Altar of Eden

By James Rollins

Baghdad falls . . . and armed males are obvious looting the town zoo. Amid a hail of bullets, a hid underground lab is ransacked--and anything terrible is decided unfastened 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 incorrect with those beasts--each an unsettling mutation of the traditional order, all sharing one uncanny trait: really heightened intelligence.

Joining forces with U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jack Menard--a guy who stocks together with her a dismal 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 realm however the very starting place of what it capacity to be human.

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What’s the plan now? he was once asking. Duncan pocketed his GPS unit. “The surviving specimens are nonetheless locked up at that animal examine facility by means of the river. ” on the way to guard Ironcreek’s curiosity and restrict publicity, the try matters must be both secured or destroyed. He checked his watch and calculated a time line. They have been working out of evening, yet he dared now not waste one other day. “We’ll hit it tonight,” he stated. “A surgical strike earlier than dawn. ” In his head, he all started formulating an assault approach, yet his second-in-command had yet another query. “Sir? ” once more, Duncan knew the question at the back of that one be aware and responded it. “No survivors. ” ACT BABYLON emerging bankruptcy 23 Lorna stood on her entrance porch. dawn used to be just a couple of hours away. She will be bone-tired, however the contrary used to be actual. She used to be stressed, nonetheless operating on adrenaline from all that had occurred throughout the evening. A step less than her, Jack waited. He had pushed her from the recent Orleans Border Patrol station, the place she’d comprehensive giving a press release. The campers have been all secure, taken care of for a few minor burns and smoke inhalation. The boy seized through the jaguar have been evacuated by means of a existence Flight air ambulance, as had Garland Chase. the guy had misplaced loads of blood, besides so much of his left leg to the alligator, yet he’d dwell. The Coast safeguard had desired to shoot the gator, yet Lorna had argued opposed to it, explaining how the gunshots and hearth had riled the beast, inflicting it to lash out with one million years of shielding intuition. The farm owner’s daughter—the one that dove in and rescued Garland—looked able to throw herself among the Coast safeguard sharpshooter and the gator. in spite of everything, Elvis lived. regrettably a similar couldn’t be stated concerning the jaguar and her cub. Their carcasses have been airlifted to ACRES. The animals’ deaths have been a sad loss, yet Lorna had additionally watched 3 men’s our bodies hauled out of the woodland, their skulls overwhelmed, their throats ripped out. The cat was once a man-eater, a remorseless killing desktop, too harmful to be allowed to reside. nonetheless, now not the entire aftermath was once tragic. The pilot of the crashed helicopter had survived, present in the wreckage with a damaged arm and collarbone. Likewise, a lone pirogue had paddled into the park, showing at the contrary part of the farm. The Thibodeaux brothers— inspiration misplaced to the cat—had survived their come upon, in addition to Jack’s teammates. T-Bob had had adequate swamp savvy to desert the canoe and retreat his workforce up a couple of tall cypresses. From the excessive vantage element and hidden from the cat, he’d taken potshots to force her off. Lorna pictured the mother’s limp bulk emerging into the air, hauled aloft in a shipment web. She used to be fearful to come again to ACRES, yet Jack had insisted she fly with him again to New Orleans aboard a Coast safeguard chopper to offer an announcement. later on, he provided to force her domestic, then to the docks to retrieve her Bronco. She desired to seize a metamorphosis of garments and head at once out to ACRES.

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