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 international locations, yet this crime hides a deeper mystery. Amid a hail of bullets, a hid underground guns lab is ransacked—and whatever much more awful is determined unfastened. Seven years later, Louisiana kingdom veterinarian Lorna Polk stumbles upon a fishing trawler shipwrecked on a barrier island. The group is lacking or lifeless, however the boat holds a daunting shipment: a caged crew of unique animals, essentially a part of a black marketplace smuggling ring. but, whatever is incorrect with those beasts, annoying deformities that make no experience: a parrot with out 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 beginning of this unusual shipment and the terrorist danger it poses, Lorna needs to crew up with a guy who stocks a dismal and bloody prior together 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 technological know-how and genetic engineering, all to reveal a frightening mystery that strains again to humankind's earliest roots. yet can Lorna cease what's approximately to be born upon the altar of Eden earlier than it threatens not just the area but additionally the very beginning of what it skill to be human?
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He had screamed at her, words he still regretted, both for their cruelty then and for the consequences that would follow. She had jumped into the cab and, with a roar of the engine, flew off. While beating the man under him to a bloody pulp he watched her fishtail out of the parking lot and onto the narrow winding road that led through the bayou. At the time he didn’t know his brother was passed out in the open truck bed. Only later, after the accident, did he learn the truth. She had lost control in the dark, miscalculated a turn, and ended up plowing into a tree.
ELDON HEMPLE KNEW something was wrong. He knew it before he heard his son’s terrified scream. ” Eldon had hunted the swamps and bayous since he was knee-high to his own father, and his instincts were honed to a sharp edge. The sudden stillness was the only warning. It felt as if the sky were pressing down, like before a big storm. He stood ankle-deep in the shallows, buried in a thicket of reeds and palmettos. He lowered the crab trap back in the water and freed his pistol. He turned in a slow circle, staring without blinking.
Where tigers and lions rip out the throat of their prey, jaguars kill by crushing their prey’s skull. They have the strongest jaws of any large cat. ” “If they like turtles, we’ve got plenty of ’em in the bayous. ” “Yes, but they’re small and less abundant than our jaguar will need. With her body mass, she’ll be looking for a dense and easily accessible food supply. ” Jack suddenly stiffened beside her. ” she asked. He leaned closer to the map and ran his finger along the hand-drawn line. He also searched to both sides of the path.
Altar of Eden: A Novel by James Rollins