Police storm the headquarters of an apocalyptic cult in remote Utah, and in the carnage that follows a wounded police officer is led to safety through smoke and flames by a young girl. It is only when they emerge that the officer realises that the girl is completely blind...... Six months after the collapse of Majestic Twelve, The Defense Intelligence Agency is hunting for their lost billions while investigating the discovery of a mysterious Sumerian tablet that describes an alien encounter in ancient Egypt. Ethan Warner and Nicola Lopez are despatched to follow up the claims, and find themselves embroiled in a Russian conspiracy, Operation Orakul. Amid the horror of the Syrian Civil War, Russian investigators are abducting troubled young girls and using them as "Seers", intent on pursuing the same leads as the DIA. As the two missions hurtle toward each other, so Ethan and Nicola find a bizarre connection between ancient Egypt, the Delphi of Greece and the fabled Ark of the Covenant. From the blistering deserts of Utah to the sacred halls of the Vatican, the ancient plateau of Giza to the war-torn wastelands of Syria, Ethan and Nicola must hurry to locate a tomb long-buried beneath the sands of Egypt and unlock the mystery that formed Majestic Twelve in the first place, and the Russians will stop at nothing to beat them to it... Praise for Dean Crawford: "The fossilized remains of a 7,000-year-old creature dug from the sands of the Negev Desert in Israel become the bones of contention in Dean Crawford's fast-paced debut thriller... The book neatly threads together a wild variety of plotlines." - Wall Street Journal "... cleverly introduced premise... assured pacing and plotting... " - Publishers Weekly "The action is frenetic, in the vein of Matthew Reilly's Scarecrow series. Crawford is an able storyteller who smoothly orchestrates the plot's twists and turns... " - Kirkus Reviews "... brilliant high-concept, high-octane thriller... ." - The Guardian "A fast-paced and entertaining yarn." - Melbourne Age "Partly mythical read, part thriller this pacy tale is a page turner guaranteed to keep you up late." - The Sun "Get the cameras rolling - Indiana Jones meets Alien. What a combination of mystery, suspense, and unspeakable horror. I loved it!" - R.L. Stine "This is an amazingly good, intelligently told novel by an exciting new British author." - Eurocrime "Earth-shattering intrigue, hyperdrive action and a desperate race to save humanity, cranked up to the max with scarily realistic science and apocalyptic religion thrown in for good measure . . . a major new talent has hit the mystery thriller scene!" - Scott Mariani ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dean Crawford began writing after his dream of becoming a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force was curtailed when he failed their stringent sight tests. His Ethan Warner series of high-concept novels have regularly featured on the Sunday Times paperback bestseller list and have sold all over the world. A full-time author, he lives with his partner and daughter in Surrey.
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