By James Rollins
Baghdad falls . . . and armed males are obvious looting town zoo. Amid a hail of bullets, a hid underground lab is ransacked--and whatever terrible is determined unfastened upon the world.
Seven years later, Louisiana kingdom veterinarian Lorna Polk investigates an deserted shipwrecked fishing trawler wearing unique caged animals, a part of a black marketplace smuggling ring. yet there's something disturbingly unsuitable with those beasts--each an unsettling mutation of the ordinary order, all sharing one uncanny trait: exceedingly heightened intelligence.
becoming a member of forces with U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jack Menard--a guy who stocks along with her a depressing and bloody past--Lorna units out to discover the reality approximately this unusual shipment and the terrorist danger it poses. simply because a beast escaped the shipwreck and is operating amok--and what's approximately to be born upon the altar of Eden may possibly threaten not just the way forward for the area however the very beginning of what it skill to be human.
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She smiled as their two memories wrapped around each other, centered around Tom. Silence again dropped around them. It was the problem with keeping company with Jack. No matter what they discussed, they had their own ghost haunting them. In that moment they could’ve let the silence crush them, drive them apart, but Jack remained seated. Plainly there was much left unsaid between them, left unexplained for years. His voice dropped to a breath, but she still heard the pain. “I have to ask . . ” She tensed.
C’mon. Before you cause any more trouble, let me show you the layout for tonight’s search. See if you can offer any advice. ” She rankled a bit at his surliness, but she kept her mouth shut. She followed him toward the pilot’s cabin of the boat. As he held the door for her, she was surprised to discover that the cabin was airconditioned, almost chilly compared with the persistent heat of the evening. The sun had set, but the western sky still glowed a rosy orange. He led her to a chart table. The only other occupant in the cabin was the ship’s pilot, dressed like all of Jack’s men in the CBP rough duty uniform, minus the helmet.
They clamped shut with an audible snap. Gravity took over and dragged Elvis back down. He splashed heavily and sank away with his prize. Stella dropped another two chickens into the water. Normally alligators needed movement to draw them to feed, but Elvis was accustomed to being hand-fed. He’d fish out the other two carcasses at his leisure. Minding her father’s instructions, she left the fourth chicken on the tray. Done with the feeding, she collected the cookie tray and turned to head back. A large shape blocked the gate.