By James Rollins
ju·das pressure, n. a systematic time period for an organism that drives a complete species to extinction
ny instances bestselling writer James Rollins returns with a terrifying tale of an old risk reborn to plague the fashionable international . . . and of an most unlikely wish that lies hidden within the such a lot stunning position that you can imagine: in the language of angels.
From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a awful plague has arisen to devastate humankind--a sickness that is unknown, unstoppable . . . and lethal. however it is in basic terms a harbinger of the doom that's to stick to. Aboard a cruise liner reworked right into a makeshift health center, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis--operatives of SIGMA Force--search for solutions to the weird disease. yet there are others with a ways 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.
a global away, SIGMA's Commander grey Pierce thwarts the murderous schemes of an attractive would-be killer who holds the 1st clue to the invention of a potential remedy. Pierce joins forces with the lady who sought after him useless, and jointly they embark upon an marvelous quest following the path of the main fabled explorer in background: Marco Polo. yet time is an enemy as a global pandemic grows swiftly uncontrolled. As a continuing madman canines their each step, grey and his not going best friend are being pulled into an impressive secret buried deep in antiquity and in humanity's genetic code. and because the seconds tick in the direction of doomsday, grey Pierce will discover he can actually belief nobody, for anybody of them should be . . . a Judas.
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