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The Rook: A Novel (The Rook Files #1) (Paperback)

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“This book is sci fi and urban fantasy rolled into one. Espionage with
surprising twsits. Fast paced with British style humor, the main
character awakens with bodies surrounding her. She’s an ‘old’ person in a
‘new’ person’s body with no idea who she is. Thankfully, she has a
notebook that tells her who she is, why this happened and about the life
she’s supposed to lead. I just love a good plot twist, and I’m a total
sucker for Brit humor. And I’ll always go for a Welsh heroine. That
doesn’t happen often. I married into the Welsh heritage and it’s good to
see it in literature.”

— Helen


A quick-witted, genre-bending, and wildly imaginative thriller about the secret organization keeping England--and the world--safe from supernatural threats (one staff meeting at a time).

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

About the Author

Dan O'Malley graduated from Michigan State University and earned a Master's Degree in medieval history from Ohio State University. He then returned to his childhood home, Australia. He now works for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316098809
ISBN-10: 0316098809
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: October 16th, 2012
Pages: 512
Language: English
Series: The Rook Files