An antique mahogany campaign writing box is purchased from an old man at the Dirt Market in Beijing. A gold bishop's cross is found inside a secret compartment, long hidden since the last days of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. At the centre of the cross is a large Columbian emerald, said to be cursed. In another secret compartment there is an unﬁnished letter telling of a brass chest containing church treasures and relics looted by the Boxers. The chest had been liberated from the Boxers by a captain of the Bengal Lancers and buried by him somewhere in the city once known as Peking. The captain had written to his wife telling her of its location, but the letter never left his writing box. After discovering its contents, the two Australians who bought the box return to China in search o...
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Thrillers, Suspense, Teen & Young Adult, Foreign Language Fiction, Other Languages
Size: 292 pages
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For fifteen hundred years the tomb of a general buried during the Three Kingdoms dynasty has remained hidden beneath the pale yellow clay of Shanxi Province; guarding the secret to the mysterious tomb of the first great emperor of China – Qin Shi Huang. Two young Melbourne University tutors believe they can break into the general’s tomb, believe they can loot the tomb of its ancient artefacts, the jade, the porcelain, and whatever else is there for the tomb raider to take. But are they naïve or just foolish in their simple belief that they can enter China and steal its treasures and smuggle them away without running afoul of those who also want those beautiful things? Did they not realise that there are those who will take whatever measures may be needed to seize and sell the looted ...
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Thrillers, Suspense, Teen & Young Adult, Mysteries & Thrillers, Crime Fiction, Foreign Language Fiction, Other Languages
Size: 307 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 April 2017 onward PDT/PST