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The Lost Temple

by Tom Harper

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For three thousand years, the world's most dangerous treasure has been lost. Now the code that reveals its hiding place is about to be broken. Sam Grant is a disgraced ex-SOE soldier and an adventurer by trade. But he has a secret: six years ago, a dying archaeologist entrusted him with his life's work, transcripts of mysterious writing found in a hidden cave on Crete. Deciphered, it could lead to one of the greatest prizes in history.But the treasure is as dangerous as it is valuable. The CIA wants it; so does the KGB.Helped by a brilliant Oxford professor, and a beautiful Greek archaeologist with her own secrets to hide, Grant is plunged into a labyrinth of ancient cults, forgotten mysteries and lost civilizations.But time is running out. The secrets of the distant past may hold the key to the newest threats of the modern world.… (more)

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Good book, pace is a bit slow in spots but the concept is interesting. It did make me want to reread the Greek Myths and Homer. ( )
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
Uneven pacing and an ending that seemed rushed detract a bit from what is otherwise a solid thriller with an interesting historical perspective. In this one, which is mostly set in 1947, the good guys are on the hunt for the shield of Achilles. Yes, that Achilles. Seems there was more truth to the Iliad than many would have believed. In any case, it seems that one of the shield's components has some less savory uses in 1947, and both the Soviets and Americans are after it. All in all, a fun outing with plenty of historical asides that (for those so inclined) can lead to plenty of enjoyable side trips to reference materials of choice. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
blijedi pokusaj da se kopira den braun, ni izbliza dramticno,dosadno,jedino je kraj donekle ok... ( )
  ceca78 | Apr 10, 2016 |
A pretty fast-moving story of language, treasure and international conspiracy.
Sam grant was a special-forces soldier during World War II, while on Crete he was entrusted with a dying archaeologists last papers, his life's work. Now they want him to find hidden treasure that would appear to be a source of power. It leads him into hidden treasure, lost languages and a lot of speculation.

It was quite a quick read but there were parts that didn't join up too well, they travelled a lot, sometimes back to the same place, or near it quite quickly, and distances seemed a bit telescoped for the period. Still I found it pretty entertaining. Then again I have a weakness for post-war fiction. ( )
  wyvernfriend | May 16, 2011 |
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When, by chance, this story had fallen into my hands, I - eager to tell the truth of history - felt compelled to spread it more widely; not out of vanity, but rather so that I might provide entertainment for an idle mind. - Preface to A Journal of the Trojan War, Dictys of Crete
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For three thousand years, the world's most dangerous treasure has been lost. Now the code that reveals its hiding place is about to be broken. Sam Grant is a disgraced ex-SOE soldier and an adventurer by trade. But he has a secret: six years ago, a dying archaeologist entrusted him with his life's work, transcripts of mysterious writing found in a hidden cave on Crete. Deciphered, it could lead to one of the greatest prizes in history.But the treasure is as dangerous as it is valuable. The CIA wants it; so does the KGB.Helped by a brilliant Oxford professor, and a beautiful Greek archaeologist with her own secrets to hide, Grant is plunged into a labyrinth of ancient cults, forgotten mysteries and lost civilizations.But time is running out. The secrets of the distant past may hold the key to the newest threats of the modern world.

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