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 lifeless man's hand--an historical relic that may be traced again to the Greek Oracle of Delphi--is the foremost to a conspiracy that dates again to the chilly battle and threatens the very beginning of humanity. For what if it have been attainable to bioengineer the subsequent nice prophet--a new Buddha, Muhammad, or perhaps Jesus? could this moment Coming be a boon . . . or would it not begin a series response that might bring about the extinction of humankind?
important seconds are ticking speedily away as Pierce races around the globe looking for solutions, one step sooner than ruthless killers made up our minds to reclaim the useful artifact. all at once the way forward for all issues is balanced at the verge of collapse among heaven and hell--and salvation or destruction rests within the arms of outstanding teenagers.
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McBride stepped round the table. He held out a closed fist towards Yuri—then opened his palms and uncovered a tiny item resting on his palm. slightly higher than the pinnacle of a pin. Yuri needed to lean in the direction of even see it. “Wonders of nanotechnology,” McBride acknowledged. “A passive microtransmitter with burst-pulse attenuator, all housed in a sterile polymer sleeve. whereas on my final stopover at to the Warren, I had all of the young children injected with them. ” Yuri knew not anything approximately such implantations; on the other hand, he wasn’t stored abreast of every little thing. “Did Savina approve such trackers? ” He glanced as much as see McBride raise one eyebrow at him. without doubt you’re smarter than that, Dr. Raev, he appeared to suggest. Yuri learned what the yank used to be insinuating. Savina knew not anything in regards to the topic. It used to be McBride who had injected the children—in mystery, with out anyone’s wisdom. He’d had lots of entry to the youngsters, yet regularly whereas being monitored. Yuri studied the scale of the microtransmitter. It was once sufficiently small to were added in 100 alternative ways. Why may McBride—? Yuri’s brain quick cascaded throughout the percentages, implications, and results. McBride should have positioned trackers in all of the young children. as soon as he had the youngsters implanted, all he needed to do was once organize the right kind state of affairs that might require a number of of the youngsters to go away the nest. Yuri pictured Archibald Polk’s face. the belief struck him like a blow to the sun plexus. “It was once a ruse all along,” Yuri gasped out. “Dr. Polk’s escape…” McBride smiled his contract. “Very solid. ” Mapplethorpe’s shadow fell upon him like a actual weight. Yuri were performed the idiot. He glared over at McBride. “You have been on the Warren while Archibald escaped. You helped him break out. ” A nod. “We wanted a way to entice certainly one of your Omega topics out into the open. ” “You used Dr. Polk like bait. your individual pal and colleague. ” “A necessity, I’m afraid. ” “Did he…did Archibald comprehend he used to be getting used? ” McBride sighed with a drained pain in his voice. “I imagine he may have suspected…though he didn’t have a lot selection. Die or run the gauntlet. occasionally you need to be a patriot no matter if you need to or now not. and that i needs to say he did good. He virtually crossed the aim line. ” “All this, to kidnap one baby? ” McBride rubbed the bridge of his nostril. “We suspected you Russians have been hiding whatever, sure? ” Yuri stored his face passive. McBride used to be correct, yet he had no proposal of the breadth of what used to be hidden. “We will use this child,” he endured, “to begin our personal software the following within the usa. to check in larger element what you’ve performed to the kid. regardless of our repeated inquiries, your team has now not been approaching with a whole account. You’ve been protecting again key facts from the beginning. ” and so they had—not simply information, but in addition destiny plans. Yuri requested out loud, “What approximately Sasha’s medicinal drugs? ” “We’ll deal with. along with your cooperation. ” Yuri shook his head. “Never. ” “I used to be afraid you’d say that. ” A flick of McBride’s eye drew Yuri’s realization over his shoulder.