The Third Caliph (Rogue Angel, Book 40)

By Alex Archer, Mel Odom

A holy struggle. An old scroll misplaced in history…until now.

During a dig in Morocco, archaeologist Annja Creed and her partners are approximately buried alive whilst the khettara ceiling collapses, revealing a 1,300-year-old corpse. but if Bedouin bandits raid the camp, Annja slightly escapes along with her life…and 1/2 a scroll in old Kufic script. Her companions' survival now depends upon her.

The scroll dates again to 656 advert, whilst 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 fast unearths herself stuck among a devious terrorist whose relatives honor will depend on destroying what she possesses and a ruthless CIA group. either think the top justifies the skill. And that Annja can't let.

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I want I knew, yet that man—dead for 1000s of years—seems to have all started all of this. ” “But that doesn’t make any experience. ” “Not but. ” Annja studied Hamez, who was once conversing over a commlink. She couldn’t overhear the dialog. “I concept at the beginning they have been simply right here for the remainder of the scroll. yet they wouldn’t wish us if that was once real. ” She questioned what used to be quite at stake. If Thabit used to be after her for a few cause, and MacKenzie was once now not after regardless of the scroll represented, which can in simple terms suggest that MacKenzie—or whoever he was once finally operating for—was after Thabit. fairly the little triangle you’ve obtained your self keen on, Annja. issues have been certainly attention-grabbing, yet she hadn’t given up desire of having away. She simply couldn’t do this with the entire dig crew in danger. Getting away later with Smythe was once going to be tricky adequate. bankruptcy 26 numerous mins handed and Annja’s knees began aching from the stress of kneeling. She was once additionally aware of the earwig in her ear canal and her connection to MacKenzie’s unseen masters. They most likely had a GPS lock at the equipment, to boot. She didn’t understand even if to be relieved or involved. the chance remained that Hamez or his males may locate it. Boots crunched around the dry soil. She appeared up and observed Hamez returning, via males. among them, they pressured Mustafa to stumble alongside. The Bedouin leader’s fingers have been certain in the back of his again. They threw him at the floor in entrance of Annja. Bruised and battered, one eye swollen close, a number of the teeth lacking in entrance and blood operating down his chin, Mustafa nonetheless controlled to glare at Annja. “I must have killed you the evening I observed you. ” She had larger difficulties than he used to be at the moment in place to provide. Hamez checked out Annja. “This is Mustafa? ” “Yes. ” “He killed one in all my males whereas they have been attempting to take him. ” Mustafa spat blood at Hamez’s boots. “Put a knife in my hand and provides me the opportunity to kill one other. ” Hamez overlooked him, then produced the scroll. Annja’s center leaped. “Is this the scroll that was once came across? the single you've been asking approximately? ” in order that they have been drawn to the scroll? Annja filed that away, yet she nonetheless didn’t understand the place she healthy into their scheme. “Yes. ” Hamez stared at her, then spoke speedy to at least one of his males, who took Smythe by means of the arm, pulled him to his toes and led him a brief distance away. Hamez pulled out his knife. “The guy I paintings for needs to grasp what you've gotten discovered in regards to the scroll. ” Annja hesitated. “If i am getting the effect you're mendacity to me, or conserving again, i'm going to have Professor Smythe finished. Do you think me? ” Annja swallowed. Her mouth was once dry. “Yes. ” “Then inform me. ” “The scroll belonged to Abdelilah Karam, a historian of the caliphate in the course of Muhammad’s reign. ” Hamez walked away and acknowledged whatever into his commlink. He was once too far-off for Annja to listen to, and she or he didn’t comprehend a lot of the language, besides. Mustafa lay at the floor and cursed his discomfort and the lads who held him captive. He promised them unholy wrath as soon as he used to be unfastened.

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