The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel

By James Rollins

James Rollins, the New York Times bestselling grasp of nail-biting suspense and old secret, combines state-of-the-art biotechnology with a centuries-old mystery in an apocalyptic tale that finds the place humankind is really headed

The Doomsday Key

At Princeton collage, a famed geneticist dies inside of 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 pass camp. the 3 murders on 3 continents undergo a frightening connection: the entire sufferers are marked by way of a Druidic pagan move burned into their flesh.

The weird and wonderful 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 found inside of a mummified corpse buried in an English peat bog--a grotesque mystery that threatens the USA and the world.

Aided by way of girls from his past--one his exlover, the opposite his new partner--Gray needs to piece jointly the frightening fact. however the revelations come at a excessive rate, and to avoid wasting the longer term, grey must sacrifice one of many ladies at his part. That on my own is probably not sufficient, because the real route to salvation is published in a depressing prophecy of doom.

Sigma strength confronts humankind's maximum possibility in an experience 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 last word nightmare is locked inside a talisman buried by way of a lifeless saint--an old artifact often called the Doomsday Key.

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He requested. “Of path now not. belief isn't worthwhile. simply energy and regulate. ” For as soon as, a touch of leisure tinged his phrases. “You have been taught good. ” the telephone connection ended. yet now not earlier than a final few cryptic phrases. “Echelon has its eyes on you. ” Krista remained status prior to the Monolith. With the telephone nonetheless at her ear, she shuddered again—with reduction, with terror, yet as a rule with one simple task. She must never fail. 14 October 12, 4:16 P. M. Lake District, England grey eyed his transportation doubtfully. His transportation stared again at him, both uncertain, stamping a hoof for emphasis. “The Fell Pony,” Dr. Wallace Boyle acknowledged as he labored one of the assembled horseflesh. “You’ll no longer discover a heartier pony on God’s eco-friendly earth. ideal for mountain hiking. Sure-footed and robust as an ox. ” “You name those men ponies? ” Kowalski requested. grey understood his partner’s consternation. The dusty-black stallion being saddled for grey needed to stand over fourteen fingers, virtually 5 toes tall on the withers. It satisfied into the chilly air and scraped a hoof into the half-frozen dust. “Ack, be nonetheless already, Pip,” a ranch hand acknowledged as he gave the saddle cinch one other tug. the crowd had left Hawkshead via motor vehicle an hour in the past. Wallace had guided them to this horse farm deep within the mountains. it appears the one strategy to succeed in the excavation website from right here was once both taking walks or through horseback. Wallace had referred to as forward and organized for his or her four-legged transportation. “The Fell Pony has a protracted culture within the region,” he persisted as their mounts have been tacked. “The wild Picts used them opposed to the Romans. Viking farmers used them as plow horses. And the Normans who got here later made pack animals out of them to haul lead and coal. ” Wallace rubbed the neck of his brown gelding and climbed up into his saddle. His terrier, Rufus, trotted throughout the assembled horses and lifted his leg on a fence put up. The dog’s preliminary mistrust of Seichan looked as if it would have settled right into a cautious truce. He gave her a large berth as she slipped a toe via a stirrup and leaped easily atop a sturdy-looking bay mare. “‘Fraid you’re going to need to excuse ol’ Rufus,” Wallace had defined again on the pub. “Set in his methods, he's. And I’m embarrassed to claim he’s somewhat a bigot. Took a chew out of a Pakistani grad pupil final spring. ” Rachel had seemed aghast. Seichan had no longer reacted in any respect. She in simple terms stared on the puppy until eventually its tail sank, and it retreated into its master’s shadow. later on she joined them on the desk. Rachel, having been famous, had come fresh approximately their precise intentions with Wallace, although she saved a few information sketchy. She didn’t point out the mummified finger. The professor had listened soberly, then shrugged. “No concerns, lass. Your secret's secure with me. If i will be able to assist you seize the boggins who killed Marco and despatched your uncle to the health center, then all’s the higher, I say. ” so that they had trigger. yet even now, they nonetheless had some distance to head. grey fixed his stallion, Pip, and after a little bit a shuffle, they left the farm and headed overland.

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