The Oracle's Message (Rogue Angel, Book 32)
Alex Archer, Jon F. Merz
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Men would do anything for it…but one woman will determine its fate
Steeped in legend, the Pearl of Palawan has a history marked by destruction, vengeance and love. But more important, the mythical black pearl is rumored to grant a power long coveted by mankind—immortality. It is a power men would risk dying to achieve.
Sun, sand and scuba diving in the Philippines certainly sounded like an ideal vacation. But after a way-too-close-for-comfort encounter with a tiger shark, archaeologist Annja Creed finds herself drawn into a group of German divers. They are treasure hunters searching for the fabled pearl. Out of curiosity, Annja accompanies them. But when an old friend of hers turns up unexpectedly, she finds herself torn between her past and new acquaintances.
The race is on to possess the pearl. But no one realizes the true nature of the artifact, or the danger it poses to them all.
take his boat and gear out for a night dive? He strikes me as rather easily upset,” Annja said. Hans laughed. “A few well-placed dollars should suffice.” “More bribery?” Spier shrugged. “Why not? At least this way we know we’ll be able to get what we came here for.” “And what did you come here for?” Annja asked. “I mean, I know you want the pearl and all, but for what purpose?” “I thought I told you last night,” Spier said. “I wish to have the scientific community take a look at it. Examine
meant to finish this. It glided at her so smoothly that Annja barely registered the movement, so streamlined was the shark’s body that it caused no disturbance in the water. All that did register was the fact that the shark suddenly seemed to grow in size. Time slowed. Annja marveled at the magnificence of the creature coming to try to kill her. The teeth so perfectly suited for cracking sea-turtle shells were also perfect for shredding human skin and bone. And then it seemed to gather more
boys there. I think that’s what they’re discussing right now. They have been holding some sort of secret conversation since Spier started going on about how wonderful this place is. It’s all a bit much, if you ask me. He’s clearly lost his marbles.” Hans came over and smiled at Annja. “How are you feeling?” “Much better.” Hans glared at Roux. “He would not let us help you when you appeared to be having a seizure.” Annja held up her hand. “It’s okay, Hans. Roux knew what he was doing. You
scenario.” “It’s not even close.” “So what do we do?” “Fortunately for you, you happen to be friends with a pretty incredible guy. Leave it to me and I’ll get something cooking on this. You guys are slated to land at Hanscom. Stay there until I contact you.” “You sure?” “Yeah, gotta run.” The phone disconnected and Annja slumped back in her seat. She looked at Roux. “This whole thing sounds ridiculous.” “Not necessarily,” Roux said. “There are such things as naturally occurring radioactive
you, Gottlieb.” Gottlieb spun his chair around. “You can’t leave me here like this.” Vic looked at him. “Of course I can. I can do anything to you, Gottlieb. That’s the thing you haven’t grasped yet. If I wanted to, I could make your ass disappear into some hellhole third-world country that no one even knows about. You’d eat maggots and be grateful about it for the rest of your life.” Vic smirked. “But I like my idea better. There’s some kind of universal justice to it. You getting topped by