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By Will Adams

At the path of the misplaced useless Sea Scrolls, archaeologist Daniel Knox stumbles upon a robbery in growth at an historic temple close to Alexandria. Then a senior Egyptian archaeologist is violently killed, and the finger of suspicion issues at Knox himself. so as to add to his mounting concerns, his associate Gaille Bonnard is abducted whereas exhibiting a tv team round the ruins of Amarna. She manages to smuggle out a message, pleading with Knox to rescue her, yet he is locked in a police mobile on suspicion of homicide enormous quantities of miles away. His merely desire of clearing his identify and saving Gaille is to crack one of many maximum unsolved mysteries of the traditional world...before it truly is too overdue.

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3 I Gaille unlocked the invention and climbed within. She sat there for a second, respiring not easy, learning herself within the rear-view. Her tan, scarf and native outfits gave her anonymity if she sought after it. She may well force away and nobody could ever recognize. merely that wasn’t relatively real. She’d recognize. She grabbed her digicam from the glove compartment, moved quickly out and again throughout the price ticket corridor the place the police have been nonetheless hiding, her center pounding, chills fluttering throughout her dermis. Stafford and his partners have been nonetheless hemmed in at the platform, wrestling for his or her baggage with youths. She stepped up onto a bench, wielded her digicam like a weapon. ‘CNN! ’ she cried out. ‘Al Jazeera! ’ consciousness shifted immediately to her, a wave of hostility, fast changed by means of worry, humans instinctively ducking their faces, now not eager to be captured on movie. She panned round to the boys from the relevant defense Forces. The officer scowled and snapped out orders. His males moved quickly out, opened a precarious hall with their batons that Stafford, the redhead and Gaille all moved quickly down, out to the invention. ‘What are you expecting? ’ yelled Stafford, slamming the passenger door in the back of him. ‘Get us out of right here. ’ ‘What approximately your porter? ’ ‘Fuck him,’ snapped Stafford. ‘Just get us out of right here, will you? ’ ‘But—’ ‘He’s one in every of them, isn’t he? He can take care of himself. ’ The CSF males have been waving them away, as if they couldn’t warrantly them safety for much longer. Gaille thrust the invention into equipment, surged away. site visitors was once gridlocked the way in which she desired to move; she became left as an alternative. The streets quick narrowed, elderly, became a bazaar, forcing her to sluggish correct down, wend her means among aggravated consumers. With the entire twists and turns, she fast turned disoriented. She leaned forwards in her seat, scanning the skyline for a well-known landmark wherein to navigate. II Captain Khaled Osman saved his smile fastened to his lips as he waved off the police inspector. however it vanished while he became to his males. ‘Time for a patrol, I think,’ he stated. ‘Faisal. Nasser. Abdullah. include me, please. ’ Khaled sat stiffly within the passenger seat as Nasser drove and Abdullah and Faisal cowered within the again. there has been silence except the blast of the engine. The silence of anger. The silence of worry. They reached the Northern Tombs. Khaled climbed out; his males undefined, forming a desultory line, sagging like sacks of rice. He’d performed his most sensible to instil a few delight of uniform in those males on account that being forcibly transferred into the vacationer police out of the military, however it used to be futile, they have been valueless, all they cared approximately was once gouging baksheesh from the travelers. He walked from side to side in entrance of them, their heads bowed in disgrace just like the depressing puppies they have been. ‘One activity I offer you! ’ he spat. ‘One damned activity! and also you can’t even do this! ’ ‘But we did precisely what you—’ Khaled slapped Faisal around the cheek, the crack echoing off the cliff partitions at the back of. ‘How may possibly you've performed? ’ he yelled, saliva spraying over Faisal’s face.

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