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Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani, scuba diving in the search for Cleopatra's tomb

 

 

 Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani are both seasoned scuba divers.

 

 

 

 

 

ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT

 

Their diving charter motored out to the coordinates Safiya had forced out of Ahmed Saleh, before he expired. The sea was flat calm, ideal for diving and setting out a grid on the seabed, should that be necessary.

 

"Punch it," said Safiya to Musa. Musa pushed the twin throttles all the way forward. The deep V monohull lurched forward, to a throaty roar from the onboard diesel engines, the wash disturbing the millpond sea. The boat was relatively small and not particularly suited to commercial diving, but that would give them some degree of cover, in appearing to be sport divers.

 

In not too long, the GPS pinged to tell Musa they'd reached their destination, accurate to around 3 meters. The depth sounder indicated just four fathoms, or seven meters. This was almost snorkel depth for some of the sportier frogmen.

 

"We're here," shouted Musa to Sabuka. She gave the international signal for OK, holding up her hand with thumb and forefinger pinched together, and the other three fingers raised.

 

Musa shut off the diesels. Sabuka had disrobed and was squeezing into a wet suit, wearing only panties and bra. Musa tried not to notice her shapely contortions, remembering that she was a deadly assassin, if rubbed the wrong way. Something of a black widow spider in human form. He treated her with great respect.

 

Seeing Musa looking as far away as possible, Safiya said, "It's okay to look today Musa. I'm in a good mood."

 

Musa smiled. He knew what that meant, if they made progress today. But he focused on the task at hand. He too wanted to find the elusive Queen, before the authorities realised what they were up to.

 

"Can you synchronise my watch with the onboard receiver, please."

 

Musa placed a sack of spikes and another of weighted rope portside, near the boarding ladder, then linked Safiya's dive watch to the receiver on their boat. By this means anyone onboard could monitor the tagged diver.

 

All suited, with facemask and a single air cylinder firmly strapped on, Safiya shouted to Musa to stay put, then picked up a sea-scooter and flipped backwards into the blue-green Mediterranean sea.

 

The water was cold on her face, as the air bubbles dissipated and she regained her balance. Then all thoughts of discomfort disappeared as she spotted numerous artifacts strew on the ocean floor below. She noted her position on her trusty Garmin Titanium T2 dive computer, sonar connected to eight meters depth, with GPS and cylinder capacity warnings, for when she was tempted to overstay her underwater welcome, and run out of air.

 

With the thrust from her scooter propelling her along without the need to flipper, she had soon covered a lot of seabed, mentally noting the most promising features and recent seabed disruption. But knowing that the mind plays tricks at depth.

 

She did a return run, then surfaced. "Musa, Musa," she shouted.

 

Musa leaned over the side to get eye contact. "We're in the right place. We may need Mr Kessler's expertise sooner than we thought, Safiya voiced, somewhat out of breath from excitement.  And we're gonna need Panama.

 

"Righto, I'll radio to let the Baron and Rudolf know. Panama is waiting with him just off Taposiris. They have an inflatable."

 

"You'd better come in, when you are ready." Musa gave her the divers OK signal. He then dropped the two sacks of equipment over the side.

 

Safiya got to work, establishing a grid pattern, ten meters by ten meters, pushing spikes in as she went. Musa swam up, clipping the thin weighted rope into slots in the ground spikes. It was going to be a long day. Safiya was particularly interested in a mound with a very small cave-like entrance. They soon ran out of spikes and rope.

 

Back onboard ..

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Port Said, about 160 kilometers away. Taposiris is base camp.

 

 

 

 

 

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CHAPTER 1.   THE POISON ASP

CHAPTER 2.   WRATH OF THE GODS - The destruction of Thonis and Alexandria

CHAPTER 3.   NEW WORLD ORDER - A Neo-Nazi plan to regenerate Aryan supremacy

CHAPTER 4.   CYBERCORE GENETICA - Nano computer technology is purchased at an auction by a religious sect.

CHAPTER 5.   INCUBUS

CHAPTER 6.   SPLICE

CHAPTER 7.   TREMORS - Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries. Until a shift in the tectonic plates triggered a tremor off the coast of Alexandria.

CHAPTER 8.   PANAMANIAN RUNNING MAN -

CHAPTER 9.   THE AMAZON

CHAPTER 10. TOMB RAIDERS - Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani dive among sifting sands to discover precious artifacts and golden treasures.

CHAPTER 11. SCOTLAND YARD

CHAPTER 12. OPERATION ALEXANDRIA - Neo-Nazi occultists recover Cleopatra's sarcophagus from underwater tomb near Palace.

CHAPTER 13. KIDNAP - Charley is taken prisoner 

CHAPTER 14. UNESCO - Catholic Church fear grave desecration heritage theft, asks agencies for help. Interpol issue Red Notice.

CHAPTER 15. REPLICANT - The Society reproduce Cleopatra using Francisco's RepliVator™, uploading synapse sequence and implanted memories.

CHAPTER 16. FULL STEAM AHEAD - Storm speeds to Thonis, then uses the Swann's AI sensors and the Ark database to find tomb has been plundered.

CHAPTER 17. RITUAL SACRIFICE - The Baron prepares a drugged Cleopatra for ceremonial impregnation.

CHAPTER 18. SANCTUM INTERRUPTUS - John finds secret Nazi hideout near Alexandria, disturbs ritual - rescues Cleopatra, arresting conspirators.

CHAPTER 19. THE CHOSEN ONE - The reincarnated Cleopatra falls for her rescuer. John comes under her spell, despite her being a replicant.

CHAPTER 20. MILITARY INTERVENTION - The military detain Cleopatra to appease stakeholders, despite media & medical protests. Storm distraught.

CHAPTER 21. DÉJÀ VU - History repeats itself, military lock up technology as gross violation of human rights, John left disillusioned:  FINALE FOR NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAPHIC BRIEF - SUGGESTED LAYOUTS/ FORMAT

 

CHAPTER 1.   THE POISON ASP - Overwhelmed by grief, Cleopatra poisons herself with a cobra bite in her mausoleum

CHAPTER 2.   WRATH OF THE GODS - The destruction of Thonis and Alexandria

CHAPTER 3.   NEW WORLD ORDER - A Neo-Nazi plan to regenerate Aryan supremacy

CHAPTER 4.   CYBERCORE GENETICA - Nano computer technology is purchased at an auction by a religious sect

CHAPTER 5.   INCUBUS - Franco Francisco accepts offer of employment from Roberta Ferrara

CHAPTER 6.   SPLICE - Klaus von Kolreuter perfects a method of gene manipulation

CHAPTER 7.   TREMORS - Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries, until shift in the tectonic plates trigger tremor off the coast of Alexandria

CHAPTER 8.   PANAMANIAN RUNNING MAN - Marjorie Boyle videos exceptionally fast athlete, Sam Hollis investigates

CHAPTER 9.   AMAZON QUEEN - Elizabeth Swann navigating river and docking at Manaus

CHAPTER 10. TOMB RAIDERS - Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani dive among sifting sands to discover precious artifacts and golden treasures

CHAPTER 11. SCOTLAND YARD - London's secure DNA database is stolen

CHAPTER 12. OPERATION ALEXANDRIA - Neo-Nazi occultists recover Cleopatra's sarcophagus from underwater tomb near Palace

CHAPTER 13. KIDNAPPED - Charley is taken prisoner, John, Dan and CIA rescue her

CHAPTER 14. UNESCO - Catholic Church fear grave desecration heritage theft, asks agencies for help. Interpol issue Red Notice

CHAPTER 15. REPLICANT - The Society reproduce Cleopatra using Francisco's RepliVator™, uploading synapse sequence, implanted memories

CHAPTER 16. FULL STEAM AHEAD - To Thonis, then uses the Swann's AI sensors and the Ark database to find tomb has been plundered

CHAPTER 17. RITUAL SACRIFICE - The Baron prepares a drugged Cleopatra for ceremonial impregnation

CHAPTER 18. SANCTUM INTERRUPTUS - John finds Nazi hideout near Alexandria, disturbs ritual - rescues Cleopatra, arresting conspirators

CHAPTER 19. THE CHOSEN ONE - The reincarnated Cleopatra falls for her rescuer. John comes under her spell, despite her being a replicant

CHAPTER 20. MILITARY INTERVENTION - Military detain Cleopatra for stakeholders, despite media & medical protests. Storm distraught

CHAPTER 21. DÉJÀ VU - History repeats itself, military lock up technology as gross violation of human rights, John left disillusioned

 

 

 

 

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