True raiders The untold story of the 1909 expedition to find the legendary Ark of the Convenant

Brad Ricca

Large print - 2022

"This book tells the untold story of Monty Parker, a British rogue nobleman who headed a secret expedition to find the fabled Ark of the Covenant. In 1908, Monty is approached by a scholar named Valter Juvelius who claims to have discovered a secret code in the Bible that reveals the location of the Ark. Monty assembles a group of adventurers to engage in a secret excavation just outside Jerusalem. Using records from the original expedition and several newly translated sources, True Raiders... is the first retelling of this group's adventures"--

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Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs.
Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company 2022.
Large print edition
Physical Description
557 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 545-548).
Main Author
Brad Ricca (author)
  • Persons in their order of appearance
  • The key
  • Part one:
  • The cipher
  • Part two:
  • Underground
  • Part three:
  • The king in copper
  • Part four:
  • Raiders
  • Part five:
  • A black star.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Ricca follows up Olive the Lionheart with another cinematic history of a European aristocrat's adventures in distant lands. In 1909, Montague "Monty" Parker, an English nobleman and veteran of the Second Boer War, led an expedition to Palestine in search of the Ark of the Covenant. He was hired by businessmen who believed that a Finnish scholar had discovered a cipher in the Old Testament that, when decoded, provided a map to where the Ark was hidden in a network of subterranean tunnels near Jerusalem. Following the scholar's map and the findings of an earlier British explorer, Charles Warren, Parker and his team of amateur archaeologists excavated Hezekiah's Tunnel, believed to have been built in the 8th century BCE to provide Jerusalem with water during a siege by the king of Assyria. Ricca details the history of biblical sites including Gihon Spring, also known as the Virgin's Fountain, where Mary was believed to have washed Jesus's swaddling clothes, as well as a strike by local laborers, the race to beat a rival expedition funded by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, and allegations that Parker stole antiquities from the Mosque of Omar. Parker's rumored romance with Ava Astor, the estranged wife of John Jacob Astor, provides a touch of glamour. Archaeology buffs will be enthralled. Agent: Scott Mendel, Mendel Media Group. (Sept.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Told for the first time, this legendary story, which was the inspiration for the film Raiders of the Lost Ark follows a British rogue nobleman, who, after being dared to do so, headed a secret 1909 expedition to find the fabled Ark of the Covenant. (biography & autobiography). Illustrations.