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By Chris Kuzneski

On a Danish shore, a Vatican priest is found—hanging on a move. day after today, an analogous crime is repeated…this time in Asia and Africa. in the meantime, deep within the mythical catacombs close to Orvieto, Italy, an archeologist finds a scroll courting again thousand years, revealing secrets and techniques that can rock the rules of Christianity. Its discovery makes him the main sought after legal in all of Europe. yet his most threatening enemies function outdoor the legislation of man...

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She checked out him, stressed. She had assumed that Payne was once with the polizia due to his darkish hair and his Beretta. however the extra she heard his voice, the extra definite she was once that he used to be an American. ‘Who are you? ’ she demanded in English. ‘What the hell do you need? ’ Payne grinned at her profanity. ‘Hey, document! Where’d you discover her? She’s feisty. ’ ‘You’re rattling correct I’m feisty. Now solution my rattling query ahead of I begin screaming. ’ ‘Excuse me? ’ Payne took a leap forward and put his gun lower than her chin. ‘Listen up, girl, I’m uncertain you recognize the placement, so I’m going to damage it down for you. firstly, what’s your identify? I don’t imagine it’s applicable to name you “lady” in the event you don’t act like one. ’ ‘Mmrria. ’ He eased up a bit of so he may comprehend her. ‘My name’s Maria. ’ ‘OK, Maria, here’s the deal: I at present have a gun buried on your throat. Do you're feeling it? ’ She nodded conscientiously. ‘Good. i assumed you will. It’s form of difficult to overlook, huh? ’ She nodded back. ‘Wow! You’re getting beautiful solid at this. I ask a query and also you solution it. Very softly. okay? There’s no shouting, no anger, and no feistiness. males with weapons don’t like feistiness. Do you already know me? ’ She nodded yet one more time. ‘Now then, my companion and i've a number of questions that we’ve been death to invite you men. ’ ‘Your accomplice? ’ Jones introduced his presence by means of establishing the Fiat’s door. ‘Oh,’ she grunted. ‘Oh? ’ Jones mocked. ‘I make a cool-ass front, and all you need to say is, “Oh”? ’ She checked out him and sneered. ‘What do you want me to claim? ’ ‘I don’t be aware of. I figured a great lookin’ woman like your self might at the very least try and butter me up. you recognize, activate the sexual allure to sweet-talk your manner out of this. And if that didn’t paintings, I figured you’d membership me just like the defense shield on the library. ’ Maria grew to become a vibrant color of purple. ‘I swear to God I didn’t suggest to harm that man. I simply sought after him to allow move of me. That’s all! I needed to warn –’ Payne waited for her to complete, yet she by no means did. ‘You needed to warn who? Your boyfriend? ’ ‘Good heavens! ’ Boyd snapped. ‘I’m now not her boyfriend. what sort of guy do you're thinking that i'm? Maria is just a pupil of mine! not anything extra! ’ Payne acknowledged, ‘A scholar? A pupil in crime, possibly. I suggest, you men were on particularly a roll. The helicopter in Orvieto, the exploding bus, the library defend with the swollen nuts. Tsk, tsk, tsk. try to be ashamed of yourselves. ’ ‘Ashamed? ’ she cried. ‘We haven’t performed something flawed! The helicopter and the safeguard have been self-defense. And the bus used to be an try out on our lives. ’ ‘On your lives? Please! Why could someone homicide such a lot of humans simply to kill you? ’ She was once able to solution until eventually she spotted Boyd shaking his head. ‘Come on,’ Payne goaded. ‘We recognize all concerning the treasure within the Catacombs. Or is there another mystery that you’re attempting to hold from us? ’ Boyd’s mouth fell open. ‘But how? Who? … who're you ? ’ ‘Now, document, why should still we solution that? You men won’t resolution our questions, so why should still we resolution yours? ’ Jones chuckled.

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