By David Wood

A sunken treasure. An old Biblical artifact. A secret as previous as humankind. On January 25, 1829, the Portuguese brig Dourado sank off the coast of Indonesia, wasting its shipment of worthy treasures from the Holy Land. this kind of misplaced relics holds the most important to an old secret. yet a person doesn't wish this treasure to come back to mild. whilst her father is murdered whereas looking for the Dourado, Kaylin Maxwell hires treasure hunter and previous army Seal Dane Maddock and his associate Uriah "Bones" Bonebrake, to find the Dourado, and get well a misplaced Biblical artifact, the reality in the back of that could shake the rules of the church, and speak to into query the essentially held truths of human lifestyles. sign up for Dane and Bones on a deadly experience that consists of them from the depths of the Pacific to historic towns of stone as they resolve the secret of the Dourado.

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Bankruptcy 23 Dane, Bones, Kaylin, and Meriwether crept alongside the pathway that led down into Petra. the whole moon solid ordinary shadows one of the tombs and darkish recesses within the partitions. within the areas the place the pathway narrowed considerably, the darkness used to be nearly whole. “What do you're thinking that we’re going to discover? ” Bones whispered, taking a look round. “Hopefully, a doorway of a few sort,” Dane replied in a hushed voice. He used to be no longer convinced what they'd detect, yet he had a powerful suspicion. “The carving within the center,” he started. “The one you think represents Goliath? ” Kaylin requested. “Right. you see he’s dealing with ahead, however the others are all dealing with sideways. good, there’s one other distinction. ” He paused, ready to work out if a person used to be considering alongside an identical traces. “His guard is diverse, to boot. It’s a lot smaller, completely around, and held on the very heart of his physique. ” “You’re right,” Bones stated after a second. “I didn’t relatively give it some thought on the time, however it does look…wrong. ” Dane held up a hand to silence each person as they approached the dig web site. although the invention had at first brought on slightly a stir, it had fast develop into company as ordinary in a space rife with historical past. just one individual, an archaeology pupil from Tel Aviv, minded the positioning. The time period “minded” was once used loosely, Dane proposal, because the younger guy was once it seems that asleep in his tent, an outstanding fifty yards away. They crept in the direction of the location, relocating carefully in order to not disturb the snoozing scientist. They carefully made their method round the ceremonial good, gaping black within the darkness, and walked to the heart of the wall. Dane knelt in entrance of the heart determine of the carving, produced a small flashlight, and shone its tight beam at the carved safeguard. After a quick inspection, he positioned the flashlight among his tooth, stood, and grasped the protect with either fingers. Meriwether and Kaylin further their flashlight beams to his. His center pounded. He was hoping this might paintings. He gave the protect a superb twist to the suitable, grunting with the hassle. not anything occurred. He took a breath and attempted back, with an analogous end result. “What do you're thinking that? ” Bones whispered. Dane didn't solution. He was once grateful that the darkness saved the others from seeing the redness in his face. He were so yes. What if… He grasped the safeguard back, and this time twisted counterclockwise. The stone held quick. He threw each ounce of his power into the hassle, till he might believe the veins in his head bulging. He used to be approximately to renounce whilst he felt the stone supply. Slowly, inch via inch, the protect turned around. It spun an entire sector flip to the left sooner than grinding to a company halt. Dane let loose the breath he had held, after which pulled. The safeguard got here unfastened in his fingers. His eyes widened with pleasure while he observed what lay within the middle of the carving. the place the protect had hung in the course of the warrior’s chest used to be what may well simply be defined as a tremendous keyhole. It was once a wide, iron circle, with a vertical slot cutting during the heart. It looked as if it would Dane to be rust-free, and in good shape, secure via the dry weather.

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