By James Rollins
From New York Times bestselling writer James Rollins comes an exhilarating brief tale that delves deep underneath town of Paris to a depressing necropolis, the place the one capacity for break out is…The Skeleton Key.
Seichan is ripped out of the Sigma sequence for an experience all her own—but can she live on? the attractive and elusive murderer wakes in a inn in Paris with a dangerous digital collar fixed to her throat. Joined by means of 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 international 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 the hours of darkness, surrounded through the moldering bones of the useless, even good fortune doesn't equivalent survival. after all, the single precise desire for the realm 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 through The Skeleton Key will play a key role.
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