After the icy North, Thorgal and his companions now face the
oppressive heat of the Middle East. On the road to Bag Dadh, the
reluctant hero has got dangerously close to the bewitching Saluma,
who tells him the story of the Red Mages - the very same who
kidnapped his son Aniel. It doesn't take long for Thorgal to realise
that he isn't mixed up in a simple crime, but rather in political
machinations that could determine the future of the entire, sprawling
Jolan and his new companions have arrived safely in Manthor's home.
However, harmony isn't the word yet, and the instructions from their
new master don't help: their next task can only be accomplished if
all five of them work together to open a magical gate, but once
they're past that obstacle, only one of them can become the Chosen
one - and that by stealing no less than Thor's own shield! Can any of
them even do it on their own?
Of all the enemies Thorgal made in his life, Kriss of Valnor is by
far the fiercest. Strangely, she's also, one of the most ambiguous,
and the mother of one of his children. Can there still be redemption
for her? Kriss sacrificed herself to save not only her son Aniel, but
also Aaricia and her family. An act of selfless bravery for which
she's rewarded with waking up in the kingdom of the gods. Yet
Valhalla isn't hers yet, for she's also committed numerous terrible
and despicable acts throughout her life. She is brought before the
Valkyrie Tribunal, to have her life judged by the goddess Freyja. And
the childhood she is asked to recount was a most unhappy one ...
Mortimer is brought to the camp of General Li Hsi, the Chinese
warlord, where he is reunited with a seriously injured Nasir. The
professor was kidnapped in order to recover the archaeological proof
of the general's imperial lineage, but also to repair the Red Wing, a
formidable combat aircraft Olrik unwittingly delivered. While Blake
moves heaven and earth to find him and protect Hong Kong, Mortimer
escapes to go in search of the only thing that can save Nasir: a
legendary pearl ...
1944. England is still locked in a struggle to the death with Nazi Germany. But already a new threat looms among the peaks of the Himalayas. For now, though, Squadron Leader Blake, having saved London from a German prototype, is assigned to a top secret mission, during which he meets with an old friend he hasn't seen since India: Philip Mortimer. Soon, the pair are introduced to an officer working for Allied Intelligence: Colonel Olrik...
World War Three is over. Basam Damdu has been defeated. England can breathe and begin the rebuilding process ... or so it thinks. In China, unfortunately, Mao's Communists keep bowling over Chiang Kai-shek's troops, and are threatening Hong Kong. And General Xi-Lee, a ruthless warlord, has dreams of becoming the new Qin Shi Huang - first Emperor of China. When a relic of that very emperor is discovered by an acquaintance of Mortimer, things take a turn for the worst ...
Several months after their adventures in Antarctica, Blake and Mortimer are back in England. Still somewhat shaken after his ordeal, the professor is ordered by his doctor to get some rest. In typical Mortimer fashion, he decides to spend his holidays in Africa... looking for a lost civilisation! Accompanied by Nastasia Wardynska and an old flame of his, he begins tracking down a culture that is older than any ever recorded?but someone is dogging their every step...
1919, Colonel Lawrence ? Lawrence of Arabia ? has an unpleasant meeting with an MI5 agent who confiscates his manuscript of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
The agents of the organisation that was hunting for XIII have finally captured him, along with his friends, but he's still refusing his captors' job offer. Forced to give in after they commit an appalling act just to coerce him, he's discreetly brought back to the USA, where he finally learns what they're really after. Meanwhile, Betty Barnowsky continues her own investigation under the FBI's very noses. For both of them, the road leads, once again, to Green Falls...
Une fusée soviétique retombe sur terre porteuse d'une bactérie mortelle. Le professeur du KGB Voronov en fait une arme terrifiante qui U pourrait semer la dévastation dans le bloc ouest - mais c'est sans compter sur la vigilance des services de renseignements britanniques. Blake et Mortimer sont bientôt au centre d'une guerre des ombres sans pitié entre Moscou et Londres, dont l'enjeu n'est rien moins que la paix du monde, mais où le véritable ennemi n'est pas forcément celui qu'on croit.
Jason McLane, a.k.a. XIII, seems to have finally accepted his true
destiny. Tired of fighting the powerful elite who control the world,
he has apparently joined them. Of course, he supposedly did so on
orders from General Wolf, so as to bring down the sinister Mayflower
Foundation at last, but ... what if the temptation of power proved too
strong? Janet Fitzsimmons, the Foundation's president, too beautiful?
Or the price of integrity too steep for him ... or his friends?
In Venice, a boating accident leads to the discovery of a 400 year old text bearing the signature `W.S.' and promising the truth about the `Shakespeare mystery'. That very night, someone tries unsuccessfully to steal the precious document. The discoverer, Marquis Stefano Da Spiri, decides to send a copy of the document to a specialist of the Bard in London for stylistic authentication. As for the original, he entrusts it to an old comrade in arms from WW2: Captain Francis Blake...
Jason has managed to give his captors the slip, but he was forced to leave Betty behind, severely injured. After a short but tense episode dealing with the north-eastern mafia, he's off to the next step in his quest: Leiden, Holland, from where half of the Mayflower expedition left, and where his godfather appears to live. But his enemies haven't given up, and the young local guide he's picked brings her own heap of troubles...
Still with Annika, Jason McLane has the documents his godfather left for him to find in the Netherlands deciphered. Once translated, the text offers revelations of breathtaking importance - enough to change the geopolitical map for ever. But the killers sent by the Mayflower Foundation are still after them, while in Afghanistan, Jones and Carrington's situation goes from bad to worse. XIII will have to be on his best game to sort it all out - but at what price?
After all his adventures across the American continent, after defeating his many enemies, XIII is trying to live a simple life in the house he inherited, where it all started. It's not always easy - not everyone is happy to have such an infamous man in the area, and his skills are in high demand with some people of varying integrity. His memories are still locked away, too, and some people want to keep it that way...
Philip Mortimer spent his youth in the land of the Maharajas. He loves India, but his last visit there did not end well. Now, many years later, the famous Professor Mortimer is in charge of the British pavilion at the Brussels Universal Exposition. When strange phenomena begin disrupting preparations, Mortimer and his friend Blake set off on a trail that will take them to the sixth continent?to confront an old and unexpected enemy.
Blake, Mortimer and Nasir are en route to Antarctica, hoping to locate Olrik and his Indian and KGB allies and to stop his attack on the Brussels Universal Exposition. Little do they know that their old adversary isn't the one in charge this time. In the frozen wasteland of the sixth continent, Mortimer will be reunited with an old acquaintance and solve the enigma of his younger days?at a terrible price.
XIII is hiding in France at the Préseaus, after a past more nebulous he even believed possible caught up to him again. But the organisation that's after him hasn't said its last word, and has considerable means at its disposal. It lures Jones, on duty in Afghanistan, into a terrible ambush, for the sole purpose of serving as bait for the amnesiac - who immediately rushes to her rescue. Meanwhile, Betty Barnowsky-Préseau is off to Maine to dig into XIII's past...