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By James Rollins

ju·das pressure, n. a systematic time period for an organism that drives a whole species to extinction

long island instances bestselling writer James Rollins returns with a terrifying tale of an old threat reborn to plague the trendy global . . . and of an very unlikely wish that lies hidden within the so much surprising position that you can imagine: in the language of angels.

From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a terrible plague has arisen to devastate humankind--a illness that is unknown, unstoppable . . . and lethal. however it is only a harbinger of the doom that's to stick with. Aboard a cruise liner remodeled right into a makeshift health facility, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis--operatives of SIGMA Force--search for solutions to the unusual disease. yet there are others with some distance much less altruistic intentions. In a savage and unexpected coup, terrorists hijack the vessel, turning a mercy send right into a floating bio-weapons lab.

an international away, SIGMA's Commander grey Pierce thwarts the murderous schemes of a pretty would-be killer who holds the 1st clue to the invention of a potential medication. Pierce joins forces with the lady who sought after him useless, and jointly they embark upon an extraordinary quest following the path of the main fabled explorer in background: Marco Polo. yet time is an enemy as a world pandemic grows swiftly uncontrolled. As a continuing madman canine their each step, grey and his not going best friend are being pulled into an brilliant secret buried deep in antiquity and in humanity's genetic code. and because the seconds tick towards doomsday, grey Pierce will observe he can actually belief not anyone, for anybody of them should be . . . a Judas.

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A few bioluminescent squids hunt in packs. Humboldt squids within the Pacific have attacked and killed humans, swarming out of the deep. yet better specimens additionally exist. Like Taningia danae. The remoted lagoon right here has to be domestic to the sort of subspecies. emerging to feed. At evening, whilst their luminescent verbal exchange and coordination paintings most sensible. ” Monk remembered a narrative from one of many pirates, in regards to the island, of witches and demons within the water. right here has to be the resource of the tale. He additionally remembered one other tale of the island. He craned up towards the jagged cliffs, framed opposed to the darkish sky. Heard earlier the rumble of thunder, drums pounded. Cannibals. “What now? ” Ryder requested. Monk led the best way. “Time to satisfy the neighbors…see what’s cookin’. ” 9:12 P. M. SUPPORTED at the gentle dock, Lisa hung from the fingers of 1 of the pirates. She used to be too vulnerable to struggle, too drained to care. Sodden to bone, bleeding from a rating of lacerations, she awaited her destiny. Rakao was once in midargument with Devesh. In Malay. past her comprehension. yet Lisa suspected the struggle was once in regards to the tattooed pirate no longer pursuing Susan Tunis into the jungle. Lisa understood just one notice. Kanibals. at the back of the boys a robed Surina stood on the front to the boat, out of the rain, fingers folded, again immediately, sufferer. Her eyes have been fastened on Lisa. no longer cold—that implied a few emotion. Surina’s eyes have been a complete void. eventually, Devesh grew to become and pointed an arm at Lisa. He spoke in English as a courtesy to their captive. “Shoot her. Now. ” Lisa straightened within the pirate’s fingers. She coughed her voice to a hoarse mumble. She provided the Guild scientist the single factor she may possibly. to avoid wasting her existence. “Devesh,” she acknowledged firmly. “The Judas pressure. i do know what the virus is doing. ” eleven damaged Glass JULY 6, 1:55 P. M. Istanbul surprise SLOWED THE SCENE all the way down to a breathless, silent stretch. From a second-story window of Hagia Sophia, grey watched the again of Balthazar Pinosso’s head explode in a twig of blood and bone. His physique crumpled on the waist from the effect. His hands went extensive to the part. His cellphone, at his ear a second ahead of, went flying from his fingertips, struck the pavement, and skittered away. the massive man’s physique struck subsequent. power gasped at Gray’s part, breaking the tableau. “Oh, my Lord…no…” Sound crashed again: the echo of the gunshot, screams from the plaza. grey drew again, taking an additional breath to achieve the implication. If Balthazar was once shot… “Nasser knew approximately him,” power acknowledged, completing his personal sluggish idea. shocked, the monsignor stuck himself at the ledge of the window. “Nasser knew Balthazar was once the following. The monster’s snipers killed him. ” grey fared no larger, dazed with incomprehension and guilt. He had despatched the fellow out to a firing squad. The screams and shouts grew worse outdoors, spreading inside of. humans ran—most fleeing to the closest protect, the sanctuary of Hagia Sophia. mins in the past, grey and energy had climbed to the church’s moment ground, the place there has been much less site visitors, maintaining hidden. ahead of heading out, Balthazar had expert the museum curator that grey and vigour had already left, denying the necessity for an ambulance.

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