The Mask of Troy: A Novel (Jack Howard)

By David Gibbins

Here is the main explosive experience 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 group on a treasure hunt . . . and a race opposed to time to forestall a terrifying threat.
Greece, 1876. popular archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann finds the tomb of mythical King Agamemnon and makes a superb discovery. decided to maintain it mystery till the time is correct, he dies sooner than it may be printed to the world.

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

Northern Aegean, ultra-modern. Jack Howard, head of the overseas Maritime collage, and his workforce realize the wreckage of the mythical Greek fleet from the Trojan warfare, sending shockwaves world wide. however the largest shock is but to return, for Jack is at the path not just of Agamemnon, yet of Schliemann’s actual 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 finned over to Costas and gave his apparatus a better payment, examining the tank strain. Costas had grumbled on the selection to not use Aquapods, yet then had introduced out his tattered previous boilersuit and used to be as satisfied as a toddler with a toy field. The go well with used to be slightly recognizable after years of use, a torn and light grey layer that Costas wore over his e-suit, however the a number of wallet contained his important number of instruments and instruments prepared for any eventuality. Jack glanced at his dive machine, after which up on the line at the floor that prolonged from the send to a buoy, approximately above him now. It marked the spot the place that they had to descend to prevent the present from the Dardanelles sweeping them past the break. He made the ok signal to Costas, then prolonged his arm together with his thumb down. “Good to head? ” “Good to head. Twenty mins no-stop time, beginning now. ” Costas flipped the wrong way up and barreled into the depths. Jack expelled air from his swimsuit and dropped in the back of him, spread-eagled like a skydiver. The water was once sparklingly transparent for the 1st hundred toes or so, yet at the landward aspect it had a haze to it, red-tinged, an algae bloom might be, as though the Trojan shore have been nonetheless seeping blood. someplace under them lay the grotesque residue of clash, the uncooked, unsanitized legacy of the seabed, a legacy that usually introduced domestic extra vividly to Jack the truth of battle than immaculate cemeteries and punctiliously tended battlefields. Seaquest II had pulled the sidescan sonar “fish” over the positioning an hour prior to. The wind were much less serious than expected, and Captain Macalister had made up our minds there has been time for a sonar sweep earlier than the dive. because the fish moved past the Byzantine break, the reveal had proven a featureless seabed, the sand ruffled like waves the place the present had swept over it. Then the room had erupted in pleasure as they observed the unmistakable traces of one other shipwreck, precisely the place Jack had concept he had noticeable whatever in the course of their past dive. The scour channels within the sand on both sides of the recent spoil accentuated the strains of the hull: thirty-five, probably 40 yards lengthy, slender of beam—perhaps twenty toes wide—with parallel traces operating athwartships that gave the impression of frames. there have been not one of the telltale indicators of an historical destroy, the rows of amphorae and stone blocks they'd obvious at the Byzantine smash, a miles wider-beamed hull as befit an historic merchantman. yet Jack had obvious a shadowy globular form within the middle of the hull and had develop into excited. might it were an historical pithos, an enormous pottery vat? The fortress of Troy was once suffering from fragments of pithoi; they have been what Jack had consistently imagined old galleys should have held, to hold the massive amounts of water wanted for a group of rowers. may this be an old galley? may perhaps it's a galley of the Bronze Age, the send of the Trojan struggle pointed out within the poem? may or not it's the send of Agamemnon? Jack had was hoping opposed to desire, yet regardless of the preliminary euphoria his ultimate intuition used to be opposed to it.

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