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 1000s 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 awful is decided unfastened. Seven years later, Louisiana country veterinarian Lorna Polk stumbles upon a fishing trawler shipwrecked on a barrier island. The staff is lacking or lifeless, however the boat holds a daunting shipment: a caged workforce of unique animals, truly a part of a black marketplace smuggling ring. but, anything is incorrect with those beasts, tense deformities that make no feel: 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 starting place of this unusual shipment and the terrorist hazard it poses, Lorna needs to workforce up with a guy who stocks a depressing and bloody earlier 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 show a scary mystery that lines 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 area but in addition the very starting place of what it potential to be human?
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No one was taking any chances. Three other men dressed in hunting vests and jeans shared the back of the boat, but they kept to the other side, sitting atop overturned canoes. Lorna recognized the flat-bottomed dugouts to be Cajun pirogue. All three men—two black, one white—definitely had the rangy look of backwater Cajuns. One vaguely resembled Jack, maybe a relative. While dating Tommy, she had never met all of the Menard clan. The final member sharing the boat came waltzing up, tongue lolling, tail wagging.
Or at least wait until I’m back tomorrow. ” “No. Jaguars are nocturnal. She’ll be hunting tonight. ” “Lorna—” Her phone chimed in her pocket. ” “Wait until I’m back,” he said in a rush before she could hang up. ” She clicked the receiver down and fished out her cell phone. “Dr. ” It was Jack. His brusque manner instantly set her on edge. She heard the familiar whine of a helicopter in the background. ” “I can be there in fifteen minutes. ” “We’ll pick you up by chopper. ” She heard the tension in his voice, sensing something left unsaid.
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. “You were with the midwife at the time. ” She stared at him, waiting for more. He knew she was well familiar with that part of the story already. “I could barely understand him,” Jack continued.