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Inca Mourning
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ISBN-10: 1-55404-017-5
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Genre: Suspense/Thriller
eBook Length: 206 Pages
Published: January 2003



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Greed brought them to the land of the Inca and small pox and civil war allowed the Spaniard Pizarro with his cannons, steel breastplates and horses to conquer one of the Greatest Empires in the Western world.

Follow a young Inca, Tyik, as he brings the warning from the sacred Condor and his efforts as one of the Inca’s most trusted soldiers, as he fights against an enemy with weapons that destroy the Inca fighters by the hundreds. Feel the growing admiration of his efforts as Pizarro finds that these heathens are starting to learn how to fight against the power of the Spain.


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Greed brought them to the land of the Inca and small pox and civil war allowed the Spaniard Pizarro with his cannons, steel breastplates and horses to conquer one of the Greatest Empires in the Western world.

Follow a young Inca, Tyik, as he brings the warning from the sacred Condor and his efforts as one of the Inca's most trusted soldiers, as he fights against an enemy with weapons that destroy the Inca fighters by the hundreds. Feel the growing admiration of his efforts as Pizarro finds that these heathens are starting to learn how to fight against the power of Spain.

On the mountain tops of the Andes, human sacrifices to the Inca Sun God took place. A British Archeological team discovers the remains of a young girl wrapped in a spectacular cloak. The visit to the top of the world brings more than mummified remains to Jeremy Flight, the youngest on the British team and veteran from the Falklands War. On a peculiar rock intrusion shaped like the Hands of God, the wreck of a plane is discovered, suspended a thousand feet above the ground. In the plane they find two bodies and a suitcase. In the suitcase is a million dollars.

With the discovery of money and the Inca sacrifice, Jeremy Flight is asked by the team leader to go to Argentina to consult with a person who is making a name in the scientific world in deciphering the knot language that the Incas used and to check on the Argentinean identify tags removed from one of the bodies.

Ghosts are not restricted to ancient burial sites but can come from recent crypts where secrets were carefully hidden. The Military junta was forced out of power once the Falklands war, the war over Milvinas was lost but during their years of rule anyone critical of the regime were removed. These people became known as 'the Disappeared'. One of them was the father of Jillian Ortega, a vice president of Argentina's largest bank. His removal was needed to protect those in power. Witnesses to their financial dealings and illegal operations were too dangerous and cleaning the slate was a method of preventing problems from resurfacing in the future?

Jillian Ortega survives by ignoring the present and studying the past. It is her efforts that are starting to decipher the Inca weaving and with the visit of a British archaeologist and his news of the discovery of sacrificial sites on the top of the mountains it takes her to Peru and the land where the Incas ruled.

Follow Jillian Ortega and Jeremy Flight where they exhume more than Inca history but also the mystery of the crashed plane. Behind them another sinister force is playing and that force is a man who did determined to regain the Presidency of Argentina and to do that he has to ensure that any ghosts that were sealed in unmarked coffins could never be unearthed and those who get too inquisitive will join the thousands of 'the Disappeared'.

INCA MOURNING

(THE WARP AND WEAVE OF TREACHERY)
by
George W. J. Laidlaw


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The Sun God, Inti knew that certain of the humble creatures on earth were special, and he decided to send his two children to teach the humans how to create a culture of their own. So he sent his son Manco Capac and his daughter, Mama Ocllo, down to the Lake Titicaca, where they rose from the water like gods in the bodies of humans. They married and founded the Inca city of Cuzco, "the navel of the world", and from it the Inca Empire flowed over the land.


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INCA MOURNING
PRELUDE
How long had he been in the air? He had no idea; he couldn?t see, but his bladder was full and he needed to relieve himself. God, it was a nightmare. As soon as they tied his hands behind his back and pushed him into the van he knew he was going to die. The sack over his head was a further ploy used to reduce him to a blithering idiot. Why had he been taken? It was a foolish question. He had done everything he was ordered to do. He had removed the money from the safe and stuffed it into the suitcase and now he was being taken somewhere. The jarring of the plane as it turned sharply confirmed he was now in the air. Where was he going, taken God knows where, over the ocean or into the interior?

He should have done what his boss had done. He should not have gone into work today. He should have let some other person deal with these maniacs. So far they had not hurt him. Perhaps they thought that just by treating him like this, when they started to ask questions he?d be more than willing to tell them everything. Ever since the end of the Falklands War the rulers were making plans for their escape. He hadn?t thought he was to be part of their clean-up of loose ends.

The sound of the aircraft’s engines droned in his ears until his head rang with the tempo.

Suddenly the bag was removed from his head, and the brightness of the sun was blinding and painful to his eyes. There were four men in the twin-engine aircraft. He looked to his right and then to his left and saw that the plane was over huge mountains. These could only be the Andes and his journey from Montevideo had been west to the barren rocks where the Incas once ruled.

Was this where the poor souls were taken for their final ride? He felt himself losing control of his bladder. They were going to kill him. Soon he?d be sacrificed as the ancients did those who were offered up to the gods. He?d never see Pauline, his wife, and their 18-year old daughter Jillian again. This was where the condors flew and he was going to die.

The man in the co-pilot’s chair gave a signal and the guard unlatched the plane’s door. Jesus the prisoner was so frightened that his filled bladder let go and the guard beside him cursed.

Well he was not going to be thrown out of the plane without a fight. He jumped up and threw himself forward onto the pilot. That action had an effect and screams and curses filled the cabin of the plane. The plane dipped down and started to turn onto its back as the pilot lost control.

"Get this bastard off me!" the pilot shrieked.

Hands reached for him, pulling, digging into his shoulders and into his face, but he held on. He held on with his feet braced against the seat, as he pinned the pilot’s arms and made it impossible for him to control the joystick. The plane was headed straight down. In a few seconds they would all be dead. He had worked hard all his life, and to die because he knew about the military officers? bank accounts was unfair. The screaming intensified, as did the scream of the engines. He looked up and saw a strange rock formation beckoning to him like the Hand of God.