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By Alex Archer, Victor Milán

Historical papyrus scrolls recovered one of the charred ruins of the Library of Alexandria display magnificent texts that aspect the wonders of Atlantis--knowledge that may shatter the blueprint of global strength. Archaeologist Annja Creed confronts shadow figures made up our minds to maintain empires equipped on strength, greed and worldwide manipulation, discovering not going allies in a mysterious American with connections in excessive areas, and a tender linguistics prodigy with angle. Dodging a petrol conglomerate and their puppy killers on a high-speed chase that leads from Egypt to the North Sea oil fields to the city battlegrounds of China, Annja turns into an unwilling conspirator in a bid for strength to manage the thrashing center of the world's power.

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Annja sought a solution to that and will locate none that did not ring as hole as a pewter doubloon. Come on, she advised herself. Is she particularly that a lot smarter than i'm? Or am I letting myself get intimidated, simply because every body instructed me what a supergenius she used to be? Annja were arguably the brightest lady within the orphanage the place she used to be raised. It had gotten her knuckles rapped by way of the nuns for being a wise aleck, and had obvious her refrained from occasionally via women who idea she used to be too shrewdpermanent for her personal sturdy. yet she idea she had gotten over the expectancy of being the neatest individual within the room by way of concerning the center of her first semester as a school freshman. So no matter if Jadzia used to be smarter than her through a few nice yawning hole, it didn't keep on with she needed to imagine herself silly. "How may whatever like that paintings? " she requested. "Storing power that manner. " Jadzia shrugged. "I am no physicist or engineer, both. yet possibly not directly regarding the molecular bonds of the crystalline constitution itself? " That introduced Annja up brief. That did sound believable. at the very least shut adequate, given she was once so unaware of what she'd actually need to understand to guage the chance that she did not even suppose undesirable approximately it. She had her personal abstruse specialties, she reminded herself, and if crystallography wasn't between them, that used to be simply ok. "All right," she acknowledged, "I'll furnish the prospect. On a only hypothetical foundation. yet so what? " "The scrolls may well turn out exchange strength resources have been available," Jadzia stated, "without the inefficiencies of wind or solar energy, or the dangers of nuclear. " Annja shook her head and laughed. "It's no longer as though they comprise a suite of blueprints for harnessing that energy. " Jadzia's smile widened until eventually she reminded Annja forcibly of a cat who'd simply stumbled on the best way to paintings the trap at the birdcage. "But perhaps that is – " she patted the green-and-purple artificial bag plumped beside her at the wall " – nonetheless in the following. " **** "So what will we do now? " the younger girl requested. Jadzia sat on a wall back, drumming her heels opposed to it. This time it was once a quick maintaining wall excessive up at the town's historic acropolis, looking over the strip of urban lighting fixtures working alongside the darkness of the Mediterranean. Above her left shoulder, illuminated through floodlights on the base, rose the glossy purple granite obelisk miscalled Pompey's Pillar. Annja knew it was once truly equipped via Diocletian at the ruins of the Temple of Serapis in 297 A. D. Off to her correct a smallish type of Sphinx lay pensive on its pedestal. Annja paced downslope of her this time, with no nice power yet nonetheless pushed. response had set in. they'd handed the afternoon wandering out and in of outlets in a daze. Annja may consider not anything particular of what they'd visible. that they had dinner at a couscous eating place. in spite of considerable doses of scorching sauce it tasted like wooden chips to Annja. they'd talked a few, sporadically, in muted voices. That was once how shock-fatigued that they had turn into. Jadzia was once too wasted to be both loud or nasty.

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