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 dismal necropolis, the place the single capacity 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 resort in Paris with a perilous digital collar mounted to her throat. Joined via 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 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 by way of the moldering bones of the lifeless, even good fortune doesn't equivalent survival. after all, the one precise wish for the area 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 by means of The Skeleton Key will play a key role.

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Yet, as an extra signal of fine religion, i feel I promised you a gift. ” He swung the briefcase onto the trunk and ran a surrender the wealthy leather-based floor. “Vuitton’s best. The Président Classeur case. it really is yours to maintain. ” He smiled over at her with entertainment and French delight. “But i think what's inside of is the genuine rate for my son’s freedom. A clue to the shadowy leaders of the Guild. ” He snapped open the case to bare a stack of records. at the best folder, imprinted onto the canopy, was once similar to an eagle with outstretched wings, maintaining an olive department in a single talon and a package deal of arrows within the different. It was once the nice Seal of the USA. yet what does this need to do with the Guild? He snapped the briefcase closed and slid it towards her. “What you do with this information—where it is going to lead—will be very risky territory to tread,” he warned. “It may perhaps serve you greater to easily stroll away. ” Not an opportunity. She took the case and the resort key card. With the prizes in hand, she positioned the sedan’s fob at the trunk and sponsored to the reduce, good out of the achieve of Claude’s guards. The historian didn’t make a circulate to take the sedan’s key. in its place, he put a palm tenderly at the trunk’s lid. His eyes closed in reduction because the rigidity tired from his shoulders. He was once not a Guild affiliate, in simple terms a father relieved on the secure go back of his prodigal son. Claude took an extended breath, then motioned for one among his males to retrieve the foremost and take the wheel. As his guards climbed into front seats, Claude ducked into the again, might be to be that a lot toward his son. Seichan waited for the sedan to tug clear of the lower and head down the road. because the automobile vanished out of the sq., Renny crossed over to hitch her. “Did ye get what ye sought after? ” She nodded, picturing the relaxation Claude has to be feeling. For the sake of his son, the historian couldn’t hazard that she may have searched the papers first. that they had to be actual. “Do ye imagine he could be depended on? ” Renny requested, achieving to his shawl. “That is still noticeable. ” As they either stared around the plaza, Renny took off his cashmere neckpiece and printed a close-guarded mystery, a mystery that Seichan had saved from Claude. Renny’s throat used to be naked. He rubbed on the crimson burn from his previous surprise. “It was once strong to get that bloody factor off. ” Seichan agreed. She reached to her throat and unsnapped her personal collar. She stared down on the eco-friendly LED mild. After Vennard’s demise, she’d discovered herself with an additional hour earlier than the midday time limit. benefiting from the extra time within the catacombs, Seichan had reached out to Renny’s community of assets. He’d claimed that his fellow cataphiles got here from everywhere in the international and from each stroll of lifestyles. Upon her directions, Renny had despatched out a clarion demand aid. one of many cataphile brothers spoke back, a professional in electric engineering and microdesign. He used to be capable of get the collars off and got rid of the stunning mechanism from Seichan’s.

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