Pretender's Gambit (Rogue Angel, Book 51)

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 capability 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 rich person with a penchant for tomb-raiding, the elephant is little short of worthwhile.

Annja needs to make her stream fast, touring throughout numerous continents with purely the help of her outstanding sword—purportedly an analogous sword wielded through Joan of Arc—and a mysterious temple monk. It's a perilous conflict of wits, and one fallacious flow might suggest video game over.

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Approximately one hundred fifty ft into the mountain, the tunnel ended, commencing right into a huge cavern. Six toes from the tunnel’s mouth, a unexpected drop-off provided an extended fall, the ground invisible within the darkness. “Here,” Rao known as. He tracked his flashlight beam to the precise to bare steps reduce into the wall. He flicked his mild over the wall to light up the figures carved into the stone. The mythic figures celebrated tales from the Hindu stories of the gods. Annja well-known Palden Lhamo, the goddess, and the one lady of the 8 Guardians of the legislations.

Sequeira had heard concerning the beating the fellow had taken. Onoprienko wore sun shades to conceal a number of the harm. an extended coat lined his reasonable swimsuit. there has been not anything else, no signal of a field or a bag. Frantic, Sequeira tapped out a message at the telephone. he's not sporting A package deal! he's A cautious guy. WAIT a bit LONGER. the fellow he's facing won't provide HIM the money HE wishes till HE HAS THE ELEPHANT. NEITHER of those males ARE TRUSTING humans. THE ELEPHANT may be right here quickly. Sequeira glanced on the mercenaries he had within the vehicle with him, then over his shoulder on the 5 within the automobile at the back of him.

It’s now not an insult,” Klykov answered. “Just anything that should be addressed. ” “We are all events during this endeavor,” Shirasaki stated. “Annja and that i got here right here trying to find solutions, no longer partners,” Klykov acknowledged. Shirasaki’s eyes narrowed and his voice became tougher. “The details i've got provides me an curiosity within the consequence of this treasure hunt. ” The phrases burrowed into Annja’s brain and he or she regretted accepting Ishii’s supply of support so quick. She must have vetted the guy extra thoroughly sooner than leaping in.

Annja saved strolling, yet she used to be acutely aware that the guy was once not as considering her. He used to be trying to find a fashion out now, a fashion throughout the police internet that may be going up at the same time they have been conversing. “Maybe i will be able to help,” she recommended. “Just inform me why you’re searching for the elephant and perhaps I’d be capable of work out the place it's. ” “No. ” the guy shook her back and stored jogging, glancing on the highway. “Who killed Benyovszky? ” “I don’t understand. You didn’t kill him? ” “The outdated guy used to be useless after we bought there.

The lads hesitated, then rushed in. Rao slapped the 1st man’s knife hand away with the again of his wrist and slammed a palm strike to his opponent’s chest. whereas the fellow struggled to capture his breath, Rao plucked the knife from his hand and spun in the back of the second one guy, who had overextended himself on his thrust. Flicking the knife out, Rao fended off the man’s moment thrust with the blade. steel screamed and hissed because the knives met. keeping the man’s weapon at bay along with his personal, Rao lifted his left leg and drove his foot into the man’s face, using him backward into one other desk.

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