By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler

A worthwhile treasure recovered. a strong empire resurrected. Dirk Pitt is at the movement.

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You definite you’re no longer a certified chef? ” Dirk laughed. “Far from it. placed me in a kitchen, and that i don’t get a lot previous peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. yet express me a sizzling grill, and I’ll fortunately run amok. ” “You run amok with great results,” she stated with a grin. As he sliced up a small melon for dessert, she requested how he loved operating at NUMA. “I couldn’t ask for a greater activity. I’m in a position to paintings in and round the sea, nearly at any place on the earth. such a lot of our tasks are either fascinating and essentially very important to retaining the future health of our oceans. And on most sensible of that, i am getting to paintings heavily with my relations. ” He spotted a faint glance of alarm pass Sophie’s face on the point out of his family members. “My father is the Director of NUMA,” he defined. “And i've got a dual sister named summer time who's a NUMA oceanographer. It’s truly because of my father that i used to be in a position to come to Israel. He relieved me on a survey venture we’ve been engaged on alongside the coast of Turkey. ” “Professor Haasis instructed me that he has numerous outdated buddies at NUMA and holds the association in excessive regard. ” “He has definitely performed a few high-quality paintings right here himself,” Dirk responded. “So some time in Caesarea is brief? ” “I’m afraid so. extra weeks, then i have to head again to Turkey. ” He handed her a plate of sliced melon, then requested, “Okay, now it’s your flip. How did you come back to be an archaeologist with a gun? ” Sophie smiled. “An curiosity in geology and heritage, instilled through my father from an early age, i assume. i like archaeology and digging up the prior, yet i've got regularly felt discomfort at seeing our cultural treasures being looted for revenue. operating on the Antiquities Authority, i think like i will assist in making a distinction, even though we're drastically outnumbered through the undesirable men. ” Dirk waved a hand towards the beach. “Caesarea has been pretty much picked via over the centuries. you're thinking that the professor’s small diggings listed below are rather in danger? ” “Your discovery this present day proved that there are nonetheless cultural riches to be discovered. i used to be truly extra eager about the grave web site, which an area reporter foolishly publicized within the press. The presence of somebody masquerading the day gone by as an antiquities agent doesn’t support my radar any, both. ” “Well, at the least we haven’t exposed any gold or treasure. Any looter ransacking our website is apt to be sorely disenchanted. ” “You’d be shocked on the different wishes of the high-end artifact collector. Many creditors worth cultural antiquities up to treasure, to everyone’s detriment. these scrolls of yours might fetch a small fortune at the black marketplace. i do know I’ll consider much better whilst Professor Haasis has the entire artifacts properly transported to the collage of Haifa. ” She glanced at her wristwatch. “I particularly may still come back and coordinate our night reconnaissance. ” Dirk poured her a part glass of wine. “How a couple of small one for the line? ” Sophie nodded and took the glass as Dirk sat shut beside her along with his personal glass. The surf pounded the rocks round them as a deep blue twilight settled over their heads.

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