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Within the strong new mystery from the writer of the foreign bestseller The final Templar, a geneticist and a CIA agent on a perilous quest to discover the main harmful publication on the planet find a mystery that has destroyed everybody in its course for hundreds of years Naples, 1750. at the hours of darkness, 3 males with swords burst into the palazzo of a marquis. Their chief, the Prince of San Severo, accuses the marquis of being an imposter, and calls for to grasp a mystery in simple terms the marquis harbors. within the struggle that ensues, the fake marquis escapes over the rooftops of Naples, forsaking a burning palazzo and a raging prince now keen about discovering his quarry at any rate. Baghdad, 2003. a military unit on a regimen challenge makes a frightening discovery: a kingdom- of-the-art, hid lab the place dozens—men, girls, children—have died, the themes of grotesque experiments. The mysterious scientist they have been after, a guy believed to be engaged on a bioweapon and recognized merely because the hakeem—the doctor—escapes, taking with him the startling fact approximately his paintings. A perplexing clue is left in the back of: a round image of a snake feeding by itself tail. because the energy of the logo involves gentle, revealing the centuries of destruction left in its wake, one unsuspecting girl stands on the heart of a conspiracy which may swap the realm eternally. within the masterful palms of overseas bestseller Raymond Khoury, The Sanctuary gives you an identical rapid-fire suspense and provocative scholarship that made The final Templar a coast-to-coast blockbuster.

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She’d decamped to the Middle East shortly after graduating from Berkeley in the late 1960s. She’d been working on a series of digs in Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt when a teaching position opened up at the American University of Beirut’s Archaeology Department. Coupled with the potential to participate actively in the excavations of the newly accessible downtown area of the city, an alluring possibility considering its Phoenician, Greek, and Roman history, it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. She applied for and got the job.

The target location, as pinpointed by the man in the headdress, was a three-story concrete house in the middle of the Saddamiya district of Baghdad. The area hadn’t always gone by that name. It had once been a hard neighborhood. Saddam had grown up on its mean streets, attended school there, and that was where he’d forged his unique take on life. After taking over the country, he’d brought in the bulldozers and had the whole area flattened before redeveloping it as a closed community of imposing modernist concrete and brick houses set behind arcaded walkways and virtually walled off from the rest of the city.

Smuggling ancient artifacts out of Iraq carried some rather severe penalties, penalties that could prove fatal depending on which side of what border one was apprehended on. But something was nagging at her. Admittedly, she didn’t know this man intimately and hadn’t seen him in years, but she thought she had a pretty good handle on understanding people and what they were made of, and for him to stoop to participating in the pillaging of his country, a country she remembered him caring about deeply…Then again, she hadn’t lived through several bloody overthrows and three major wars, and all the horrors in between.

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