Accidental Treasure Hunters Seek Genghis Khan’s Secrets in New Novel

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Author Ches Sharich’s historical fiction novel blends fact, fantasy, telling story of ‘The Guardians of Marco Polo’.

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An archaeological adventure awaits readers in Ches Sharich’s novel, portraying two explorers out to uncover a mystery hidden within the tomb of Genghis Khan — a mystery that catches the attention of powerful parties willing to kill anyone standing in the way of their nefarious goals. Sharich blends history with elements of fantasy, mysticism and the occult to tell the tale of “The Guardians of Marco Polo” (published by Xlibris AU).

Alex and Nicole Philipson are searching for the treasure of Baghdad, which was lost after the city’s conquest at the hands of the Mongols. They find an ancient Chinese parchment, yet its text is written in Latin. They believe that its riddles will lead them to Genghis Khan’s tomb, but the hallowed place is protected by the mysterious Guardians, a group created by Kublai Khan and Marco Polo to safeguard the occult secret that made Temujin such a fearsome conqueror. As Alex and Nicole press on, they realize that they are not alone, for there are those who would use Genghis Khan’s secret to remake the world in their own image.

This work draws elements from Marco Polo’s exploits in China while working for Kublai Khan’s court, to Genghis Khan’s devout Christian daughter-in-law and her legacy. It also explores the interplay of Christianity and Mongolian shamanistic beliefs, the aftermath of the European Crusades in Jerusalem and the Caliphate of Baghdad’s defeat at the hands of the Mongols. These serve as the background for Sharich’s depiction of a battle between good and evil, a clash paralleling conflicts of the past that may determine the future of mankind.

The author’s own experiences living and traveling in Asia, and his affinity for the histories and cultures of the regions described in his novel, form the basis for “The Guardians of Marco Polo.” In his own words, Sharich hopes to give his readers “a believable adventure located in China and Mongolia” similar to how the Europeans explored Egypt in search for the tombs of the Pharaohs.

“The Guardians of Marco Polo”
By Ches Sharich
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 310 pages | ISBN 9781499008982
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 310 pages | ISBN 9781499008975
E-Book | 310 pages | ISBN 9781499009019
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ches Sharich spent most of his life in the Asia-Pacific, with Sydney and Singapore as his bases. He is a father of three children, a keen scuba diver, and a traveler.

Xlibris Publishing Australia, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving Australian authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles.For more information, visit or call 1800 455 039 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisAus on Twitter for the latest news.

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