Hands up who saw Raiders of the Lost Ark? Hands up who thought she was really dead in the basket? Hands up who thought the monkey was creepy? Hands up if you closed your eyes when the face melts!
I loved that film, I watched it because Harrison Ford was in it, and I was a HUGE Han Solo fan. I wasnít disappointed, the film was brilliant, the story (if you’ve never seen it) of a Nazi search for a weapon to beat all weapons ñ the arc of the covenant. How it was going to be a weapon was never fully explained it looked like a highly decorated box to me but boy, when the baddies open it up, yep, melting faces everywhere. No one could look on the face of God or something like that, instant dead baddies, and itís okay, Indiana and his girl shut their eyes (because it was a literal translation about *looking*).
The best part of a film like this is that at the end we are shown the ark being boxed away in a huge warehouse of other awesome scary things. I always wondered what else was in there.
Indiana is one of the biggest *treasure* hunter characters out there. Although he finds artifacts that are then given to museums, heís just in it for the hunt. Greg in Ice, is far from that kind of person. Yes he loves the hunt, but itís the money that motivates him as well.
Until he finds Jon. Then the hunt cools, and suddenly itís all about the love.
I hope you enjoy reading Ice, and if you havenít watched Indiana Jones, maybe now would be a good time to start!
The link to Raiders of the Lost Ark on Wikipedia is here:
And if youíre interested here is a link to a diamond story, with added curse. Original story here http://www.studiosoft.it/jewelryworlds10.htm
300 Carats when found, color: slightly bluish green, clarity: exceptionally pure, cut: Mogul-cut rose, source: India.
This gem may be found in the Diamond Treasury of Russia in Moscow.
There are so many historical episodes involving the Orloff. First, it may have been set at one time as the diamond eye of Vishnu’s idol (one of the Hindu Gods) in the innermost sanctuary temple in Sriangam, before being stolen in the 1700s by a French deserter. However, the deserter just dug one eye from its socket, because he was terror-stricken at the thought of retribution, so he couldn’t take the other. He went to Madras, and sold the stone quickly to an English sea-captain for 2,000 pounds.
The time passed, the stone arrived at Amsterdam where the Russian count Grigori Orloff, an ex-lover of Empress Catherine the Great was residing. He heard about rumors of the stone, and he bought the diamond for 90,000 pounds and took it back to Russia for Catherine’s favor. The stone has been called the Orloff since then. Catherine received his gift and had it mounted in the Imperial Sceptre. She gave a marble palace to Grigori in exchange for the Orloff. However, Grigori couldn’t get Catherine’s love. Grigori Orloff passed away at the nadir of disappointment in 1783.
In 1812 the Russians, fearing that Napoleon with his Grand Army was about to enter Moscow, hid the Orloff in a priest’s tomb. Napoleon supposedly discovered the Orloff’s location and went to claim it. However, as a solider of the Army was about to touch the Orloff, a priest’s ghost appeared and pronounced a terrible curse upon the Army. The Emperor, Napoleon scampered away without the Orloff.
Ice (The Salisbury Series #2) – Chris Quinton & RJ Scott
With millions in diamonds at stake, can Jon make Greg see that some things are not worth dying for?
Footloose adventurer Greg Drakowski used to live for the moment but these days shadows of grief and guilt cling to him. Recklessly following one lead to the next, Greg crosses oceans at the very hint of treasure, and doesn’t care that he rushes into danger.This time his quarry is a cache of diamonds, hidden away decades ago. When the clues bring him to the ancient city of Salisbury, he knows he’s close to success.
Renovations expert Jonathan Ellis is part of Ageless Wood Restorations – three generations of knowledge and trade. Focused and hard-working, Jon finds value in recreating the elegance of the past with his own hands, and it will take something – or someone – extraordinary to break into his enclosed world.
When Greg drops into Jon’s lap he finds it impossible to refuse him. Even when the bad guy appears and Jon isn’t sure whom he can trust, he knows he has to stand by Greg, if only to save the idiot from himself.
Chris’s reading and writing interests range from historical, mystery, and paranormal, to science-fiction and fantasy, writing mostly in the male/male genre. She refuses to be pigeon-holed and intends to uphold the long and honourable tradition of the Eccentric Brit to the best of her ability. In her spare time [hah!] she reads, embroiders, quilts and knits. Over the years she has been a stable lad [briefly] in a local racing stable and stud, a part-time and unpaid amateur archaeologist, a civilian clerk at her local police station and a 15th century re-enactor.
She lives in a small and ancient city in the south-west of the United Kingdom, sharing her usually chaotic home with an extended family, three dogs, a frilled dragon [lizard] and sundry goldfish and firstname.lastname@example.org