By James Rollins
Following the autumn of Baghdad, Iraqi boys bump into armed males looting the town zoo. The floodgates were opened for the smuggling of countless numbers of unique birds, mammals, and reptiles to Western countries, yet this crime hides a deeper mystery. Amid a hail of bullets, a hid underground guns lab is ransacked—and whatever much more bad is decided unfastened. Seven years later, Louisiana nation veterinarian Lorna Polk stumbles upon a fishing trawler shipwrecked on a barrier island. The workforce is lacking or lifeless, however the boat holds a daunting shipment: a caged workforce of unique animals, basically a part of a black industry smuggling ring. but, anything is incorrect with those beasts, tense deformities that make no experience: a parrot with out feathers, a couple of Capuchin monkeys conjoined on the hip, a jaguar cub with the dentition of a saber-toothed tiger. additionally they all percentage one uncanny trait—a disturbingly heightened intelligence. To discover the reality concerning the foundation of this unusual shipment and the terrorist possibility it poses, Lorna needs to workforce up with a guy who stocks a gloomy and bloody previous together with her and is now an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, Jack Menard. jointly, the 2 needs to hunt for a beast that escaped the shipwreck whereas uncovering a secret tied to fractal technological know-how and genetic engineering, all to reveal a scary mystery that strains again to humankind's earliest roots. yet can Lorna cease what's approximately to be born upon the altar of Eden sooner than it threatens not just the realm but in addition the very origin of what it capability to be human?
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She nodded. “Jaguars are opportunistic carnivores. They’ll eat anything. ” She responded to the disbelief in his face. “They’re the perfect killing machine. Where tigers and lions rip out the throat of their prey, jaguars kill by crushing their prey’s skull. They have the strongest jaws of any large cat. ” “If they like turtles, we’ve got plenty of ’em in the bayous. ” “Yes, but they’re small and less abundant than our jaguar will need. With her body mass, she’ll be looking for a dense and easily accessible food supply.
He had a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit. Her DUI was based on her impairment while under the effect of a sedative, a detail kept out of the newspapers to spare her parents any additional humiliation. Jack had also testified behind closed doors as to why she had been driving. At the same time he was also up on assault charges. She was ashamed that she never really knew what had happened to him after that. He had simply vanished. ” she finally asked. ” He sighed and shook his head.
Maybe that’s why he was here, to find some way to forgive himself. Jack spoke into the quiet. “Tom never said a word about the pregnacy. Not even to me. We were sharing the same bedroom, so I knew something was wrong. He got all sullen and quiet, walked around the house like he was waiting for someone to hit him over the head. It wasn’t until he called that night, half drunk, sobbing . . ” Lorna turned to him. She had never heard this part. ” Jack rubbed at the stubble on his chin. It made too loud a scratching sound, so he dropped his hand back to his lap.
Altar of Eden: A Novel by James Rollins