The Chara Talisman by Alastair Mayer
Approx. 81,060 words.
Published on November 10, 2011.
On a distant planet, archeologist Hannibal Carson finds the remains of a high-tech artifact in a primitive tomb. A ruthless cult believes it's the clue to a lost cache of alien weapons. With a thriving black market in alien artifacts, Carson is used to dealing with tomb raiders -- but the stakes this time are xenocide and interstellar war.