VGC.Macmillan,2006.First UK edition-first printing((1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2).Black hardback(gilt lettering to the spine) with Dj(a couple of creases,nicks and scratch on the Dj cover),both in VGC.Nice and clean pages with a small mark and some creases on the edges of the pages,two pencil marks impressions on the edge of the first blank page of the book.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear on the Dj cover.295pp.Price un-clipped. This is another paragraph Product Description: In 70 AD, a group of Roman soldiers crossing the Sahara desert is destroyed by a ferocious and mysterious presence hidden in a solitary tower at the extreme borders of the sea of sand. The sole survivor, the Etruscan seer Avile Vipinas, is inexplicably saved by the sound of his silver sistrum. Nineteen centuries later, young American scholar Philip Garrett is investigating his father's disappearance in the desert 10 years earlier when he discovers the house of Avile Vipinas in the underground ruins of Pompeii, sealed by the earthquake of 79 AD. The ancient seer, before his death, had tried to describe the horrific presence in the Tower of Solitude and to make the first faltering steps to its destruction .Who is the ancient civilization - older than the oldest known - that created this tower? What is its purpose? After conquering the ancient world with his bestselling novels of antiquity, Valerio Manfredi has written a page-turning period thriller with an ancient twist.