Forbidden City (Rogue Angel, Book 5)

By Alex Archer, Mel Odom

A gorgeous artifact holds the most important to an untapped strength of world destruction ... whereas engaged on a dig within the California barren region, archaeologist-adventurer Annja Creed uncovers facts of a tragedy that's associated with chinese language miners throughout the days of the Gold Rush. A surprising assault at the web site by means of shadow figures drives Annja to discover the relationship to a mysterious buried urban in China. Lured by means of legends of gold, betrayal and the vengeance of a Han Dynasty overlord, Annja travels at the Orient show, combating avaricious treasure hunters and a modern day descendant of an old league of assassins. Her adversaries will cease at not anything to stake their declare at the fabled misplaced urban, the place a Han leader's darkish prior delivers doom in case you dare to bare its evil strength.

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Through his tamga. That belt plaque you've, Ms. Creed, bears Tochardis's tamga. " Annja pulled up a twin of the belt plaque back. She studied the tiger photo. "Tochardis's tamga used to be the tiger? " "Tochardis's tamga was once a tiger's shadow. Underscored by means of a sword. " Peering extra heavily on the belt plaque, Annja suggestion she may possibly simply slightly make out the remnants of the sword and the dim define of the tiger. "The tiger motif was once replicated," Hu acknowledged, "but the various Scythians most well liked mythological creatures. Dragons, griffins, and so on. They have been borrowed from Greek and chinese language cultures. yet not anyone replicated the 3 goods from that belt plaque. " "The belt plaque is steatite. i may be improper, yet from every little thing i have studied, the Scythians labored in gold or bronze, no longer steatite or jade. if that is so, then this belt plaque used to be made by means of a chinese language artisan, now not a Scythian," Annja stated. "True, Ms. Creed. What you came upon used to be a duplicate of the unique. The chinese language humans additionally borrowed the oblong form of the belt plaque from the Scythians. yet what you could have is a replica of Tochardis's tamga. It will not exist. " Annja studied the piece. "It's an anomaly. " "Yes. One i might greatly desire to recognize extra approximately. " "Why? " "Because, even if their tradition looked as if it would promise such an prevalence, so far as i do know Tochardis is the single Scythian to ever upward push from the grave. " bankruptcy 26 Roux stood on the price tag counter at l. a. Guardia at six the following morning and booked a flight out for 8:10 a. m. In line at the back of him, Annja seemed round, stressful and able to do whatever yet take a seat on a airplane. Having an additional day of Roux sitting round the condo together with her were greater than a bit unnerving. "Two tickets to Dunhuang, China. " Roux's voice was once loud over the hubbub round him. now not precisely on stealth mode right here, Annja concept. She knew she was once being overly severe. She could not aid it. She used to be nonetheless a bit of paranoid a few strength warrant being out on her from California. She'd been ignoring calls from Doug Morrell and Bart McGilley. She did not belief Doug to not be extra attracted to getting information assurance of her arrest than in her persevered freedom, and he or she did not want to place Bart immediate together with his division. to date, the media looked as if it would have dropped the tale. She wasn't but sure how she felt approximately that. On one hand, it used to be sturdy to not be sought after, yet however – she wasn't sought after. The trip professional fast made preparations for the flight to Dunhuang, routing them via PudongAirport in Shanghai the place a puddle-jumper may take them directly to Dunhuang. Roux provided a bank card on the finish of the transaction. The airline consultant speedy ran it and back it, after taking a look at his identity. She provided the cardboard and identification again. "Thank you for flying with us, Mr. Loftus. i'm hoping you and your niece take pleasure in your journey. " After a quick inspection of Annja's files, the consultant checked the bags. Annja claimed her backpack as carry-on, decided to not belief the pc to shipment handlers.

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