Valerio Massimo Manfredi's The Tower is a modern thriller solving an ancient mystery.
AD 70. A ferocious, mysterious force hidden in a solitary tower annihilated a squad of Roman soldiers advancing through the Sahara desert. There was a single survivor: the Etruscan diviner Avile Vipinas, who later described the horror of the creature in the tower and suggested how it could be destroyed.
Nearly 2,000 years later, to find the tower and solve its unutterable mystery, three men venture into the heart of the Sahara: an archaeologist following the traces of his father, a colonel from the Foreign Legion thirsting for revenge, and a priest who puts his faith to the ultimate test.
Just what is the dark being that slumbers in the tower?
Remarkable . . . one of life’s unalloyed pleasures: praise for Valerio Massimo Manfredi
New York Times