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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 fingers. A bloody coin clutched within the useless man's hand--an old relic that may be traced again to the Greek Oracle of Delphi--is the major to a conspiracy that dates again to the chilly struggle and threatens the very origin of humanity. For what if it have been attainable to bioengineer the following nice prophet--a new Buddha, Muhammad, or perhaps Jesus? might this moment Coming be a boon . . . or wouldn't it start up a sequence response that may lead to 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 helpful artifact. unexpectedly 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 outstanding youngsters.

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You’ll want backup. ” Rosauro nodded. “He’s higher with you than me. I’ll have adequate on my arms preserving the civilians. ” grey didn’t have time to argue. He may use a bit muscle and firepower. “Go! ” he acknowledged. “Mr. Pierce! ” grey grew to become again. Masterson tossed his cane at him. He stuck it, finishing his ensemble. “Just don’t lose it! That’s an eighteenth-century ivory deal with! ” grey moved quickly out into the streets with Kowalski in tow. He ran in a feigned stumble, waving his cane, shouting with a British accessory. “Someone aid! They’re bloody attempting to kill me! ” He headed down the road towards the pageant, operating one of the stalled vehicles and idling wagons. at the back of them, the bikes choked and bobbled as they reached the hotel—then whined again up right into a complete scream. Coming after them. Kowalski undefined. “They’ve taken the bait. ” 6:33 A. M. Washington, D. C. A knock at the door startled Painter. He have been just about napping off, seated in his chair, elbows at the computer, a pile of notes and try out effects from Lisa and Malcolm underneath his face. prior, he had ordered Kat to take a snooze in a single of the scientific center’s spare beds. Up all evening himself, he should’ve taken that very same recommendation. He pressed the lock unencumber lower than his table, and the door swung open. He’d been anticipating Lisa or Malcolm. Painter sat straighter in shock and won his toes. A tall, wide-shouldered guy entered, wearing a blue go well with. His pink hair had long gone quite often a whitish grey, combed well again. “Sean? ” Sean McKnight used to be the director of DARPA and Painter’s quick improved. He’d additionally been the guy to recruit Painter into Sigma over a decade in the past, whilst Sean had sat in Painter’s chair. McKnight were the visionary first director of Sigma, taking Archibald Polk’s suggestion and turning it into truth. yet extra vital, Sean was once a very good buddy. the fellow waved Painter again into his seat. “Don’t wake up for me, son,” he acknowledged. “I’m now not approximately to take that chair back. ” Painter smiled. On his first day as director, Sean had despatched Painter a crate of antacids. He had proposal it was once a superb gag gift—but a number of years later, Painter had passed through part the crate. “Something tells me, Sean, your activity isn’t any lighter. ” “Not this day it’s now not. ” Sean sank right into a chair around the table from him. “I’ve been checking into that guy Commander Pierce observed open air the museum. Mapplethorpe. John Mapplethorpe. ” “So it wasn’t a fake I. D. he’d noticed? ” “On the opposite. Mapplethorpe is a department leader for the safeguard Intelligence company. His oversight is the Russian Federation and its splinter states. ” Painter recalled Malcolm’s preliminary evaluate approximately the place Polk were fatally uncovered to radiation. Chernobyl. What used to be Mapplethorpe’s position in all of this? “The guy has strong allies between intelligence agencies,” Sean persisted. “Known for his ruthlessness and manipulation. yet he’s often referred to as anyone who can get effects. A worthwhile commodity in Washington. ” “So how is he curious about all of this? ” “I’ve learn your replace. you recognize all in regards to the declassified venture Stargate.

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