The massive gold menorah - a sacred golden lampstand - symbol of the Jewish faith, torn from its home in Jerusalem's Holy Temple during the final sack of the city. Carried in triumph through Rome, it came to represent the Empire's relentless conquest of people and faiths the world over. When the Roman Empire's capital moved to Constantinople, the menorah went with it . . . But it had vanished when the bloodthirsty Crusaders plundered the city in 1204. Turkey, present day. When archaeologist Jack Howard begins an exploratory dive in Istanbul's harbor, he is hoping to uncover some of the fabled treasures lost during the Crusades, including the menorah itself. What he discovers, however, is something quite different. Meanwhile, in a dusty cathedral library in England, someone unearths a long-forgotten medieval map. Together both could change the way we see history itself. And suddenly the clock is ticking: to find the gold, and find those who will stop at nothing to get it . . . The quest for the menorah's whereabouts - and its secrets - takes Jack Howard from the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Vikings in the North, to the days of Nazi power, and uncovers a trail more thrilling and potentially devastating than anyone could have imagined.
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