By Alex Archer, Mel Odom
With one small chess piece, the sport begins…
For archaeologist and television host Annja Creed, a late-night mobile name from the NYPD capacity something: there's been a homicide and the police desire her services. the single hyperlink among a lifeless physique and the killer is a small elephant of white jade. An artifact that's long past lacking.
Once belonging to Catherine the good of Russia, the elephant used to be key in a dicy political gambit all these years in the past. yet there's one other tale connected to the artifact—a rumor of an old hidden treasure. And for a cruelly bold media multi-millionaire with a penchant for tomb-raiding, the elephant is little short of precious.
Annja needs to make her circulation speedy, touring throughout numerous continents with in basic terms the help of her amazing sword—purportedly a similar sword wielded via Joan of Arc—and a mysterious temple monk. It's a perilous conflict of wits, and one flawed movement may well suggest online game over.
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Will there be any hassle for you? ” Klykov took Onoprienko via the arm and pulled him towards the go out. “It could be not anything i haven't dealt with prior to. the best funds within the correct wallet, this may be no challenge. ” Fedotov smiled at Annja. “It has been such a lot strong to fulfill you, Annja Creed. ” “Likewise,” Annja answered. “I’ll need to stopover at back, whilst issues aren’t so traumatic. ” Fedotov smiled extensively. “Let me understand. i'm going to manage signing. you could have many fanatics the following. ” Annja began the door and noticed the crowd of guys strolling intentionally towards her. They have been darkish and swarthy, no longer Russian all. She grew to become again to Klykov and Fedotov. “We have an issue. ” * * * SEQUEIRA followed the mercenaries he’d employed for the restoration. He carried pistols in either one of his jacket wallet. The screaming police sirens rattled in his ears, yet he felt yes that he may be out and in of the Mad Russian’s Emporium in mins. within the doorway, Annja Creed retreated inside of. She had obvious them. Sequeira didn’t think that mattered. there has been nowhere for her to run. His mercenaries surrounded the shipment box within the again to boot, and there didn’t seem to be one other door. His crew complicated at the box with their guns pointing on the flooring, then they raised them as they entered the store. “No one’s the following, sir,” the lead mercenary acknowledged. “What do you suggest? ” Sequeira complex as much as the fellow and peered over his shoulder. the interior of the store used to be empty of individuals. 3 lifeless males lay at the bloody ground. Sequeira driven the transmit button at the comm headset he wore. “Does an individual have eyes on Annja Creed? ” A refrain of nos replied. Sequeira stared tough on the mercenary chief. “Get in there and locate her. She can’t have long gone anyplace. ” sooner than he may perhaps stream, bullets hammered the head of the second one flooring of the store. Following the mercenary’s line of imaginative and prescient, Sequeira noticed Annja Creed sprinting around the best of the shipment box. The fast bursts of autofire nipped at her heels, cutting into the steel fringe of the store and ripping triangular flags from the traces. Sequeira pointed a pistol within the mercenary’s face. “Shoot back and that i will positioned a bullet via your head. ” Reluctantly, the fellow stood down. “She’s getting away. ” Sequeira didn’t circulate his pistol. “I don’t wish that artifact harmed. it could actually no longer be any reliable to me broken. ” the fellow nodded and appeared away. Turning to the remainder of the boys, Sequeira pointed to the shop’s rooftop. Bent over, taking shield alongside the rooftop from the attitude of fireside, Annja Creed was once nonetheless operating deeper into the marketplace. “Get up there,” Sequeira ordered. “Get her. ” In lower than a minute, 5 males pursued the fleeing archaeologist around the box rooftops. She reached the tip of 1 box and jumped ten ft to land at the subsequent. Sequeira became and trotted again to his automobile, aspiring to pursue her from the floor. He may perhaps see her it appears that evidently. so long as he may well see her, he may possibly persist with her. He opened the door and slid in beside the driving force whereas many of the mercenaries piled into the rear seat.