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 deadly race for an earth-shaking energy resource buried deep underneath the sands of heritage. Painter Crowe is an agent for Sigma strength, a covert arm of the safeguard division tasked with preserving harmful clinical discoveries out of enemy arms. while an old artifact issues the way in which towards the mythical "Atlantis of the Sands," Painter needs to commute internationally looking for the misplaced city-and a harmful energy past imagining.
But Painter has festival. A band of ruthless mercenaries, led via a former good friend and best friend, also are cause on claiming the prize, and they're going to wreck a person who will get of their way.
Ancient heritage collides with state of the art science-with the protection of the realm at stake!
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As he searched extra, he pocketed the man’s night-vision apparatus and found a thick strap round the man’s chest. An EKG visual display unit. “Damn it. ” “What? ” Kara requested. “Lucky you by no means came across that grenade,” he acknowledged. “The males are rigged with prestige displays. Killing them will be nearly as good as allowing them to get away. as soon as they’re gone—overboard or dead—the others will blow the send. ” “Blow the send? ” al-Haffi repeated, eyes narrowing, talking English. Painter speedy defined what he had spied and the implication. “We needs to get off this send earlier than the rear safeguard does. I observed a motorized skiff stowed at the back of the strict. ” “It’s the ship’s gig,” the captain proven. Painter nodded. An aluminum runabout. “But the infidels stand among us and the launch,” al-Haffi argued. “We may maybe try and cross less than them, in the course of the ship’s bowels, yet as soon as my males cease capturing, the others will get away. ” Painter deserted his seek of the gunman and peered open air the entrance to the open deck. The firefight had slowed, either side working low on ammunition, wanting to make each one around count number. The Phantoms have been at a drawback. They couldn’t allow the gunmen escape—but neither may possibly they kill them. one other kind of stalemate. Or used to be it? He swung round, having a unexpected proposal. sooner than he may well converse, a thunderous crash erupted from the aft deck. He glanced again outdoor. The reduce hold’s hatch have been thrown violently open, shoved less than the burden of a trio of horses. The Arabians galloped and bucked out onto the windy deck, smashing into crates and tangling via rigging. Chaos ensued. lighting shattered. evening fell darker around the send. one of many horses, a mare, trampled at once during the gunmen’s barricade. pictures have been fired. A horse screamed. Amid the confusion, a fourth horse seemed from the carry, galloping lower than a head of steam. The white Arabian stallion. It flew up the reduce ramp and onto the deck, hooves pounding the planks. yet this time it used to be no longer wild and unguided. Astride the stallion’s again, Omaha rose from the saddle, pistols in either fingers. He geared toward the closest masked males and fired either weapons, emptying them with no mercy at virtually point-blank variety. males fell as he rode earlier. “No! ” Painter referred to as out, pushing out the door. The barrage deafened his phrases. circulate via the aft hatch published Coral sneaking right into a sniper’s put up. She had a rifle on her shoulder. She took target on the simply status gunman. the fellow dove for the starboard rail, meaning to bounce overboard. A unmarried rifle blast exploded with a muzzle flash. The gunman jolted in midair as though kicked through a phantom horse. The left aspect of his head exploded away. His physique slid around the deck, coming to leisure opposed to the rails. Painter bit again a groan. The stalemate had eventually ended. With the rear protect useless, not anything might cease Cassandra from blowing the send. 2:10 A. M. CASSANDRA CHECKED her watch as she climbed from the Zodiac pontoon boat and again aboard the hovercraft. The project timetable used to be in the back of through ten mins. Clambering onto the deck, she was once met via her moment.