By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Gideon Crew--brilliant scientist, grasp thief--is residing on borrowed time. whilst his mysterious organization, Eli Glinn, provides him an eyebrow-raising challenge, he has no cause to refuse. Gideon's job: scouse borrow a web page from the important booklet of Kells, now on show in manhattan urban and guarded by way of unbreakable defense.
Accomplishing the very unlikely, Gideon steals the parchment--only to profit that hidden underneath the gorgeously illuminated snapshot is a treasure map relationship again to the time of the traditional Greeks. As they contemplate the unusual map, they become aware of that the treasure it results in is not any usual fortune. it's whatever way more valuable: an grand discovery which can maybe even keep Gideon's life.
Together along with his new accomplice, Amy, Gideon follows a path of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a distant nook of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the opposed and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair notice the intense treasure they're searching conceals a fair higher shock-a revelation so profound that it might gain the complete human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.
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Gideon glanced up on the fellow extending a small white hand, his chin thrust a bit of ahead, his again immediately. He was once approximately as a lot a “sir” as Gideon used to be a lord. He took the hand and shook it enthusiastically. “I’m Gideon team. From Texas. Sorry, you can’t placed any ‘sir’ in entrance of my identify, I’m rarely even a mister. ” He gave a abdominal chortle. “Ah, Texas, the Lone celebrity nation. you will have first-class flavor, Mr. group. am i able to resolution the other questions on the thing? ” “How do i do know it’s actual? ” “I can guarantee you it’s genuine past all doubt. We stand at the back of every thing we promote. you'd be welcome to have it tested through a professional after your buy, and if there have been any doubts we’d instantly refund your funds. ” “That’s stable. But…well, i need to say this 4 thousand 600 kilos is lots of money…how approximately making it 4 thousand, even-steven? ” Sir Colin accumulated himself up right into a ramrod of disapproval. “I’m sorry, Mr. staff, yet at Griggs and Wellington we don’t negotiate. ” Gideon bestowed a genial, Texas smile at the snobby Brit. “Aw, don’t play that video game. Everything’s negotiable. ” He took out his bank card. “Four thousand or I’m outta right here. ” Sir Colin allowed the disapproval on his face to ease just a little. “I suppose—for a person who appreciates it up to you do—we can make an exception and reduce the associated fee to 4 thousand 4. ” “Four thousand . ” The expression on Sir Colin’s face indicated that this was once a painful and unsightly dialogue. “Four thousand 3. ” “Sold. ” five AFTER a short journey again to his inn room for a transformation of garments, Gideon trigger with the dear web page for the London places of work of Sotheby’s, the place the ultimate try of his scheme may happen. It was once a stiff three-mile stroll that took Gideon via a few interesting byways, in addition to Hyde Park. It was once a ideal late-summer day, and within the park the traditional timber have been in complete leaf, cumulus clouds drifting overhead like crusing ships, the greensward alive with humans. London was once a rare urban, and he instructed himself he rather may still spend extra time there—maybe even reside there. after which he remembered his terminal clinical , and such concepts have been fast compelled from his head. The Sotheby’s construction was once an unpretentious, nineteenth-century edifice of 4 tales, newly whitewashed. the workers have been such a lot solicitous once they observed the little illuminated manuscript web page he desired to position with them at public sale, and he was once ushered right into a neat little workplace at the 3rd ground, the place he was once greeted by means of a captivating, roly-poly guy with gold-rimmed spectacles and a massive surprise of Einsteinian hair, wearing an old style tweed go well with with a vest and gold watch chain, having a look like a guy out of a Dickens novel. He was once thought of to be—Gideon had performed the research—one of the world’s maximum specialists on illuminated manuscripts. “Well, good! ” the guy stated, smelling of tobacco and even perhaps a touch of whiskey. “What have we right here, eh? ” He held out a fats hand. “Brian MacKilda, at your carrier!