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The Babylon Contingency Archaeology at its most dangerous Clifford Longley

17 Oct 2014
336 pages: 130 x 198 mm
Lion Fiction
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“With no warning he slipped his gun off his shoulder, levelled it, and fired. The noise was devastating. We could see the muzzle flashes, like a jet of fire. Bullets sprayed in a semicircle as if from a hose.” Investigating a break-in at an English country house, DCI Robbie Peele comes face to face with armed burglars seeking some of the strangest objects in world archaeology, ancient clay disks inscribed with an unknown alphabet. A Middle Eastern terrorist cell is determined to steal them. Why? And why are Mossad involved? The vital clue is a long-abandoned Muslim village in Crete, where terrible things happened, witnessed by a Victorian explorer who left coded diaries. But Crete poses as many puzzles as it solves. What do the disks really say, in what language, and who made them? And why is the answer stirring up the Middle East? This is archaeology at its most intriguing – and most dangerous.
Clifford Longley is an author, broadcaster and journalist who has specialized since 1972 in the coverage and analysis of British and international affairs. For twenty years he wrote a weekly column in The Times. He now contributes to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4 and appeared regularly on The Moral Maze.

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