A book by Jon Krakauer
The South American Jungle Guards Many Secrets...and a remarkable site nestled between two towering Andean peaks, hidden from human eyes for thousands years.Dig Deeper... through layers of rock and mystery, through centuries of dark, forgotten legends. … see full wiki
The book starts with a Dominican priest being chased by very intent Incan warriors. It is very important for the priest to get to sacred Incan location before they catch him so he can do something before he dies. We then flash forward over 400 years to the mummified remains of the priest being discovered with a mysterious substance inside that melts at body temperature and cannot be frozen solid. A group of modern day Dominican priests are after the substance that they call Sangre del Diablo (blood of the devil). There is a great deal of suspense surrounding what happens with these priests and the scientists that were studying the substance.
All the while in Peru a dig is going on in which a buried pyramid has a hidden burial chamber. The Americans at the dig get trapped in the chamber and try to find an alternate way out which leads to another "world" filled with all kinds of danger. I don't want to give anything away but at times, Rollins' descriptions of how the Americans deal with the dangers had my heart pumping fast and my skin crawling!
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