Almost 400 years ago, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a gem trader to the royal courts of Europe, described an enormous diamond (weighing over 700 karats) in his writings after a visit to the court of Shah Jehan, the Great Moghul, in India. The Great Moghul diamond was lost not long afterwards. Although there are a number of theories about who currently might have custody of the diamond and which of the world’s larger diamonds are actually cut from the original Great Moghul, the true fate of the Great Moghul has never been confirmed.
‘The Great Moghul’ provides a short notional account of how the diamond was originally found in the mines of Golconda and then follows the diamond through its exciting and bloody history up to the Great War. The story moves forward to the 1990’s, introducing four Americans who work at a hospital in Saudi Arabia. They stumble on a lost treasure, including the Great Moghul diamond, while on an overnight camping trip in the Saudi desert. The Americans are determined to hold on to their windfall, but are faced with extraordinary difficulties and a cunning adversary who will stop at nothing to reclaim his family’s lost treasure. Our heroes prove to be tough and resourceful, while displaying human weakness. They escape to Israel, purchase a sailboat and cruise westward. Under the pressure of the ongoing pursuit and the temptations of their new wealth, cracks in their relationships start to show as they struggle to escape across two oceans.
About Randal Bablitz
See more books from this Author
Published July 13, 2011
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction.