Jun 11, 2014

Book Review: THE MAP THIEF by Heather Terrell


The Map Thief
The Map Thief  by Heather Terrell links 15th century, Ming Dynasty, Admiral Zheng He with Portugal explorer Vasco da Gama, also of the 15th century. The two men sailed their ships on the same routes, perhaps 70 years apart. 

How a map of Zheng He's travels lands up in the hands of the Portugese navigator to Vasco da Gama is the mystery the novel tries to solve. In present day New York, Mara Coyne, antiques finder, hopes to solve the mystery after being called in to investigate and recover a priceless 15th century map stolen from an archaeological dig in China. How did a copy of this map reach Portugal so many years ago? And where is that copy now? 

The book takes you from New York, to China, and to Lisbon, and blends historical facts with fiction to explore an interesting theory regarding the first sailors to "discover" America and the New World.

This informative, well written and researched novel, printed in 2008 by Ballantine, presents some interesting and challenging historical questions for readers and scholars alike.


  1. I am a history buff and I am also very interested in maps. Basing a novel around these things seem like it has a lot of potential.

  2. Very interesting idea for a book!

    Harvee, I am enjoying the new look of your blog.

  3. Sounds interesting!

    I agree with Suko, you blog looks good!

  4. I think I am being followed by this book, Harvee. :)

  5. Sounds interesting! Thanks for your great review Harvee.

  6. What an intriguing mystery! I'm glad you enjoyed it, Harvee.


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