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 gloomy necropolis, the place the one potential for get away is…The Skeleton Key.

Seichan is ripped out of the Sigma sequence for an experience all her own—but can she live to tell the tale? the attractive and elusive murderer wakes in a resort in Paris with a dangerous 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, 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 in the dead of night, surrounded through the moldering bones of the useless, even luck doesn't equivalent survival. in spite of everything, the single actual 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 through The Skeleton Key will play a key role.

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His father spread out the buffalo epidermis. Gasps unfold between these accumulated the following. Even Fortescue took a pointy consumption of breath via his pinched nostril. around the internal floor of the preserved conceal, a riotous conflict were drawn. Stylized figures of fellows on horseback raced around the conceal, many bearing shields. Spears stabbed with splashes of purple dyes. Arrows flew. Billy swore he may well pay attention the whoops and conflict cries of the savages. Fortescue spoke as he knelt down. A hand hovered over the reveal. “I’ve witnessed such handiwork sooner than.

She had a drink. merely water. nonetheless a mistake. Even now, her mouth remained cottony, her head both so. As she moved again into the room, a low groan drew her cognizance to the closed rest room door. She cursed herself for now not completely checking the remainder of the room upon first waking, blaming it at the fuzziness of her pondering. That loss of vigilance ended now. She stepped silently and quickly around the room, snatching her holstered pistol off the nightstand. She shook the weapon loose as she reached the door, letting the shoulder harness fall silently to the carpet.

They have been greater neighbors than fanatics. nonetheless, her cheeks heated to a fierce glow by the point he joined her, hopping simply up into the mouth of the cave. He appeared oblivious to her response, which made her either thankful and a little bit harm. He ordered Kawtch to stick open air. The puppy hung his head with unhappiness. They trigger into the tunnel as a muffled shout echoed as much as them. Maggie and Hank shared a look. Hank rolled his eyes. As traditional, significant Ryan used to be no longer chuffed. the pinnacle of the unit had no real interest in the anthropological significance of this discovery and it seems that resented this project.

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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 middle. The empty sheath struck the savage within the brow and triggered him to stumble in his assault. Fortescue took virtue and lunged out, skewering the attacker throughout 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 loose. “To me, boy!

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