By Alex Archer, Mel Odom
A holy conflict. An historic scroll misplaced in history…until now.
During a dig in Morocco, archaeologist Annja Creed and her partners are approximately buried alive while the khettara ceiling collapses, revealing a 1,300-year-old corpse. but if Bedouin bandits raid the camp, Annja slightly escapes together with her life…and 1/2 a scroll in historic Kufic script. Her companions' survival now will depend on her.
The scroll dates again to 656 advert, while Muslim raised sword opposed to Muslim and the assassination of the 3rd caliph left no transparent inheritor to Muhammad's teachings. It's a coveted locate. Annja fast unearths herself stuck among a devious terrorist whose family members honor relies on destroying what she possesses and a ruthless CIA workforce. either think the tip justifies the capacity. And that Annja can't permit.
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Except the open entrance of the eating enclosure, a door at the back of Houssine led into what Annja guessed was once the most residence. Above them, a latticework held a thick mesh of flowering vines that crammed the realm with candy smell. regardless of the glimmering candlelight and their effusive host, she couldn’t aid yet consider a bit cornered. One-handed, MacKenzie introduced out the map, shook it as soon as in order that it spread out with a whip-crack and laid it at the desk. Houssine smiled and gestured to the map. “May I? ” “Be my visitor. ” MacKenzie slid the map throughout. learning the map, Houssine took out a gel pen and his cellphone. He thumbed a number of buttons, then studied the display because the smooth blue glow performed over his demanding beneficial properties. the sunshine printed that he was once older than Annja had believed, most likely in his mid- to past due forties. “I have map coordinates for Mustafa. Longitude, range. Of what used to be his final identified place. ” Houssine wrote quick and his handwriting used to be unusually fresh and uniform. “How did you get these coordinates? ” MacKenzie watched the fellow write. “I had company with him. ” “What type of enterprise? ” Houssine seemed up and lightly driven the map again around the desk. “The type of enterprise that I do. I bought him weapons. ” back utilizing one hand, MacKenzie refolded the map and placed it again in his blouse pocket. “How many weapons? ” “Several. ” “What variety? ” “Military grade. ” MacKenzie scratched his chin along with his unfastened hand. “That’s going to make our task tougher. ” “I wasn’t doing enterprise with you on the time or i'd have curtailed my revenues. ” Houssine shrugged. “Of path, from Mustafa’s standpoint, my telling you the place to discover him isn’t going to aid him any. ” “You have some extent. What concerning the variety of males? ” “Thirty. in all probability thirty-five. If the gang will get a lot higher, Mustafa goes to discover it difficult to stay hidden in the market. He doesn’t have loads of supporters. He has lived a violent lifestyles, and that i anticipate him to fulfill a violent finish. ” Houssine leaned again in his chair. “As for your self, Al, you may have a call. ” MacKenzie lifted an inquisitive eyebrow. “A selection? ” “About even if you meet a violent finish. ” As Houssine’s voice tailed off, the ruby-red disc of a sniper scope dawned on MacKenzie’s chest. Annja noticed the sunshine instantly and couldn’t support checking her personal chest to work out if one other had shaped there. not anything. Smiling and confident, Houssine mentioned a pistol from less than the desk. “Mustafa didn’t simply purchase my weapons. He additionally obtained my prone. He wishes Annja Creed alive, yet he doesn’t care no matter if you reside or die. So, on the way to it—” MacKenzie uncoiled like a amazing rattler. He lifted his boot and drove it into the desk, knocking it into Houssine’s chest and riding the guy over backward. driven again through the strength he’d used at the desk, MacKenzie went over backward sooner than the gunner with the scope may possibly fireplace. The gatekeeper introduced out a pistol, yet ahead of he may even get it up, Yahya pulled out his personal weapon and shot the fellow two times within the chest earlier than losing right into a free roll and coming to his ft beside the houseman.