Seeker's Curse (Rogue Angel, Book 19)

By Alex Archer

Enlisted by means of the Japan Buddhist Federation to catalog a few old shrines dotted throughout Nepal, archaeologist Annja Creed is venerated to aid. Political violence has brought on the Federation to guard holy websites from desecration and vandalism, and Annja is their final desire to correctly preserve those sites.
Where there's vandalism, there's plundering, and native police quickly turn into suspicious of Annja's presence. yet she is extra fascinated about the antiques smugglers and Maoist guerrillas attempting to kill her. whilst she needs to trek excessive up within the Himalayas to guard a sacred golden Buddha statue from falling into the fingers of her pursuers, she's instructed that where is cursed—and guarded through demons. And Annja has no selection yet to stand her demons….

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They'd rigorously documented all in sight—and left it lined again up, undisturbed. She felt Pan’s titanic hand descend on her shoulder. She may suppose the facility of his mild squeeze reassuring her. She patted his gloved hand with hers. It was once chilly up at the open slope, the morning breeze brisk. Prasad and Lal spoke to the ready peasants in low tones. They have been 3 younger males and an older one. even though brief and never prepossessing in the beginning look, the best way they held themselves on their bowed legs recommended the amazing power such a lot of Nepali hill people possessed. The peasants have been unarmed, aside from the massive knives at their belts. Annja had discovered greater than to underestimate these. They in flip didn't look in the slightest degree intimidated via the long-arms the occasion nonetheless brazenly displayed. “The last item we need,” Pan acknowledged quietly through her ear, “is to need to struggle humans attempting to guard a similar treasures we're. ” She nodded, no longer taking her eyes from the boys. He had echoed her suggestions precisely. “We simply need to expect Prasad and Lal to maintain that from happening,” she acknowledged. He nodded. “I doubt our fates may perhaps leisure in higher palms. ” eventually the oldest peasant nodded. His brutally weathered outdated face smiled, seeming to develop into a sequence of roughly concentric circles. the more youthful males laughed, maybe a trifle nervously. The elder spoke at size, his demeanour critical yet now not suspicious. Prasad and Lal listened carefully, nodding. sometimes Prasad requested a query. Lal maintained respectful silence among his elders. “You pass safely,” the previous guy referred to as to Annja and Pan. He waved. The 4 grew to become and scrambled up into the snow-clumped rocks and speedy vanished as though swallowed by means of the rocky hillside. “Bad news,” Prasad acknowledged to Annja. “The elder tells us there are extra foreigners within the quarter. they're quite a few, a dozen or extra. And armed. They pass in live performance with occasion males. They act very smug, threatening. That’s why the peasants are so cautious. ” “Bajraktari and his Maoist helpers,” Annja acknowledged. Pan checked out Prasad. “These peasants, do they help the govt., then, and never the guerrillas? ” “They are terrible humans, Sergeant,” Prasad acknowledged. He and his nephew insisted on calling the Macedonian by means of his rank. “This is tough nation, as you will see that. those that stay upon it will possibly manage to pay for to aid no sides—they are just for themselves, and their households. specially when you consider that those celebration males are with the govt.. now not is it effortless to inform what the edges even are. however the peasants wish nobody desecrating their holy locations, because the Maoists frequently do. ” He smiled. “Once I defined the character of your pilgrimage, they gave you their benefits, and want you good fortune on your quests, either temporal and non secular. ” Annja and Pan exchanged glances. “I’ll take the entire strong needs i will be able to get,” he stated. “Likewise,” Annja stated. “Thank you, Prasad, Lal. once more we’d be misplaced with no you. ” “They gave us yet one more warning,” Prasad stated. “The bonmanche is out of the country within the decrease reaches of the White Mountain. Its cries were heard alongside the Myagdi River, and tourists say they noticed it within the heights above the following.

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