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