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Testament

Testament

Jack Howard (Volume 9)

David Gibbins

Thomas Dunne Books

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586 BC
The ancient world is in meltdown. In desperation the priests of the Temple look to the greatest navigators ever known to save their treasures. On a far distant shore, after a voyage more astonishing than any ever undertaken before, a Phoenician named Hanno flees for his life from a terrifying enemy, the place the prophets called the Chariot of the Gods…

1943
In the darkest days of the Second World War, Allied codebreakers play a game of life and death. For some, the stakes are even higher, a top-secret exchange of deadly materials between the Nazis and the Japanese that must be stopped at all costs. Yet even they know nothing of the ancient artifact hidden on board a ship whose fate they have just sealed…

Present-day
Marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his friend Costas undertake one of the most perilous dives of their lives, hunting for Nazi gold. What they glimpse there, before a cataclysm that nearly destroys them, sets Jack on one of the most extraordinary trails he has ever followed—to a Phoenician shipwreck off England, to a WWII codebreaker with an amazing story to tell, to the ruins of ancient Carthage. He pieces together the truth of one of the greatest ancient voyages of discovery, one whose true purpose he could scarcely have imagined.

Testament is the latest in the Jack Howard series from David Gibbins, who uses his real world experience as an archaeologist to write thrilling historical novels.

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Prologue


 


Southern Erythraean Sea (present-day Red Sea) during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, 584 BC


The man with the braided beard lurched forward, his hands on his knees, panting...

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Praise for Testament

"A brilliantly written thriller"—Parmenion Books on Testament

"David Gibbins is a marine archaeologist himself and his expertise and experience endow these books with invaluable authenticity and detail...There isn’t another thriller hero like Jack Howard and I treasure him."—For Winter Nights on Testament

"Utterly absorbing . . . When the adventure is as exciting as it is here, it is too good not to be allowed to speak for itself. . . . Put aside your assumptions of what a thriller should be and instead immerse yourself in one of the best historical adventures you’ll read this year." —For Winter Nights on Pharaoh

"History, mystery and myth all brought together to astound the reading senses . . . a true leader of his genre and his art." —Parmenion Books on Pharaoh

"An exciting mix of fact and fiction, with shades of Clive Cussler and Indiana Jones." —York Evening Press on Crusader Gold

“The historical conspiracy angle gives the book Da Vinci-esque appeal, and the intense visual details of the team’s marine discoveries make it naturally cinematic.”—Publishers Weekly on Atlantis

“What do you get if you cross Indiana Jones with Dan Brown? Answer: David Gibbins.”Daily Mirror on Atlantis

“...a superb novel...one of the best historical adventures you’ll read this year.” —For Winter Nights on Pyramid

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About the author

David Gibbins

DAVID GIBBINS is the New York Times bestselling author of several previous historical adventure novels that have sold over two million copies and are published in twenty-nine languages, including Atlantis, Crusader Gold, and The lost Tomb. He taught archaeology, ancient history and art history as a university lecturer, before turning to writing fiction full-time. He lives in London and Canada.

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