The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel

By James Rollins

ju·das pressure, n. a systematic time period for an organism that drives a whole species to extinction

ny instances bestselling writer James Rollins returns with a terrifying tale of an old risk reborn to plague the trendy international . . . and of an most unlikely desire that lies hidden within the such a lot stunning position that you can think of: in the language of angels.

From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a bad plague has arisen to devastate humankind--a sickness that is unknown, unstoppable . . . and lethal. however it is only a harbinger of the doom that's to persist with. Aboard a cruise liner remodeled right into a makeshift health center, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis--operatives of SIGMA Force--search for solutions to the weird disorder. yet there are others with some distance much less altruistic intentions. In a savage and surprising 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 a pretty would-be killer who holds the 1st clue to the invention of a potential treatment. Pierce joins forces with the lady who sought after him lifeless, and jointly they embark upon an dazzling quest following the path of the main fabled explorer in background: Marco Polo. yet time is an enemy as a global pandemic grows speedily uncontrolled. As a continuing madman canine their each step, grey and his not going best friend are being pulled into an superb secret buried deep in antiquity and in humanity's genetic code. and because the seconds tick in the direction of doomsday, grey Pierce will become aware of he can really belief nobody, for anybody of them will be . . . a Judas.

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I needed an individual over there to begin double-checking the consequences from the toxicologist the following, Dr. Barnhardt. ” “I’ll make certain it will get performed. yet what’s the urgency? ” He sensed the stress in her voice. “The scenario right here could be extra dire than initially projected. ” “I be aware of. I’ve heard concerning the aftermath of the poisonous cloud that blew over the island. ” “No—yes, that was once terrible, certainly—but issues will be transforming into even worse. We’ve remoted a few unusual genetic abnormalities exhibiting up in secondary infections. annoying findings. i presumed it top to coordinate with Sigma researchers and labs once attainable, to get the ball rolling whereas Dr. Barnhardt completes his initial assessments. ” “Is Monk assisting the toxicologist? ” “He’s nonetheless out within the box, accumulating samples. We’ll desire every little thing he can carry us. ” “I’ll alert Jennings right here in R and D. Get him to roust his workforce. I’ll have him name and coordinate at our finish. ” “Perfect. thank you. ” regardless of the answer, Painter couldn't break out his personal fear. because assigning this venture, he was once doing his top to stability his obligations as director, to keep up that worthwhile specialist distance, yet he couldn't in attaining it, no longer with Lisa. He cleared his throat. “How are you keeping up? ” A small amused chortle escaped her, drained yet typical. “I’m doing ok. yet after this, i could by no means take one other cruise in my lifestyles. ” “I attempted to provide you with a warning. It by no means can pay to volunteer. i needed to give a contribution. To make a difference,” he acknowledged, mimicking her with a ghost of a grin. “See what it will get you. A passport to the affection Boat from Hell. ” She provided him a halfhearted snicker, yet her voice speedy reduced right into a extra severe tone, halting and uncertain. “Painter, probably it was once a mistake…me coming right here. i do know I’m now not an legitimate member of Sigma. i could be in over my head. ” “If i assumed it used to be a mistake, I wouldn’t have assigned you. in truth, i'd have grabbed any excuse to maintain you from going. yet as director, I had an obligation to ship the simplest humans suited for oversee a scientific trouble on behalf of Sigma. along with your scientific measure, your doctorate in body structure, your box study experience…I despatched definitely the right individual. ” an extended stretch of silence undefined. For a second, Painter notion the decision had dropped. “Thank you,” she ultimately whispered. “So don’t allow me down. i've got a name to keep up. ” She snorted back, her entertainment ringing truer. “You particularly need to paintings on concluding your pep talks. ” “Then how’s this: remain secure, watch your again, and come again the following once attainable. ” “Better. ” “Then I’ll easily need to opt for the gold. ” He spoke firmly. “I pass over you. i like you. i need you in my hands. ” He actually did omit her, with a actual pain in his chest. “See,” she stated. “With a bit perform, you'll be able to be a superb motivational speaker. ” “I know,” he acknowledged. “The comparable line labored with Monk prior. ” a real giggle undefined. It helped shatter his fear from a second in the past. She may do high-quality. He had religion in her. and also, in Painter’s stead, Monk could retain her secure.

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