Neat adventure story!
From back cover: From the fall of the Roman Empire to the last days of Nazi power, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his team of adventurers are hot on the trail of historys most elusive and desired treasure: the lost golden menorah of Jerusalem. And what they discover could change the world forever.
Deep beneath the windswept waters near Istanbul, Jack and his crack team of experts have uncovered a surprising clue to the location of the fabled treasure plundered during the Crusades. Meanwhile, in a dusty cathedral library, someone unearths a long-forgotten medieval map. Together the two discoveries will solve an ancient mysteryand spark a race to stop a present-day conspiracy of staggering proportions.
From diving into the core of an arctic iceberg to the last stand of a Viking warship to an extraordinary revelation deep in the jungles of Central America, Jack is headed straight into a globe-spanning clash of civilizations, into an astounding underground labyrinth steeped in blood and horrorsand to a confrontation with a killer on a shattering crusade of his own.
This book is SLOW. Even in the action scenes, the main characters sit down and have a discussion about the archaeology and what this most recent discovery means. Not really any character development either. I got over 3/4 of the way through the book before it started to get interesting.
This is just another "And then I punched the dirty relic thief in the nose" type work - and not even a very interesting one. So many of these, within this genre, can take your breath away...so sad that this one just lays there, and smells up the room.
A lot of this kind of books out there right now, but this one has more interest.
Mr. Gibbins has a way of telling a story...weaving fact and fiction together.It keeps the reader believing the story. At the end of the novel, in the editors notes, is where mr. Gibbins separates the truth from the fiction. Which I found very in lightning, to find how much reseach was done for his novel.Wouls I read another David Gibbins novel??? YES
If your into archeology and ancient mysteries you will enjoy this book. Excellent story and great characters!
A fast paced novel that combines Indiana Jones with Dan Brown. Archaeologist Jack Howard begins an exploratory dive in Istanbul's harbour to uncover some of the fabled treasures lost during the Crusades, including the gold menorah forn from its home in Jerusalem's Holy Temple during the final sack of the city.