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A sunken treasure. An ancient Biblical artifact. A mystery as old as humankind. On January 25, 1829, the Portuguese brig Dourado sank off the coast of Indonesia, losing its cargo of priceless treasures from the Holy Land. One of these lost relics holds the key to an ancient mystery. But someone does not want this treasure to come to light. When her father is murdered while searching for the Dourado, Kaylin Maxwell hires treasure hunter and former Navy Seal Dane Maddock and his partner Uriah "Bones" Bonebrake, to locate the Dourado, and recover a lost Biblical artifact, the truth behind which could shake the foundations of the church, and call into question the fundamentally held truths of human existence. Join Dane and Bones on a perilous adventure that carries them from the depths of the Pacific to ancient cities of stone as they unravel the mystery of the Dourado.
grunted. One of the men shoved past him, going after Kaylin, who was pushing people out of her way as she ran toward the door. Dane kicked out with his right foot, tripping him up. He could do no more for Kaylin until he got rid of the guy who held him in a chokehold. Palms facing out, he grabbed his assailant by the wrist and inner forearm. He tilted his head forward, and yanked it back up, catching his attacker across the bridge of the nose. As he bashed the man in the nose with the back of
me,” Dane said. Religion and the bible did not mean much to him anymore. God, if He existed, wasn’t paying any attention to what was going on down here. “That’s what Bones said. But here,” Kaylin pointed to a phrase jotted in the margin, “Rienzi has written ‘could it be?’ in big letters. He’s at least considering the possibility that it’s more than folklore.” The story of David and Goliath had strange markings around it as well. Dane had not been much of a churchgoer since childhood, but, like
most people, he supposed, he was familiar with the tale. A Philistine giant named Goliath had challenged any soldier of Israel to single combat. Only a teenaged shepherd named David was up to the challenge. The story went that Goliath, nearly ten feet tall, was armed to the teeth, while David brought with him only a sling, some rocks, and his faith in God. David nailed Goliath in the head, knocking him out. While the giant was down, David cut off the Philistine’s head with his own sword. It was
Kaylin asked, looking frightened. “You aren’t hurt, are you?” “Oh yeah,” he groaned. “I feel great.” Accepting a hand up from Bones, he climbed to his feet. His ankles screamed in hot pain, but he did not think they were broken. Likewise, his knees and back hurt, but he was still in one piece, which was all that mattered. “We heard shots,” Meriwether said. “They almost got me,” Dane said hoarsely. He paused and hacked up the last of the water in his lungs. “I don’t know if they’ll try to
faint glow from the temple did little to illumine the blackness of the passageway. He brought his left hand forward, and was surprised to find the next rung right where he needed it to be. Just like the monkey bars, he thought. He found his rhythm with ease born of harsh SEAL training. He moved along so effortlessly that he forgot that the handholds ended, and when after a short distance, his left hand grasped only air, he nearly lost his grip on the last rung. “Atiq?” he called, feeling rather