Pretender's Gambit (Rogue Angel, Book 51)

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 capability something: there's been a homicide and the police want her services. the one hyperlink among a lifeless physique and the killer is a small elephant of white jade. An artifact that's long gone 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 old hidden treasure. And for a cruelly formidable media wealthy person with a penchant for tomb-raiding, the elephant is little short of necessary.

Annja needs to make her circulation speedy, touring throughout a number of continents with in basic terms the help of her notable sword—purportedly a similar sword wielded by means of Joan of Arc—and a mysterious temple monk. It's a dangerous conflict of wits, and one mistaken stream may well suggest online game over.

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Striking! ” “When you stake them, they’re alleged to explode. ” “Even extra outstanding. Annja, it is a nice thought! ” Annja knew that Doug might imagine so, and he or she felt undesirable that she wasn’t going in an effort to carry a precise upior for the exhibit, yet she notion she may do a little heritage for a section at the vampire whereas she was once in Odessa. “Good. I’m happy you're keen on it. ” “Can you ship me whatever? a few neighborhood stuff? Legends? ” “As quickly as i am getting to Odessa in a number of extra hours. ” “Amazing. allow me inform the powers-that-be and we’ll get cranking on issues at this finish. ” “I’ll go away you to that. ” Annja ended the decision and closed her eyes back. “A upior? ” Klykov requested from beside her. “I didn’t suggest to wake you. ” “Is ok. i will return to sleep, yet might be i'll have nightmares now. ” “Sorry. ” Klykov smiled with out establishing his eyes. “I have noticeable many stuff worse than upiors, Annja. i have not visible a upior. ” “Neither have I, yet there will be sufficient of a background of them in Odessa and close by environs for me to place a exhibit jointly. ” “You should still use warning if you are in Odessa, notwithstanding. there are lots of those that think upiors exist. i'm simply now not one in every of them. ” not able to return to sleep instantly, Annja reached into her backpack and took out her pill and her mini–satellite receiver. She hooked the units jointly and booted up the capsule. Her first cease used to be her ordinary archaeology web site. Rachel, who was once hiddenheroine@fieldofpoppies. ssl, had written again concerning the photo of the elephant she had despatched. hello ANNJA! SO COOL TO be a part of THIS. I bought carry OF TANECHKA AND WE HAD a protracted speak. I’VE overlooked CHATTING TO HER, SO THIS used to be a very good EXCUSE TO RECONNECT. lifestyles SOOOO will get within the lifestyle occasionally! besides, TANECHKA advised ME HER GRANDFATHER’S identify was once ASAF CHISLOVA. HE was once HER MOTHER’S FATHER, that's WHY I COULDN’T bear in mind THE identify. TANECHKA acknowledged the tale concerning the ELEPHANT used to be THAT HER GRANDFATHER’S GRANDFATHER, OR someplace back off the road, received THE ELEPHANT simply because HE was once A COMMANDER within the CRIMEAN conflict. I needed to lookup CRIMEAN battle. I DIDN’T recognize WHAT IT was once. after which I realized THAT was once the place FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE used to be! I’D constantly idea SHE used to be A BRIT! and he or she was once! yet SHE received well-known whereas NURSING IN RUSSIA! WHO KNEW? good, you did. :) background! YOU GOTTA like it! besides, approximately TANECHKA’S GRANDFATHER, the sorrowful factor was once that no-one KNEW approximately HIS garage LOCKER until eventually IT HAD ALREADY BEEN bought OFF AND EMPTIED. HER GRANDFATHER used to be IN A NURSING domestic AFTER a massive STROKE. SHE WENT to determine HIM, yet HE COULDN’T speak AND not anyone KNEW the place HIS STUFF used to be. i believe undesirable FOR HER. :( besides, i'm hoping THIS is helping. BYE! Annja opened an e mail and despatched a reaction. RACHEL, thank you FOR the entire attempt. the knowledge DOES aid. i think undesirable in your good friend, TOO. I’LL SEE IF whatever may be SALVAGED FROM THAT garage UNIT. determining up her telephone, Annja positioned a choice via to Bart. She knew he will be conscious and dealing through now. “McGilley. ” “Bart, it’s Annja. I’ve bought a prefer to ask. ” “Okay, ask in a minute.

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