Serpent's Kiss (Rogue Angel, Book 10)

By Alex Archer, Mel Odom

A few say they seem to be a cursed humans. yet those that try and locate them could be simply as unlucky... engaged on a dig at the southern coast of India, the very last thing Annja Creed expects is to be hit by means of a tsunami. Or to strike archaeological gold. yet that's precisely what occurs while a number of items wash ashore within the storm.The relics hold unusual markings that trace at a mythical urban. all in favour of the chance of learning a tradition believed misplaced to civilization, Annja embarks on a deadly trip deep into the center of danger.

She learns of a mysterious artifact that may supply clues to the whereabouts of the misplaced urban, this means that hiking via an inhospitable jungle and forbidding terrain. yet nature's denizens and demise traps usually are not the one threats: another individual can also be pursuing the prize. simply as Annja's grail comes into view, she needs to chase away an excellent higher evil. simply because deep within the Nilgiris mountains is a race of people who the area forgot.

And they don't like strangers.

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2 “You’re in India? ” Annja held the satellite tv for pc mobilephone to her ear and strained to listen to. “Yes, Doug. India. ” Doug Morrell, her manufacturer, used to be twenty-two and excitable. He requested questions, yet he simply heard what he desired to listen. “India, as in half-a-world-away India? ” Doug requested. “Yes. ” Annja stood typically tent and gazed out on the jungle. She and Professor Rai had collected the dig staff jointly. in general a holiday within the boring regimen of digging could were welcome. in spite of the fact that, now they have been all trapped within the leaking tent and hoping it should remain erect opposed to the gale-force winds. A torrential downpour slammed the encircling jungle and diminished visibility to little quite a lot of yards. past that every thing grew to become grey and disappeared in the dead of night evening. Annja may well slightly listen Doug over the crackle as a result of lightning moves and the heavy rain pounding opposed to the canvas. “What are you doing there? ” Doug requested. “I signed directly to do a dig with Professor Lochata Rai. ” “Uh-huh. So what’s he digging up? ” “She. ” “Okay. What’s she digging up? ” “Professor Rai obtained permission from the Archaeological Survey of India to appear for a Shakti sacrifice web site. ” “Did you simply say sacrifice? ” Doug’s voice rose. “I did. ” Annja regretted telling him that element right away. If she hadn’t been distracted by means of the development hurricane she wouldn’t have. “Human sacrifices? ” Doug requested. “And animal. ” Annja heard a keyboard clatter to lifestyles. “Are you digging up human or animal bones? ” “Today we exposed a pit containing numerous human skeletons. ” “Bodacious. ” Doug’s pleasure grew. “Always drawn to items on human sacrifice. Who did you assert used to be doing the sacrifices? ” “Followers of Shakti. ” Annja spelled it out for him. She glanced again into the tent and observed the dig staff seated round lengthy folding tables on a set of garden chairs. every body at the team used to be younger. so much employees on archaeological excavations have been interns or scholars. mostly there has been just enough cash to fund a workforce with provisions, less to make a revenue. They sat taking part in board video games, studying or telling tales. None of them acted just like the typhoon apprehensive them, yet Annja knew they have been involved. She was once involved. “Shakti,” Doug stated. “Consort of Shiva. ” “That’s her. ” Annja sipped eco-friendly tea from a bottle. It was once one in all her few extravagances for the dig. “That’s no longer anything you will comprehend. You’re depending on the web, aren’t you? ” “You gotta love Wikipedia,” Doug stated. Annja had written or corrected quite a lot of entries on topics at the web site. “Wasn’t Shiva the god of demise or whatever? ” Doug requested. Annja relatively didn’t are looking to get right into a lesson on Hinduism. that may be a protracted dialogue and Doug may in simple terms pay attention what he sought after. “Yes,” she responded. It was once the easiest resolution. Annja knew, as with every Hindu gods, Shiva used to be even more than something. “This human-sacrifice factor has strength. We haven’t performed a bit on a god of demise in months,” Doug acknowledged. “I’m no longer doing a story,” Annja stated. “I’m the following to paintings a dig. ” “I be aware of, i do know.

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