By James Rollins
James Rollins, the New York Times bestselling grasp of nail-biting suspense and historic secret, combines state of the art biotechnology with a centuries-old mystery in an apocalyptic tale that unearths the place humankind is really headed
The Doomsday Key
At Princeton collage, a famed geneticist dies within a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is located lifeless in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outdoors a purple go camp. the 3 murders on 3 continents endure a scary connection: the entire sufferers are marked by way of a Druidic pagan go burned into their flesh.
The extraordinary murders thrust Commander grey Pierce and Sigma strength right into a race opposed to time to resolve a riddle going again centuries, to a ghastly crime opposed to humanity hidden inside of a cryptic medieval codex. the 1st clue is came across within a mummified corpse buried in an English peat bog--a ugly mystery that threatens the US and the world.
Aided by way of ladies from his past--one his exlover, the opposite his new partner--Gray needs to piece jointly the scary fact. however the revelations come at a excessive fee, and to save lots of the longer term, grey should sacrifice one of many girls at his aspect. That by myself will not be sufficient, because the precise route to salvation is published in a dismal prophecy of doom.
Sigma strength confronts humankind's maximum danger in an event that races from the Roman Coliseum to the icy peaks of Norway, from the ruins of medieval abbeys to the misplaced tombs of Celtic kings. the final word nightmare is locked inside a talisman buried by way of a lifeless saint--an historic artifact often called the Doomsday Key.
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Because the mare leaped, she instantly felt the heart of gravity shift lower than her. She clenched her legs to maintain in her saddle. She pulled the reins just about her chest and leaned tough over the saddle’s pommel. Twisted askew, she stared instantly down into the fiery middle of the wildfire. She wasn’t going to make it. the horse was once already losing. Searing warmth bathed her. She heard cries of alarm. Then they hit the floor. front hooves struck stable turf, attaining the a ways financial institution, however the mare’s hind finish crashed into the smoldering fringe of the river of fireplace. The effect threw Rachel flat on her belly atop the horse. With the wind knocked out of her, she misplaced the reins and her footing and slid backward towards the hearth. underneath her, the negative mare screamed in soreness and fought to kick herself loose, which in simple terms stirred the flames greater. As she slid, Rachel stuck the sting of the saddle. hearth burned the soles of her boots. The bucking mare, frenzied through discomfort, threatened to throw her off. Worse, the mare started to roll. “Hold on! ” a voice screamed. She glanced up. It was once Seichan. the lady dove ahead and grabbed the mare’s lead. grey got here up at the different facet and attempted to pay money for the halter’s crownpiece. jointly, they fought to maintain the mare from rolling. Seichan wrapped the lead in her palms, dropped to her bottom, and dug in her heels. grey misplaced carry of the halter because the mare thrashed its head and screamed. He made one other lunge for it. “Just get her! ” Seichan yelled as she was once dragged towards the river herself. It took all of Rachel’s energy to maintain her grip. She felt her legs burning, pictured her pants on fireplace. Then hands clamped on her wrist. grey was once all at once there, sprawled around the mare’s withers. He yanked her ahead with one arm, his different braced at the saddle’s pommel. He hauled her as much as his chest, his face purple and strained. “Climb over me! ” he ordered her, staring directly at her. The iron unravel of these steel-blue eyes hardened via her. Gasping, she reached up and clutched a fistful of his coat. She pulled herself atop him, reached to his belt together with her different hand, and crawled over him. finally she cleared the river’s area and rolled off him to land on her arms and knees within the snow. grey scrambled again, dropped subsequent to her, then scooped her less than one arm and half-carried her up the financial institution. They collapsed jointly into the snow. She hugged him, without notice sobbing. in the back of her, a gunshot blasted. Jerking round, she observed Seichan status lower than, her again to them. She held a smoking pistol. The screams of the mare ended as its physique collapsed to the floor and slid farther into the fireplace. Seichan sank to the snowy financial institution, cradling her pistol. nice. nonetheless at the different aspect of the fiery river, Kowalski had watched Rachel’s mare stumble. Her pony nonetheless burned on the river’s area. How used to be he going to make it throughout? His mount, a gelding, was once no longer as tall as Gray’s stallion and never part as speedy as Rachel’s mare. Plus his pony had no balls, which already made him edgy. Kowalski held a hand to his belly.