Sacred Ground (Rogue Angel, Book 23)

By Alex Archer, Jon F. Merz

In a land of subzero temperatures and snow-covered vistas, survival is a problem. yet for the Araktak--an remoted and mysterious Inuit people--this harsh tundra is their history. previously. a wide mining corporation has bought the land, and the sacred Araktak burial website with it. yet greater than diamond deposits watch for them lower than the darkish, icy earth....Contracted via the mining corporation, archaeologist Annja Creed is to supervise the correct relocation of the burial web site. Her activity is to make sure that every one historical relic and all human continues to be are conscientiously got rid of. however the sacred flooring harbors a negative mystery. one who a strong staff of guys intend to unharness on an unsuspecting world--unless Annja can have the ability to prevent them.

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That are supposed to make it a bit more uncomplicated at the very least. ” Wishman sighed. “I used to be no longer by myself sooner than. In my formative years, I traveled to the go with my ally. He and that i set out decided to climb and input the move. we might camp there an evening after which go back domestic having proved that the cross was once secure and never haunted. For us, as boys, it used to be our probability to check our bravery opposed to the legends that had haunted us for a few years. ” He shifted, attempting to get more well-off in his napping bag. “But after we approached the mountain, a few type of worry gripped me like by no means ahead of. i used to be younger, actual, yet this felt like an previous worry. It was once nearly a residing factor. I had already began my stories into the paranormal rituals of the Araktak, so probably i used to be extra attuned to such issues. yet for my good friend, he couldn't comprehend my unexpected loss of unravel. ” Annja stumbled on herself conserving her breath as Wishman persisted his story. “Of direction, my good friend challenged me to climb with him. He taunted me, attempting to impress me into motion. however it wouldn't paintings. I advised him i wouldn't climb the mountain and that i wouldn't input the go. ” Godwin watched from the place he sat wrapped up via the doorway of the cave. “You wouldn't have to relive this tale,” he acknowledged. Wishman shook his head. “No, I may still. it will probably aid me day after today whilst I once more face that dreaded position. ” He paused after which took a breath. “At final, my buddy was once in a position to persuade me to no less than trip up the mountain with him. He might then input the move whereas I lower back to our camp on the base of the mountain. up to i didn't are looking to pass, I agreed and we set out that subsequent morning. “The winds blew ferociously that subsequent day as though the very spirits of the north have been attempting to continue us away. I observed it as an omen, yet my good friend didn't. He was resolute to press on and dragged me with him, urging me ever ahead regardless of the becoming worry in my abdominal. “The path we took purely allowed passage one by one so we climbed unmarried dossier up the treacherous pathway. far and wide there has been the opportunity for a misstep and a surprising plunge to demise. the better we climbed, the fewer convinced the footing turned. We contested with snowdrifts that blocked the path in sections. And there have been unfastened bits of shale and slate that cascaded down the mountain at us after we controlled to discover components of the path no longer coated via snow. “The day grew lengthy and our ft by no means stopped relocating. I had no longer learned that the mountain might stand as tall because it did. From the bottom camp we’d made, it seemed as if lets climb it in an issue of hours. ” “But that wasn’t the case? ” Annja requested. “You will see the next day to come. ” Annja grew to become again to her bag and nestled herself down as Wishman persevered his tale. “We pressed on and a snowstorm got here down on us, tearing at our uncovered pores and skin and garments with equivalent ferocity. i discovered that for each step I took going ahead, the wind may push me again . My buddy suggested me on. I occasionally imagine he had to listen his voice yelling at me to aid metal his personal nerve. i believe he had additionally started to falter, yet he wouldn't hand over the hunt as quite simply as I.

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