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For hundreds of years, humans have speculated in regards to the fabled misplaced libraries of antiquity. If one have been chanced on, what marvels wouldn't it include? Now a fearless workforce of adventurers is ready to unearth that long-hidden mystery, and it'll make them the main surprising discovery ever made.
In the treacherous waters off the rugged Sicilian coast, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his crew of clinical specialists and ex-Special Forces commandos make a surprising locate whereas trying to find the mythical shipwreck of the apostle Paul. And whilst a moment artifact is exposed within the ruins of a buried urban, Jack is at the verge of a discovery that may shake the area to its foundations: the handwritten phrases of Jesus Christ himself.
As he follows a stoop from the death confession of an emperor to the burial crypt of a medieval pagan queen, Jack is chasing a conspiracy whose internet stretches to the top degrees of overseas power–and he'll need to hazard every little thing to forestall the arguable rfile from falling into the palms of a shadowy brotherhood made up our minds to satisfy their murderous vows.
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The dual corrugated hoses of his regulator made him think like a diver of Cousteau’s day, however the similarity ended there. As he approached Costas he forged a serious eye over the yellow console on his friend’s again, its contoured shell containing the closed-circuit rebreather with the cylinders of oxygen and trimix they wanted for the dive. The corrugated hoses ended in a helmet and full-face masks, letting them breathe and speak with no the encumbrance of a mouthpiece. “Remember my briefing,” Costas acknowledged. “Lights off, until we discover whatever. ” Jack nodded. With their eyes familiar with the gloom, he knew they might have a better diversity of imaginative and prescient for recognizing a ruin mound than with the constrained cone of sunshine from a headlamp. “Dive profile? ” he requested. “Maximum intensity 80 meters, greatest backside time twenty-five mins. we will move deeper, yet I don’t are looking to danger it until eventually Seaquest II ’s on station and the recompression chamber’s fired up. And be mindful your bailout. ” He pointed to the octopus regulator that may be fed into the helmet if the rebreather malfunctioned, bypassing the counterlung and tapping fuel without delay from the manifold at the cylinders. “Roger that. You’re the divemaster. ” “I want you’d do not forget that the subsequent time you notice treasure glinting on the backside of the abyss. Or inside of an iceberg. ” Costas pressed a keep an eye on on his dive computing device after which peered at Jack via his visor. “Just something earlier than we go…” “What is it? ” “You stated something that touches at the lifetime of Jesus is like gold dirt. humans should have been trying to find the shipwreck of St. Paul because diving started, even prior to Cousteau. It’s one of many greatest prizes in archaeology. Why us? ” “That’s what you stated approximately Atlantis. a number of fortunate breaks and a bit lateral considering. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. ” “And a bit support out of your associates. ” “And a bit support from my acquaintances. ” Jack grasped the sell off valve on his buoyancy jacket. “Good to head? ” “Good to move. ” Seconds later Costas used to be hurtling down into the depths, drawing close the dive in his accepted approach, as though he have been going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Jack extra gracefully, his legs and arms outstretched like a skydiver, exhilarated by means of the weightlessness and the landscape that was once establishing lower than them, hearing the sound of his personal respiring. The view used to be precisely as he remembered it from two decades sooner than, each gully and ridge of the cliff base etched in his brain, from hours spent measuring and recording, poring over the damage plan and dealing out the place to excavate subsequent. Costas was once correct in regards to the know-how. Underwater archaeology had complicated leaps and limits long ago 20 years, as though physics had complicated from Marie Curie to particle accelerators in an insignificant iteration. again then, measurements have been taken painstakingly through hand; now it was once laser range-finders and electronic photogrammetry utilizing remote-operated cars instead of divers. What had taken months again then might now be accomplished in an issue of days. Even the discomforts of diving have been tremendously decreased, the E-suits insulating them from the temperature drop on the thermocline.