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Author: M. J. Rose Narrator: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9781455869497
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From the internationally bestselling author, a lush and imaginative novel that crisscrosses time as passion and obsessions collide

Florence, Italy—1533:

An orphan named René le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, René brings with him a cache of secret documents from the monastery where he was trained: recipes for exotic fragrances and potent medicines—and a formula for an alchemic process said to have the potential to reanimate the dead.

In France, René becomes not only the greatest perfumer in the country, but also the most dangerous, creating deadly poisons for his Queen to use against her rivals. But while mixing herbs and essences under the light of flickering candles, René doesn’t begin to imagine the tragic and personal consequences for which his lethal potions will be responsible.

Paris, France—The Present:

A renowned mythologist, Jac L’Etoile—trying to recover from personal heartache by throwing herself into her work—learns of the sixteenth-century perfumer who may have been working on an elixir that would unlock the secret to immortality. She becomes obsessed with René le Florentin’s work— particularly when she discovers the dying breaths he had collected during his lifetime.

Jac’s efforts put her in the path of her estranged lover, Griffin North, a linguist who has already begun translating René le Florentin’s mysterious formula. Together they confront an eccentric heiress in possession of a world-class art collection, a woman who has her own dark purpose for the elixir…for which she believes the ends will justify her deadly means.

This mesmerizing gothic tale zigzags from the violent days of Catherine de Medici’s court to twenty-first-century France. Fiery and lush, set against deep, wild forests and dimly lit chateaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths illuminates the true path to immortality: the legacies we leave behind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rose’s latest venture into myth and reality is a page-turning, alluring concoction of fiction infused with fantastical yet actual history. Readers will be charmed by her well-drawn and memorable characters, and they will be mesmerized by her enchanting narrative, which takes them on a mystical and magical journey.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Jac L’Etoilemythologist, historian, and TV host—becomes embroiled in a quest to find a lost potion that might promise immortality, while revisiting a past love and navigating a dangerous mystery…A suspenseful and enigmatic story, with gripping historical details and the paranormal subtext Rose has become famous for.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Rose masterfully combines romance, mystery, and dual timelines connected by a reincarnation theme…Fascinating. This haunting tale of centuries of tragic love holds the promise of a happily-ever-after ending for present-day lovers.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

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About the Author

M. J. Rose is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. She is a founding member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz.com, as well as the cofounder of 1001DarkNights.com. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including RT’s Best Historical Fiction and People Magazine Picks. The Fox TV series, Past Lives, was based on her novel The Reincarnationist.

About the Narrators

Natalie Ross is an actress and voice-over artist whose acting credits include multiple appearances in the television series All My Children, among others. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator.

James Wesley Rawles is a former United States Army intelligence officer and survivalist, a well-known survival lecturer, and author of the bestselling Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse. Rawles is the editor of SurvivalBlog.com—the nation’s most popular blog on family preparedness. He lives in an undisclosed location west of the Rockies.