The Long Road to Paris, is a novel by Ed and Janet Howle, World Race 2011 sponsors and race team (Car 23). The novel describes an adventure unlike any that had taken place since the 1908 Great Race.
Until 2008, no one had attempted another around the world car race. Then on May 28, to celebrate the centennial of the longest race of all times, thirty-two antique cars set out from Times Square New York, to race west across the United States, Russia, and Europe; their destination, Paris.
A man and a woman, strangers to each other, are hired by an inventor as the driver and navigator of his car. They do not know that they are actually testing a car that has been modified in such a radical way that oil exporting countries, including Russia, would want every trace of the car destroyed. Neither do they know that China, lacking adequate energy resources, and under pressure to reduce pollution, would want to steal it.
One month into the race, Ed Talbot, the driver, discovers that the car’s inventor is not the only one keeping secrets. He finds himself on the Trans-Siberian highway, only miles from China’s border, embroiled in a world of international espionage, murder, betrayal, and a face-off between two nuclear powers. As a dangerous liaison develops between Ed and his navigator, he discovers his own need to blanket the truth in lies. Determined to deliver the car to Paris, his only possible ally is his captivating but secretive navigator, Marie-Claire Levieux. But can he trust her? All this and more unfolds in the fast-paced suspense of The Long Road to Paris.
About the Authors
This book is inspired by actual events. A world race was scheduled for 2008, and the authors, Ed and Janet Howle, signed on to compete. A preliminary banquet was held at Tavern on the Green in New York City on February 12, 2008, one hundred years from the day that the 1908 race started. Then, at the last minute, China withdrew travel permits. The around the world race now will leave New York on April 14, 2011, and the authors will participate, driving a car that is outwardly identical to the one in this story.
The setting of this novel is based on Ed and Janet’s adventures while rallying across the United States, traveling in Russia, and years as expatriates in Paris. They are experienced ocean sailors but deny that they have ever been FBI or CIA agents. Visit them on their website, www.thelongroadtoParis.com
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For an original account of the 1908 race, The Great Automobile Race with a forward by Jeff Mahl (great-grandson of George Schuster) is the best place to go!
Learn more about this amazing hostory-making race by exploring more of the World Race 2011 website!