The Artifacta novel by Jack QuinnWhile attempting to join a U.S. Army platoon in search of deposed president Saddam Hussein, acerbic foreign correspondent Andrea Madigan and her TV cameraman are accosted by a tribe of lawless Bedouins. During theirMoreThe Artifacta novel by Jack QuinnWhile attempting to join a U.S. Army platoon in search of deposed president Saddam Hussein, acerbic foreign correspondent Andrea Madigan and her TV cameraman are accosted by a tribe of lawless Bedouins.
During their captivity, the nomads contend that a group of American soldiers unearthed a precious treasure from the sands of the Syrian Desert, killed several of their members, and stole their discovered riches from its rightful owners.On her return to the States, Andrea tries to follow the faint trail of the thieves and their loot, but is stonewalled by the State Department, Pentagon, administration and military.
With all avenues of inquiry seemingly exhausted, she is ordered to drop her artifact quest by her boss and corporate adversary, V.P. Rand Duncan. Frustrated by Duncans decision, Andrea commits the cardinal sin of broadcasting and is fired from the network. When she is joined in her investigation by friend and associate, gay bodybuilder Sammy Simkowski, the freelance reporters are harassed by international art thieves, threatened by Mafia hit men, attacked by Arab terrorists, and encumbered by General Clyde G.
Callaghan, commander of the army battalion in which the thieves purportedly served.As Andrea pursues her investigation, she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. She encounters Hannah Ogie, a mysterious Preacher Lady, who urges the rejection of traditional religions for direct communication with God, and is an eyewitness to the assassination of the unorthodox evangelist.After a harrowing chase and deadly gun battle between competing adversaries intent on seizing the treasure, Andrea and Sammy finally locate the artifact, experiences a miraculous recovery from her disease, and learns that the ancient amphora contains not the priceless items originally assumed, but a single object that threatens to alter the interpretation of the most important period in the history of mankind--and possibly its future.