The Mask of Troy
A NovelBook - 2011
Greece, 1876. Renowned archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann unearths the tomb of legendary King Agamemnon and makes a mind-blowing discovery. Determined to keep it secret until the time is right, he dies before it can be revealed to the world.
Germany, 1945. The liberation of a concentration camp reveals clues to the lost antiquities stolen by the Nazis. But the operation is covered up after a horrific secret surfaces.
Northern Aegean, present day. Jack Howard, head of the International Maritime University, and his team discover the wreckage of the legendary Greek fleet from the Trojan War, sending shockwaves around the world. But the biggest surprise is yet to come, for Jack is on the trail not only of Agamemnon, but of Schliemann's true discovery--and a mystery so explosive that it leads to the kidnapping of Jack's daughter and a confrontation with a new and evil foe.
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Jack is back. Jack Howard, marine archaeologist, that is. If you like Dan Brown’s novels but think they are a bit fluffy on historical details, then this is the series for you. Author David Gibbins is a Cambridge-educated archaeologist who specializes in marine archaeology, and he follows the golden rule of writing – write what you know. It is no wonder that then that the hero in his books is just that. Following up his adventures in Tiger Warrior, Jack and his team are back in the Mediterranean on the hunt for the lost treasure of Troy. Troy, that city from ancient legend, tied to names like Priam, Achilles, Hector, Homer and Agamemnon. Since Heinrich Schliemann uncovered its ruins in the late 1800’s, the treasure of Troy has intrigued historians – part of it disappeared for a number of years, resurfacing in Russia, and this novel surmises that Schliemann uncovered something more, something he kept secret, unusual for a man with a reputation for being very pompous about his discoveries. This particular treasure however, has ramifications reaching through history: from the time of the brutal, lengthy Trojan War, through the secret Nazi operations of World War II, down to modern times when those with Nazi sympathies – as well as other nefarious organizations - still lurk. As each member of Jack’s team unearths a different clue to the riddle, they not only get closer to proving the truth about the poet Homer, Helen of Troy and the correct nature of the Trojan War, they get closer to this treasure, and it is one that will put not only several of Jack’s team in harms way, but could pose a threat to the greater part of the western world as well. This novel is thoroughly researched, and has several historical notes in the author’s notes, but most importantly, it is an excellent adventure novel suitable for anyone with a hankering for something akin to the (better) Indiana Jones movies.
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