Bestiary

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A manuscript illuminated with fantastical creatures said to have roamed the Garden of Eden, the bestiary has been handed down throughout the centuries by one of the Arab world's most prominent families.  Commissioned to restore it is the beautiful young art curator, Beth Cox. 

But it is Beth's husband, Carter—a paleontologist making his own dire discoveries in Los Angeles's famed La Brea Tar Pits—who will be led by the bestiary into a living, breathing menagerie of wonders…and horrors. 

Now myth and reality are about to collide.  Carter will step back into a world before time…and unleash the creatures that haunt our dreams and nightmares.
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About the author

Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, a television writer, and the author of many books, including the supernatural thrillers The Medusa Amulet, Blood and Ice, Vigil (a USA Today bestseller), and Bestiary. His articles and essays have appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, New York magazine, People, and Parade, and his nonfiction book Robert’s Rules of Writing has become a staple in many college classrooms. His television credits include such popular shows as Charmed, Sliders, and Early Edition. A long-standing member of the Writers Guild of America, Masello lives in Santa Monica, California.
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Penguin
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Published on
Nov 7, 2006
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Pages
464
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ISBN
9781440623905
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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This content is DRM protected.
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Praise for The Romanov Cross
 
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