Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lost Legion, A Robert Sable Mystery August 2011

        Lost Legion is NOW out from Whiskey Creek Press. Here is an overview:

        At the Governor of Alaska’s bequest, State Trooper Captain Carl Owen pulls Tlingit Sergeant Trooper Robert Sable from his honeymoon to investigate the murders of the governor’s brother, William Landen and the brother’s friends--a famous TV archeologist, Jonathan Flint, and an archeology professor, Phillip Reed, from the University of Alaska.  Fishermen found the bodies in the middle of the Alaskan bush in a riverboat just off the Porcupine River.  The men have been killed by arrows and bullets.  The arrows are not commercially made or belong to any native group or tribe.   At the scene, Sable and his partner, Aaron McCabe, find clutched in the dead men’s hands are gold coins imprinted with the likeness of Augustus Caesar.  At first Sable believes the coins are counterfeit.   In one of the men’s hand is an ancient scroll written Latin.  None of the clues make any sense. 
        As the partners investigate the murders, they investigate several possibilities from revenge to salting archeological sites.   While visiting the deadmen’s houses, Sable and McCabe find a book on the mythology of Romans in Alaska.  Before they can interrogate one of the victim’s wives, Catherine Flint, she makes a run for it.  When she’s brought in, she reveals their husbands were looking for Roman treasure.   As proof, she shows them a gold crown embedded with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds.  In the centered of the crown was a double headed cobra symbol of Cleopatra VII Philopator.  Still, Sable can’t quite believe it Romans had visited or settled in Alaska though he knew legions made it to India and China.Sable and McCabe investigate threats against the governor, Landen’s competitors to his engineering firm and emerging Italian influence in the case. 
       The case takes them from the universities deep into the Alaska wilderness in search of the killers and gold.

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