(original UK title: Flash Point)
Oracle Lake is a tense, fast-paced adventure story, set amidst the stark beauty and brutal repression of occupied Tibet: a first-class, full-throttle thriller that grips the reader from the first page to the last.
Brilliantly imagined, fiercely authentic and wholly gripping.
Literary Review, London.
Fiery, fearless camerawoman Maggie Walsh has filmed everywhere from Bosnia to Afghanistan. But when she receives a tip-off from one of her Indian contacts, she knows she might be about to pull off the biggest scoop of her career. In McLeod Ganj, home of the Tibetan government in exile, the Dalai Lama is secretly dying.
Smuggling herself into the compound, Maggie films the pictures she knows will make her fortune. But when her escape is thwarted by Tsering, an idealistic young monk, she finds herself captured and her footage confiscated. When she is finally released, the Dalai Lama’s death has been announced to the world. Maggie decides to head for his homeland, to capture the reaction of his people to the terrible news.
Tsering, too, is heading for Tibet. The reincarnation of the Dalai Lama has already been born, and at Lhamo Latso, the oracle lake high among the mountains, the visions in the water will reveal the location of the chosen child. As Tsering and Maggie’s paths overlap, they find themselves drawn together in this most difficult and dangerous of quests. For once the Chinese Army discover who they are looking for, there is no way they’ll be allowed to leave Tibet alive…
Oracle Lake was published in the UK as Flash Point by Time-Warner Books and is also available in large print and audio editions. The book is available in Kindle edition from Amazon under its USA name, Oracle Lake.