18414143After about 6 years, 8 books, and half a dozen trips around the world, the epic story of Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase comes to an end here in Return to Atlantis.  Or at least it looks like that.  All the bad guys seem to be defeated.  The big mysterious power they’ve been chasing for the past three books has been removed from the picture, and while I’m sure they’ll continue to make grand and wondrous discoveries within their little corner of literature, for all intents and purposes our journey with them is done.

We’re brought back to Nina, alone and worried about Chase when he is accused of murder, with the power of the statues weighing on her mind and incredibly powerful multi-billionaires around the world vying for her time and attention for one thing after another.

After reuniting with her husband at the top of an exploding tower, Nina and Chase travel to top secret military bases, secluded high end resorts in Switzerland and an abandoned temple in a volcano, all while patching up their relationship and the relationship with Chase’s estranged father.

Talk about multitasking.  And it’s also rather ironic that daddy dearest, perhaps the one person both Nina and Chase are least likely to turn to to for help turns out to be the one to hold the key to unlocking  one of the many puzzles the adventurous couple face.  Ah irony.

I’m happy with how everything ended here, and was rather sad that it did.  I whipped through this like there was tomorrow, and while I know there most likely won’t be another one, that doesn’t mean I’ll stop keeping my eye on Andy McDermott.

Here’s something that’s been on my list for a long time, and I was finally able to pick up at a local used book sale for a buck.  Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

929Memoirs of A Geisha is an epic drama about the remote and shimmeringly exotic world of Sayuri, one of Japan’s most celebrated geishas, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess.

We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village, where in 1929, she is sold to a representative of a geisha house, who is drawn by the child’s unusual blue-grey eyes. From there she is taken to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto. She is nine years old. In the years that follow, as she works to pay back the price of her purchase, Sayuri will be schooled in music and dance, learn to apply the geisha’s elaborate makeup, wear elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure so fragile that it requires a special pillow. She will also acquire a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O’Hara. And Memoirs of a Geisha is a triumphant work – suspenseful, and utterly persuasive.