The Pharos Objective (Morpheus Initiative, Book 1)

By David Sakmyster

A mythical treasure chamber hidden underneath the traditional Pharos Lighthouse has defied discovery for over thousand years...Until Caleb Crowe and his workforce of psychic archaeologists dare the very unlikely.

"THE PHAROS goal is Indiana Jones meets the X-Files -- an archaeologist adventurer with psychic powers of distant viewing who can see the earlier, historical treasures, ancient mysteries, motion and experience that crosses the realm, and a damned sturdy story." -- Kevin J. Anderson, no 1 foreign bestselling writer of the sting of the World.

"This is a publication I want i might written - nice premise - nice imagination!" --M.J. Rose, overseas bestselling writer of The Reincarnationist and The Memorist

"A vintage strong vs. evil tale, a unique that stored me turning pages a ways into the night." --Nina M. Osier, writer of 2005 EPPIE technological know-how fiction winner Regs and the High Places trilogy.

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To my agent, Hannah Brown-Gordon, for taking an opportunity on me and jump-starting my profession. To Tim Powers, KD Wentworth and the entire stylish humans on the Writers of the longer term association for the entire knowledge they convey. And to Nancy Kress and my fatherland writing staff heroes at Writers&Books for his or her never-ending encouragement. To my mom and dad, for his or her unfailing aid, recommendation and idea (and all these early-morning emails that commence with, “Here’s a narrative suggestion . . . ”). and naturally to my wife—my everlasting muse and most-appreciated critic. You’re all indispensible. and at last, a shout-out to the devoted humans on the Sodus Bay historic Society who run and preserve the Lighthouse Museum at Sodus aspect. thank you for the heritage classes, the technical motives and for patiently answering a myriad of study questions. If one hot summer time day you end up up that manner, seize a tasty cheeseburger at Zoot’s, consume on the picturesque bayfront park, then stroll off the energy with a climb to the pinnacle of the lighthouse and luxuriate in the view. ok, ok, I listen the orchestra cueing up. Time for me to close up, go out level left and enable the express commence. Morpheus (Greek: Μορφέας, Μορφεύς, “he who varieties, shapes, moulds”). The Greek god of goals, Morpheus is the son of Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Pasithea, the goddess of hallucination, her identify which means “acquired sight. ” PROLOGUE Pharos Island, Alexandria, Egypt—861 A. D. 100 smooth Arabian horses and their darkish riders, wearing torches and armed with hammers, pikes and rusty axes, thundered around the wave-battered promontory towards the lighthouse. The riders roared earlier Dakhil, who stood upon the crumbling crimson granite stairs among immense statues with lacking limbs and fractured torsos. within the shadow of the towering Pharos Lighthouse, Dakhil imagined that the sunlight have been anchored completely at the back of the big constitution, not able to flee its dominion. He trembled because the riders headed immediately into the arched doorway—the toothless, yawning mouth of the Pharos—and he shivered because the Mediterranean winds tugged at his black gowns and snatched at his turban. the traditional lighthouse stood in silent indifference, and by means of a trick of sunshine and shadow it increasing, evenly inhaling the Muslim riders, breathing in males and horses alike. “I desire you've been real to me,” stated a voice at his shoulder. Dakhil became to stand Barraq Najdeelen, caliph of Alexandria and commander of the army forces occupying the town. Alexandria had fallen to the Muslims 2 hundred years past with little resistance from the Christians. as soon as the jewel of the Roman-Egyptian period, an exceptional middle of wealth and data, the gods had all yet deserted Alexandria; and now the once-proud cosmopolitan urban used to be a trifling strategic port, valued just for its entry to the wealthy inside alternate routes. and naturally, for its army capability. This harbor, well-protected via jagged reefs and low-lying shoals, had obvious fleet after fleet sail opposed to Constantinople whereas having fun with the security of the awesome Pharos Lighthouse.

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