The Skeleton Key: A Short Story Exclusive (Sigma Force Novels)

By James Rollins

From New York Times bestselling writer James Rollins comes an exciting brief tale that delves deep underneath the town of Paris to a depressing necropolis, the place the single capability for break out is…The Skeleton Key.

Seichan is ripped out of the Sigma sequence for an event all her own—but can she live on? the gorgeous and elusive murderer wakes in a inn in Paris with a dangerous digital collar mounted to her throat. Joined through a boy who's equally threatened, she needs to rescue the son of a hated enemy, who has fallen less than the sway of the nefarious chief of an apocalyptic cult. to outlive, she needs to enterprise into the darkish global underneath the town of lighting fixtures, into the notorious catacombs of Paris. stuck among enemies, she needs to struggle for her life…while time ticks down towards a fiery apocalypse. yet at midnight, surrounded through the moldering bones of the useless, even good fortune doesn't equivalent survival. in any case, the one real wish for the realm lies in a beautiful act of betrayal.

Included with this brief tale is a sneak peek on the first 70 pages of The satan Colony, the place a clue unlocked through The Skeleton Key will play a key role.

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A wagon used to be ready, horses readied. Billy’s father, his uncle, and the Frenchman spent a lot of that point with their heads bent jointly. Billy crept shut adequate together with his broom to snoop on their dialog, pretending to be busy. nonetheless, their voices have been too low to pick quite a lot of phrases. “It will be enough,” Fortescue stated. “ . . . a spot to begin. If the enemy reveals it ahead of us, your younger union can be doomed earlier than it has even began. ” His father shook his head. “Then perhaps it top be destroyed now. Set a bonfire right here. Burn the bone to ash, soften the gold to slag. ” “It may perhaps come to that, yet we’ll depart any such selection to the governor. ” His father regarded able to argue with the Frenchman, yet then stuck Billy soaring close by. He grew to become and lifted an arm to shoo Billy off and opened his mouth to talk. these phrases by no means got here. ahead of his father may possibly communicate, his throat exploded in a twig of blood. He fell to his knees, clutching at his neck. An arrowhead poked from less than his jaw. Blood poured among his arms, bubbled from his lips. Billy ran towards his father, regressing from younger guy to baby in a dismal rapid. “Papa! ” In surprise, his ears went deaf. the realm shrank to incorporate basically his father, who stared again at him, jam-packed with discomfort and remorse. Then his father’s physique jerked, time and again, and toppled ahead. Feathers peppered his again. in the back of the physique, Billy observed his uncle kneeling, head putting. A spear had cleaved fresh via his chest from at the back of, its element buried within the airborne dirt and dust, its shaft propping the lifeless physique up. prior to Billy may perhaps understand what he used to be seeing, what used to be taking place, he used to be struck from the side—not by way of an arrow or spear, yet through an arm. He used to be knocked to the floor and rolled. The influence additionally snapped the realm again into complete concentration. Shouts crammed his ears. Horses screamed. Shadows danced amid torches as ratings of guys fought and grappled. throughout, arrows sang in the course of the air, followed by means of savage whoops. An Indian assault. Billy struggled, yet he was once pinned less than the Frenchman. Fortescue hissed in his ear. “Stay down, boy. ” The Frenchman rolled off him and flew to his toes as a half-naked savage, his face painted in a purple masks of terror, got here flying towards him, a hatchet raised excessive. Fortescue defended together with his in basic terms weapon, as meager because it may possibly be—his cane. because the size of carved oak swung to indicate on the attacker, it parted close to the deal with. A sheath of wooden flew from the cane’s tip, revealing a sword hidden at its center. The empty sheath struck the savage within the brow and brought on him to stumble in his assault. Fortescue took virtue and lunged out, skewering the attacker during the chest. A guttural scream undefined. Fortescue became the man’s momentum, and dropped the savage beside Billy at the flooring. The Frenchman yanked his sword unfastened. “To me, boy! ” Billy obeyed. It was once all his brain may permit. He had no time to imagine. He struggled up, yet a hand grabbed his arm. The bloody savage sought to carry him. Billy tugged his arm free.

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