By James Rollins
A sinister hearth in a Copenhagen book place ignites a constant hunt throughout 4 continents. Arson and homicide show an insidious plot to thieve a Bible that after belonged to Charles Darwin. And Commander grey Pierce dives headlong right into a secret that dates again to Nazi Germany...and to terrible experiments played in a now-abandoned laboratory in Poland.
A continent away, insanity ravages a distant monastery in Nepal, as Buddhist clergymen flip to cannibalism and torture. Lisa Cummings, an American health care provider investigating the atrocity, is all of sudden a goal of a brutal murderer. And Lisa's merely best friend is Painter Crowe, director of SIGMA strength, who already indicates symptoms of the baffling malady.
Now it's as much as grey Pierce to avoid wasting them either as SIGMA strength races to reveal a century-old plot that threatens to damage the present global order . . . and change the future of humankind perpetually.
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How’s that? ” She crossed her palms, tight, protecting. “Lucky to be clear of the monastery. Proximity to the lighting seems to be to correlate to the severity of indicators. ” She glanced up and away, as though attempting to see throughout the partitions down the following. “Maybe it used to be a few kind of radiation. Didn’t you assert the chinese language border used to be now not a long way? perhaps it was once a nuclear try of a few style. ” Painter had puzzled the very same factor days prior. “Why are you shaking your head? ” Lisa requested. Painter hadn’t learned he used to be. He raised a palm to his brow. Lisa frowned. “You by no means did say what you're doing approach out right here, Mr. Crowe. ” “Call me Painter. ” He provided her a crooked smile. She wasn’t inspired. He debated how even more to assert. below the situations, honesty appeared the main prudent. Or no less than as sincere as he should be. “I paintings for the govt, a department referred to as DARPA. We—” She minimize him off with a turn of her arms, hands nonetheless crossed. “I’m conversant in DARPA. The U. S. military’s learn and improvement department. I had a examine provide with them as soon as. What’s their curiosity out right here? ” “Well, it kind of feels you weren't the one one Ang Gelu recruited. He contacted our association per week in the past. to enquire rumors of wierd health problems up the following. i used to be simply getting the lay of the land, opting for what specialists to carry into the area—doctors, geologists, military—when the storms blew in. I hadn’t deliberate on being bring to a halt for thus lengthy. ” “Were you in a position to rule whatever out? ” “From preliminary interviews, i used to be involved that maybe the Maoist rebels within the zone had come into ownership of a few nuclear waste, getting ready a filthy bomb of a few kind. alongside the traces of what you have been conjecturing with the chinese language. So I demonstrated for varied kinds of radiation as I waited out the storms. not anything strange registered. ” Lisa stared at him, as though learning an odd beetle. “If lets get you to a lab,” she acknowledged clinically, “we could get a hold of a few solutions. ” So she didn’t give some thought to him lots a beetle as a guinea pig. no less than he was once relocating up the evolutionary scale. “First we need to survive,” Painter stated, recalling her to the truth right here. She glanced on the cellar’s ceiling. It were your time due to the fact they heard any gunfire. “Maybe they’ll imagine everyone’s lifeless. If we simply remain down here—” Painter driven off the bale and stood. “From your description, the assault right here was once methodical. deliberate upfront. They’ll find out about those tunnels. They’ll ultimately seek right here. we will in basic terms wish they’ll stay up for the fires to chill down. ” Lisa nodded. “Then we hold going. ” “And get transparent. we will do this,” he guaranteed her. He positioned a hand opposed to the wall to regular himself. “We can do this,” he repeated, extra to himself this time than to her. They trigger. After a couple of steps, Painter felt steadier. strong. The go out couldn't be a lot farther. as though confirming this, a breeze whispered down the hall, stirring the placing bundles of herbs with a dry clacking. Painter felt the chilly on his face. It iced up him in position. A hunter’s intuition took hold—half precise ops education, part blood history.