The Judas Strain: A Novel by James Rollins

By James Rollins

ju·das pressure, n. a systematic time period for an organism that drives a whole species to extinction

big apple instances bestselling writer James Rollins returns with a terrifying tale of an historical risk reborn to plague the trendy global . . . and of an very unlikely wish that lies hidden within the so much stunning position conceivable: in the language of angels.

From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a awful plague has arisen to devastate humankind--a illness that is unknown, unstoppable . . . and lethal. however it is in simple terms a harbinger of the doom that's to stick to. Aboard a cruise liner reworked right into a makeshift medical institution, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis--operatives of SIGMA Force--search for solutions to the weird ailment. yet there are others with a long way much less altruistic intentions. In a savage and unexpected coup, terrorists hijack the vessel, turning a mercy send right into a floating bio-weapons lab.

an international away, SIGMA's Commander grey Pierce thwarts the murderous schemes of a pretty would-be killer who holds the 1st clue to the invention of a potential treatment. Pierce joins forces with the girl who sought after him lifeless, and jointly they embark upon an incredible quest following the path of the main fabled explorer in historical past: Marco Polo. yet time is an enemy as a world pandemic grows swiftly uncontrolled. As a constant madman canines their each step, grey and his not likely best friend are being pulled into an magnificent secret buried deep in antiquity and in humanity's genetic code. and because the seconds tick towards doomsday, grey Pierce will notice he can really belief not anyone, for anyone of them might be . . . a Judas.

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She moved with an unhurried grace that helped calm the thudding of his heart. She appeared out of the shadows like some dark Madonna. ” she asked. “I . . I do,” he stammered, and took a step toward her. He held out the obelisk, letting the sackcloth fall away. “I want nothing more to do with it. ” She motioned for him to set it down on the floor. He crouched and rested the Egyptian stone spire on the floor, glad to be rid of it. The obelisk, carved of black marble, rose from a square base, ten centimeters per side, and tapered to a pyramidal point forty centimeters tall.

But don’t . . don’t go in the water . ” She felt his fingers go slack in her grip. His eyelids drifted closed, dragging away the brief moment of confused lucidity. A nurse stepped forward and checked the man’s vitals. He was out again. Lisa tucked his hand back under his blanket. Lindholm stepped forward, close, invading her space. “This forensics lab of Dr. Kokkalis’s. We must gain access to it as soon as possible. In order to confirm or dismiss this wild conjecture by Dr. ” “I would prefer to wait for Monk’s return,” Lisa said, stepping back.

But most of the repairs were already complete. Even the carving of the zodiac on the floor had been cleaned and polished down to its bare marble. Off to the side, a single spear of light pierced a quarter-size hole in the wall, spiking down atop the room’s slab floor, illuminating the white marble meridian line that ran across the dark floor, turning the chamber into a sixteenth-century solar observatory. On the far side, Balthazar parted a drape to reveal a small side closet. It even looked like the original stout door was still intact, evident from the charring on its thick wooden surface.

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