The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel

By James Rollins

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

big apple instances bestselling writer James Rollins returns with a terrifying tale of an historical threat reborn to plague the trendy international . . . and of an very unlikely desire that lies hidden within the so much surprising position possible: in the language of angels.

From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a bad plague has arisen to devastate humankind--a disorder that is unknown, unstoppable . . . and lethal. however it is only a harbinger of the doom that's to stick with. 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 unusual ailment. 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 a pretty would-be killer who holds the 1st clue to the invention of a potential healing. Pierce joins forces with the lady who sought after him lifeless, and jointly they embark upon an wonderful quest following the path of the main fabled explorer in historical past: Marco Polo. yet time is an enemy as a global pandemic grows quickly uncontrolled. As a continuing madman canines their each step, grey and his not going best friend are being pulled into an incredible secret buried deep in antiquity and in humanity's genetic code. and because the seconds tick towards doomsday, grey Pierce will discover he can actually belief not anyone, for anyone of them may be . . . a Judas.

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G. I. A. ” “Hagia,” energy suggested conscientiously. “The observe capacity ‘divine’ in Greek. ” Gray’s eyes had narrowed—then widened with surprising realizing. after all. “What? ” Seichan requested. Kowalski scratched the stubble on his head, both clueless. power stood and drew all of them up. He walked them to stand town. “On his trip domestic, Marco Polo crossed via Istanbul, named Constantinople on the time. here's the place he crossed from Asia and eventually reentered Europe, an important crossroads of types. ” The monsignor mentioned to the town, towards one of many old monuments. grey had famous it prior to. an important flat-domed church, part lined in black scaffolding as recovery paintings was once lower than means. “Hagia Sophia,” grey acknowledged, naming the constitution. power nodded. “It used to be the biggest Christian church in all of the global. Marco himself commented at the wonders of its ethereal areas. a few humans mistake Hagia Sophia to intend ‘Saint Sophia,’ yet in reality, the real identify of the constitution is the Church of Divine knowledge, that could even be interpreted because the Church of Angelic knowledge. ” “Then that’s the place we needs to cross! ” Seichan acknowledged. “The first key has to be hidden there. ” She swung away. “Not so quickly, younger lady,” energy scolded. The monsignor back to his backpack, reached within, and drew out a cloth-wrapped item. lightly resting it at the desk, he peeled again the layers to bare a flat bar of lifeless gold. It seemed very previous. It bore a gap at one finish, and its floor used to be coated in a cursive script. “Not angelic,” power acknowledged, noting Gray’s realization to the lettering. “It’s Mongolian. It reads, ‘By the energy of the everlasting heaven, holy be the Khan’s identify. allow he who can pay him no longer reverence be killed. ’” “I don’t understand,” grey acknowledged, crinkling his forehead. “Did this belong to Marco Polo? what's it? ” “In chinese language, it's referred to as a paitzu. In Mongolian, a gerege. ” 3 clean faces stared again at energy. vigour nodded to the thing. “In the trendy vernacular, it’s a VIP passport. A traveller bearing this superpassport may perhaps call for horses, provides, males, boats, whatever from the lands ruled through Kublia Khan. To refuse such reduction used to be punishable by means of loss of life. The Khan granted such passes to these ambassadors who traveled in his carrier. ” “Nice,” Kowalski whistled—but from the sparkle within the man’s eyes, grey suspected it was once the gold greater than the tale that had gained the man’s awe. “And the Polos got this type of passports? ” Seichan requested. “Three of them, in reality. One for every Polo. Marco, his father, and his uncle. in truth, there's an anecdote referring to those passports. A well-known one. whilst the Polos arrived again in Venice, it was once acknowledged not anyone well-known them. The trio got here worn, drained, in one send. having a look little greater than beggars. None may think them to be the long-vanished Polos. Upon stepping to shore, the trio sliced open the seams in their outfits, and an enormous wealth of emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and silver spilled out. integrated during this treasure trove have been the 3 golden paitzus, defined in nice element.

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