Pretender's Gambit (Rogue Angel, Book 51)
Alex Archer, Mel Odom
With one small chess piece, the sport begins…
For archaeologist and television host Annja Creed, a late-night cellphone name from the NYPD ability 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 gone 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 old hidden treasure. And for a cruelly bold 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 basically the help of her impressive sword—purportedly a similar sword wielded by way of Joan of Arc—and a mysterious temple monk. It's a dangerous conflict of wits, and one improper stream may perhaps suggest online game over.
Fragments over the ground. Rao ran, staying low in the back of the counter, realizing that his competitors could search to discover him simply because they'd well-known him as a well-known probability whether they didn’t be aware of what he really represented. Hoping that his departure may draw his enemies clear of the diner, Rao slid round the finish of the counter and angled for the door. Bullets chased him, slicing throughout the air simply inches at the back of him. fortunately the consumers have been down at the ground and out of how. He hit.
Halyards as sails. perform voyages out within the harbor proved that the object floated and advised simply adequate, yet all people had doubts approximately it withstanding the ocean in the course of the trip to Russia. nonetheless, there has been no wrong way. Zeminov pointed out a Russian land, a spot he referred to as Kamchatka, that was once closest to their current position. they'd make for that position, he stated, and the japanese sailors will be cared for there. “We will sign up for the Russians,” Captain Kodayu acknowledged. “We will drown within the.
issues correct. these ears are proportioned simply right.” “Okay, I’ve heard of Indian elephants and the small-ears factor, yet I haven’t heard of Persian elephants.” “That’s as the Persians used Indian elephants. are you aware a lot approximately struggle elephants?” “No. We don’t see a lot of them in New York.” “The Persians have been the 1st to take advantage of elephants in wars. the 1st time historians understand they have been used used to be within the conflict of Gaugamela in 331 BC. King Darius II of Persia fielded fifteen elephants.
transport lanes and for this reason, an island.” “Yes. Catherine despatched Captain Adam Laxmann, Erik Laxmann’s son, to take the japanese workforce again to Nagasaki. Meager alternate was once allowed in time, however it was once by no means what Catherine had was hoping it might be. Captain Laxmann introduced again the elephant as a part of the presents given by means of the shogunate for the secure go back of Captain Kodayu and his group. Then, in basic terms weeks after Captain Laxmann’s go back to Russia, bandits broke into the palace and tried to take the.
airborne dirt and dust and rock in vicious sprays. Klykov clung to his seat belt with white knuckles yet didn’t communicate. With huge eyes, he stared out over the damaged geographical region that plunged at the western part of the mountain ridge. Farther west, the Gulf of Siam gleamed within the afternoon solar. ultimately, after numerous situations of churning tires and grinding gears, Annja coaxed the Land Rover to the summit and pulled forward to permit the opposite autos to slip in at the back of them. She enable the engine idle for a.