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The Babylon Contingency Archaeology at its most dangerous Clifford Longley

17th October 2014
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336 pages:
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Investigating a burglary at an English country house, DI Robbie Peele comes face to face with some of the most mysterious objects in world archaeology, disks similar to the Phaestos Disk - and with a Middle Eastern terrorist cell 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 more than a century ago, witnessed by a Victorian gentleman explorer who recorded what he saw in coded diaries. Seeking the truth about the strange disks, Peele and his assistant, Sarah Shipton, head to Crete. But Crete poses as many puzzles as it solves. In the end Peele has to ask far harder questions than simply who did the original burglary - the answer to which infuriates him. What do the disks really say, in what language, and who made them? And why is the answer so dangerous to peace in the Middle East?
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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