The Mask of Troy: A Novel (Jack Howard)

By David Gibbins

Here is the main explosive event but from the New York Times bestselling writer of Atlantis and The misplaced Tomb—a whiplash-inducing novel that sends marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his staff on a treasure hunt . . . and a race opposed to time to prevent a terrifying threat.
Greece, 1876. popular archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann finds the tomb of mythical King Agamemnon and makes a remarkable discovery. decided to maintain it mystery until eventually the time is correct, he dies ahead of it may be printed to the world.

Germany, 1945. The liberation of a focus camp unearths clues to the misplaced antiquities stolen by means of the Nazis. however the operation is roofed up after a awful mystery surfaces.

Northern Aegean, ultra-modern. Jack Howard, head of the overseas Maritime collage, and his crew notice the wreckage of the mythical Greek fleet from the Trojan warfare, sending shockwaves all over the world. however the largest shock is but to return, for Jack is at the path not just of Agamemnon, yet of Schliemann’s precise discovery—and a secret so explosive that it results in the abduction of Jack’s daughter and a war of words with a brand new and evil foe.

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He discovered why Schliemann had summoned Hoar and the others to return to Troy that evening. He knew why Schliemann have been supremely convinced nice revelation used to be to hand. ” “What was once it? ” Rebecca whispered. “He observed bronze, the face of an outstanding bronze door. within the heart was once a saucer-sized roundel. And inside that used to be a form. ” Rebecca stared at him. “A swastika. ” “A Trojan swastika,” Dillen exclaimed. Hugh nodded. “It was once inspired, the exact same form and measurement because the void below Agamemnon’s masks. ” “Good God,” Dillen exclaimed. “Of path. In a door. It’s blindingly visible. That’s what Schliemann knew. The swastika wasn’t only a image of Troy. It used to be a key. ” “No ask yourself Schliemann sought after it saved secret,” Rebecca acknowledged. “The key to a mystery chamber lower than Troy. what percentage treasure hunters may die for that. ” “And it’s the main to anything else,” Hugh stated quietly, sitting up, glancing again on the photograph at the mantelpiece. “Something lousy, anything I want i'll deny, like a foul dream. It’s to do with the lady with the harp, and that drawing she made in 1945. i feel she could have visible the Trojan swastika in a bunker within the wooded area. while she used to be taken there and raped. one of many SS males who attempted to give up to us used to be raving approximately whatever within the wooded area, saved jabbing his finger, asserting there have been hidden treasures, underground. He was once attempting to discount for his existence. We didn’t think him. We proposal the camp was once for woodland employees after which used to be used as an overflow camp for Belsen. We knew there have been different SS who had escaped into the woodland, so we proposal it was once only a method of prime us into an ambush. That’s what can have occurred to Peter. yet now i feel that the defend could have been telling us the reality. ” “Do you think that that’s what Peter and the yankee chanced on? ” “I don’t understand. We may perhaps by no means comprehend. yet there's something else. a couple of days prior to we went into the camp, my SAS patrol ambushed a bike courier. We’d been advised to kill any we came upon. At that degree within the struggle they could have carried own orders from Hitler, the type of factor that will have spurred wavering German infantrymen to struggle to the dying. preventing messages like that would have kept numerous Allied lives, our personal chaps. He rode into a cord we’d strung throughout a junction. the fellow was once nonetheless alive, yet his bike burst into flames that destroyed the dispatch field. ” “Did he say something? ” Rebecca stated. Hugh paused. “Perhaps i may have got anything out of him. yet we have been at the back of enemy strains, and in a rush. We didn’t take prisoners. ” Dillen leaned ahead. “But you discovered anything. ” “I observed a charred fragment blow clear of the flames. I picked it up, and there has been writing nonetheless seen on it, a number of inches sq.. It used to be a part of Hitler’s so-called Nero Decree, the order telling his commanders to spoil the remainder infrastructure of the Reich. I’d been briefed on it at HQ, which had a whole replica, so I well-known it. in basic terms this one used to be somewhat varied. on the most sensible of the web page was once a stamped swastika, yet now not the standard Nazi one.

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