On Sale: May 12, 2009
Featuring: Harry Bennett; Storm Syrrell
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Will she decipher the mysteries leading to
the sacred relic, or be defeated by the foes racing to claim
it and destroy her?
A dealer in art and
antiquities, Storm Syrrell arranges her life as she does her
work -- into neat, orderly categories. But when her
grandfather is murdered, all certainties are crushingly
replaced by suspicions. She struggles to understand his
death -- and decipher the frayed leather journal she finds
hidden in his vault. Storm soon realizes that, far from
being simply a discreet art broker, Sean Syrrell was a
trusted go-between in the highest ranks of business and
government in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
all of Sean's associates were quite so lofty. Enter Harry
Bennett, a scruffy professional treasure hunter just
released from a Caribbean jail, followed by Emma Webb, a US
government lawyer with links to Interpol. Storm pushes her
doubts aside, locks the door to her Palm Beach art gallery,
and opens herself to the quest begun by her
Their trail leads them ever farther afield --
London, France, Istanbul, Cyprus -- and ever deeper into
danger. The thrill of the search is haunted by Storm's
determination to bring Sean's murderers to justice. Storm
and Harry in turn are targeted by an unknown assassin and
saved from death only by Harry's split-second
Their quest homes in on the Copper Scroll of
Qumran and controversial claims made by the Jewish historian
Josephus. Hidden beneath the dust and mysteries of two
thousand years lies the reason behind Sean Syrrell's murder
and the find of a lifetime: a fortune in gold of great
historical significance. Storm begins to grasp the potential
magnitude such artifacts will have on contemporary religion
and politics -- especially the competing historical claims
to Jerusalem. Some seek to claim the gold for the treasure
it represents; others are determined to destroy it. With the
tangled motives of greed and power now in focus, old allies
become new enemies. Through this, something unexpected tugs
at Storm. The sacred relics represent a formidable metaphor
to an ancient faith; will her search include a renewal of
her own faith?
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