Crusader Gold (Jack Howard)

By David Gibbins

From the autumn of the Roman Empire to the final days of Nazi strength, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his staff of adventurers are scorching at the path of history’s such a lot elusive and wanted treasure: the misplaced golden menorah of Jerusalem. And what they notice may switch the realm forever….

Deep underneath the windswept waters close to Istanbul, Jack and his crack staff of specialists have exposed a stunning clue to the positioning of the fabled treasure plundered through the Crusades. in the meantime, in a dusty cathedral library, anyone finds a long-forgotten medieval map. jointly the 2 discoveries will resolve an historic mystery—and spark a race to forestall a present-day conspiracy of amazing proportions.

From diving into the center of an arctic iceberg to the final stand of a Viking warship to a rare revelation deep within the jungles of significant the United States, Jack is headed directly right into a globe-spanning conflict of civilizations, into an extraordinary underground labyrinth steeped in blood and horrors—and to a disagreement with a killer on a shattering campaign of his personal.

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Yet ahead of we get to the Vikings, let’s figure out how the heck the menorah came across its solution to Constantinople. ” part an hour later Jack stood with Maria and Jeremy in entrance of a construction the dimensions of an plane hangar, a stone’s throw from the sting of the estuary. O’Connor had requested for a holiday to go looking the IMU database for a few key references, and Jack had taken the chance to provide the opposite a short journey of the campus. that they had reached the engineering advanced simply in time to work out the door of the most loading bay roll open and a wierd contraption seem on a flatbed truck. “My most recent baby,” a voice yelled out. “Come over and permit me exhibit you. ” They seemed into the cavernous inside and observed Costas directing a group of workmen in the back of the truck, his overalls smeared with a clean layer of oil and dirt. He had excused himself from the assembly even as O’Connor and used to be now totally engrossed in his paintings. The hangar was once a beautiful jumble of technical initiatives, a few at the strategy planning stage and others in actual fact on the experimental degree. during the flash of a welding torch Jack can make out the battered kind of the ADSA, the complicated Deep Sea Anthropod, which had kept him from the wreckage of Seaquest in basic terms six months ahead of. Ranged on each side have been the Aquapods, the one-man submersibles during which he and Costas had first visible the silt-shrouded partitions of Atlantis, their steel carapaces nonetheless streaked yellow from the sulphurous waters of the Black Sea. “We’re approximately able to roll,” Costas referred to as out. “A ultimate structures money and that’s it. ” Jack and Maria wove their means in the direction of him via piles of and semi-finished tasks, Jeremy citing the rear. Costas post his hand to reserve a generator switched off and the unearthly din subsided. He beckoned them over to the contraption at the truck, his face beaming with pleasure. “You could have visible whatever like this in our photos from the Golden Horn,” he acknowledged to Maria and Jeremy. “The ferret, the sub-bottom borer we’re utilizing to dig throughout the seabed to the medieval layers. I haven’t received a reputation for this one but, however it does an analogous activity. Spot the adaptation? ” “Let me have a look. ” Jeremy craned ahead, peering closely on the ahead finish of the contraption. He grunted, stooped right down to glance lower than the cradle after which straightened up, ignoring the streak of grease he had got on his tweed jacket. He driven his glasses up and squinted at Costas. “It cuts via ice. ” “Very reliable. ” Costas raised his eyebrows and winked at Jack. “Go on. ” “It has an electric point round the rim,” Jeremy acknowledged. “I’d bet a superheated point utilizing semiconductor fabrics, most likely in a ceramic matrix. And that field in the back of seems like a high-energy laser equipment. ” “I’m inspired. beautiful reliable for a medieval historian. You’re within the unsuitable line of labor. ” “When I utilized for my Rhodes fellowship it was once both engineering or Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. My institution was once very conservative. ” “You drew the fast finish of the straw.

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