The Wheel of Darkness (Agent Pendergast series)

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

A luxurious ocean liner on its maiden voyage around the North Atlantic, awash in wealth and decadence...

An historical Tibetan field, its contents unknown, sealed with a terrifying warning...

An FBI agent destined to confront what he fears most--himself...

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The Deck eight cabins. ” a glance of sour triumph came around the woman’s fats positive aspects. “I notion as a lot. you recognize higher than to devour right here. come back all the way down to the Deck D cafeteria the place you belong. ” “What’s the variation? ” Constance requested in a gentle tone. “The food’s no greater right here. ” Disbelief took where of triumph at the supervisor’s face. “Why, you impudent bitch—” and she or he slapped Constance challenging throughout her correct cheek. Constance had by no means in her existence been slapped sooner than. She stiffened for a second. Then she took an instinctive breakthrough, hand remaining tightly over her fork. whatever in her circulate made the supervisor’s eyes widen. the lady stepped again. Slowly, Constance laid the fork again at the desk. She considered Marya and the pledge of secrecy she owed her. She glanced down. Marya was once gazing them, her face white. the opposite girls have been having a look studiously at their plates. round them, the low murmur of apathetic dialog, which had stopped for the altercation, resumed. She regarded again on the manager, committing her face to reminiscence. Then—cheek burning—she stepped clear of the desk and left the cafeteria. 21 FIRST OFFICER GORDON LESEUR FELT A emerging feel of outrage as he stepped into Kemper’s monastic place of work. The lacking passenger had no longer proven up, and the husband had demanded to satisfy with all of the senior officials. Commodore Cutter have been cloistered in his cabin for the final 8 hours, in a single of his black moods, and LeSeur wasn’t approximately to disturb him for Evered or anyone else. as a substitute, he’d assigned the watch to the second one officer and rounded up the workers captain, Carol Mason, for the assembly. Evered was once pacing from side to side within the cramped confines, his face pink, his voice shaking. He seemed like he used to be teetering near to hysteria. “It’s previous 4 within the afternoon,” he was once asserting to Kemper. “It’s been 8 goddamn hours when you consider that I alerted you to my wife’s disappearance. ” “Mr. Evered,” Kemper, the executive of protection, started. “It’s an enormous send, there’s loads of locations she might be—” “That’s what you all acknowledged before,” Evered stated, his voice emerging. “She’s now not again but. I heard the PA bulletins like everybody else, I observed the little photograph you published at the TVs. This isn’t like her, she might by no means remain away this lengthy with no contacting me. i need this send searched! ” “Let me guarantee you—” “To hell together with your assurances! She may have fallen someplace, be damage, not able to name out or get to a mobilephone. She may have . . . ” He stopped, respiring seriously, savagely brushed away a tear with the again of his hand. “You have to touch the Coast defend, touch the police, get them right here. ” “Mr. Evered,” employees Captain Mason stated, quietly taking cost, a lot to LeSeur’s reduction. “We’re in the course of the Atlantic Ocean. whether the police or the Coast protect had jurisdiction—which they don’t—they may perhaps by no means achieve us. Now, you want to think me whilst I say now we have time-tested methods for facing this type of scenario. the possibilities are nearly 100% that, for a few cause, she’s unwilling to be chanced on.

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