By Alex Archer, Mel Odom
With one small chess piece, the sport begins…
For archaeologist and television host Annja Creed, a late-night telephone name from the NYPD capacity something: there's been a homicide and the police desire her services. the one hyperlink among a useless physique and the killer is a small elephant of white jade. An artifact that's long past lacking.
Once belonging to Catherine the nice of Russia, the elephant was once key in a dicy political gambit all these years in the past. yet there's one other tale hooked up to the artifact—a rumor of an historical hidden treasure. And for a cruelly formidable media magnate with a penchant for tomb-raiding, the elephant is little short of valuable.
Annja needs to make her movement speedy, touring throughout a number of continents with simply the help of her outstanding sword—purportedly an analogous sword wielded by means of Joan of Arc—and a mysterious temple monk. It's a perilous conflict of wits, and one fallacious circulate may perhaps suggest video game over.
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A road seller delivering scorching canine stood on the nook and known as out his wares. “Please. anything to consume. ” Pousao sounded pathetic, just like a toddler. How he might be so specialist at the activity and be like this now, Calapez couldn't comprehend. “We can consume as we stroll. Do you even recognize the place you’re—” Startled through the abrupt cessation of Pousao’s query, Calapez became to examine the more youthful guy. Pousao stumbled backward, his face a masks of bewilderment. A unmarried dot of blood wept from his brow, then tracked down his face, among his eyes, and at the left aspect of his nostril. Then he toppled over. His eyes have been vacant. Brisa! Calapez seemed round as passersby began to skirt Pousao’s corpse. a number of ladies screamed in alarm. pulled out his cellphone and commenced taking video whereas he was once chatting with anyone on an earpiece. everybody at the sidewalk was once in movement. Calapez didn’t comprehend within which path to run. He had by no means laid eyes on Brisa and didn’t recognize somebody who had. Calapez held his palms up in give up. “Please! Please don’t do that! I didn’t say whatever! I by no means stated a—” His phrases stopped whilst he felt a harsh pinch simply at the back of his left ear. He felt dizzy and attempted to take a step yet stumbled on that he couldn't circulation. His legs now not obeyed him, then they not held him up. He fell, figuring out the effect opposed to the sidewalk used to be going to harm, yet he was once useless sooner than he obtained there. * * * the telephone CHIRPED as soon as and Sequeira picked it up. Anticipation made his center speed up. might be his objective could nonetheless be accomplished. He learn the easy textual content message. they're either useless. the telephone vibrated in Sequeira’s hand. He glanced on the viewscreen and observed the image of Calapez and Pousao mendacity useless on a sidewalk within the middle of a gawking crowd. first-class paintings. thanks. NOW i'm going to locate THE ARCHAEOLOGIST. Sequeira smiled. allow ME understand should you DO. He re-read the texts, pondering that he must have despatched Brisa to get the elephant. He could have if Brisa hadn’t been in Prague facing one other state of affairs that had long past badly. Calapez and Pousao had merely been despatched to ny to deliver again the piece. Sequeira had absolutely meant to win the bidding conflict for the elephant. in basic terms that hadn’t labored out. yet issues have been understanding now. He tore the second one burner telephone to items and flung them over the facet of the yacht, besides. Brisa might locate Annja Creed and the elephant, then the search for no matter what lay on the finish of the legend may commence in earnest. bankruptcy 14 “Did you recognize that Onoprienko has killed 3 males? ” Annja peered at her capsule notebook as she rode within the backseat of the cab. She were gaining knowledge of their quarry and placing feelers out in regards to the elephant piece at the archaeology web content she frequently used for examine. thus far there hadn’t been any pingbacks. Klykov sat at the seat subsequent to her and regarded calm, in no way like they have been on their option to stopover at a recognized assassin. He and Pitor Serov had either wear Chasing History’s Monsters T-shirts and now wore them less than their jackets. “Sure, certain.