By Philip Pullman
During this new prequel episode from Philip Pullman's His darkish fabrics universe, Lee Scoresby--Texan aeronaut and destiny good friend to Lyra Belacqua--is simply 24 years outdated, and he is lately gained his hot-air balloon in a poker online game. He unearths himself floating North to the windswept Arctic island of Novy Odense, the place he and his hare daemon Hester are quick tangled in a dangerous plot related to oil tycoon Larsen Manganese, corrupt mayoral candidate Ivan Poliakov, and Lee's longtime nemesis from the Dakota state: Pierre McConville, a employed killer with no less than twenty murders to his name.
It's purely after Lee kinds an alliance with one of many island's reviled armored bears that he can struggle to damage up the conspiracy in a gun-twirling vintage western shoot out--and conflict of wits. This beautiful clothbound quantity beneficial properties the illustrations of John Lawrence, a detachable board game—Peril of the Pole—on the interior again hide, and a glimpse for Pullman fanatics into the 1st friendship of 2 of the main liked characters within the His darkish fabrics trilogy: Lee Scoresby and armored endure Iorek Byrnison.
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You signal the invoice of lading ahead of you load the shipment? " "That's the process right here. whilst the shipment is brought to the warehouse, it turns into the carrier's accountability and the invoice of lading is signed there after which. that is the challenge, see. i have already taken accountability for this shipment, and that i cannot get the rattling . . . cannot even . . . " He swallowed the rum convulsively. "Why do not you seek advice from the Customs? " stated Lee after a second. "I comprehend they are the legislation round the following. " "I attempted. no longer a Customs topic. all of the Customs papers are so as. They wrote me a letter to assert they don't seem to be involved. " "How lengthy wouldn't it take to load? " "A couple of hours. no longer lengthy. " "And as soon as it used to be on board, may you allow immediately? might you want to interact a tug, or a pilot? " "No. i've got an auxiliary engine, and adequate gas, and pilotage isn't obligatory. " "What approximately your staff? " "All on board, yet they might not be for lengthy. They recognize the repair i am in. " "Because, you see," stated Lee, stubbing out his little black cigarillo, "if you had the canopy, you'll take the shipment and run. " Van Breda stared at him. He did not appear to comprehend. His expression trembled among wish and melancholy. "What are you announcing? " he acknowledged. "I'm asserting i do not like Poliakov. i do not just like the manner he talks and that i in particular don't love the boys he retains corporation with. and i am announcing so one can load that shipment, Captain, i'm going to stand defend for you if you do it. All you need to do is open the warehouse door. " He driven again his chair and went to the bar to pay for his or her beverages. A notion happened to him and he stated to the bartender, "Say, have you learnt a guy referred to as Oskar Sigurdsson? " "The journalist? " stated the bartender. "Ja, i do know him. You a chum of his? " "No. simply curious. " "Then I inform you. he's poison. natural poison. " "Thanks," acknowledged Lee. He joined the Captain at the pavement outdoor. He was once approximately to show in the direction of the Harbor Master's workplace whilst he had a shock. The undergo by way of the bollard stood up, became to them, and acknowledged: 'You. " He was once having a look without delay at Lee. His voice used to be profound. Lee felt himself startled witless for a second, after which accrued himself and crossed the line to the waterside. Hester stayed very with reference to his ft, and Lee picked her up. 'You wish me? " Lee stated. nose to nose, the endure was once bold. He was once younger, so far as Lee might pass judgement on; his physique was once huge, immense, and his small black eyes particularly unreadable. His ivory-colored fur waved in ripples because the brisk wind performed over it. Lee may perhaps consider Hester's little center beating quick on the subject of his. The undergo stated, 'You gonna aid him? " He regarded in short on the Captain, staring at them from around the street, after which again at Lee. "That's my intention," stated Lee conscientiously. "Then I assist you. " "Do you recognize Captain van Breda then? " "I recognize his enemy is my enemy. " "Well then, Mr. . . . Mr. Bear—" "Iorek Byrnison," acknowledged the undergo. "York Burningson, the Captain must get at a shipment that is locked within the warehouse, and cargo it on his send, and escape. And his enemy, who is my enemy too, in addition to yours, desires to cease him.