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By James Rollins

In Washington, D.C., a homeless guy takes an assassin's bullet and dies in Commander grey Pierce's palms. A bloody coin clutched within the useless man's hand--an historic relic that may be traced again to the Greek Oracle of Delphi--is the major to a conspiracy that dates again to the chilly battle and threatens the very starting place of humanity. For what if it have been attainable to bioengineer the subsequent nice prophet--a new Buddha, Muhammad, or perhaps Jesus? might this moment Coming be a boon . . . or wouldn't it start up a series response that may bring about the extinction of humankind?

very important seconds are ticking swiftly away as Pierce races around the globe looking for solutions, one step prior to ruthless killers decided to reclaim the valuable artifact. by surprise the way forward for all issues is balanced at the breaking point among heaven and hell--and salvation or destruction rests within the fingers of exceptional teenagers.

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And a 3rd rotated the park at the back of them. Triangulating in on their place. Their sedan nonetheless stood within the driveway. Luca and his males had 3 exact Ford SUVs parked down the road. The Gypsy extended family chief had already collected his males. He barked orders in Romani and pointed his fingers out in numerous instructions, educating them to separate up. 3 males took off strolling towards the park, the place they'd divide back. one other ran around the road and disappeared among homes. A puppy barked at their passage. forward, Kowalski marched with Elizabeth towards the Lincoln city vehicle within the driveway. She had her cellular phone to her ear. Painter headed towards a small automobile parked on the slash, a Toyota Yaris that belonged to at least one of the protection guards. grey him. The defend used to be already in the back of the wheel after being freed by way of Luca’s males. Painter opened the backseat and became to grey and held out his fingers. grey handed him the kid. “She’s burning up,” grey stated. He nodded. “Once secure, we’ll get her clinical cognizance. I’ve already known as Kat and Lisa to report back to command. ” Lisa was once Dr. Lisa Cummings, an skilled doctor with a PhD in body structure. She was once additionally the director’s female friend. Captain Kat Bryant was once Sigma’s specialist in intelligence companies and coordination. She may oversee the sector operation. “But first,” Painter stated, his eyes at the skies as he ducked into the backseat with the kid, “we need to holiday this cordon. ” Off to the part, one of many Ford SUVs shot directly down the road with its headlights off; the opposite swung sharply round and flew within the wrong way, zipping prior Painter’s idling Toyota. “Let’s wish this works,” grey stated. earlier than leaving, Painter had Luca herald one of many Cobra receivers that they’d used to trace the lady on the nationwide Mall. because the director had was hoping, the units have been truly transceivers—capable of either receiving and transmitting. Painter had confirmed Luca tips to swap the radios from receiving a particular sign to broadcasting it. Luca had all his males do an identical. They have been now scattering in all instructions, transmitting the girl’s signature sign, making a dozen assorted trails to follow—and probably broadcasting louder than the girl’s small microtransmitter. less than the canopy of such confusion, Painter was hoping to flee with the woman to the subterranean bunkers of Sigma’s crucial command. There, he may well isolate her sign and safeguard her. grey stepped within the different path, towards the ready city motor vehicle. Kowalski already used to be revving the engine, impatient. They have been headed for Reagan overseas Airport. grey pictured the charcoal caricature of the Taj Mahal. The recognized mausoleum used to be positioned in India, the very state the place Dr. Polk had final been noticeable. Even earlier than the girl’s arrival, grey had made up our minds to increase the research to India, to stick with Dr. Polk’s path in the market. The mysterious drawing simply additional to his selection. In India, there remained one one who may perhaps forged a greater mild on Archibald Polk’s study and his whereabouts ahead of his disappearance.

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