Altar of Eden

By James Rollins

Baghdad falls . . . and armed males are obvious looting town zoo. Amid a hail of bullets, a hid underground lab is ransacked--and whatever awful is determined free upon the world.

Seven years later, Louisiana nation veterinarian Lorna Polk investigates an deserted shipwrecked fishing trawler wearing unique caged animals, a part of a black industry smuggling ring. yet there's something disturbingly flawed with those beasts--each an unsettling mutation of the ordinary order, all sharing one uncanny trait: enormously heightened intelligence.

Joining forces with U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jack Menard--a guy who stocks along with her a depressing and bloody past--Lorna units out to discover the reality approximately this unusual shipment and the terrorist hazard it poses. simply because a beast escaped the shipwreck and is working amok--and what's approximately to be born upon the altar of Eden may possibly threaten not just the way forward for the area however the very origin of what it skill to be human.

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In the mean time it truly is. Can’t promise whatever past that. ” Her brother chuckled. He needs to be bored. As traditional, they spoke extra at the mobile than on the apartment. whilst jointly, they attempted to take care of a degree of privateness for every different, which wasn’t demanding in a house with seven bedrooms and 5 baths. “I left a message earlier,” Kyle stated. “Figured you must’ve been referred to as into paintings. Didn’t are looking to trouble you there. ” “You could’ve referred to as. even though it’s been a loopy day. ” She gave him a thumbnail model of what had occurred. “Christ, that’s quite extraordinary. ” “I understand. We’re nonetheless doing a little lab tests—” “No, I intended that Jack Menard known as you into the research. That should have been uncomfortable. ” She took a second to reply. Uncomfortable was once a faded description of the hurricane of feelings that had run via her: guilt, sorrow, disgrace, anger, and whatever deeper, anything hidden yet shared among them. She pictured Jack’s storm-gray eyes, the way in which his stare looked as if it would strip her to the bone. no longer even her little brother knew the reality approximately that bloody evening. “At least you’re performed with him now,” Kyle stated. She came upon her voice back, yet just a shadow of it. “That’s now not precisely real. I’m going to assist him look for the escaped jaguar. ” “What do you suggest by way of support? to supply specialist recommendation? ” “That, and I’m going with him at the hunt this night. ” surprised silence undefined, then a difficult outburst. “Are you plumb nuts? Why? ” She glanced again on the black case by means of the door. It held a disassembled tranquilizer rifle. “I intend to make certain we catch the cat alive. ” “Screw the cat. You’re going into the swamp with a member of a family members that might simply as quickly feed you to a gator. ” She couldn’t clarify why she had not anything to worry from Jack. “I’ll be fantastic. It won’t be simply the 2 people. There’ll be a complete seek crew. There’s not anything to fret approximately. ” “Don’t cross, Lorna. Or a minimum of wait till I’m again the next day to come. i will be able to include then you definitely. ” “No. Jaguars are nocturnal. She’ll be searching this night. It’s our greatest likelihood to capture her sooner than a person else is killed. ” “Lorna—” Her cell chimed in her pocket. “I’ve received one other name. ” “Wait until eventually I’m back,” he stated in a hurry prior to she may possibly grasp up. “I’ll check with you within the morning. ” She clicked the receiver down and fished out her mobile phone. “Dr. Polk right here. ” “Are you prepared? ” It used to be Jack. His brusque demeanour immediately set her on side. She heard the known whine of a helicopter within the history. “Of path i'm. ” “Can you meet us on the dock at the back of the Audubon Zoo? ” “I could be there in fifteen mins. What’s the plan? ” “We’ll decide you up via chopper. i've got everybody collecting at Port Sulphur. ” She heard the stress in his voice, sensing anything left unsaid. “What’s unsuitable? ” “We’ve had a sighting. Your cat attacked somebody previous. Out in the midst of the bayou. We chanced on the physique a couple of minutes in the past, up in a tree, wrapped in Spanish moss. cranium used to be beaten, an arm ripped off. ” Lorna felt the breath knocked out of her. They have been already too overdue. Jack pressed. “One final time.

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