The Secret of Excalibur

By Andy McDermott

A mythical WEAPON.
Excalibur . . . Legend has it that he who includes King Arthur’s effective sword into conflict might be invincible. yet for greater than one thousand years, the key to the whereabouts of this strong weapon has been misplaced . . . till now.

Archaeologist Nina Wilde is hoping for a bit R&R together with her fiancé, former SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase. however the couple’s plans are dashed while a gathering with an outdated acquaintance propels Nina and Eddie right into a razor’s-edge hunt around the globe—battling a workforce of elite mercenaries who will cease at not anything in an effort to declare a prize each treasure hunter has coveted because the ultimate days of Camelot. Nina and Eddie needs to do every little thing they could to maintain the mythical blade from falling into the incorrect palms. as the fact in the back of the sword’s power—and those that search it—will not just surprise the area yet plunge it right into a new and extra devastating period of struggle.

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And the lives it had taken. ‘It larger be worthy it,’ she acknowledged quietly, purely Chase listening to her. Prikovsky snapped the case closed, his smile suggesting he was once greater than happy with its contents. ‘Well, then. We nonetheless have a couple of hours sooner than the ladies visit the occasion, so there's time to get you prepared, Dr Wilde. ’ ‘Get me prepared? ’ she echoed. ‘You don't heavily imagine you'd be in a position to get in having a look like that, do you? ’ He seemed disdainfully at her heavy coat, denims and Reeboks. ‘My women all glance impressive, like types - like supermodels! you'll have to glance an identical. ’ ‘Oh,’ Nina acknowledged. ‘Y’know, that would be an issue. I’m probably not the stick insect style. ’ Prikovsky grinned - or leered, notwithstanding it used to be not easy to inform with the cigar clenched among his the teeth. ‘No have to fear. a few make-up, the suitable outfits . . . Mario is brilliant. ’ ‘Mario? ’ hooted Chase. ‘There’s a formal Russian identify. ’ ‘He types all my girls,’ Prikovsky informed him as he positioned the briefcase right into a secure. ‘We’ll move and spot him now. ’ He grinned back. ‘In my glossy new truck! ’ ‘Shut up,’ stated Nina, ahead of Chase even had an opportunity to open his mouth. It opened besides - regularly in amazement. ‘Bloody hell,’ he ultimately controlled to assert. ‘You glance . . . whoa. Pavel used to be correct - Mario rather is wonderful! ’ Nina had spent the higher a part of hours in a plush salon, her hair being washed and styled, make-up utilized to her face. She used to be now not the single girl there - over a dozen others have been additionally covered up prior to the massive illuminated mirrors, being labored upon and fussed over via girls apiece. Mario - who regardless of his identify used to be approximately as Italian as Joseph Stalin - scurried from side to side alongside the road, brushing and plucking and tweezing and glossing, solving each final aspect of every makeover. And notwithstanding the final glance was once some distance faraway from something Nina could have selected herself, she was once pressured to confess it was once certainly one hell of a makeover. She had spent a significant portion of the time in a reclined place; whilst she eventually sat upright, she skilled a extraordinary second of disassociation, as if another individual used to be in retrospect at her from the reflect. an individual who occurred to be a version . . . even though she wasn’t ready to head so far as twiglet. Mario wasn’t that solid. It wasn’t the heavy, smoky-eyed make-up or scarlet fake nails or ultra-moussed coiffure that aroused her ire, notwithstanding. It was once the outfit Prikovsky had supplied for her - which, as she’d anticipated, provoked a wide-eyed reaction whilst she was once awarded to Chase and the opposite males. ‘I appear like a goddamn hooker,’ she moaned. The sleeveless black rubber minidress used to be, she’d been guaranteed, the made of a few super dear and specific clothier in London - yet that didn’t modify the truth that it used to be additionally tremendous tight and revealing. She had the terrible feeling that if she moved her knees greater than a fragment of an inch aside, the whole skirt could twang up over her hips like an overstretched elastic band. ‘You’re imagined to be a hooker,’ Chase mentioned.

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