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By James Rollins

Baghdad falls . . . and armed males are noticeable looting the 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 country veterinarian Lorna Polk investigates an deserted shipwrecked fishing trawler sporting unique caged animals, a part of a black marketplace smuggling ring. yet there's something disturbingly unsuitable with those beasts--each an unsettling mutation of the typical order, all sharing one uncanny trait: particularly 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 chance it poses. simply because a beast escaped the shipwreck and is operating amok--and what's approximately to be born upon the altar of Eden may threaten not just the way forward for the area however the very starting place of what it capacity to be human.

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Trembling with worry, she closed the door and retreated towards the working room at the different aspect of the room—but no longer prior to first preventing to raid the veterinary lab within the nook. She basically had one final coaching to make. yet did she have adequate time? WITH THE SHOTGUN blast nonetheless ringing in his ears, Jack kicked open the outer door. The small workplace past slightly had sufficient room for a piece table and submitting cupboard. He hurried. To his correct, a closed door resulted in the pathology lab. without delay forward stretched an workplace window that regarded out onto the open flooring. Jack famous a number of wobbling glows in the market. Flashlights. They speared towards the place of work, drawn via the shotgun blast. by no means preventing, Jack grabbed the table chair with one hand and flung it throughout the window. Glass shattered. even as he dove to the door, shouldered it open, and rolled out into the cavernous room past. He noticed males status ten yards away. They have been in complete camo, with flashlights in a single hand, pistols within the different. Drawn by means of the exploding place of work window, they have been a fragment too gradual in turning towards Jack. Sweeping round along with his shotgun, Jack pulled the set off and held it. A barrage of shells sprayed out like a desktop gun. The rounds blasted the 2 males throughout their midsections, ripping them approximately in part. Flashlights went flying. no longer understanding what number extra males have been down the following, Jack leaped for the canopy of a metal apparatus locker. He stared around the room towards the corridor that led towards the walk-in cooler. A glow got here from that hallway. As he watched, the sunshine clicked off. rattling it. at the very least yet another guy was once nonetheless down right here. sooner than he may even calculate a method, pictures fired. The pair of discarded flashlights went darkish. The final guy was once a crack shot, getting rid of the final lighting. no longer sturdy. Jack was once now blind. He pulled again undercover. As he did so he heard boots pounding around the cement ground, the hoop of a heel hitting one of many metal drains. He blindly pointed his weapon and strafed within the normal path. The muzzle flash could supply away his place, yet he had no selection. He saved firing till the drum journal emptied. a pointy cry of shock minimize throughout the barrage. Jack’s ears strained because the echoes died away. used to be the fellow down? while he concept it the stairs resumed out of the darkish, extra stumbling, erratic—but they have been heading away. Jack dropped the shotgun and grabbed his pistol. around the room, a door opened and slammed closed. the fellow had fled out of the following. Suspicion rang via Jack. those have been expert killers, now not cowards. What could make the fellow flee like that? He stepped out of hiding and stored his pistol pointed towards the door—when the realm exploded. bankruptcy 34 Duncan listened to the muffled blast fade away. It got here from a flooring lower than. He had attempted to elevate Korey’s group down there, yet he’d gotten no resolution. Worrisome, yet now not his basic predicament. where used to be surrounded. nobody was once moving into or out. Duncan stood over Fielding’s lifeless physique. His face used to be a bloody wreck, his eyes long gone, his lips blackened as though flash-frozen.

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