Книга: Meyer Stephenie «The Chemist»

The Chemist

Производитель: "Little, Brown and Company"

In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. She used to work for the U. S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn`t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They`ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realises it`s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialised skill set. And she shows once again why she`s one of the world`s bestselling authors.

Издательство: "Little, Brown and Company" (2016)

ISBN: 9780751568233

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Meyer, Stephenie

▪ 2008
Stephenie Morgan 
born Dec. 24, 1973, Hartford, Conn.

 Up-and-coming American author Stephenie Meyer breathed new life into young adult fiction post-Harry Potter with the August 2007 release of Eclipse, the third book in her Twilight Saga. Of the million copies in the book's first printing, 150,000 were sold on the first day in stores. The Twilight Saga tells the story—fraught with danger, suspense, and, of course, searing passion—of teenager Bella Swan and her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen. In October Meyer's series edged Harry Potter from his perennial perch atop the New York Times best-seller list, prompting speculation that vampires could become the next big craze in teen fiction. In the much-anticipated Eclipse, Bella must choose between heartthrob Edward, whom she first encountered in Twilight (2005), and Jacob Black, a young werewolf she befriended in New Moon (2006), hoping all the while that she does not inflame an age-old conflict between vampires and werewolves.

      A self-confessed “girly-girl” with no interest in vampire novels prior to writing her own, Meyer described her vampires as “very light”—sensitive, thoughtful, even beautiful figures rather than blood-guzzling predators. Some, like Edward and his family, do not drink human blood. They do not turn into bats or sleep in coffins, and they travel abroad in daylight. This unconventional take on vampires, along with vivid characterizations and spot-on portrayals of obsessive love and other varieties of teen angst, won Meyer a fervid following among teenage girls. Notwithstanding the erotic tension of the novels, Meyer, a Mormon committed to keeping her writing consistent with her faith, eschewed sexual explicitness, a decision that made her popular with parents.

      Stephenie Morgan spent her childhood in Phoenix. The recipient of a National Merit Scholarship, she attended Brigham Young University, receiving a bachelor's degree (1997) in English literature. She married in 1994 and worked as a homemaker, caring for her three sons. Inspired by a dream, Meyer began writing Twilight, her first book, in 2003. Working in secrecy, she completed the manuscript in three months. She eventually showed it to her older sister, who urged her to try to sell it. Months later Little, Brown and Co. offered Meyer $750,000—the most the company had ever offered a first-time author—for the manuscript and two future books. Twilight won accolades from the New York Times, the American Library Association, Teen People, and Publishers Weekly, which named Meyer one of the most promising new authors of 2005. Meyer's second novel, New Moon, topped the list of best-selling children's chapter books in the New York Times within a month of its publication.

Janet Moredock

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▪ American author
neé  Stephenie Morgan 
born Dec. 24, 1973, Hartford, Conn., U.S.
 
 American author known for the popular Twilight Saga, a series of vampire-themed novels for teenagers.

      Meyer, who was raised in Phoenix, Ariz., received a National Merit Scholarship and attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree (1997) in English literature. She married in 1994 and worked as a homemaker, caring for her three sons. Inspired by a dream, Meyer completed the manuscript for her first book, Twilight (2005; filmed 2008), in three months. Soon thereafter Little, Brown and Co. offered her $750,000—the most the company had ever offered a first-time author—for the manuscript and two future books. The Twilight Saga, as her series of four books came to be known, tells the story—fraught with danger, suspense, and searing passion—of teenager Bella Swan and her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen. Meyer described her vampires as “very light”—sensitive, thoughtful, even beautiful figures rather than blood-guzzling predators. Some, like Edward and his family, do not drink human blood. They also do not turn into bats or sleep in coffins, and they travel abroad in daylight. This unconventional take on vampires, along with vivid characterizations and spot-on portrayals of obsessive love and other varieties of teen angst, won Meyer a fervid following among teenage girls.

      Twilight won accolades from The New York Times, the American Library Association, and Publishers Weekly, which named Meyer one of the most promising new authors of 2005. The novel introduces Bella as she moves to Washington and first meets Edward, who instantly falls for her even though he is a vampire. Meyer's second novel, New Moon (2006), in which Bella befriends a young werewolf named Jacob Black, topped the list of best-selling children's chapter books in The New York Times within a month of its publication. In the third book, Eclipse (2007), Bella must choose between Edward and Jacob, hoping all the while that she does not inflame an age-old conflict between vampires and werewolves. After only one day on bookstore shelves, Eclipse had sold 150,000 copies. In 2007 the Twilight Saga finally edged J.K. Rowling (Rowling, J.K.)'s Harry Potter from his perennial perch atop The New York Times best-seller list for series books. When Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final novel in the series, was published in 2008, bookstores across the United States held vampire-themed parties before the title went on sale at midnight.

      Notwithstanding the erotic tension of the novels, Meyer, a Mormon committed to keeping her writing consistent with her faith, eschewed sexual explicitness, a decision that made her popular with parents.

Janet Moredock
 

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Источник: Meyer, Stephenie

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