By James Rollins
The explosive first event in James Rollins' bestselling Sigma strength series!
A freak explosion within the British museum in London ignites a dangerous race for an earth-shaking energy resource buried deep underneath the sands of historical past. Painter Crowe is an agent for Sigma strength, a covert arm of the safety division tasked with preserving harmful medical discoveries out of enemy palms. while an historical artifact issues the best way towards the mythical "Atlantis of the Sands," Painter needs to trip the world over looking for the misplaced city-and a harmful strength past imagining.
But Painter has pageant. A band of ruthless mercenaries, led by way of a former good friend and best friend, also are purpose on claiming the prize, and they'll damage someone who will get of their way.
Ancient background collides with state of the art science-with the protection of the realm at stake!
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Omaha cocked an ear to the struggling with as he loaded the pistol at the ground. “I need to get to the others. confirm they’re secure. ” yet honestly, he pictured in basic terms Safia, smiling, more youthful. He had failed her before—not back. Coral ultimately rose from her personal seek of the crate’s contents with a unmarried pistol. She fast and successfully loaded its journal with . 357 rounds, then slammed it domestic. Armed now, she appeared extra cozy, a lioness loosened up and prepared for the quest. She met his eyes. “We should still go back ahead in the course of the bilge. sign up for the others from there. ” extra gunfire spat simply outdoors the double doorways. “We’d lose an excessive amount of time. ” Omaha glanced to the ramp that led on to the center of the gunfire. “There should be otherwise. ” Coral frowned at him as he defined his plan. “You’ve bought to be kidding,” Danny muttered. yet Coral nodded as Omaha complete. “It’s worthy a shot. ” “Then let’s go,” he acknowledged. “Before we’re too past due. ” 10 hurricane Surge DECEMBER three, 2:07 A. M. ARABIAN SEA THEY have been too overdue. Painter approached the open door to Safia’s cabin. A lamp glowed from inside. regardless of the urgency, the yes wisdom that the send have been mined, he hesitated a breath. at the back of him, Kara remained with Clay Bishop’s physique. Painter feared discovering Safia within the related . lifeless at the flooring. yet knew he needed to face the reality. She had relied on him. The deaths have been all his fault. He’d now not been vigilant adequate. The challenge had taken position below his nostril, on his watch. status to the aspect, he driven the door wider. Unblinking, he searched the cabin. Empty. Disbelieving, he stepped carefully over the edge. A odor of jasmine lingered within the room. yet that used to be all that used to be left of the girl who had as soon as occupied it. there has been no signal of violence. but the steel suitcase that housed the museum artifact was once nowhere in sight. He stood, momentarily paralyzed among crisis and confusion. A moan sounded at the back of him. He grew to become. “Clay’s nonetheless alive! ” Kara referred to as from the passageway. Painter stumbled again into the corridor. Kara knelt over the younger man’s physique. She held anything pinched among her palms. “I discovered this in his again. ” As he crossed to her, Painter famous the boy’s chest relocating shallowly up and down. How had he neglected that? yet he knew the reply. He have been too rushed, too sure in their doom. Kara provided what she held. A small bloody dart. “Tranquilizer,” he proven. He glanced again towards the open doorway. Tranquilizers. so that they had sought after Safia alive. This was once all a kidnapping. He shook his head, biting again a laugh—half in appreciation for Cassandra’s cleverness, part in reduction. Safia used to be nonetheless alive. For now. “We can’t go away him,” Kara acknowledged. He nodded, picturing the glow of the submersible at the hours of darkness waters, waking back to the urgency. How a lot time did they've got? “Stay with him. ” “Where are—” He didn’t clarify. He rushed all the way down to the reduce deck and searched the rooms for the opposite contributors of the social gathering: the Dunn brothers and his accomplice. Like Safia’s room, their cabins have been empty.