By Alex Archer, Jon F. Merz
Males may do whatever for it…but one lady will be certain its fate
Steeped in legend, the Pearl of Palawan has a background marked through destruction, vengeance and love. yet extra vital, the legendary black pearl is rumored to provide an influence lengthy coveted via mankind—immortality. it's a energy males could hazard death to achieve.
Sun, sand and scuba diving within the Philippines definitely seemed like a fantastic holiday. yet after a way-too-close-for-comfort stumble upon with a tiger shark, archaeologist Annja Creed unearths herself drawn right into a team of German divers. they're treasure hunters looking for the fabled pearl. Out of interest, Annja accompanies them. but if an outdated good friend of hers turns up abruptly, she reveals herself torn among her prior and new acquaintances.
The race is directly to own the pearl. yet not anyone realizes the real nature of the artifact, or the chance it poses to all of them.
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Own strength. i assumed it'd be a way of bridging our international and the subsequent. Of elongating existence. ” “Elongating existence? Roux, you’re virtually 600 years previous. How for much longer do you need to stay? ” Roux’s eyes sparkled. “Who understands. Why now not perpetually? ” Annja shook her head. “You’d rather be at liberty residing eternally? ” “I don’t be aware of, however it will be great to have the ability. ” “What concerning the humans you develop to like? What occurs once they die and flow directly to no matter what comes subsequent? ” Roux nodded. “The first time it occurred was once the toughest. yet, through the years, you someway get used to it. You ask why I’m frequently so reluctant to become involved with others? That’s why. ” “Yet you continue to are looking to lengthen your lifestyles? I don’t get it. ” “Well, you haven’t but lived past your individual lifetime. There’s a definite novelty to being a witness to historical past. ” “Yeah, yet that background remains to be merely the blink of an eye fixed. 600 years compared with the eons that the planet has been around…it’s nearly not anything. examine the invention we simply made up of the Jiao. They survived until eventually we got here blundering into their lives. ” “I were wondering that,” Roux stated. “And in many ways, you are correct a few lifestyles being yet a breath. yet I accomplish that get pleasure from seeing what the following iteration will do in this necessary chew of rock that hurtles throughout the universe. ” Annja sighed. “Sometimes i feel loss of life can’t come quickly adequate for a few humans. ” “Including your self? ” “I’m now not suicidal,” Annja stated. “The dive grasp again in Palawan could most likely disagree with you on that. ” Annja neglected that assertion. “But there were occasions while I puzzled no matter if it'd be higher simply to lose my existence and circulate on. particularly while i locate myself wondering precisely what my function is the following with the sword at this aspect in our heritage. Why now? Why me? ” “So you’d desire to discover the solutions when you arrived on the pearly gates, is that it? ” “It will be great. ” “I imagine you’d be in for a disappointment,” Roux acknowledged bitterly. “God doesn’t provide out solutions to our inner most questions. ” “How could you recognize? You’re now not lifeless. ” Roux frowned. “I could to boot have died fifty instances by way of now. I’ve undergone a lot soul looking and pleading for solutions from above that it now not matters me within the slightest. ” “You’ve obtained a religion problem,” Annja acknowledged. “Don’t venture that directly to others. It’s now not reasonable. ” “Nothing’s fair,” Roux snapped. “Don’t be a baby, for God’s sake. this concept that you’ll locate your solutions should you die—it’s foolish. And it’s naive to imagine that dying offers a few nice chance. What if we’re simply destined to collapse and turn into fertilizer if you happen to come after us? ” Annja smirked. “You don’t think that nonsense. you recognize there’s anything extra to all of this than simply one time round. ” “Do I? ” Annja nodded. “Your personal existence has been stretched—not because of anything notable you did—but as a result of will of God. In a lot an analogous means I now have the weight of this sword. It’s all a part of an even bigger plan. ” “So we don’t get a call?