By Steve Alten
East Antarctica: The coldest, so much desolate situation in the world. Two-and-a-half miles under the ice cap is Vostok, a six thousand sq. mile liquid lake, over one thousand toes deep, left untouched for greater than fifteen million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and different scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will trip 13,000 toes underneath the ice into this unexplored realm to find Mesozoic existence varieties lengthy believed extinct--and an item of massive strength chargeable for the evolution of recent man.
In this sequel to The Loch and prequel to MEG: Nightstalkers, New York Times bestselling writer Steve Alten bargains readers a crossover novel that mixes characters from of his most well-liked series.
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If it ability whatever, I do care approximately you. ” “Stay out of my head! ” The Colonel used to be gazing us, smiling. “A lover’s telepathic quarrel? If purely we people may deal with them an identical means. someday, probably, assuming we will live to tell the tale what lies forward. And that, in the end, is the purpose of this project, is it now not? to work out what disaster lies in look ahead to us, the very survival of a whole species placing within the stability. “This workout served its goal, i feel, for it made you recognize that our Nordic buddy right here can’t be relied on. And now I observe that if a come-to-Jesus second arises in Lake Vostok that calls for you to belief me to do the precise factor, you now not worth Ms. McWhite’s existence sufficient to cajole you. So then, we’ll have to up the ante. query 5: What do you price above even your personal welfare? ” The Colonel signaled to the glass. A second later a hidden door driven open alongside a sidewall, and one other protect entered the room with a ten-year-old boy. His hair was once raven-dark like his mother’s, and while William observed me, he ran to me and hugged me, curling himself in my lap. “Da, I don’t like this position. Mum blames ye fer us bein’ the following. ” I stared venom into Colonel Vacendak’s eyes. “Where’s the boy’s mom? ” “She’s secure. She’s a handful, that one. Your son and ex-wife will spend the following couple of weeks with us right here at Dreamland. when you entire the project, they’ll be published unhurt. ” “Why may still i feel you? ” The Colonel signaled for the shield to take away Willy from my lap. He waited till the 2 had left the room and the door clicked close ahead of nodding to the shield aiming the gun at Susan’s head. “No! ” The muffled blast splattered a Rorschach development of blood, mind, and bone around the white tile. I became my head and puked up my breakfast. “Trust is all we've, Dr. Wallace. Susan McWhite was once a valued best friend and buddy. She was once additionally my lover. If i used to be prepared to sacrifice her lifestyles for the better reliable, you'll want to belief that I won’t hesitate to kill you and your loved ones when you try and lie to me in Lake Vostok. ” He grew to become to the safeguard who had shot Susan. “Have her continues to be taken to the 17th ground for dissection, then fresh him up and get him aboard the delivery. ” “Yes, sir. ” Thirty mins later I rode the elevator as much as flooring point with my armed escort. A wave of early-morning Nevada warmth greeted me as we entered a “scoot and conceal” hangar the dimensions of six soccer fields. underneath the excessive roof i may see a slice of pink rock, the mountains concealing the emerging sunlight. To the west rose a cluster of radar antennas. To the north a construction intended to resemble a multitude corridor used to be flanked via numerous antiquated housing amenities, and farther down the line, through a fringe fence, stood a defend condominium. the skin amenities have been there for window dressing simply because quarter fifty one performed such a lot of its enterprise deep underground. lengthy tarmac runways, developed on a dry lake mattress, ran parallel to the hangar. My escort led me to a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, a tremendous army delivery that dwarfed every little thing else less than the roof.