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?