The Excalibur Codex
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The Excalibur Codex

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For countless generations the sword had been kept hidden, ready for a time of need. But not hidden well enough, because on one warm July night in 1937 it vanished - its disappearance swallowed up in the storm clouds of war that would soon engulf the world. 1941 - twelve SS generals gather at a castle in East Prussia to re-enact an ancient rite and call on the spirits of Europe's mightiest warriors to aid them in the coming battle in the East. At the heart of the ritual is a pentagram formed by five swords. One of them is Excalibur, the mythical weapon pulled from a stone by King Arthur. 2010 - Art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair laughs when he reads the codex to a German war veteran's will, the strange ritual it describes and the mention of a sword named Excalibur. But collector Adam Steele is convinced - and if Jamie can find the legendary sword, he will pay a small fortune for it. The hunt for Excalibur takes Jamie from Germany to eastern Poland and a deadly encounter in Hitler's Wolf's Lair. The castle has been destroyed down to the last stone and the only clue to the sword's fate is the strange tale of a wartime partisan unit murdered by its own commander. With a team of international assassins on his trail and the distinction between friend and enemy a blur, Jamie finally makes it back to a Britain under siege, where the last piece of the puzzle falls into place and he discovers that the line between obsession and madness is gossamer thin...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 128 x 200 x 32mm | 339.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552167924
  • 9780552167925
  • 430,861

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"Impeccably researched and high on intrigue, the opening chapter will have you absolutely hooked from the explosive start." Saturday (Supp. to the Scottish Daily Record)show more

About James Douglas

James Douglas is the pseudonym of a writer of popular historical adventure novels. This is the third novel to feature art recovery expert, Jamie Saintclair - the first two being The Doomsday Testament and The Isis Covenant. James Douglas lives in Scotland.show more

Review Text

"Impeccably researched and high on intrigue, the opening chapter will have you absolutely hooked from the explosive start."show more

Back cover copy

It had been kept hidden for centuries, in readiness for a time of need. But not hidden well enough, it seems. One night in July 1937, it vanished – its disappearance swallowed up in the storm clouds of the war that was about to engulf the world . . . In 1941, twelve of Himmler’s most trusted generals gather at a grim castle in East Prussia, to re-enact an ancient rite steeped in blood. At its heart is a pentagram formed by five swords. One of them is King Arthur’s mystical Excalibur . . . Seventy years later, and art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair laughs in disbelief as he reads the codex to a German war veteran’s will, the strange ritual it describes and the mention of a sword named Excalibur. But obsessive collector Adam Steele is convinced – and if Saintclair can trace the legendary blade, he will pay a small fortune for it . . . The search leads Saintclair into a dangerous hinterland where the loyalties and hatreds of the past live on, and the line between fanaticism and madness is gossamer thin. As the last piece of the puzzle falls into place, it becomes clear that some mysteries should be left unsolved . . .show more

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114 ratings
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