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The Cloud Atlas

By Liam Callanan

Genre: Fiction
Picked by: acorbitt
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Staff Review:

Set in Alaska, The Cloud Atlas is about a missionary who spent World War II chasing down Japan’s firebombs that silently crossed the Pacific, tethered to balloons. But it’s the people he found who haunt him :a Yup’ik Eskimo woman, a shaman, a boy. At first Louis Belk was a soldier, not a missionary, dispatched to find and dispose of these improbable weapons and then keep them secret from an already anxious public. But the mysteries confronting Louis only increase when he meets his superior officer – a brutal veteran OSS spy hunter who knows all too well what the balloons can do – and a Yup’ik Eskimo woman who claims she can see the future. Chasing after the ghostly, floating weapons, Louis embarks upon an adventure that will lead him into the vast tundra, to a discovery and a choice that will change the course of his life.