The Mask of Troy: A Novel (Jack Howard)

By David Gibbins

Here is the main explosive event but from the New York Times bestselling writer of Atlantis and The misplaced Tomb—a whiplash-inducing novel that sends marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his workforce on a treasure hunt . . . and a race opposed to time to forestall a terrifying threat.
Greece, 1876. well known archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann reveals the tomb of mythical King Agamemnon and makes a striking discovery. made up our minds to maintain it mystery until eventually the time is true, he dies prior to it may be printed to the world.

Germany, 1945. The liberation of a focus camp unearths clues to the misplaced antiquities stolen by means of the Nazis. however the operation is roofed up after a bad mystery surfaces.

Northern Aegean, modern. Jack Howard, head of the overseas Maritime college, and his staff realize the wreckage of the mythical Greek fleet from the Trojan warfare, sending shockwaves world wide. however the largest shock is but to come back, for Jack is at the path not just of Agamemnon, yet of Schliemann’s real discovery—and a secret so explosive that it results in the abduction of Jack’s daughter and a war of words with a brand new and evil foe.

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Dad says you’ve regularly idea Homer was once just before the 8th century. ” Dillen nodded. “I think there has been certainly a Homer who wrote down the Iliad and the Odyssey as we now have them. I say a Homer, no longer the Homer. I see Homer no longer as one genius, yet as one in a line of proficient poets—consistently, terribly gifted—who formed and transmitted the poems, a lineage which can have ended concerning the 8th century BC with the appearance of wider literacy and the death of the bardic culture, in order that these later poets who emulated Homer had none of that spark. I see the Homeric bards, the sooner ones, virtually as shamans or seers, probably as a family members line, in all likelihood either women and men, with an inherited poetic genius nurtured from early life. there are many parallels within the bardic traditions of different cultures. ” “The Trojan warfare came about approximately 1200 BC,” Jeremy acknowledged, staring pensively on the arrows. “Civilization out right here pretty much collapses. Invaders sweep down from the north. It’s a depressing age, a time of destruction and hopelessness exceptional in background. yet then small groups hidden away in mountain refuges start to rebuild. Iron expertise takes over. The survivors draw back from the edge, and the classical age dawns. So the place does this poem slot in to all that? ” Dillen answered quietly. “All of my intuition places this article no later than a thousand BC. it can also be a century previous. i will slightly think I’m suggesting it, yet this article might have been written via a bard who truly witnessed the autumn of Troy, who really observed these arrows being fired, who felt the warmth of that beacon hearth burning into the evening sky, above those very ramparts the place we're now. ” Rebecca whistled, then checked out the bronze arrowheads embedded within the trench, and on the solidified mass of ash. “That’s striking. heavily outstanding. ” “And that,” Jeremy introduced, “is additionally a triumph of textual scholarship, simply because our radiocarbon outcome for the papyrus has simply come via. ” He were speedy checking his iPhone and handed it to Dillen, who learn the reveal and broke right into a smile. Jeremy grew to become to Rebecca. “The challenge was once getting a pattern of the papyrus that wasn’t impregnated with later ink and glue from whilst it used to be reused, however the IMU courting lab appear to have performed it. ” Dillen passed again the iPhone. His voice used to be quavering. “Eleven fifty BC, plus or minus seventy-five years. I knew it. I simply knew i used to be studying poetry written within the Bronze Age. ” “That’s so cool,” Rebecca acknowledged, placing her hand on his shoulder. “Remember in case you have been my age, dreaming of discovering whatever like that? ” Dillen checked out her, his eyes welling up. “I’m consistently that age. It’s what I informed your dad. by no means quit on these desires. ” “And someday they might come true,” Rebecca stated, leaning over and kissing him lightly at the brow. “One question,” Jeremy acknowledged, placing away his BlackBerry. “The Ilioupersis. The destruction of Troy. That’s the most important occasion within the complete Trojan epic cycle. Why will we merely now have this article?

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