LOST EMPIRE is the latest novel featuring treasure-hunting couple Sam and Remi Fargo, who are on a scuba-diving holiday off the coast of Tanzania, where they find a coin with unusual markings. Nearby, while seeking its origins, they discover yet a more exciting relic --- a ship’s bell inscribed with numerous strange markings --- and send images of the bell to their research team back in California for identification. Selma Wondrash heads the team that will search for answers and set off a vast hunt for the ancient origins of a modern civilization.
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In far-off Mexico City, Quauhtil Garza sits as President of Mexico and head of his Mexican Tenochca party. He’s been swept into power on the promise of restoring Mexico’s heritage as an Aztec nation, a return to its rich historical past. However, his campaign is successful primarily due to the previous administration’s incompetence and corruption. He has renounced his Christian name in favor of the Nahautl one, a symbol of embracing his Aztec heritage, and will stop at nothing to retain the illusion of a return to historical roots, while in fact he seeks absolute power. He employs a six-foot menace in the form of Itzli Rivera to sustain his powerful regime. A military-trained soldier, Rivera is commissioned to squelch any effort that may be made to solve the mysterious disappearance of Mexico’s early Aztec civilization. For a decade, Rivera has been successful in burying any archaeological discovery that would diminish the lofty standing of his president’s heritage. Rivera rushes to Tanzania when a telecast of the Fargos’ discovery threatens that further research will unearth the Aztec mystery.
When the Fargos return to the area where they have lifted the ship’s bell, they are stopped by Tanzanian authorities who ques