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By Alex Archer, Mel Odom

A gorgeous artifact holds the most important to an untapped strength of world destruction ... whereas engaged on a dig within the California wasteland, archaeologist-adventurer Annja Creed uncovers proof of a tragedy that's associated with chinese language miners in the course of the days of the Gold Rush. A unexpected assault at the web site by means of shadow figures drives Annja to discover the relationship to a mysterious buried urban in China. Lured via legends of gold, betrayal and the vengeance of a Han Dynasty overlord, Annja travels at the Orient convey, struggling with avaricious treasure hunters and a modern day descendant of an old league of assassins. Her adversaries will cease at not anything to stake their declare at the fabled misplaced urban, the place a Han leader's darkish previous can provide doom if you happen to dare to bare its evil strength.

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The key passageway used to be half-closed from the descending ceiling. Annja crawled via, then grew to become to assist Garin pull Roux in the course of the starting. after they have been via, Garin hoisted Roux once more. "Where does this pass? " Garin requested. "Back to the most chamber ultimately. " Annja took off. Garin and Kelly undefined. **** They made strong time, finishing up again on the torture chamber briefly order. there has been short consternation whilst Professor Hu and his workforce famous Garin as an enemy. prior to they can get into an issue or dialogue approximately who used to be on whose part, one of many workmen pointed to the pinnacle of the steps. "Look! there is sand coming down during the hallway! " numerous flashlights geared toward the entrance to the torture chamber. As Annja watched, puffs of airborne dirt and dust roiled into the room. "Quickly," she ordered. "Let's move. " She led the best way out. **** typically chamber, a superior column of desolate tract sand poured onto the center of the ground. The deluge driven treasure chests and mummified our bodies in all instructions. The sand saved coming. "That's what driven the ceiling down after it was once freed," Garin acknowledged. "There's no telling how a lot goes to return via. " around the room, the sand started to lap on the door to the hallway. With either exits that she knew of blocked, Annja knew there has been just one means out. "Let's cross. " She set out at a brisk speed, operating down the stairs as fleetly as she may well. as soon as she reached the ground, she headed for the entrance. Her toes sank into the powdery sand and working turned more durable, yet she driven herself. "Did you allow any traps intact again how you got here? " she requested Garin. "Nothing. " solid, Annja notion. they did not want anything to gradual them down. The sand got here speedier, and Annja needed to think that anywhere it was once coming from, it needed to be draining the total Lop Nur. She felt it pounding on the backs of her legs. of Ngai's males guarded the entrance that ended in the spiral stairs. They unlimbered their guns, yet they iced up, shocked via the impending wall of sand. Kelly did not look forward to them to acknowledge the danger for what it used to be. She pointed her guns and opened fireplace. The bullets knocked the lads down, spilling them around the hallway. on the doorway, Annja stepped to the facet and steered Kelly on. "Take the lead. In case there are to any extent further of them. " Kelly nodded. She entered and began working. Annja needed she had one other surgical masks – something to maintain the choking dirt out of her lungs. Her mouth and throat felt uncooked and dry. Garin carried Roux up subsequent. Annja waited till Professor Hu and his group have been appropriately up into the spiral staircase. by means of that point the sand was once swimming round her knees. It had washed over the 2 corpses and concealed them from view. Hacking and gagging, Annja the final guy up into the spiral staircase. ravenous for air, head swimming, she went as speedy as she may well, dizzy from the shortcoming of air and the consistent circling. She saved the individual in entrance of her in sight, ensuring she did not run up their again. in short, she flicked the flashlight down and made convinced the sand wasn't emerging any greater.

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