Day of Atonement (Rogue Angel, Book 54)

By Alex Archer, Steven Savile

A reckoning that might wreck them all…

Trials, persecutions, fake accusations, the Inquisition—for archaeologist and television host Annja Creed, the present episode they're taping for her convey is an engaging one. yet whereas Annja is filming the final section in France, a vicious "accident" approximately kills her. It seems to be unintentional…until a guy calling himself Cauchon claims responsibility.

The identify Cauchon moves a chord within the exceptionally—some could say unnaturally— lengthy reminiscence of Annja's pal and mentor Roux. studying the previous man's mystery years in the past, Cauchon desired to blackmail Roux sooner than destiny placed the problem to relaxation. Or so Roux proposal. Now this robust enthusiast has became from looking for the divine to dishing out "justice." Vengeance. And he'll single-handedly resurrect the violence of the Inquisition to make sure that Annja and her buddy are judged and located in charge. With a lot at stake, Annja may well quickly locate that fellowship may be deadly.

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The subsequent bend should be her final probability. With one hand she gripped the wheel, with the opposite she groped for the door deal with, throwing it open. As ice chilly air flooded the cab, she introduced herself out of the truck. She had no capacity to organize for her touchdown. She may have hit an outcrop or a dry stone wall simply as simply as she can have slammed right into a tree or the other a part of the panorama that wasn’t a snowdrift to cushion her fall. without notice, she was once within the air after which she hit the line, difficult, rolling away. The truck hit a rock, the again finish lifting off the floor ahead of it tipped again onto wheels back, and slewed, twisting well past the balancing aspect, wheels spinning freely in midair. Annja used to be on her arms and knees, taking a look up in time to determine the truck slide over the sting in gradual movement, after which it used to be long past. She heard instead of observed it roll, every one terrible impression echoing during the mountain variety, prior to the explosion tore during the eerie stillness and despatched a tongue of flame into the sky. The sound of the falling truck virtually masked the oncoming motor vehicle that used to be mountaineering again up the music. She pressed herself low within the snow, attempting to take hide, definite that it wasn’t the cavalry driving up the hill to rescue the damsel in misery. She was once correct. within the boring glow of the dashboard because the car crawled earlier, Annja stuck a glimpse of the gaunt mirrored image of Cauchon, hunched over the wheel probably oblivious to the coincidence that had taken position merely mins earlier than. He was once no longer by myself. She counted 3 different males within the car with him. He couldn’t haven't noticeable it. there has been no manner he may have overlooked the shaft of flame. He simply didn’t care. That acknowledged whatever approximately his psychopathy correct there. Who have been the boys who have been with him? She didn’t have time to waste brooding about that. now not with the extraordinary chilly, the inability of security from it and the rainy outfits already commencing to freeze to her epidermis. She had to circulate, to maintain her physique warmth. yet even then there has been a restrict to what she may perhaps face up to prior to the weather received. Being misplaced, on my own within the heights of who basically knew the place, she didn’t precisely have the luxurious of constructing any blunders. the matter used to be, there has been not anything, no signal of civilization, no promise of heat or salvation, so far as the attention may see. even if that didn’t suggest a lot, given the typhoon, as she may possibly slightly see past her outstretched hand. imagine, Annja suggested herself. Use your mind. you're not helpless. You’re now not a sufferer. Don’t act like one. She may possibly run, yet the place? She may perhaps stand at the roadside and belief that Roux was once coming, whether he knew he was once heading right into a capture, but if could he arrive? She may move looking for a telephone, get a message to Garin. That used to be an choice, too. Whichever one she selected, she had to commence jogging if she was once going to get off the mountain ahead of the chilly killed her. That a lot she knew. She may perhaps already consider demise creeping into her bones. forty five Even using via stipulations as undesirable as this gave Cauchon a feeling of freedom.

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