The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel

By James Rollins

James Rollins, the New York Times bestselling grasp of nail-biting suspense and ancient secret, combines state of the art biotechnology with a centuries-old mystery in an apocalyptic tale that finds the place humankind is really headed

The Doomsday Key

At Princeton collage, a famed geneticist dies inside of a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is located useless in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outdoor a purple go camp. the 3 murders on 3 continents endure a scary connection: all of the sufferers are marked by way of a Druidic pagan go burned into their flesh.

The strange murders thrust Commander grey Pierce and Sigma strength right into a race opposed to time to resolve a riddle going again centuries, to a ghastly crime opposed to humanity hidden inside a cryptic medieval codex. the 1st clue is came upon inside of a mummified corpse buried in an English peat bog--a ugly mystery that threatens the US and the world.

Aided via girls from his past--one his exlover, the opposite his new partner--Gray needs to piece jointly the frightening fact. however the revelations come at a excessive price, and to avoid wasting the longer term, grey must sacrifice one of many ladies at his part. That by myself is probably not sufficient, because the actual route to salvation is published in a gloomy prophecy of doom.

Sigma strength confronts humankind's maximum chance in an experience that races from the Roman Coliseum to the icy peaks of Norway, from the ruins of medieval abbeys to the misplaced tombs of Celtic kings. the last word nightmare is locked inside a talisman buried by way of a lifeless saint--an historical artifact referred to as the Doomsday Key.

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No matter what struck that village was once unusual certainly. I don’t comprehend of whatever like this that has ever been stated within the annals of drugs or forensics. The our bodies are nonetheless less than research, and that’s being saved a guarded mystery. They won’t even inform me what they discovered. ” “But shouldn’t you be stored educated? ” grey requested. “Aren’t you a tenured professor on the collage of Edinburgh? ” Wallace’s forehead crinkled in confusion, then comfy. “Oh, no, you misunderstood me. while I acknowledged the college took the our bodies, I didn’t suggest Edinburgh. My supply got here from in a foreign country. It’s now not an unusual perform. For box stories, you are taking cash anywhere you will find them. ” “So who took the our bodies? ” “They have been despatched to the college of Oslo for preliminary exam. ” grey felt kicked within the intestine. It took him an additional second to reply. Oslo. the following used to be the 1st stable connection among occasions the following and what Painter Crowe used to be investigating in Norway. whereas grey grappled with the consequences, Wallace persevered. “I wager eventually all of it is going again to extremophiles. ” The oddity of the non sequitur snapped Gray’s concentration again. “What are you speaking approximately? ” “My funding,” Wallace acknowledged in a tone that made it sound as though it may be noticeable. “Like I stated. during this enterprise, you get cash the place you could. ” “And how do extremophiles slot in with all that? ” grey was once good conscious of the time period. Extremophiles have been organisms that lived below severe stipulations, ones that have been thought of too harsh to aid existence. They have been normally micro organism, stumbled on dwelling in poisonous environments like boiling deep-sea rifts or volcanic craters. Such exact organisms provided capability new compounds to the realm. And the world’s industries had definitely taken observe, producing a brand new enterprise referred to as bioprospecting. yet rather than prospecting for gold, they have been after whatever simply as priceless: new patents. And it became out to be a booming enterprise. Already extremophiles have been getting used to patent new industrial-strength detergents, cleansers, drugs, even an enzyme used broadly by means of crime labs for DNA fingerprinting. yet what did all that experience to do with bathroom mummies in England? Wallace attempted to give an explanation for. “It is going again to my preliminary speculation, one I pitched to my power sponsors. A speculation concerning the Doomsday booklet. ” grey famous that he known as it Doomsday, instead of Domesday, this time. He imagined that the professor, together with his ordinary aptitude for the dramatic, had sought investment utilizing the book’s extra colourful identify. “As i discussed, these few areas within the booklet marked in Latin as ‘wasted,’ looked as if it would were wiped off the map—literally and figuratively. What might make these previous census takers do this except anything harmful had struck those cities? ” “Like a disorder or plague,” grey acknowledged. Wallace nodded. “And in all likelihood it used to be anything by no means visible sooner than. those have been remoted areas. Who knew what may have risen out of the bathrooms? Peat toilets are soups of wierd organisms. micro organism, fungi, slime molds. ” “So they employed you as either an archaeologist and a bioprospector.

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