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By David Gibbins

For hundreds of years, humans have speculated concerning the fabled misplaced libraries of antiquity. If one have been chanced on, what marvels would it not include? Now a fearless group of adventurers is ready to unearth that long-hidden mystery, and it'll make them the main amazing discovery ever made.

In the treacherous waters off the rugged Sicilian coast, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his crew of medical specialists and ex-Special Forces commandos make a surprising locate whereas looking for the mythical shipwreck of the apostle Paul. And whilst a moment artifact is exposed within the ruins of a buried urban, Jack is at the verge of a discovery which could shake the realm to its foundations: the handwritten phrases of Jesus Christ himself.

As he follows a stoop from the loss of life confession of an emperor to the burial crypt of a medieval pagan queen, Jack is chasing a conspiracy whose internet stretches to the top degrees of overseas power–and he'll need to chance every thing to prevent the arguable record from falling into the palms of a shadowy brotherhood made up our minds to satisfy their murderous vows.

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That Boudica used to be a type of arch-Druid? ” “I’m no longer announcing it, Claudius is. ” “And this Druidess was once one of many Sibyls? ” “That’s what he says. And Claudius should still recognize. we all know he used to be a customer to the Sibyl’s cave at Cumae. ” “That’s as the Sibyl was once his drug broker. ” “There’s whatever amazing occurring right here, whatever humans have guessed at yet by no means been capable of prove,” Jack murmured, placing the pc at the seat beside him and staring up towards the altar. “Let’s backpedal for a second. commence at the start. Claudius will get a record from a Galilean, a Nazarene. ” “We recognize who we’re conversing approximately, Jack. ” “Do we? there have been lots of would-be messiahs floating around the Sea of Galilee at the moment. John the Baptist, for a begin. Let’s now not bounce to conclusions. ” “Come on, Jack. You’re enjoying devil’s suggest. ” “Let’s retain the satan out of this. We’ve obtained sufficient to deal with because it is. ” Jack paused. “Then, as an previous guy, Claudius makes a mystery journey to Britain, to London. He has the manuscript with him, inside of a steel box given to him in the course of a prior stopover at to Britain, possibly through a princess of the Iceni. ” Jack patted a bulge in his bag. Costas checked out the bulge, then at Jack. “That’s referred to as looting,” Costas acknowledged with mock solemnity. “It’s turning into a behavior. ” “Just a precaution. In case that bomb cooked off. We needed to have a few facts we’d rather obvious the tomb. ” “No have to clarify it to me, Jack. ” “Okay, like every solid treasure hiders, Claudius leaves a clue,” Jack stated. “Or quite, a sequence of clues. a few of them are in terms of his pal Pliny. ” “I imagine Claudius used to be enjoying us,” Costas stated, sniffing. “He’s hooked on riddles, to analyzing the leaves, has performed all of it his lifestyles, all these visits to the Sibyl. She has him wrapped around her contracted arms, in fact. Claudius turns into like a crossword freak, a cryptologist. And leaving clues appears to be like a part of the treasure-hiding psychology,” Jack persisted. “If you'll want to cover anything, you disguise it ingeniously, yet you should believe that someplace alongside the road another individual may well locate it. when you depart clues, you’re accountable for that technique of discovery too. a fashion of assuring your personal immortality. ” “So he comes again to Britain and reveals her tomb, and the following we're too,” Costas acknowledged. “Always disguise issues within the impossible locations. ” He sneezed. “The note of the Messiah clutched within the useless palms of a pagan priestess. ” “That’s one thread in our story,” Jack stated. “Claudius, his motivations, what drove him. yet there’s one other thread that’s been attention-grabbing me. It’s approximately girls. ” “Katya, Maria, Elizabeth? cautious, Jack. That’s something you don’t appear to be capable of regulate. ” “I suggest ladies some time past. The far away previous. ” “The mom goddess? ” Costas stated. “If the priesthood that Claudius writes approximately did live to tell the tale from Neolithic instances, then there’s each cause of considering that the cult of the mummy goddess did as well,” Jack stated. “She’s there within the Graeco-Roman pantheon, Magna Mater, the good mom, Vesta, whose temple we present in Rome, and one of the Celtic gods too.

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