The Skeleton Key: A Short Story Exclusive (Sigma Force Novels)

By James Rollins

From New York Times bestselling writer James Rollins comes an exciting brief tale that delves deep underneath the town of Paris to a gloomy necropolis, the place the single ability for get away is…The Skeleton Key.

Seichan is ripped out of the Sigma sequence for an experience all her own—but can she live to tell the tale? the gorgeous and elusive murderer wakes in a resort in Paris with a dangerous digital collar mounted to her throat. Joined by means of a boy who's equally threatened, she needs to rescue the son of a hated enemy, who has fallen less than the sway of the nefarious chief of an apocalyptic cult. to outlive, she needs to enterprise into the darkish international underneath the town of lighting fixtures, into the notorious catacombs of Paris. stuck among enemies, she needs to struggle for her life…while time ticks down towards a fiery apocalypse. yet at nighttime, surrounded by way of the moldering bones of the lifeless, even luck doesn't equivalent survival. in spite of everything, the one actual wish for the realm lies in a beautiful act of betrayal.

Included with this brief tale is a sneak peek on the first 70 pages of The satan Colony, the place a clue unlocked by means of The Skeleton Key will play a key role.

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The quarries had as soon as been on the outskirts of town, yet through the years, Paris grew and unfold excessive of the outdated labyrinth, in the past half the city sat atop the mines. Then within the eighteenth century, urban specialists had ordered that the overflowing cemeteries within the middle of Paris be dug up. thousands of skeletons—some going again one thousand years—were unceremoniously dumped into the quarries’ tunnels, the place they have been damaged down and stacked like cordwood. in line with Renny, a few of France’s most renowned old figures have been most probably interred under: from Merovingian kings to characters from the French Revolution, from Clovis to the likes of Robespierre and Marie Antoinette.

She forged her gentle round. Mortared blocks coated the outdated sewer’s partitions and coffee ceiling. Her boots sloshed in a skinny flow of water alongside the ground. “Over right here. ” Renny led the way in which alongside the sewer with the reassurance of a well-schooled rat. After thirty yards, a grated gateway opened to the correct. He crossed to it and tugged the gate open. Hinges squealed. “Now via the following. ” Crude steps led deeper into the darkness and all the way down to a room that made her gasp. The partitions were painted in a riotous backyard of plant life and timber set between trickling waterways and azure swimming pools.

It could possibly rewrite the heritage of early the USA. ” “So what occurred? ” “Five neighborhood Indian tribes claimed the physique. They sued to have the bones reinterred with out exam. That felony conflict remains to be happening a decade later. And there’ve been different circumstances, different Caucasoid is still present in North the USA, and fought over simply as fiercely. ” She ticked them off on her palms. “The Spirit Cave Mummy of Nevada, Oregon’s Prospect guy, Arlington Springs girl. each one of these our bodies have by no means been thoroughly proven.

Hank had no solutions, just a growing to be simple task. “Something remains to be lively. It’s consuming away the rock and radiating outward. ” “Are you nuts? not anything can—” From the heart of the blast sector, a belch of water burst upward from under and coughed right into a steaming column, emerging numerous yards into the air. A scalding warmth chased them farther off. by the point they stopped, Hank’s pores and skin burned, and his eyes felt parboiled. He gasped and choked out a couple of phrases. “Must’ve cracked into the geothermal spring .

What kind of treasure? ” Trent had requested doubtfully. on the time he have been extra attracted to the Playboy he’d sneaked out of his father’s closet. That used to be treasure sufficient for him. Charlie had shrugged. “Don’t recognize. however it has to be cursed. ” “What do you suggest? ” His buddy had shifted the flashlight towards his chin, devilishly arching an eyebrow. “Grandfather says whoever trespasses into the nice Spirit’s cave isn't allowed to go away. ” “Why’s that? ” “Because in the event that they do, the area will finish.

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