By James Rollins
The explosive first experience in James Rollins' bestselling Sigma strength series!
A freak explosion within the British museum in London ignites a deadly race for an earth-shaking energy resource buried deep underneath the sands of background. Painter Crowe is an agent for Sigma strength, a covert arm of the safeguard division tasked with preserving risky clinical discoveries out of enemy palms. while an old artifact issues the way in which towards the mythical "Atlantis of the Sands," Painter needs to shuttle internationally looking for the misplaced city-and a damaging strength past imagining.
But Painter has pageant. A band of ruthless mercenaries, led through a former buddy and best friend, also are motive on claiming the prize, and they're going to damage an individual who will get of their way.
Ancient historical past collides with state-of-the-art science-with the protection of the area at stake!
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He leaned over the sink, grew to become the faucet, and ran his head below the spigot. Omaha stood in the back of him. “Then why aren’t you monitoring them? ” Painter straightened, sweeping again his sodden hair. Trails of water coursed down his neck and again. “I am. ” He saved his eyes not easy upon Omaha, then stepped previous him to Coral. “How are we outfitted? ” She nodded to the door resulting in the again room. “I concept it top to attend for you. The digital keypad proved trickier than I had imagined. ” “Show me. ” She led him to the door. The flat used to be a CIA secure apartment, completely stocked, one of the in the course of the global. Sigma were alerted to its situation whilst the challenge used to be assembled. Backup in case it used to be wanted. It used to be. Painter noticed the digital keypad hidden below a fold of curtain. Coral had pinned the drape out of how. A small array of crude instruments lay at the ground: fingernail clipper, razor blades, tweezers, nail dossier. “From the bathroom,” Coral stated. Painter knelt in entrance of the keypad. Coral had opened the casing, exposing the electronics. He studied the circuits. Coral leaned beside him, pointing to a few clipped wires, crimson and blue. “I was once capable of disable the silent alarm. you have to be in a position to key into the gear locker with out alerting someone. yet i assumed it most sensible you oversee my paintings. this is often your box of workmanship. ” Painter nodded. Such lockers have been rigged to silently ship out an alarm, notifying the CIA while any such secure apartment was once hired. Painter didn't want such wisdom despatched out. now not but. now not so greatly. They have been dead…and he intended to maintain them that approach for so long as attainable. His eyes ran alongside the circuits, following the flows of energy, the dummy wires, the reside ones. All appeared so as. Coral had controlled to sever the ability to the phone line whereas leaving the keypad powered and untampered with. For a physicist, she used to be proving to be a rattling stable electric engineer. “Looks reliable. ” “Then we will input. ” in the course of his premission briefing, Painter had memorized the secure house’s code. He reached to the keypad and typed within the first variety of the ten-digit code. He could have just one likelihood to get it correct. If he entered the code fallacious, the keypad may disable itself, locking down. A failsafe. He proceeded conscientiously. “You have 90 seconds,” Coral reminded him. one other failsafe. The ten-digit series needed to be punched in inside of a collection time span. He tapped each one quantity with care, continuing gradually. As he reached the 7th quantity within the sequence—the quantity nine—his finger hovered. The illuminated button appeared somewhat dimmer than its neighbor, effortless to overlook. He held his finger. used to be he being too paranoid? leaping at shadows? “What’s mistaken? ” Coral requested. by means of now, Omaha had joined them, together with his brother. Painter sat again on his heels, pondering. He clenched and unclenched his arms. He stared on the number-nine button. absolutely now not… “Painter,” Coral whispered less than her breath. If he waited for much longer, the method could lock down. He didn’t have time to spare—but whatever used to be incorrect.