Map of Bones (Sigma Force)

By James Rollins

The bones bring about old mysteries and present-day terror . . . To persist with them capability death.

in the course of a crowded provider at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in clergymen' gowns unharness a nightmare of blood and destruction. however the killers haven't come for gold; they search a extra necessary prize: the bones of the Magi who as soon as paid homage to a baby savior . . . a treasure which may reshape the world.

With the Vatican in turmoil, Sigma strength less than the command of Grayson Pierce leaps into motion, pursuing a perilous secret that weaves via websites of the Seven Wonders of the area and ends on the doorstep of an old, mystical, and terrifying mystery order. For there are people with darkish plans for the stolen sacred is still that would adjust the way forward for humankind . . . whilst technology and faith unite to unharness a horror now not noticeable because the starting of time.

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Painter pointed out a picture of a tender guy being performed in a stretcher, one other of a similar guy in a health center mattress, eyes open yet glazed with surprise. “Jason Pendleton. American. Age twenty-one. He was once came across hiding in a confessional sales space. He used to be slightly coherent while first came upon, yet after a routine of sedatives, he used to be capable of supply a tentative file. The celebration concerned have been robed and cloaked as clergymen. No faces have been ID’d. They stormed the cathedral. Armed with rifles. a number of humans have been shot, together with the priest and archbishop. ” extra photographs flashed around the displays: bullet wounds, extra chalked outlines, an online of crimson yarns marking the trajectory of photographs. It seemed like a standard crime scene, simply with an strange backdrop. “And how does this contain Sigma? ” Kat requested. “There have been different deaths. Inexplicable deaths. to damage into the safety vault, the assailants hired a few gadget that not just shattered the steel and bulletproof cage, but additionally, a minimum of in keeping with the survivor, prompted a wave of dying around the cathedral. ” Painter reached out and hit a key. throughout all 3 monitors, perspectives of varied corpses seemed. The brokers’ expressions remained passive. that they had all noticeable their percentage of dying. The our bodies have been contorted, heads thrown again. One photo was once a close-up of 1 of the faces. Eyes have been open, corneas long past opaque, whereas black trails of bloody tears leached from the corners. Lips have been stretched again, frozen in a rictus of discomfort, enamel bared, gums bleeding. The tongue was once swollen, cracked, blackened on the edges. Monk, together with his clinical and forensic education, shifted straighter, eyes pinched. He may well play the absentminded clown, yet he used to be a prepared observer, his most powerful go well with. “Full post-mortem studies are on your folders,” Painter acknowledged. “The preliminary end from the coroners is that the deaths have been because of a few manifestation of an epileptiform seizure. An severe convulsive occasion coupled with serious hyperthermia, spiking center temperature and leading to the whole liquefaction of the outer surfaces of the mind. All died with their hearts in a gotten smaller nation, so intensely squeezed that no blood will be present in the chambers. One man’s pacemaker had exploded in his chest. a lady with a steel pin in a femur was once stumbled on along with her leg nonetheless on hearth, hours later, smoldering from the interior out. ” The brokers stored their faces stoic, yet Monk narrowed one eye and Kat’s complexion looked as if it would have blanched to a faded white. Even Grayson stared a section too fixedly on the photographs, unblinking. yet grey used to be the 1st to talk. “And we’re yes the deaths are hooked up to the gadget hired by means of the thieves. ” “As yes as we will be able to be. The survivor stated feeling an extreme strain in his head because the machine used to be became on. He defined it like descending in an plane. Felt within the ears. The deaths happened at the present. ” “But Jason lived,” Kat stated, taking a deep breath. “Some others did, too. however the unaffected have been therefore shot through the perpetrators. Slaughtered in chilly blood.

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