Provenance (Rogue Angel, Book 11)

By Alex Archer, Victor Milán

While a mysterious guy orchestrates an assault on archaeologist Annja Creed after which bargains her an project, Annja is baffled. however the venture is simply too interesting for her to refuse. She needs to locate an item that possesses a sacred and robust mystery supplying atonement to an individual who uncovers it, or wreaking havoc at the international. Stolen from an historic order of knights, the relic is now within the clutches of a band of pirates crusing the South China Sea. whilst a central authority chief threatens to damage the pirate send, in addition to the artifact, instead of enable it get into the inaccurate palms, Annja needs to make a decision at what rate the sacred prize could be secure. Destroying it'll defile heritage. yet saving it could possibly result in apocalypse.

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She questioned. “But that sword you used,” stated a blond girl approximately her personal age in a floor-length blue costume. “Where’d that come from? ” Annja checked out her and compelled a conspiratorial grin. “What sword? ” she requested, and winked widely. She settled on unfastening the useless man’s net belt. It was once bloody. She grimaced yet pulled it out from lower than him. She’d discovered to not be squeamish because the sword had entered her lifestyles. Darn, she idea. and that i turned an archaeologist so I wouldn’t need to care for our bodies that have been nonetheless juicy. She stood up. all people was once gazing her with a mixture of worry and awe. She felt moved quickly reduction that, in obvious violation of the legislation of movement, her breasts had now not escaped custody in all of the commotion. “Listen, people,” she stated, “this is mystery stuff, ok? ” every person nodded. “I know,” the younger steward stated. “You’re a few form of unique operator. ” She gave him a grin. “I used to be by no means here,” she stated. “Okay? ” “Anything you assert, ma’am,” he breathed. He looked to be engaged on now not hyperventilating. She reckoned she had most likely tripped the switches for all his adolescent male fantasies right away. She became to examine the others back. They appeared typically to have large saucer eyes, like alley cats who've been woke up to discover themselves nose-to-nose with a grizzly undergo. “What you saw,” she stated, “is a huge bald man in a tux take those down. ” That was once a good description of pretty well any random member of Garin’s squad of bodyguards. “You didn’t see any info since you have been busy ducking just like the clever humans you're. you actually don’t bring it to mind truly anyway—you’re so traumatized and all. Do you realize? this is often very important. ” They stared. “Nod,” she stated. They nodded. “Breathe,” she acknowledged. They breathed. “Great. Now—you, what’s your identify? ” She became to the steward. “Tommy. ” “Great,” she acknowledged. “You great parents all pass in the following and do what Tommy tells you. And Tommy will hold watch, and look after you, and take note his accountability is to stick with you and never, below any conditions, to play hero. correct, Tommy? ” “Yes, ma’am! ” “And you. ” She grew to become to the feminine staffer. “What’s your identify? ” “Tina, ma’am,” she responded with a bit of luck. “You support Tommy look after those humans and maintain them calm and secure. Are we sturdy? ” “Oh, definite, ma’am,” she acknowledged, eyes shining. “Very reliable. ” Annja nodded decisively. “Okay. I’m going to head take care of a few extra of those undesirable men. And once again, you by no means observed me, simply because i used to be by no means right here! ” “Oh, yes,” they chorused. “Didn’t see a specific thing. ” It’d be nicer, she suggestion as she buckled the gory internet belt round her slim waist, if this getup didn’t make me appear like a direct-to-video promenade queen from hell. yet we do what we need to do. four Steam wisped from Annja’s mug of scorching chocolate as she emerged from the small yet well-organized kitchen of her Brooklyn loft. She wore a depressing red activities bra and white terry shorts. regardless of the air-conditioning preserving the flat summer season day’s warmth at bay, her epidermis was once sheened with sweat from her morning exercise session.

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