In the next second they were struck by a massive pressure wave that rolled inexorably over them, shaking them about like corks in a stream, tossed and turned in the grip of its power, before leaving them abandoned in its wake. He has to come here and cause trouble for me?
Now he planned to do the same to Peru. De le Serna had half a mind to abandon the city that very evening. He could reestablish the capital at Cuzco and run the defense of the province from there, if need be. It was a better location both tactically and strategically, which made it quite attractive to the viceroy. He turned away from the window, crossed the room and practically threw himself into a thickly padded chair in front of the fireplace. In the corner stood one of the pieces from the very collection that was causing him such vexing problems.
The statue was life-size and cast entirely in gold. It showed the Virgin Mother kneeling with the infant Jesus clasped gently in her arms. Thankfully, his present position of viceroy of Peru allowed him to do pretty much whatever he wanted. Appropriating the statue from the cathedral had been one of his first acts as viceroy. For years the church had been gathering vast sums of treasure through donations from the rich and poor alike. Pulling a group of his own men off the line would quickly be noticed by the enemy.
Once that happened, any attempt to move the treasure overland would more than likely be sniffed out and intercepted by the enemy. Everything from brigands to the weather could pose a threat, and there was more than one lonely stretch of road where they could be ambushed, their cargo stolen with no one the wiser. Travelers disappeared from those mountainous roads all the time, often never to be seen again.
That left the sea. The port of Callao was less than ten kilometers to the west. If he could get the treasure aboard a ship he could send it north, to his Spanish allies in Mexico, who would no doubt be happy to secure it for a reasonable fee until things had settled down enough here for him to reclaim it. Right now, the only ships in the harbor belonged to the French, English and Dutch.
For the right price, he might be able to persuade one of them to handle his cargo for him. He considered the ships he knew to be in port, reviewing what he knew about the captains of each.
After some time, he came to a decision. Etern Eternal Journey. Sacri Sacrifice. Seeke Seeker's Curse. Footp Footprints. Parad Paradox. Spiri The Spirit Banner. Sacre Sacred Ground. Bone The Bone Conjurer. Triba Tribal Ways.
Drago The Dragon's Mark. Phant Phantom Prospect. Restl Restless Soul. False False Horizon. Other The Other Crowd. Tear Tear of the Gods. Oracl The Oracle's Message. Cradl Cradle of Solitude. Labyr Labyrinth.
Fury' Fury's Goddess. Magic Magic Lantern. Where the first clue is located.
Captain William Parker was in charge of rescuing the Confederacy's treasury when Sherman was about to enter Richmond during the Civil War. Catherine Daley is the real estate agent showing the Chennault plantation. Jimmy Mitchell rents out his boat for their diving expedition in the Savannah River.
Blaine Michaels is a vicious, brutal sociopath and the current head of the Friends of the South FotS and interested to an excessive degree in protecting its secrets. The Cover The cover is a collage of the buildings and objects that Annja encounters. Annja is wearing her usual long pants, boots, and a tank top as she holds her sword upright in her right hand and plays a flashlight towards us in her left.
Hey, it's dark in the catacombs!
The Cradle of Solitude is a monastery up in the French mountains, but plays a very small part in the story. May 01, Shelley rated it liked it Shelves: releases , sci-fiction , borrowed-library. While in Paris on what seems to be yet another vacation, Annya is asked by the local police to consult in an urgent matter. Parker somehow ended up dead in an underground catacomb under the streets of Paris and the police want to know how.
The North by this time, had pretty much won the war, and was moving quickly to surround Richmond, Virginia. How Parker ended up in Paris is part of the mystery and conspiracy that leads Annya from France to Georgia, to Antietam and Gettysburg. Annya is not alone in her determination to find the missing treasure. There is an infamous organization called Order of the Golden Phoenix lead by Blaine Michaels, that will do anything to keep the treasure a secret and ensure that nobody knows what really happened to Captain Parker.
That means eliminating anyone who comes in contact with it's knowledge and secrets. Annya once again finds herself deep in mystery, suspense and bloodshed as those she meets along the way, fall by the wayside due to Michaels brutality. Her one companion in this search just happens to be someone that Annya doesn't quite trust; Garin Braden.
Garin always seems to find a way to beat Annya to the treasure, and this time is no different. Garin also reveals a secret that Annya has been wondering about for years; How in the hell does he know where I am all the time? This book was more interesting and fun than previous installments.
I have been a history buff since a very small age, and when it comes to the Civil War, I'm an addict pure and simple. It's not because I liked the war or the devastation it caused. It's because it shows that this country has come a very long way since it's founding and we still have problems to deal with. I like the fact that this particular author didn't try to sugar coat the war between the states.
I like the fact that this author also uses historical characters like President Jefferson Davis of the CSA, and many of this officers in order to tell the tale. I liked the revelation that the Order, or Friends of the South, was actually planning on betraying the South and making it one of their colonies in order to have easy access to cotton.
If you allow your imagination to roam freely, you can really see that point of view happening. The only surprise is the fact that, to my knowledge, neither England nor France tried to invade the US during this brutal war in an effort to take back their colonies or territories. I read this series because it's a cross between National Treasure, and Indiana Jones.
The series is about a character is given the opportunity by fate to be a change for good, instead of evil. Annya still has issues and is still not sure of who to trust including Gavin Braden who once again appears in the story only to steal the spotlight away from Annya. I read this series hoping that Annya will finally come to the realization that she can't go running around the world any longer hoping that she won't be recognized as the holder of Joan of Arc's legendary sword. How can she? She's front and center of Chasing History's Monsters, and she gets in trouble each and every time she tries to dig up the truth behind missing secrets.
Next in the series: Labyrinth Rogue Angel Jun 11, Lianne Burwell rated it liked it Shelves: adventure. The Cradle of Solitude is basically a heist novel. The body of a Confederate soldier who was involved in smuggling the CSA treasury to safety is found in the catacombs under Paris. Anja, who is in town, gets pulled in to examine the body, and ends up an the hunt to find the treasure before a secret organization that was behind the long-dead Captain's death can get to it.
All in all, I had a lot of fun with this book. I just had one minor quibble. One assumes that the Captain died not long after t The Cradle of Solitude is basically a heist novel. One assumes that the Captain died not long after the Civil War, although a man pretending to be him died at the age of One of the clues left by the Captain to lead his friend to the treasure left before he died says to dig up a chest buried in his doppleganger's grave, with a clue to where that grave would be. How he managed to arrange that the chest would be buried in the grave, and where the grave would be, when presumably the other man died years, if not decades, after him, isn't stated.