By Paul Sussman

The Hidden Oasis opens in 2152 BC with 80 monks starting up below disguise of darkness into Egypt’s Western wilderness, dragging with them a sled on which rests a mysterious item swathed in fabric. 4 weeks later, having reached their vacation spot, the monks frivolously slit each one other’s throats.

Four thousand years later in present-day Egypt, specialist rock climber Freya Hannen arrives for the funeral of her sister, Alex, a Saharan explorer. From the outset, Freya is suspicious of claims that Alex had taken her personal lifestyles, and units out to discover what fairly occurred to her sibling. In her quest for the reality Freya joins forces with Alex’s good friend, English educational Flin Brodie, an international authority at the prehistory of the Sahara. Flin is additionally trying to find answers—he has committed his profession to monitoring down a mythic hidden oasis.

In this propulsive, nail-biting thriller—all the extra engrossing simply because Sussman himself has labored commonly as an archaeologist in Egypt—we stick with Flin and Freya on an unforgettable adventure.At stake usually are not easily the reply to 1 of archaeology’s maximum mysteries—the situation of the mythical misplaced oasis of Zerzura—but additionally the main to the striking, terrifying mystery that lies on the oasis’s heart.

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They’ve acquired until ten-past after which I’m shutting down again,’ acknowledged Reiter, leaning sideways and drilling his cigarette out into an ashtray at the flooring. ‘Ten-past and that’s it. ’ The co-pilot twisted around extra and craned his neck, staring at because the guy within the go well with descended the boarding steps, a corpulent leather-based holdall clutched in his hand. one other guy him down, this one wrapped in a heavy coat and shawl. The limousine’s rear door swung open to fulfill them and the fellow within the go well with disappeared within, his significant other taking on place on the backside of the stairs. ‘So what’s the deal the following, Kurt? ’ requested the co-pilot, nonetheless observing out. ‘Drugs? weapons? ’ Reiter lit one other cigarette and rolled his head, vertebrae clicking. ‘Don’t understand, don’t care. We decide up Omar in Munich, fly him the following, he does no matter what he’s acquired to do after which we take him on all the way down to Khartoum. No questions requested. ’ ‘The final no-questions-asked activity I did a few bastard attempted to chop me a brand new mouth,’ muttered the co-pilot, attaining up and touching the scar beneath his backside lip. ‘I simply desire they’re paying us good. ’ He threw a look over his shoulder then lower back his gaze to the window, looking at because the limousine’s bonnet slowly disappeared underneath a skinny carapace of snow. 5 mins handed, the automobile door swung open back and the applicable guy re-emerged. His holdall was once long past. instead he used to be now clutching a wide steel case, heavy to pass judgement on incidentally he was once being affected by it. He passed it to his spouse, one other case was once handed out to him and the 2 of them trudged up the boarding steps into the airplane. A second later they got here again out and picked up extra circumstances sooner than once more clambering again up into the Antonov. The co-pilot stuck a temporary glimpse of somebody contained in the limousine, swathed in what gave the look of an ankle-length black leather-based coat, sooner than a hand reached out, slammed the door and the automobile sped off. ‘OK, they’re done,’ he acknowledged, turning away. ‘Get us closed up, Jerry. ’ whereas the navigator headed again into the cabin to retract the stairs and safe the door, the 2 pilots donned headsets and ran via their ultimate assessments. in the back of them the appropriate Egyptian loomed within the cockpit doorway, his head and shoulders dusted with snow. ‘The climate won't hinder us starting off. ’ It used to be phrased extra as a press release than a question. ‘You permit me be the pass judgement on of that,’ growled Reiter, cigarette clamped among his the teeth. ‘If it’s blowing too not easy at the runway we’re shutting down and sitting it out. ’ ‘Mr Girgis is waiting for us in Khartoum tonight,’ stated the Egyptian. ‘We will take off as deliberate. ’ ‘If your Russian associates hadn’t been past due it wouldn’t be a fucking issue,’ snapped Reiter. ‘Now come again for your seat. Jerry, get them strapped in! ’ achieving down he published the brakes, eased the combination keep watch over ahead, then the throttle levers. The engine’s pitch rose to a roar because the revs shot up. The airplane began to circulate. ‘The climate mustn't ever hinder us commencing! ’ got here the Egyptian’s voice from at the back of them within the cabin.

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