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By Chris Kuzneski

On a Danish shore, a Vatican priest is found—hanging on a move. tomorrow, a similar crime is repeated…this time in Asia and Africa. in the meantime, deep within the mythical catacombs close to Orvieto, Italy, an archeologist reveals a scroll courting again thousand years, revealing secrets and techniques that can rock the principles of Christianity. Its discovery makes him the main sought after felony in all of Europe. yet his most threatening enemies function outdoor the legislation of man...

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This had not anything to do with a CIA schedule. totally not anything. ’ Payne grimaced. ‘See, that’s the place I’m having an issue. except I’m improper, so much educational digs don’t contain helicopters, weapons, and exploding buses. correct? ’ Boyd used to be approximately to provide an explanation for the legend of the Catacombs whilst he learned he may do greater. rather than dealing in myths and theories, he might use Maria’s video because the final visible relief. Payne and Jones watched, speechless, because the tape documented the grandeur of the Catacombs and the bronze casing of the Tiberius scroll. Boyd chirped in each time he felt it was once priceless, however the fact was once they slightly listened to him, for the main points at the display have been good enough to persuade them that Boyd and Maria weren’t a modern day Bonnie and Clyde. while the video ended, Jones concentrated his awareness on Boyd. ‘Back in Milan you acknowledged whatever approximately your discovery killing a faith. What have been you speaking approximately? I didn’t see something in this tape that will have a damaging impact at the Church. ’ Boyd shook his head. ‘The final item you observed – the bronze cylinder we came across – contained a papyrus scroll with a truly major message. A message that casts doubt over the total global of Christianity. If made public, humans may easily cease believing. church buildings might collapse. Coffers may flip to dirt. In a be aware, destroy – either religious and monetary. ’ Jones glanced at Maria, then again at Boyd. ‘That turns out a section dramatic, doesn’t it? I suggest, I’m now not the main spiritual man on the earth, yet whether i used to be, I definitely don’t imagine an historic piece of paper could have that a lot impact on my ideals. If any in any respect. ’ ‘Well,’ Boyd sneered, ‘we’ll need to see approximately that. You wait correct there, and that i shall fetch the rfile that might make you're feeling the idiot. ’ Maria stored quiet till Boyd left the room. Then she apologized for Boyd’s tone. ‘Don’t take that for my part. I simply imagine it’s his method to blow off steam… along with, in actual fact you'll have a few doubts approximately this. i do know I did – even concerning the Catacombs themselves. after all, there’s not anything like a few visible facts to contradict a youth of lectures. ’ Jones smiled. ‘A early life? simply how lengthy have you ever identified Dr Boyd? ’ ‘Oh, no longer his lectures. My father’s. He’s constantly been a disbeliever while it got here to the Catacombs. And belief me, his phrases hold extra weight than so much. He’s whatever of a professional. ’ there has been whatever concerning the approach she stated ‘expert’ that made Jones flash again to their dialog in Milan. Maria Magdalena Pelati. Her identify used to be Pelati, and her father was once knowledgeable on Orvieto. without notice, Jones discovered that wasn’t a accident. ‘Maria,’ he stuttered, ‘is your father’s identify Benito? ’ ‘Yes,’ she stated, pressured. ‘How do you know? ’ Jones rubbed his eyes. ‘Holy shit! You’re his daughter. Benito Pelati’s daughter! ’ Payne winced. ‘What? Why didn’t you let us know you have been his daughter? ’ ‘I didn’t comprehend you knew who he was once. in addition to, what does he need to do with something? ’ Payne checked out her in disbelief. ‘You can’t be that naive.

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