THE PRISONER'S GOLD


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Prologue ― Marco Polo was held captive in the Palazzo San Giorgio in Genoa in 1298 AD. The building is no longer a prison, but it's still standing after nearly eight hundred years. As you can see, the facade is extremely colorful and the front gate is tall enough for dragons.


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Palazzo San Giorgio (June 2016)


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Palazzo San Giorgio (June 2016)



Chapter 3
― The International Commerce Centre (1,588 feet) is the tallest building in Hong Kong and the seventh tallest in the world. The ICC would be higher on the list if the number of stories was the determining factor instead of raw height—since many of the world’s tallest buildings add massive antennas to the roof for no other reason than to be taller.

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International Commerce Centre (Hong Kong)



Chapter 4 ― Hay-on-Wye is a small market town straddling the border of England and Wales. It is known far and wide as a Mecca for book lovers. With over two dozen bookshops, there is nearly one in every building in town. Additionally, every spring the community hosts the Hay Festival, a major writing event that attracts authors from around the world.

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Hay-on-Wye (Wales)


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Hay-on-Wye (Wales)


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Hay-on-Wye (Wales)


Chapter 5 ― After buying several of my books in Hay-on-Wye, Jack Cobb headed back to the States where the scenery in Fort Lauderdale is slightly different from the sights in Wales.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida


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Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Chapter 7
― Standing 41 stories tall, the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building is the tallest federal building in the United States. Callahan and Koontz work in the FBI Field Office on the 23rd floor.

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Jacob K. Javits Federal Building (New York City)



Chapter 13 ― Loulon was an ancient city and kingdom built around an important oasis on the Silk Road in the northeastern edge of the Lop Desert. Also known in historical records as Krorän and Shanshan, Loulan became the first stop for merchant caravans trading between China and Central Asia. Nowadays there isn't much there except for damaged ruins that have been picked clean over the centuries.

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Loulon (China)


Chapter 24 ― The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest and most popular zoos in the world, but Jerry Westbrook isn't a fan. His killer can be seen in this photograph.

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Main entrance to the Zoo (San Diego, CA)



Chapter 27 ― The Uffizi Gallery sits in the heart of the crowded central district of Florence. The massive building is several stories in height, and the closed end of the U-shaped structure looks out over the scenic Arno River. Housing artwork from Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, and Botticelli, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous museums in Europe.

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Interior plaza at Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy)


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Exterior of Uffizi Gallery along the Arno River



Chapter 30 ― The Ponte Vecchio (‘old bridge’ in Italian) spans the Arno at its narrowest point. The famous three-arched bridge is believed to date back to the Roman period and has always had a variety of vendors, stalls, and tables along its length. Once known for its butcher shops, the bridge now features mostly high-end jewelers that cater to tourists.


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The Ponte Vecchio spans the Arno River (June 2016)


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The Ponte Vecchio in Florence (June 2016)


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The Ponte Vecchio in twilight (Florence, Italy)


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View of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo (June 2016)



Chapter 33 ― The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China stretches for only 2.5 kilometers, but it is dotted with 22 watchtowers that helps to achieve the illusion of endless security.

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Mutianyu section of the Great Wall (Huairou County, China)



Chapter 39 ― The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo has welcomed royalty, heads of state, and celebrities for over 120 years. It also provided comfort to the Hunters in their time of need.

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Imperial Hotel (Tokyo, Japan)


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Lobby of Imperial Hotel



Chapter 42 ― Speaking from personal experience, the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is an amazing hotel in the heart of Malta. The manicured grounds and picturesque swimming pool offers plenty of privacy for whatever you have planned.

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Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa (Attard, Malta)


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Swimming pool at
Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa



Chapter 45 ― Though construction of the Potala Palace did not begin until 1645 AD, it was built upon the remnants of an ancient temple that was more than a thousand years older. Conceived as a seat of the Tibetan government, the purpose of the multi-leveled fortress has slowly transformed over the years. What used to be the home of the Dalai Lama, who abandoned the palace after the failed 1959 Tibetan Uprising, is now a museum, an archive, a monastery, and a cultural destination that caters to hundreds of visitors per day.

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Potala Palace (Lhasa, Tibet)



Chapter 60 ― Sigiriya is an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock that is nearly 660 feet high. King Kashyapa I of Anuradhapura (477 – 495 AD) built his palace for a new capital on top of the rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes and elaborate carvings. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock, he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. Its paws still remain.


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Sigiriya from above (Sri Lanka)



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The Water Gardens lead to the main site


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Getting closer to the rock column


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Stairs in the Boulder Gardens


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The Lion's Paws


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Staircase leading toward the top of boulder


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View from stairs


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Colorful frescoes of ancient boobies


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Lower section of the upper plateau


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Another section of the upper plateau


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Artistic rendering of the original palace



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