By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Gideon Crew--brilliant scientist, grasp thief--is dwelling on borrowed time. while his mysterious company, Eli Glinn, supplies him an eyebrow-raising project, he has no cause to refuse. Gideon's activity: scouse borrow a web page from the useful ebook of Kells, now on reveal in long island urban and guarded via unbreakable protection.
Accomplishing the very unlikely, Gideon steals the parchment--only to profit that hidden underneath the gorgeously illuminated photo is a treasure map relationship again to the time of the traditional Greeks. As they think of the unusual map, they observe that the treasure it results in is not any traditional fortune. it's whatever way more worthwhile: an awesome discovery that can even perhaps store Gideon's life.
Together together with his new accomplice, Amy, Gideon follows a path of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a distant nook of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the adversarial and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair detect the extreme treasure they're looking conceals a good larger shock-a revelation so profound that it can gain the complete human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.
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Yet as leader of operations for this venture, I’d prefer to recognize who I’m operating for. ” there has been a short, uncomfortable silence. eventually, Glinn cleared his throat and went on. “Our purchaser is, between different issues, a collector of medieval manuscripts. In his searches, he stumbled on an incomplete set of files saved at Iona: Annales Monasterii Columbae, ‘annals of the monastery of Columba. ’ It was once a type of day-by-day magazine of the goings-on on the monastery. They have been written in Latin, after all. It was once a really infrequent locate, as those different types of documents virtually by no means live on. “The Annales instructed a curious tale a couple of monk who stumbled on an previous Greek manuscript one of the monastery’s shops of secondhand vellum. The vellum had already been scraped, able to be bleached and reused. based on the magazine, notwithstanding, the previous Greek textual content used to be nonetheless legible. The monk learn it, used to be surprised, and taken it to Saint Columba. ” Glinn plucked a sheet of paper from his jacket pocket and pointed out it. “The manuscript in query was once an early Greek geography, and it defined a variety of mythical wonders of the area. between those was once a such a lot fascinating position: an island ‘far within the West, the place the earth meets the sky. ’ The geography went directly to point out a ‘great cave overhung with laurels at the face of a cliff a ways above the ocean. ’ There, the manuscript claimed, a ‘secret remedium can be came across, the resource of everlasting therapeutic. ’ The manuscript contained instructions to this position, which was once ‘beyond the land of Iberia, thousand dolichoi west of Tartessos. ’ Iberia was once the identify the ancients gave to Spain, and Tartessos was once believed to be an historical urban on the mouth of the Quadalquivir River. A dolichos was once a Greek degree of distance equaling a couple of mile and a part. in brief, this was once a place a long way, a ways past the boundary of what was once then the identified global. ” “Two thousand dolichoi west of Spain? ” stated Gideon. “That’s 3 thousand miles. that might placed this cave in…in the hot global. ” Glinn smiled and changed his glass at the desk. “Exactly. ” “So you’re asserting those Greeks chanced on the recent global? ” “Yes. ” Gideon basically shook his head. “The previous Greek manuscript gave this wondrous island a reputation: Phorkys, after an vague god of the ocean. Columba believed that God had put this manuscript into his arms for a cause. He and his clergymen, being Irish, have been already professional seafarers—and they'd first-class ships. So Columba ordered an excursion to search out Phorkys and convey again the remedium, the therapeutic balm. “According to the magazine, the monastery built 3 ships, and a gaggle of seafaring clergymen sailed from Iona, at the beginning certain for the Mediterranean, getting ready to persist with the instructions within the outdated Greek manuscript. They have been long past for years. Columba finally gave them up for misplaced. ultimately, one sorry send again with part a dozen survivors. The priests had rather a narrative to inform. ” Glinn paused dramatically, his eyebrow raised, then went on in his grey, impartial voice. “It were a bad trip. They traveled past the Straits of Gibraltar, simply to have their ships stuck in a hurricane within the Atlantic and pushed southwestward, wrecked between a few unknown islands that have been, probably, the Cape Verdes.