In his eleventh novel, Tim Powers takes his unique brand of speculative fiction into uncharted territory, instilling the oldfashioned espionage novel with a healthy dose of the supernatural. As a young double agent infiltrating the Soviet spy network in Nazioccupied Paris, Andrew Hale finds himself caught up in a secret, even more ruthless war. Two decades later, a coded message draws Professor Andrew Hale back into Her Majestys Secret Service. Elements from his past are gathering in Beirut, including exBritish counterespionage chief and Soviet mole Kim Philby, and a beautiful former Spanish Civil War soldierturnedintelligence operative, Elena Teresa CenizaBendiga. Soon Hale will be forced to confront again the nightmare that has haunted his adult life: a lethal unfinished operation codenamed Declare. From the corridors of Whitehall to the Arabian Desert, from postwar Berlin to the streets of Cold War Moscow, Hales desperate quest draws him into international politics and gritty espionage tradecraftand inexorably drives Hale, CenizaBendiga, and Philby to a deadly confrontation on the high glaciers of Mount Ararat, in the very shadow of the fabulous and perilous biblical Ark.