The Seventh Continent

For this year’s Global Reading Challenge the requirement from last year’s challenge to read books set in Antarctica has, thankfully, been changed. It’s not that I object in theory to books set there but they do all appear to be of a certain type and two of them will last me a while. So this year, in addition to books from each of the six more lived-in continents participants must read 1-3 books set in a “Seventh Continent” of the reader’s choice “you can either choose Antarctica or your own ´seventh´ setting, eg the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future – you name it”.

For my seventh continent I’m using International which I have chosen to define as books which have action in 3 or more countries. The first book I read was John le Carré’s Our Kind of Traitor which had action in England, Antigua, France, Switzerland and, via flashback, Russia. Now I’ve finished my second book in this category, Australian author Adrian d’Hagé’s latest thriller, The Maya Codex, which travels to Austria, Guatemala, America and the Czech Republic.

Those two books are enough to enable me to complete the medium level of the challenge (a total of 14 books) but if I am to press on for the expert level (a total of 21 books) I’ll need a final book for my particular seventh continent.

So, have you read a great book set in lots of countries? It has to be at least 3 but I’d like some more for my final book…perhaps I can find a book set in 6 countries? More? Over to you.

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12 Responses to The Seventh Continent

  1. Norman says:

    Bernadette, at the moment I am about half way through reading A Lily of the Field by John Lawton. This has action inset in Austria, Poland [a warning in Auschwitz, so not an easy read in that section] England, Canada, USA, and France. Six countries so far and as you can imagine it is a complex book, but Lawton is one of those few authors who can successfully blend tragedy and comedy.


  2. Maxine says:

    Around the World in 80 Days? 😉

    The Woman from Bratislava by Lief Davidson concerns a lot of countries, mostly in central Europe (former Yugoslavian countries, Albania, etc) but also Denmark, England and Germany. I felt much better informed about European politico-geography by the time I’d finished it!


  3. kathy durkin says:

    I’ve been anticipating reading this book myself, as soon as I get it from the Book Depository: Woman from Bratislava by Leif Davidsen. It travels to Denmark, Yugoslavia, Poland and Albania, at least. I have not read it, but this is what I’ve seen in reviews. It’s gotten good reviews. It’s on my TBR list.
    (I was going to suggest you read “The Man from Beijing,” but you had already done so; excellent review.)


  4. Bernadette – I agree about The Woman from Bratislava. I can think of a few others, too, but I think you’ve read them already…


  5. JoV says:

    I like books which set on more than 2 countries, I think looking internationally is a good definition for the 7th continent.

    Best of luck, Bernadette!


  6. As I’ve already set Woman from Bratislavia aside for the Eastern European challenge I shall keep an eye out for A Lily of the Field thanks Norman


  7. Dorte H says:

    I suggest – but do not necessarily recommend – Marklund & Patterson´s Postcard Killers (you might prefer Antarctica, though, but that is entirely up to you ;D)


  8. Last year I picked up a book from the local library named Contact Zero, by David Wolstoncroft who is apparently the writer behind the Brit ‘Spooks’ series. I chose it for my Global Challenge last year because I thought it was set in South America…and it was. For about five minutes. It’s then set all over the world as these burned MI:5 agents try to avoid being bumped off and try and get from help from a maybe mythical/maybe not group of burned spies who band together and help others. It certainly is set in a lot of countries and may fit your criteria if you haven’t already read it! It’s a bit “blockbustery” though, sort of like a huge action movie adapted for a novel!


  9. I also can’t spell, it’s Wolstencroft! Sorry!


  10. Maxine says:

    I read the first two chapters of the Postcard Killers and was so disgusted by its comic-book illiteracy that I immediately deleted it from my Kindle (as as substitute for hurling it across the room).


  11. LOL @Maxine – I have to say that even having it available for free didn’t inspire me to check out the Postcard Killers but thanks for the warning. I’ll be checking out one of these other options if I decide to go for the next level of the challenge


  12. kathy durkin says:

    Omigod, I couldn’t pick up any book with a certain author with the initials of JP. I have to restrain myself from telling people not to buy this at a bookstore or read it at the library when I see it.


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