By Paul Christopher

From america this day Bestselling writer of The Sword of the Templars and The Aztec Heresy a few secrets and techniques are too nice to bear... Retired military Ranger Lt. Col. John Holliday has reluctantly settled into his educating place at West element while younger Israeli archaeologist Rafi Wanounou involves him with determined information. Holliday's niece-and Rafi's fianc?-Peggy has been abducted. Holliday units out with Rafi to discover the single kin he has left. yet their look for Peggy will make them a path of clues that spans around the globe, and into the guts of a conspiracy related to an historical Egyptian legend and the darkest secrets and techniques of the Order of Templar Knights. secrets and techniques that, as soon as recognized, can't be survived...

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That’s because all three people on the board of Pelerin and Cie are dead. Armand in 1926, Pouget in 1867, and Lorelot in 1962. ” Rafi asked. “I don’t know yet. The estates of all three men are handled by an avocat—a lawyer in the village named Pierre Ducos. It took almost eight months to track Ducos down after I started trying to decipher the notebook. -Julien and found themselves in a landscape that had changed very little since the time it had been the realm of Richard the Lionheart’s mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, eight hundred years before.

And the key lay in the small, blood- spattered notebook now locked in a desk drawer in Lieutenant Colonel John Holliday’s study. The notebook was the gift of an ex-priest named Helder Rodrigues, dying in Holliday’s arms on the island of Corvo in the distant Azores. The gift came with a codicil, however: use it wisely, use it well or use it not at all. The Templar treasure Rodrigues had revealed to Holliday and Peggy that day in the furious rain had been great enough; the secret revealed within the bloody notebook was a million times greater.

Holliday asked, looking for something to say. Japrisot wasn’t the most voluble person he’d ever met, even though his English was excellent. “Thirty-one years. ” “Prévôtales? Provost Corp? ” “Bad times,” commented Holliday. “Very bad,” said Japrisot. He shrugged. “Better for me than others however,” he murmured. ” Japrisot’s heavy shoulders lifted again. ” “There is that,” Holliday said and nodded. The Battle of Dien Bien Phu had been the last encounter of the war in Indochina for the French and a ghastly preview of the coming war in Vietnam for the United States.

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