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Journey of the Pharaohs (NUMA Files, #17) by Clive Cussler Read Online (FREE)

Journey of the Pharaohs (NUMA Files, #17) by Clive Cussler Read online

Read Journey of the Pharaohs (NUMA Files, #17) by Clive Cussler online free here.

Cast of Characters

THE HISTORIC PAST

EGYPT, 1074 B.C.

KHEMET—Former member of the Medjay, a group whose role was to guard the Valley of the Kings.

QSN—Orphaned child who gives information to Khemet, his name means Sparrow and the Bringer of Sorrow.

HERIHOR—Military commander who rose to become Pharaoh of Upper Egypt and then vanished.

NEW YORK CITY, 1927

JAKE MELBOURNE—Pilot, barnstormer and World War I ace, competing for the Orteig Prize.

CARLO GRANZINI—Head of the Granzini crime family.

STEFANO CORDOVA—Melbourne’s friend and mechanic, Granzini’s nephew.

THE PRESENT DAY

NATIONAL UNDERWATER AND MARINE AGENCY (NUMA)

KURT AUSTIN—Director of Special Projects, salvage expert and world-class diver.

JOE ZAVALA—Kurt’s closest friend, the mechanical genius responsible for constructing much of NUMA’s exotic equipment.

RUDI GUNN—Assistant Director of NUMA, a graduate of the Naval Academy.

HIRAM YAEGER—NUMA’s Director of Technology, designed and built Max, NUMA’s supercomputer.

PAUL TROUT—Geologist with a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences, married to Gamay.

GAMAY TROUT—Marine biologist, married to Paul, most outspoken member of the group.

SCOTLAND

VINCENNES—Mysterious passenger on the fishing trawler.

SLOCUM—Smugglers’ contact, part of the Bloodstone Group.

UNITED KINGDOM SECURITY SERVICE, SECTION 5 (MI5)

OLIVER PEMBROKE-SMYTHE—Former member of the SAS, currently Director of Counter-Terrorism Operations for MI5.

MORGAN MANNING—MI5 special operative, investigating the Bloodstone Group.

HENRY CROSS—Professor of Antiquities at Cambridge University, assists MI5 in identifying smuggled artifacts.

THE BLOODSTONE GROUP

SOLOMON BARLOW—Former mercenary, now an arms dealer and head of the Bloodstone Group.

KAPPA—Weapons specialist and Barlow’s second-in-command.

ROBSON—Former street thug from a tough section of London, now one of Barlow’s lieutenants.

DALY—Associate of Robson’s, blames Robson for his incarceration.

GUS—Associate of Robson’s, Daly’s half brother.

FINGERS—Member of Robson’s old street gang.

SNIPE—Another member of Robson’s street gang.

ADDITIONS TO THE BLOODSTONE GROUP

XANDRA AND FYDOR—Brother-and-sister pair of assassins, they operate jointly under the pseudonym the Toymaker.

OMAR KAI—Flamboyant mercenary who is hired by the Bloodstone Group after they reach the United States.

FRANCE

FRANCISCO DEMARS—Grandson of the man who discovered the Writings of Qsn, lives in a château in France.

SPAIN

FATHER TORRES—Catholic priest, serving at San Sebastián de las Montañas in Villa Ducal de Lerma.

SOFIA—Young child who introduces Gamay and Paul to Father Torres.

THE UNITED STATES

JAMES SANDECKER—Former Director of NUMA, now Vice President of the United States.

MIRANDA ABIGAIL CURTIS—Senior archivist with the FBI.

MORRIS—Lead agent in Sandecker’s security detail.

THE NAVAJO NATION

EDDIE TOH-YAH—Old friend of Kurt Austin’s, part of the Navajo tribal administration.

EDDIE’S GRANDFATHER—Leader of the local Navajo Council, Keeper of the Flame.

 

Prologue

Valley of the Kings, Egypt

1074 B.C., during the time of the 18th Dynasty

Heat shimmered in waves across the Valley of the Kings as the merciless sun baked the desert sands into clay.

High above the valley, at the edge of a cliff, a bearded man named Khemet lay flat on his stomach, sweating beneath the noonday sun, looking for any sign of movement. Sweat trickled down the side of his face, a fly buzzed around his ear, but nothing moved down below.