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Secrets of El Tovar Canyon
by Michael Cole
About this Book
An ancient tablet scribed with inexplicable hieroglyphic-type writing found in the Grand Canyon prompts four scientists with different backgrounds and ideologies to search for a secret passage leading to the Sphinx. Their aim? To discover a ten-thousand-year-old link between Egypt and Arizona.
But once the cryptologist gleans the full import of the tablet's message, they realize that before the mystery can be solved, they must first find a cave in El Tovar Canyon.
A murder by an unscrupulous dealer in antiquities ends up complicating matters. When the U.S. government threatens to seal off the cave for reasons of national security, the scientists decide to take matters into their own hands.
What they uncover forces them to make a choice. If they reveal the secret, it could compromise the security of the United States. And if they don't, they could relegate future generations to an inhospitable world.
About the Author
Michael Cole lives in Laguna Niguel, California. After earning B.A. and M.A. degrees, he wore a number of different career hats, but none of them ever stirred his soul--until he took up writing.
As a young boy, Cole was always curious about the unknown and the mysterious. Ever since he can remember, reading about archeology has held a fascination for him.
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Michael Cole's third mystery novel, Secrets of El Tovar Canyon, puts a new twist on the age-old questions: How old is the Sphinx?
Who were the architects of the pyramids? The traditional theory
that the pharaohs built the great monuments four thousand years
ago is shattered.
When an ancient tablet with mysterious cuneiforms is found at
the bottom of the Grand Canyon, an unscrupulous antiquities dealer
hires an archaeologist to identify its origin. Unable to decipher the
hieroglyphic-type writing, he contacts an Egyptologist, an archeoastronomer,
and a world-renowed cryptologist.
They set off to Egypt on an adventure to try and link the ancient tablet
to a golden statue deep within the Sphinx's paw.
Just as they feel they're on the verge of discovering the secret
contained in the cryptologist's message, the U.S. government mysteriously
intervenes. Ending in a long-forgotten cave in Arizona, they are now faced
with an appalling choice: to share with the world what they have learned
and compromise U.S. security, or to keep the information to themselves
and relegate future generations to an inhospitable world.
Secrets of El Tovar Canyon was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, and at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.
ISBN 10: 0-9818418-7-2
228 pp, $13.97