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By Andy McDermott

A mythical WEAPON.
Excalibur . . . Legend has it that he who contains King Arthur’s potent 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 . . . until eventually now.

Archaeologist Nina Wilde is hoping for a bit R&R along with her fiancé, former SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase. however the couple’s plans are dashed while a gathering with an previous acquaintance propels Nina and Eddie right into a razor’s-edge hunt around the globe—battling a staff of elite mercenaries who will cease at not anything as a way 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 at 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 battle.

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Nina’s face screwed up on the reminder. ‘Don’t begin. God, i used to be so embarrassed. You’re fortunate I controlled something extra coherent than “Duuuhhh ... ” ’ Amoros stepped as much as them. ‘Well, congratulations, to either one of you. Eddie, are you certain you don’t wish any type of reputation? I’m convinced anything might have been prepared. ’ ‘That’s okay,’ stated Chase firmly. ‘I’ve annoyed lots of people through the years - very last thing i want is to remind them that I shot their scumbag brother or no matter what by way of getting a medal. ’ He appeared down at Nina’s neck. ‘Speaking of which, that matches you. you'll want to put on it on the airport, see if it will get us a loose improve to firstclass. ’ Nina gave him a sarcastic smile. ‘You’re nonetheless dashing off to England this night? ’ Amoros requested. Chase nodded. ‘Wednesday, meet the President of the USA on the White apartment. Thursday, meet my nan for tea and biscuits in Bournemouth. now not relatively within the comparable league. ’ ‘We’ve been engaged for almost a year,’ stated Nina. ‘We concept it was once time I met Eddie’s relatives. ’ ‘You idea it used to be time,’ Chase acknowledged pointedly. Nina held again her reaction as Dalton joined them, hangers-on getting into place round him. ‘So, Dr Wilde. You discovered Atlantis and the Tomb of Hercules - what’s subsequent in your schedule? researching the Temple of Solomon, or perhaps Noah’s Ark? ’ He complete the sentence with a small chortle. Nina didn’t chuckle. ‘Actually, my present venture for the IHA is going again a lot farther than something I’ve performed ahead of - prior to Atlantis, even. What I’m attempting to do is reap the benefits of the IHA’s entry to world wide archaeological and anthropological info to trace the unfold of humanity all over the world in prehistory. ’ The phrases got here out swifter as her enthusiasm fixed. ‘The normal trend of the growth of mankind out of Africa throughout Asia and Australasia, after which later into the Americas and Europe, is pretty much proven. The reducing of sea degrees in the course of ice a long time allowed historic people to trip overland and settle in locations which are now less than water - there’s a really promising website in Indonesia we’re making plans to discover later within the 12 months. ’ ‘I can’t wait,’ acknowledged Chase. ‘It’ll be nice to ultimately get out of the place of work and notice a few motion! ’ ‘Careful what you would like for,’ Nina joked. ‘But my aim is to pinpoint the precise foundation of humanity; the cradle of civilisation, with the intention to communicate. ’ Dalton raised an eyebrow. ‘Sounds to me like you’re searching for the backyard of Eden. ’ ‘You may possibly say that, convinced. even supposing no longer within the Adam and Eve, conversing snake feel. really discovering where the place Homo sapiens branched off from different historic hominids won’t make the Creationists chuffed! ’ She realised Dalton had tensed a little, and Amoros cleared his throat in a tone of soppy yet yes caution. ‘Oh God, sorry, they’re a part of your - your “base”, aren’t they? Sorry. ’ ‘That’s okay,’ acknowledged Dalton, smiling thinly. ‘My base is broader than simply the Creationist wing, thankfully. Why, a few of my supporters even think the earth revolves round the solar! ’ He compelled fun, his entourage becoming a member of in; after a second, Nina swimsuit in a mix of embarrassment and aid.

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