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 dangerous race for an earth-shaking strength resource buried deep underneath the sands of heritage. Painter Crowe is an agent for Sigma strength, a covert arm of the safeguard division tasked with retaining harmful medical discoveries out of enemy palms. while an historic artifact issues the way in which towards the mythical "Atlantis of the Sands," Painter needs to commute internationally looking for the misplaced city-and a damaging energy past imagining.
But Painter has festival. A band of ruthless mercenaries, led by means of a former pal and best friend, also are purpose on claiming the prize, and they'll break a person who will get of their way.
Ancient historical past collides with state-of-the-art science-with the protection of the realm at stake!
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However it wasn’t hail. At such shut variety, a couple of rounds perforated the double hull of the runabout. Painter dove down. a couple of stray bullets sizzled in the course of the water. He watched the others protecting themselves underneath the skiff, palms prolonged upward, fingers clutching. Painter was hoping the rate of the bullets will be dulled by means of the launch’s double hull and influence with the water. Painter watched one of many trajectories slam earlier his shoulder. He held his breath clenched till the barrage stopped, then rose up. The whine of the Jet Ski nonetheless sounded close to. Thunder brought on the aluminum hull to reverberate like a struck bell. Omaha popped up beside him, via the others as their want for air beaten them. nobody spoke. all of them listened to the within sight puttering engine. every person ready themselves to dive back if priceless. The Jet Ski whined nearer, bumping opposed to the aspect of the skiff. in the event that they attempted to show it over…used a grenade… a wide swell lifted the boat and its hidden passengers. The Jet Ski bumped more durable, jostled through the typhoon surge. a noisy curse erupted from open air. The engine whined louder and commenced to drag away. “We might commandeer that Jet Ski,” Omaha whispered at him, face to face. “The people. We’ve nonetheless obtained a pair pistols among us. ” Painter frowned at him. “And then what? You don’t imagine they’d omit one among their skis? There’s a prime boat available in the market, whatever quickly. They’d be upon us in a heartbeat. ” “You’re now not getting it,” Omaha pressed. “I wasn’t talkin’ approximately leaving. I’m conversing approximately taking the rattling factor again to the place it got here from. getting into undercover. To rescue Safia. ” Painter needed to furnish the guy had balls. Too undesirable he didn’t have the brains to compliment them. “These aren’t amateurs,” he snapped. “You’re moving into blind. all of the virtue is theirs. ” “Who offers a rattling in regards to the odds? It’s Safia’s existence we’re speaking approximately. ” Painter shook his head. “You wouldn’t get inside of 100 yards of the most boat earlier than you have been came across and blown away. ” Omaha refused to go into reverse. “If you won’t move, I’ll take my brother. ” Painter made to snatch for him, yet Omaha shoved his hand away. “I’m no longer leaving her. ” Omaha grew to become his again and swam to Danny. Painter famous the soreness within the other’s voice, the fury. He felt a similar. Safia’s kidnapping was once his fault, his accountability. part of him desired to lash out, to cost in, to hazard all. however it was once additionally a futile direction. He knew this. Omaha had his pistol out. Painter couldn't cease him—but he knew who may possibly. He grew to become and grabbed one other person’s arm. “I take care of her,” he stated sharply. Kara attempted to unfastened her arm, yet Painter held tight. “What are you speaking approximately? ” she requested. “Your query earlier…in your cabin. I care approximately Safia. ” It used to be challenging to confess aloud, yet he had no selection yet to acknowledge the reality. He did certainly care. whereas perhaps it was once now not love…not yet…he used to be prepared to determine the place it can lead. This shocked him up to it looked as if it would shock Kara. “I do,” Painter pressed. “And I’ll get her back—but no longer this manner.