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It was a Persian tile relief that took Joan's breath away. Dressed in full battle regalia, a group of warriors were engaged in hand-to-hand combat with their enemies. Reminding her of European knights, they wore fabric-covered mail armor with mail coifs on top of their pointed helmets.

As she entered the antechamber, something else made her head reel. It was a high-backed throne identical to the one she had seen earlier painted on the animal hide.

For the first time Joan could conceptualize the kind of power Genghis Khan must have wielded. Fit for a king, the magnificent jeweled throne was the most ornate she had ever seen. Carved out of wood that was adorned with gold filigree, it was festooned with Lapis and Zulu.

Every nerve of Joan's body was on the alert. She sensed . . . no, she felt she was on the verge of the most significant archeological find of the twenty-first century. She was positive the sarcophagus was close by. She tried to envision what it would look like, surrounded by some of Khan's most priceless possessions, gold everywhere, maybe even emeralds and rubies. She could all but taste the fame that would come with their find.

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Well of Souls
by Michael Cole
ISBN-10: 1-936154-55-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-936154-55-5

About this Book

An eccentric billionaire with a penchant for antiquities asks an unsuspecting university professor who lectures on Central Asian history to convince a group of Mongolian shamans to sanction a search for Genghis Khan's tomb. The professor agrees, but soon discovers the medicine men are not her only obstacle.

Not only must she circumvent a maze of deadly traps in a subterranean tunnel, but she must also confront a renegade group of Buddhists who are hell-bent on killing her.

Things become even more complicated once she discovers a connection exists between an ancient gold medallion and a slain Mongolian archeologist. Little does she realize that once she decodes the medallion's inscriptions, she will unleash an unprecedented chain of events: the FBI becomes involved in an unsolved murder investigation, the CIA and the KGB enter the picture, and once a horrific conspiracy becomes exposed it causes an international incident.

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About the Author

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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, he was always fascinated with the unknown, the mysterious, and also the unworldly.

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In Michael Cole's sixth mystery novel, Well of Souls, an eccentric billionaire with a penchant for antiquities invites Joan Templeton, a professor of Central Asian history, to his private utopian island to offer her an opportunity of a lifetime. It appears a group of scientists on the billionaire's payroll have invented a state-of-the-art piece of equipment capable of producing images deep within the earth. The scientists are convinced the technology has the capability of pinpointing the location of Genghis Khan's tomb. Templeton agrees to join an archeological expedition to search for the grave and the rumored treasure surrounding it. Her role is to convince several conclaves of shamans not to interfere with the dig. This proves to be a difficult task as the medicine men are a superstitious lot who believe if the tomb is violated, Khan's soul would no longer rest in piece.

On her quest for the tomb and the treasure, Templeton enters a forbidden tunnel where she is exposed not only to ancient man-made traps, but is also threatened with bodily harm from a renegade group of Chinese Buddhists. Their aim is to make certain neither she nor any members of her party find a secret that if discovered could unleash an international incident.

The Buddhists are not her only problem. Things get even more complicated when she discovers a connection between a slain Mongolian archeologist and an ancient medallion once belonging to a high-ranking Mongolian general. When Templeton unravels the meaning of the mysterious inscriptions inside the medallion, not only does Interpol enter the picture, but so do the FBI, CIA and the KGB. What they find is so shocking that it causes an international incident between the Mongolian Government and its arch enemy, the Russians.

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ISBN 10: 1-936154-55-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-936154-55-5
194 pp, $12.97

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