The Sigma Protocol

By Robert Ludlum

Ben Hartman is touring in Zurich, Switzerland while he possibilities upon his outdated good friend Jimmy Cavanaugh―a madman who is armed and programmed to assassinate. In an issue of mins, six blameless bystanders are useless. So is Cavanaugh. but if his physique vanishes, and his weapon mysteriously seems in Hartman's baggage, Hartman is plunged into an unfathomable nightmare…

Meanwhile, Anna Navarro, box agent for the dept of Justice, has been requested to enquire the unexpected, random deaths of 11 males through the international. the one factor that connects them? A mystery dossier, over a half-century previous, that is associated with the CIA―and is marked with a similar difficult codename: Sigma.

As Anna follows the connecting thread―and Hartman reveals himself at the run―she results in the shadows of a continuing killer who's one step sooner than her…victim via sufferer. Now, she and Hartman jointly needs to discover the diabolical secrets and techniques lengthy held at the back of Sigma. it is going to threaten every thing they believe they find out about themselves―and be certain their very worst fears...

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What galvanized him wasn’t the opportunity that he will be killed or locked up, however the undeniable fact that in both case his investigations may come to an finish. Peter’s efforts might were in useless. The company could have gained. He couldn’t allow that take place. regardless of the expense. safe Rooms, die Stahlkammern, have been, Ben knew, the place goods of intrinsic value—gold, gems, bearer bonds—were displayed and assessed each time an proprietor asked an reputable audit of his kept possessions. even though missing vault-like impregnability, they have been certainly safe, with bolstered metal doorways and closed-circuit surveillance platforms. on the front of Zimmer Vier, one of many guards waved an digital reader by way of a blinking crimson gentle; whilst the door unlocked, he gestured Ben to go into first, and the 2 guards him. Then the door closed with a chain of 3 audible clicks. Ben regarded round him. The room was once brightly lit and sparely provided; it might be tricky to lose, or disguise, a unmarried gemstone during this area. The slate-tiled ground used to be polished to a gloomy sheen. there has been a protracted desk of completely transparent Plexiglas, and 6 folding chairs of grey painted steel. one of many guards—burly and obese, his purple, fleshy face suggesting a gradual vitamin of pork and beer—gestured for Ben to sit on a chair. Ben paused earlier than complying. the 2 guards had reholstered their sidearms, yet made it abundantly transparent that they wouldn’t hesitate to take advantage of cruder actual potential if he have been lower than cooperative. “And so we wait, ja? ” acknowledged the second one defend, in seriously accented English. the fellow, his mild brown hair brush lower, was once leaner and, Ben judged, most likely a lot speedier than his cohort. no doubt mentally quicker in addition. Ben grew to become to him. “How a lot do they pay you the following? I’m a really wealthy guy, you recognize. i will provide you with a really great lifestyles if i select. You do me a want, I’ll do you one. ” He made no attempt to hide his bare desperation; they'd both reply or they wouldn't. The leaner safeguard snorted and shook his head. “You should still communicate your thought louder, to ensure that the microphones choose it up. ” that they had no cause to think that Ben will be solid for his note, and there have been no assurances he can make, whereas in captivity, to cajole them differently. nonetheless, their amused contempt was once encouraging: his most sensible likelihood now was once to be underestimated. Ben stood up, groaning, and clutched his midriff. “Sit down,” the protect commanded firmly. “The claustrophobia…I can’t take the… small, enclosed locations! ” Ben spoke in a tone that used to be more and more frantic, verging on hysteria. either guards checked out one another and laughed scornfully—they wouldn't be taken in by means of such an noticeable ploy. “No, no, I’m serious,” Ben stated with becoming urgency. “My God! How particular do i need to be? i've got a…a frightened abdominal. i must get to a rest room instantly or I’ll…have an coincidence. ” He used to be enjoying the function of the flighty, flaky American to the hilt. “Stress brings it on even more quick! i want my capsules. Dammit! My Valium! A sedative.

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