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By Alex Archer, Mel Odom

With one small chess piece, the sport begins…

For archaeologist and television host Annja Creed, a late-night mobile name from the NYPD ability something: there's been a homicide and the police want her services. the single hyperlink among a useless physique and the killer is a small elephant of white jade. An artifact that's long gone lacking.

Once belonging to Catherine the good of Russia, the elephant used to be key in a dicy political gambit all these years in the past. yet there's one other tale hooked up to the artifact—a rumor of an historical hidden treasure. And for a cruelly formidable media rich person with a penchant for tomb-raiding, the elephant is little short of important.

Annja needs to make her flow quick, touring throughout numerous continents with in simple terms the help of her remarkable sword—purportedly an analogous sword wielded through Joan of Arc—and a mysterious temple monk. It's a perilous conflict of wits, and one improper movement might suggest video game over.

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The full Maze has lodestone outfitted into it. most likely beads of it labored into the wooden, with expanding density within the layers to drag the Elephant alongside until eventually it reaches the most powerful magnetic element at the board. ” Annja put the statue again at the lacquered wood floor at a special place to begin and the Elephant shivered and once again started its trek around the Maze. “Magnets? ” Klykov watched the Elephant with brilliant curiosity. “Not magnets,” Annja stated. “Magnets as we predict of them are artificially created with electrical energy, often items of metal or iron, whatever that may be given an everlasting magnet cost. Lodestone, nonetheless, is a evidently taking place magnetic substance that still keeps an enduring magnetic cost. The most powerful of these is a mineral known as magnetite. Judging from the energy of the magnetic box, what’s embedded within the wooden of this Maze has obtained to be magnetite. ” The Elephant reached the mountain back and stopped once again, possible defying gravity since it must have tipped over. “Some of the present considering is that lodestones are charged via magnetic fields that take place from lightning-bolt moves. ” “Lightning moves reason the magnetite to develop into magnetic? ” Rao requested. Annja nodded. “Some scientists imagine so. not only magnetic for a short while, yet magnetic completely. Lodestones, now not magnets, have been initially utilized in compasses. Lodestone in center English capability top stone, that's the place the identify got here from, simply because they led compass clients domestic. ” “The males who placed this board jointly have been very clever,” Klykov acknowledged with a be aware of appreciation. “Definitely. ” Annja stared on the Maze. “If we will be able to locate this place, if we will locate this mountain, likelihood is strong that we will be able to locate the hidden temple. ” “It shouldn't be too difficult,” Rao acknowledged. “Shirasaki couldn’t locate it, and he used to be utilizing satellite tv for pc imagery. ” “Several hundred years have handed because the temple used to be hidden. ” Rao rested his arms on his knees whereas he sat in a whole lotus place conveniently. “The land has replaced. ” “That’s the matter. ” “However,” Rao went on, “the priests i'm operating with have maps that return to these days. they are going to express the land because it was once then. we've entry to these. ” He nodded on the Maze. “Now that we have got this, we will be able to locate this valley…and optimistically that mountain. ” one of many younger clergymen entered the small room and addressed Rao. They spoke fast, then Rao obtained to his ft. “We have to move. The brothers inform me that males who, judging from their description, are males serving Sequeira are looking out the local for us. ” upset with the quantity of time they’d needed to dedicate to knowing the board and the statue, Annja dissembled the Maze and packed the items away, then received to her ft, slung her backpack over her shoulder and collected the case. “How are they discovering us so fast? ” “That is a query we’ll need to tackle later. ” Rao pointed towards the door. “For now we needs to once again get away. there's a again approach out of the temple.

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