Both Christina and Claude join Abdullah for the tortuous journey up a desert wadi into the mountains. When Claude wakes from a nightmare and his senses tell him that he really is in dire danger, he stumbles out of his tent, and a sand slide sends him tumbling down a crevice at the precipitous side of the Wadi. In so doing he discovers the remains of an ancient monument, and then a small artefact that appears to be solid silver.
The friends are dumbfounded by the scenes engraved into one wall of the Temple at Luxor. It was as if some Ancient Egyptian 'Nostradamus' had looked far into the future and foreseen most of what is written in the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. This part of the story is fact not fiction. On its own it could be dismissed as an amazing coincidence, but linked to the painting and glyphs in the Tomb of Ymntwtankh it is enough to send a shiver down the spines of all who see and read what those ancient artists have left us.
An Offering Table attracts Claude's attention and evokes a memory of the top of the pedestal he landed on in the sand slide, in the Wadi. One of Bin Bubekir's agents hears the friends discussing it. When Bin Bubekir learns that a silver plate was found, he jumps to the conclusion that the treasure is buried somewhere near the Pedestal in the Wadi. Jacob however connects it to a location described in the Dead Sea 'Copper Scroll of Qumran'. The information in the Scroll is crucial in solving where the so called 'treasure' is buried. More clues come to light in the Temple directing them to another location in Egypt. However, without more vital information that was etched into the stone pedestal, they have no idea where the 'treasure' may be buried.
For those sleuths who would like to get ahead of the narrative, Item 35 in the Copper Scroll reads, "In the Outer Valley, in the middle of the Circle-on-the-Stone, buried at seventeen cubits beneath it: 17 talents of silver and gold." The Egyptians loved to use code words, so this may extract may have another meaning. Put your thinking caps on, as Jacob had to do.
Claude and his friends no sooner find the location clue, when Yusuf, Bin Bubekir's agent makes a grab for Balkeesha's tablet, which sets off the Singing Statues. When the terrible or heavenly sounds subside, and the total turmoil and disorder caused by the Singing Statues subsides, the Hodja turns up and begins stalking the friends as they examine the Temple ruins for more clues. Inevitably the Hodja fouls up again, partly due to the interference of a small mischievous rhesus monkey called Abdidi. Shamil chases the Hodja out into the City, and in a madcap pursuit the latter steals a motor scooter. After coming to grief when he crashes into market stalls laden with vegetables, he is captured by Shamil and handed over to the law.
When Yusuf makes his report, Bin Bubekir sets off for the Wadi, taking Abdullah with him. Having descended the crevice that Claude had fallen down in the sand slide, the pair find a Temple deep inside the rock face. But the two altars, one to a Sun God, and the other to a Moon God, mean little, and finding no treasure they look for a way back. Before leaving the Pedestal, Abdullah takes a good look at it's surface, and the glyphs thereupon are committed to his subconscious.
Discussing their options, Jacob admits that although they have narrowed down their hunt to one particular province of old Egypt, they still have no clues as to where the treasure, if there is any, may be buried. Balkeesha persuades the friends to pass some time in the evening at a 'Spiritualist Meeting' which is to take place in one of the Hotel's conference rooms. Using electo-magnetic energy screens, the Mesmerist puts on a very convincing demonstration. When Abdullah returns from the Wadi, Jacob takes note that the gentle giant may well have picked up some vital information. He enlists the aid of the Mesmerist to try and extract all that Abdullah had seen, now lodged in the deeper recesses of his memory. Abdullah's memory of the Pedestal is captured by the Mesmerist and projected from his mind on to a screen.
Jacob traces the details of the Pedestal on to the Wall. Before he can study it,the images change and there is a flash back to Abdullah's past life as Samsamen. He is back in the Labyrinth once more. Jumping back to his present physical existence, scenes from the Wadi Temple provide a hint that there was gold and silver there after all. Guided a little by the mysterious Mesmerist, Jacob uses the new information to work out exactly where they should look next. Knowing that Bin Bubekir will try to steal the notes, he makes sure he has a copy, and then just happens to leave the original where the Yemeni can find it. On the train back to Cairo he recalls one small detail which alter his calculations, and will most certainly have Bin Bubekir looking in the wrong place.
The big day has arrived. The main participants in the Ceremony and Installation of a New King of Egypt go out to the Giza Plateau for a dress rehearsal. The Black Cardinal is waiting for them, but his plan to sink the Pageant before it has even started goes adrift when a Hollywood film crew mounted on camels, appear on the scene. It looks like the end for the Cardinal when Claude now mounted on one of the camels and the Film Director on another, come charging down upon him. He tries to outrun them, but is saved when he falls into a hidden underground tunnel,and finds himself in some kind of spiritual land that bares his character to the bone. When he emerges he is a changed man. With the colourful processional under way, late in the evening, a shot rings out and Claude who was being carried in a Litter, falls to the ground. Everyone is surprised when they find that it was the Carlos, the Black Cardinal who saved the day. Mayebra explains to Claude that the Benben stone on the back of an American One Dollar Note is really a space ship regarded by Egyptians as an Ark, and that it is depicted taking off from the peak of the Great Pyramid.
Thwarted in his search for a hidden cache at Hawara, Bin Bubekir concocts a new scheme to appropriate some of the greatest treasures from Ancient Egypt. As he leaves the scene, the Claude, Jacob and their friends arrive in Hawara. The entry to the Labyrinth is exactly where the clues so far have led them. When it comes to choosing which underground passage they should take, Jacob, Claude and Mayebra perceive that the choice is a test of their character, their knowledge of nature and the Universe. Any wrong move can and will lead to a dangerous trap. As they proceed more obstacles are met that have been placed by the Ancients to stop and even eliminate anyone deemed unworthy by some spiritual presence. When Psalm 23, which comes from Egyptian mythology, springs into life, it is only Jacob's knowledge and quick reaction that saves them once again.
Meanwhile in Cairo, Abdullah also comes to life, frightening tourists to the core. The disturbance so caused is soon forgotten when the result of the friends activities at Hawara, sets off a spectacular chain reaction that changes Cairo and the Giza Plateau for ever. The surprising ending to the story should shock everyone, save those who are familiar with Ancient Egypt and all that the people of that time were capable of.
The End Notes
There are many unsolved mysteries from the Ancient World. In these notes we have a look at some of the more intriguing which may well be answered as more and more artefacts are found. In fact the question of who the Queen of Sheba might have been appears to lie within the Kebra Nagast, the Ethiopian Bible. Some of the treasures listed in the Copper Scroll of Qumran have been found, and these discoveries point the way to the rest. The three coffins of King David indicate a possible macabre scenario, while the Helicopter of Abydos though apparently impossible, may just happen to be linked to the present.
The Missing Benben stone might also be explained in similar manner, or it may be that whoever designed the reverse side of the American One Dollar Note was privy to a long guarded secret. That secret would then have to involve the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau. The Priests who prepared the Tomb of King David left written lines to protect his resting place. They did have knowledge that we still do not understand, and they were not the sort of people to make idle threats. The curse however is more likely to be directed at all who do not show the King respect, especially when mentioning his name.
The Appendix of Facts and Speculation
Simple notes are appended to the text. Where the facts involve lengthy explanations and evidence, then this is given in the Appendix. It is hoped that many will not take these for granted but will conduct their own research and check every reference for themselves. In so doing they may well find more proof. Though evidence in the King's tomb is quite conclusive, particularly when combined with Egyptian mythology, any investigator should start with King Solomon, Note F10. There can be no doubt as to his true identity, and once this is realised, then everything else falls into place.
Created on ... May 16, 2006. Updated...29th October, 2014