By James Rollins
Following the autumn of Baghdad, Iraqi boys bump into armed males looting town zoo. The floodgates were opened for the smuggling of hundreds of thousands of unique birds, mammals, and reptiles to Western international locations, yet this crime hides a deeper mystery. Amid a hail of bullets, a hid underground guns lab is ransacked—and anything much more awful is decided loose. Seven years later, Louisiana country 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, essentially a part of a black marketplace smuggling ring. but, whatever is inaccurate with those beasts, demanding 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. in addition they all proportion one uncanny trait—a disturbingly heightened intelligence. To discover the reality concerning the starting place of this unusual shipment and the terrorist probability it poses, Lorna needs to crew up with a guy who stocks a depressing and bloody prior along 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 frightening mystery that strains again to humankind's earliest roots. yet can Lorna cease what's approximately to be born upon the altar of Eden earlier than it threatens not just the realm but additionally the very beginning of what it potential to be human?
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His only acknowledgment of Jack’s arrival was the lifting of his beer can into the air. “So we’re going hunting,” Randy said as Jack reached him. ” “They got word. ” Jack nodded. T-Bob and Peeyot Thibodeaux were brothers, half black Cajun, half Indian. They were also the best swamp trackers he knew. Last spring, they had helped find a pair of drug smugglers who had abandoned ship in the Mississippi and tried to escape through the delta. After a day on their own, the escapees were more than happy to be found by the Thibodeaux brothers.
She flipped on the entryway light. A wooden staircase rose on the right side and climbed to a secondstory landing and from there up to the third-story level. Overhead, a massive chandelier imported from an eighteenth-century French chateau hung down through the stairwell. Half the bulbs were dark. It took a feat of engineering to change the bulbs and polish the crystals. She dropped the heavy case she was carrying by the door, wondering if she had time to draw a hot bath. Back at ACRES, she had changed out of her scrubs and back into her worn jeans and shirt.
There wasn’t even a ripple, but she knew Elvis was down there. The bull alligator had been at the farm longer than any of them, one of the original inhabitants of the breeding pond when her daddy first bought the place. Since he’d been caught in the wild, no one knew Elvis’s exact age, but a team of biologists guessed the alligator had to be close to thirty years old. The scientists had come here to collect blood samples from the pond’s denizens. Apparently a protein found in alligator blood showed promise for a new generation of powerful antibiotics, killing even resistant superbugs.