IN THE SHADOW OF THE CYPRESS is the first full-legnth novel from Thomas Steinbeck, author of the critically-acclaimed collection Down to a Soundless Sea and son of John Steinbeck. CYPRESS is centered on the mysterious discovery–and subsequent disappearance–of ancient jade artifacts on California’s Monterey Peninsula  in the early 1900s. Their existence, if authenticated, would indicate a very early Asian presence in the New World. The proper fate of these sacred stones creates tension among existing tongs until the objects go missing.  The truth of their whereabouts remains a puzzle that two young scholars nearly a hundred years later attempt to solve. 


Dr. Lucas, a Marine Studies professor has possibly com across one of the most exciting finds in his life. While reading a journal written back in 1906 by another Marine Biology professor, Dr. Gilbert. In this diary, Dr. Gilbert writes about the Chinese, who at the time were outcasts. When Dr. Lucas finds the part about some priceless pieces that belonged to the Chinese and the possibility that they were here first. The answer lies in the shadow of the cypress. The writing is good and I liked that part of the book is written in a diary format. 

The author has paid special attention to the historical detail of the Chinese culture in California and this book reflects an amazing storyline thanks in part to this.  

About the Author..  

Mr. Stienbeck is the son of  famous writer John Stienbeck . Thomas Steinbeck began his career in the 1960s as a combat photographer in Vietnam. Known best for his short stories, his collection Down to the Soundless Sea won critical praise. Along with his writing and producing obligations, Steinbeck is in demand as a public speaker where he lectures on American literature, creative writing, and the communication arts. He lives in California with his wife Gail. 


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Thanks Sarah@Simon&Schuster for this wonderful read.