Map of Bones (Sigma Force)

By James Rollins

The bones result in old mysteries and present-day terror . . . To stick with them capacity death.

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

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

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They’ve been used to infiltrate hate teams, mystery societies, adversarial nations, anywhere the troubles of the Vatican are threatened. Walter Ciszek, a clergyman working less than the alias Vladimir Lipinski, performed a cat-and-mouse online game with the KGB for years, ahead of being captured and spending over 20 years in a Soviet felony. ” “And we’ve simply been recruited into this provider? ” “You’ve been recruited. I’ve labored with the intelligence carrier for over fifteen years. ” “What? ” Rachel nearly choked at the notice. “What greater hide for an operative than as a well-respected and a professional archaeologist in humble carrier to the Vatican? ” Her uncle waved her out the door. “Come. Let’s see approximately getting every thing so as. ” Rachel stumbled after her uncle, attempting to see him with new eyes. “We’ll be assembly up with a celebration of yank scientists. Like us, they’ll be investigating the assault in mystery, concentrating extra at the deaths, leaving us to address the robbery of the relics. ” “I don’t comprehend. ” That was once an enormous understatement. “Why all this subterfuge? ” Her uncle stopped and pulled her right into a small aspect chapel. It used to be no higher than a closet, the air stagnant with outdated incense. “Only a handful of individuals be aware of this,” he acknowledged. “But there has been a survivor to the assault. A boy. he's nonetheless in surprise, yet slowly getting better. he's at a health center in Cologne, lower than defend. ” “He witnessed the assault? ” A nod replied her. “What he defined appeared like insanity, however it couldn't be missed. the entire deaths—or relatively those who succumbed to the electrocution—occurred in one second. The loss of life collapsed the place they sat or knelt. The boy had no reason behind the way it happened, yet he was once adamant concerning the who. ” “Who killed the parishioners? ” “No, who succumbed, which individuals of the congregation died so horribly. ” Rachel waited for a solution. “The ones who have been electrocuted, for loss of a greater notice, have been in basic terms those that took the Holy Eucharist through the Communion provider. ” “What? ” “It used to be the Communion host that killed them. ” A sit back gone through her. If observe unfold that the Communion wafers have been someway guilty, it may possibly have repercussions around the globe. the total holy sacrament should be in jeopardy. “Were the wafers poisoned, tainted in some way? ” “That’s nonetheless unknown. however the Vatican desires solutions instantly. And the Holy See desires them first. And with no the assets worthwhile for this point of clandestine research, specially on overseas soil, I’ve referred to as in a coupon owed to me by way of a chum deep inside of U. S. army intelligence, anyone I belief totally. he'll have a staff on website via this night. ” Rachel may basically nod, struck dumb by means of the final hour’s revelations. “I imagine you have been correct, Rachel,” Uncle power stated. “The murders in Cologne have been an instantaneous assault opposed to the Church. yet i think this can be simply a gap gambit in a miles greater online game. yet what online game is being performed? ” Rachel nodded. “And what do the bones of the Magi need to do with any of this? ” “Exactly. once you acquire your issues, I’m going off to the libraries and data.

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