By James Rollins
From New York Times bestselling writer James Rollins comes an exciting brief tale that delves deep underneath the town of Paris to a gloomy necropolis, the place the single capacity for get away is…The Skeleton Key.
Seichan is ripped out of the Sigma sequence for an event all her own—but can she live to tell the tale? the attractive and elusive murderer wakes in a resort in Paris with a dangerous digital collar fixed to her throat. Joined via a boy who's equally threatened, she needs to rescue the son of a hated enemy, who has fallen less than the sway of the nefarious chief of an apocalyptic cult. to outlive, she needs to enterprise into the darkish global underneath town of lighting fixtures, into the notorious catacombs of Paris. stuck among enemies, she needs to struggle for her life…while time ticks down towards a fiery apocalypse. yet at midnight, surrounded by means of the moldering bones of the useless, even good fortune doesn't equivalent survival. in any case, the one actual wish for the area lies in a beautiful act of betrayal.
Included with this brief tale is a sneak peek on the first 70 pages of The satan Colony, the place a clue unlocked via The Skeleton Key will play a key role.
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She stumbled on the tiny Celtic rose and touched it with a finger. Renny shivered. “That’s the place we're now. We’ll persist with Jolie’s map to the most recent piece of my tattoo; that used to be the place she’d been headed. She came across an front right into a forgotten element of the labyrinth, yet she’d in simple terms simply began to discover it whilst she heard that rumor concerning the sun Temple. ” He diminished his blouse and pointed to a tunnel prime out. “I be aware of many of the means through middle, yet I’ll need assistance as soon as we’re nearer. ” He trigger in the course of the darkish labyrinth, winding via tunnels and throughout small rooms and prior flooded pits. The partitions have been uncooked limestone, sweating and dripping with water. Fossils dotted the surfaces, a few polished by way of past cataphiles to cause them to stand out, as though the prehistoric earlier have been attempting to move slowly out of the rock. the way in which grew quickly cooler. quickly Seichan might see her breath. The echoes in their footsteps made it sound as though they have been always being undefined. She stopped often, checking warily at the back of her. She may perhaps see that Renny was once growing to be impatient. “We’re probably not to discover someone down right here. Even the cataflics infrequently come to this distant part. Plus there has been a gasoline leak mentioned close to the vacationer sector of the catacombs. They’ve been closed for 3 days. ” She nodded and checked his tattoo back. They weren't faraway from the freshly inked part of his map. “If I’m studying this correct, your girlfriend’s new discovery opens alongside that passage. ” She pointed to a slender tunnel and checked her wristwatch. Seventy-two mins left. worried, Seichan led the best way. She moved quickly alongside, trying to find the branching facet passage marked at the tattoo. “Stop! ” Renny referred to as at the back of her. She grew to become and located him kneeling beside a tumble of stones. She had walked previous the rockfall with out giving it a moment proposal. Renny pointed his helmet lamp to a rosy arrow chalked above the rock pile. “This is the doorway. Jolie continually makes use of red chalk. ” She joined him and noticed a low tunnel shadowed through the rocks. Renny crawled on his palms and knees during the beginning first. Seichan undefined. inside of a couple of yards and 2 brief drops, the best way dumped into one other tunnel. As Seichan stood, she observed extra shafts and smaller facet passages keeping off in numerous instructions. Renny touched a palm opposed to the sweating dampness of the limestone wall. “This is easily a truly outdated component of the catacombs. And it seems to be a fousty maze from the following. ” He twisted round and fought to elevate his blouse. “Check the map. ” She did, however the ink of the tattoo stopped on the distinct element the place they have been status. A cursory examination of the tunnels provided no different chalked clues as to the place Jolie may need long gone. From the following, it gave the look of they have been on their lonesome. “What can we do? ” Renny requested, worry for his female friend frosting his phrases. “Where can we pass? ” Seichan picked a tunnel and headed out. “Why are we going this manner? ” he requested, hurrying after her. “Why now not? ” Actually she had a cause of the choice. She had picked the passage since it was once the single person who headed down.