By James Rollins
Following the autumn of Baghdad, Iraqi boys bump into armed males looting the town zoo. The floodgates were opened for the smuggling of hundreds and hundreds of unique birds, mammals, and reptiles to Western countries, yet this crime hides a deeper mystery. Amid a hail of bullets, a hid underground guns lab is ransacked—and whatever much more bad is decided loose. Seven years later, Louisiana country veterinarian Lorna Polk stumbles upon a fishing trawler shipwrecked on a barrier island. The workforce is lacking or useless, however the boat holds a daunting shipment: a caged workforce of unique animals, basically a part of a black industry smuggling ring. but, whatever is inaccurate with those beasts, demanding deformities that make no feel: a parrot without feathers, a couple of Capuchin monkeys conjoined on the hip, a jaguar cub with the dentition of a saber-toothed tiger. in addition they all proportion one uncanny trait—a disturbingly heightened intelligence. To discover the reality concerning the starting place of this unusual shipment and the terrorist hazard it poses, Lorna needs to crew up with a guy who stocks a depressing and bloody earlier along with her and is now an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, Jack Menard. jointly, the 2 needs to hunt for a beast that escaped the shipwreck whereas uncovering a secret tied to fractal technology and genetic engineering, all to reveal a frightening mystery that lines again to humankind's earliest roots. yet can Lorna cease what's approximately to be born upon the altar of Eden ahead of it threatens not just the area but additionally the very origin of what it potential to be human?
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Described a big white cat with big teeth. Says the cat killed his father. ” Jack’s fingers tightened on the phone. ” “North, he thinks. ” Scott passed him the coordinates. After a few more instructions, Jack hung up and hurried over to where his brother stored a set of nautical charts in a cupboard near the back door. It was crammed full of fishing gear, tackle boxes, and all manner of hand-tied lures. He stabbed his thumb on a stray hook as he dug out a map of the delta. With chart in hand, he pinched away the stubborn lure and wiped the blood on his shirt.
She tried to push past him, but at the last moment he blocked the way with a thick arm again. He leaned in close. She smelled his breath. He had been drinking. “What’s wrong? ” he asked. “Or is it your girl-friend who does all the cooking? What you need is a real man . . ” Fear turned to fury in a heartbeat. ” The man stiffened, his fat lips disappearing into a sneer. “Maybe I’ll throw you in there and you can try. ” Stella knew this wasn’t an idle threat. The man wasn’t above such actions. Gar and his cronies were known to have caused accidents in the past.
He managed one squeeze, the gun near his ear. The blast deafened, but not enough to miss the hissing scream that followed, full of blood and fury. A shadow fell over him, blocking the sun. He felt hot breath on his neck. Jaws clamped onto the back of his head and shoved his face under the water and into the boggy mud. He felt pressure in his skull, a moment of piercing pain, a crack of bone — then nothing but darkness. DANNY HEARD THE gunshots, the piercing scream of rage, the call for him to flee.