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Duncan, an archeologist, finds a satellite city of Atlantis inside a mountain. After his team excavates the site, the archeologist becomes ill, and he goes into a coma. While unconscious, Duncan experiences the last days of the Atlantian Empire.
In Duncan's adventures, he sees the political struggles which lead to the demise of Atlantis. The Atlantians have to fight for their race as their competing empires have different religions, politics and greed. Honor, duty, friendship, and religion are the only things that can keep them from being completely wiped off the face of the Earth. Day gun, the Atlantian emperor's son, sees what his friends and family will do to for their empire. Daygun has to make hard decisions for his homeland.
When Duncan comes back from his adventures, he looks at the world differently. In his mind, it is not his discovery of the lost city, but what he sees in the similarities of today's world.
From the Inside Flap:
"Two months of digging, and still nothing," Duncan murmurs.
"That's because there is nothing here," Kyle replies. "Two more weeks, Duncan. Then we can all go home."
Duncan looks at the sky. It is dreary, and the clouds are thick and gray. Touches of blue can be seen peeking through the sky. The mountains of Spain, with their magical sprinkles of snow, make Duncan feel as though everything is a dream. There is hardly a breeze at the dig site.
Duncan scans the mountainside, and sees scattered groups of his team working through their assigned areas. The only people around are his team of archeologists. The closest town is forty miles away through rough terrain. He and his team have been commissioned to dig all over the world. But only in rare cases has Duncan's team failed to find anything. The excavators fear that they will find nothing in this region of the world.
"Go check the sites. Make sure everyone is alright," Duncan says wearily.
Kyle nods, and walks down the trail. He makes his rounds of the sites to see if there is anything that his coworkers have missed. No one can find anything.
Duncan promised the mountain region should be a refuge for a society. It was his idea to come to Spain. Duncan's gut instinct told him that the region was once rich with a past society. There are traces of fertile soil, rivers, creeks, and stone. Because of the remoteness of the region, the area has not been excavated in detail from anyone else.
Kyle steps under the canopy of a dig site and asks Raymond, a student on internship, if they have found anything of interest.
"Nothing," Raymond replies. "Just a few stones."
Kyle bends down and filters through the stones. One catches his attention. He lifts it up and breaks off a section of hardened clay. He sees it is a carving of a horse with reigns. All the archeologists look at the carving with confusion. The archeologists will have no way of telling where or when it was made until it goes to the lab for testing.
Kyle phones Duncan immediately and tells him of the find.
"Get everyone over there. Don't stop digging," Duncan orders.
Kyle says, "Because the crew has had little sleep, everyone is exhausted. The crew has pushed themselves to the limit. Because it's getting close to the end of the expedition, and the supplies are limited, we need to wait until day break."
"I don't care." Duncan interrupts with anger; he tries to regroup his thoughts and says in a direct voice, "Get the supplies and crew there now. I don't want excuses!"
By nine thirty at night, the crew has completed its setup with equipment and digging tools. They start excavating close to the rocky mountainside. The archeologists start to move stones and rocks; they work until two thirty in the morning. By this time, most of the crews are working like zombies. Duncan sees their exhaustion and rethinks his decision to work through the night. Duncan wants everyone to push themselves, but he knows he can not destroy his crews physically.
About a hundred yards from the new site, the tides turn for the better.
Rachel, who has worked at Duncan's side on many projects, shouts towards where her boss is excavating, "I found something!"
She has found a line of stones, all six feet high, leading up the mountain side. The entire crew runs towards the new discovery. Duncan and Kyle run quickly towards Rachel. During their hasty run, the archeologists slip and fall about the same time trying to climb the hill. Duncan's scrapes his hands, and Kyle hits his knee pretty hard. The two archeologists get up like nothing ever happened.
When Duncan and Kyle arrive at Rachel's site, Rachel says, "You're both bleeding."
Duncan takes a bandana and wraps his hand tightly to stop the bleeding. He replies, "I can't feel anything."
Rachel shows Duncan the line of stones going towards the mountain. It is completely unnatural.
Duncan calls out to the crew, "This site is where we'll concentrate all of our resources. Move everything up here now!"
After digging into the formation of rocks, they see the top of what appears to be an entrance, blocked by carved stone. Duncan knows it is a doorway to the past that has not been discovered yet. Every crew member is on the site working. With the new discovery, it makes everyone's endorphins kick in. Some of the teams begin to use logs and crowbars to move the rocks.
Finally, after a few days of urgently digging away at the rock to uncover the entire door, they realize the true magnitude of the entrance. The stone door is almost six inches thick, sixteen feet wide, and twelve feet high. The outer part of the door has spectacular carvings and writing in a language Duncan has never seen. It reminds him of Egyptian hieroglyphics, but yet quite different. The writing is in vertical lines, rather than horizontal, and is faded from time.
On the third morning, as the sun is about to peek out from the darkness of the night, the archeologists connect chains from their jeeps to the stone door. The excavators try to pull the huge stones and boulders away from the mountain. Slowly, the ancient entrance is pulled from the mountain. Because the weight of the stone is so great, the jeeps and trucks start to lose traction. Finally, a small piece of the entrance breaks off, and Duncan shouts for them to stop. The entrance is wide enough to breach, and pulling any more of the door will risk destroying it.
Duncan says to Kyle, "We always talk about how tomb robbers destroyed history. We just did the same thing with the entrance. And it happened here under my supervision."
"They only cared about money and riches," Kyle replies back to Duncan. "We stand for more than that. We are uncovering something no one has ever seen, so we can share it with the world."
Duncan says, "Still, we did this out of hast, and we didn't respect history or preserve it."
"It already happened, and the only thing we can do is to keep going forward," Kyle says.
Most of the crews do not care that the stone has been broken.
Duncan and Kyle feel a draft of cool air coming from the open entrance. Dust fills the air. Duncan takes a flashlight and looks through the chipped barrier. The crew is silent. They are still stunned by the discovery. Duncan looks inside the mountain and cannot see an end into the darkness of the breach. Finally, he backs out of the entrance and instructs his crews to go back to the original camp so they can gather more supplies to the new site. Many of the archeologists have not slept for over twenty-six hours. Some of the team members have forgotten what sleep feels like.
Duncan and Kyle sit on a rock and look at each other and laugh. They know that this may be their biggest discovery yet.
Duncan says to Kyle, "This will never be topped until we find the Ark of the Covenant."
Title: The Last Battle of Atlantis
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Book Description Authorhouse, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 216 pages. 9.00x6.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk1456752944