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By Alex Archer, Mel Odom

With one small chess piece, the sport begins…

For archaeologist and television host Annja Creed, a late-night mobilephone name from the NYPD ability something: there's been a homicide and the police want her services. the single hyperlink among a useless physique and the killer is a small elephant of white jade. An artifact that's long past lacking.

Once belonging to Catherine the nice of Russia, the elephant was once key in a dicy political gambit all these years in the past. yet there's one other tale hooked up to the artifact—a rumor of an historical hidden treasure. And for a cruelly formidable media tycoon with a penchant for tomb-raiding, the elephant is little short of worthwhile.

Annja needs to make her flow fast, touring throughout a number of continents with merely the help of her notable sword—purportedly a similar sword wielded by way of Joan of Arc—and a mysterious temple monk. It's a dangerous conflict of wits, and one flawed circulate may suggest online game over.

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As well as her backpack, Annja carried a small bedroll and two-man tent, a chest pack with a week’s rations, water canteens, a scientific equipment and water purification capsules. Klykov carried his personal bedroll and offers. He additionally packed pistols and a Dragunov sniper rifle, a Russian weapon he swore he positioned religion in. He hadn’t had a munitions touch in Phnom Penh, yet he’d had a pal of a pal who had. Annja carried a 9mm Sig-Sauer and AK-47 simply because Klykov had gotten the guns for her and insisted she hold them. She’d hesitated until eventually Klykov had reminded her how harmful Sequeira were to date, and that the rustic they have been in occasionally had bandit difficulty. Rao and his temple brothers hadn’t hesitated approximately wearing guns both, although Rao didn’t appear as cozy being armed. He used to be evidently efficient with the rifle and pistol he was once given, simply no longer comfortable. The pith helmet he wore regarded a bit of ridiculous, however it supplied colour and a modicum of convenience. as soon as every person was once set, they marched into the jungle with Annja within the lead. * * * SEQUEIRA LOUNGED IN short-tempered impatience within the air-conditioned convenience of the Eurocopter large Puma. at the desktop he watched photos of the jungle excursion winding throughout the Damrei Mountains just a couple of miles away. The great Puma used to be certainly one of 3 that Sequeira had employed for shipping to the location whilst he used to be definite Annja Creed had came across the misplaced temple. each one of Sequeira’s leased helicopters carried pilots and twelve males, giving him a small military of gunmen able to enterprise into the jungle to assert no matter what lay within the misplaced temple. The drones used to observe over Annja Creed’s development were effortless to obtain, to boot. Brisa persisted to have remarkable connections. the toughest half for Sequeira used to be the ready. The helicopter sat in a clearing close to the Bokor Hill Station. The French had outfitted the Bokor Palace inn & on line casino at the web site, flanked it with a small city to supply an important exertions pool, then deserted the whole thing in the course of the First Indochina warfare within the Forties, then left the location completely whilst the Khmer Rouge took regulate of the realm in 1972. Had the on line casino nonetheless been operational, the ready could have been tolerable, however the cramped house aboard the helicopter was once claustrophobic. And the anger Sequeira felt over the best way Annja Creed had controlled to flee him time and time back churned via his guts. no longer this time, he promised himself. This time there'll be no break out. All they wanted used to be the precise place of the temple. He drank a calming glass of champagne, by no means thoroughly giving up the creature comforts he insisted on, and watched Annja Creed last in at the mountain that looked to be her vacation spot. Her ultimate vacation spot. Sequeira meant to carve that on Annja Creed’s gravestone and kick dust over her physique. Her loss of life and the positioning of her grave will be a type of mysteries her audience fawned over. * * * THE STEEP AND treacherous grade of the mountain avoided a simple ascent.

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