The Third Caliph (Rogue Angel, Book 40)

By Alex Archer, Mel Odom

A holy conflict. An historic scroll misplaced in history…until now.

During a dig in Morocco, archaeologist Annja Creed and her partners are approximately buried alive while the khettara ceiling collapses, revealing a 1,300-year-old corpse. but if Bedouin bandits raid the camp, Annja slightly escapes together with her life…and half a scroll in historic Kufic script. Her companions' survival now relies on her.

The scroll dates again to 656 advert, while Muslim raised sword opposed to Muslim and the assassination of the 3rd caliph left no transparent inheritor to Muhammad's teachings. It's a coveted locate. Annja speedy reveals herself stuck among a devious terrorist whose relations honor relies on destroying what she possesses and a ruthless CIA crew. either think the top justifies the ability. And that Annja can't enable.

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Did you water your camel? ” Annja nodded. “First factor. ” MacKenzie regarded round for a second and Annja instinctively knew that he didn’t like being out in loads open house. “How a ways are we from Mustafa now? ” “Seven-point-six miles. ” MacKenzie’s eyebrows lifted in shock from in the back of the sun shades. “We’re making higher time than I’d inspiration. ” “And we’ve been throughout terrain we might have needed to keep away from even in Jeeps outfitted with four-wheel force. ” Taking a handkerchief from his again pocket, MacKenzie mopped the sweat from his neck. “We may still seize as much as Mustafa in one other 3, 4 hours. ” “Probably. ” MacKenzie back the handkerchief to his pocket. “I’m going to need to take into consideration that. We arise on them within the daylight hours they usually see us, they may open hearth with out checking who we're. ” He checked out her. “Plus, we’d need to continue you out of sight. ” the instant Mustafa observed her, the Bedouin leader might recognize anything was once amiss. “Even in the event that they don’t drop us, Mustafa may possibly begin killing hostages. We wouldn’t have any leverage in any respect. ” MacKenzie frowned. “All we’ve acquired out this is shock, and the single option to continue that's to creep up on them in the midst of the evening. ” “So we have to cease someplace among right here and there. ” “Yeah. ” MacKenzie reached into his blouse pocket and took out a map of the area. “I have to discover a position we will be able to remain to attend for evening that’s now not faraway from the Bedouin camp. ” “There’s an previous citadel approximately six miles up. It’s virtually at the means, probably 440 yards north of our heading. ” MacKenzie checked out her in shock. “You’ve already been taking a look? ” “Yep. ” “Not undesirable for a tv celebrity. ” “Archaeologist first, then tv big name. And as an archaeologist, I’ve studied loads of battlegrounds. I’ve discovered a number of issues. ” “Like checking out locations to chilly camp. ” “Like that. ” MacKenzie grinned. “We can stay with 440 yards out of how. ” He began learning his map. “The fortress isn’t on that map. i discovered it on satellite tv for pc imagery I downloaded of the world. I saved records on my desktop. ” “Did you, now? ” MacKenzie regarded much more inspired. “Girl Scout if you happen to have been a child? ” Annja shook her head. “I was once raised by means of nuns. I’m greater ready than a Boy Scout. ” MacKenzie laughed and refolded the map. “All correct. You paved the way to this castle you came upon. ” * * * ANNJA RODE on the entrance of the caravan once they remounted, with MacKenzie to her correct and Yahya on her left. either one of them carried attack rifles, the buttstocks resting on their thighs. The others at the mercenary workforce in the back of them carried their guns an identical method. Annja couldn’t aid considering that they appeared like an army excursion. If they’d crossed paths with any of the small-trade caravans that also carried items backward and forward around the mountains, they might have scared them away. Annja didn’t just like the presence of the guns. They reminded her of the way a lot threat Smythe and the others have been in. 3 hours later, she noticed the ruins of the outdated citadel sooner than them.

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