At their excavations high in the Taurus Mountains, archaeologists James and Arla are poised to discover the secret of what caused the Late Bronze Age Collapse and the destruction of the Hittite Empire in 1200 BC. Little do they know that in so doing they have placed themselves and their team in mortal danger. Their search for answers uncovers a hidden past, a sinister secret society and an ancient evil they cannot run from.
Two Hittite children, Ani and Purdu, leave their farm to watch a parade of returning soldiers in their local town, only to find it overrun by a horror beyond their worst nightmares. Returning home, they find their farm destroyed. Their flight to safety leads them to an unlikely friend and guardian, and on a terrifying journey north to the great capital of Hattusha.
Michael, a pharmacist in a Central Washington hospital, is the only survivor of a bizarre and brutal attack by a sick patient that leaves several doctors dead. Fleeing the scene in terror, he soon finds himself accused of the murders. Desperate to prove his innocence, Michael turns to his IT genius friend, Nathan, for help. Michael and Nathan uncover much more than they bargained for – a deadly disease sweeping through the city, and a secretive group determined to silence them and any that stand in their way.
What readers are saying:
“It will have you hooked from page one.” 5 stars
“An enthralling read… Each page and chapter leaves you unable to put the book down. I just had to know what happened next. The writing style leads the reader to constantly guess about what the bigger picture is. I look forward to the next book because I just need to know the full storey of the questions left unanswered.” 5 stars
“Archaeologists are for once presented in an accurate and realistic manner… So many different concepts, conspiracies and plot elements are established during the course of the book… I for one am looking forward to seeing more.” 5 stars
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What the top Hittitologists are saying:
“Clarkson’s style reminded me of Dan Brown. I do admire how he brings the Late Bronze Age world to life, how he portrayed it and it is clear that he knows about archaeology and ancient history. It is very well done.”
– Professor Theo van den Hout, Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages, The University of Chicago, author of The Elements of Hittite, 2011, Cambridge University Press, and many other scholarly works on the Hittites
“Clarkson has researched his Hittite material well. There is an authentic ring about his description of Hittite people, their cities, and their customs. Clarkson’s novel is a good read!”
– Professor Emeritus Trevor Bryce, The University of Queensland, author of Life and Society in the Hittite World (2002, Oxford University Press) and Kingdom of the Hittites (1999,Oxford University Press)