By Alex Archer, Michele Hauf
Da Vinci's maximum and most deadly legacy…
In the midst of a lovers' quarrel on a Venetian bridge, a couple of artwork thieves loses a invaluable, stolen Lorraine move to the canal's murky waters. Suspecting a connection among the go, Joan of Arc and da Vinci, Annja Creed's former mentor, Roux, sends the archaeologist to supervise the quest for the lacking artifact. yet another person is aware in regards to the cross…knows sufficient to kill for it.
Despite numerous vicious assaults in the course of their underwater day trip, Annja and Roux's employed diver recovers the go. but if the diver's loyalties are referred to as into query and he disappears—along with the treasure—Annja is sure there's extra to the traditional item than Roux is letting on. She quickly discovers the move is just one piece in an problematic enigma—a key that, whilst mixed with a sequence of musical notes, may perhaps liberate certainly one of Leonardo da Vinci's such a lot fantastical innovations. however the cost Annja needs to pay to forestall this key from falling into the incorrect arms might be her lifestyles.
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Doing so might reveal his place, make himself weak, issues Garin could by no means do. ” “But... Roux, rather? Time go back and forth? It’s all enjoyable and video games until eventually an individual really does it basically to gain it’s a one-way price tag. ” “Annja, please, are you able to put aside your skepticism for one second? ” “Sure. I’m doing it instantaneously. What you’ve stated is now some time past. Me sitting this is the current, yet my phrases— Oops, there they move, fading into the previous. And the long run is correct after my subsequent phrases. ” “Touché. ” “Why might you need to time commute besides? What’s the draw? It has to be vital, for the reason that it’s forced you to hunt this fantastical track field that would play you again to a different time. ” “I’m on no account involved in revisiting the years i've got already walked via. ” “Then what's it? ” Roux checked the wine bottle. Empty. He tapped the bottom of his goblet a couple of times. Seconds later, the waiter seemed with profuse apologies and poured a clean goblet for Roux. Annja refused. She’d had adequate to drink yet she wouldn’t argue opposed to extra nutrition. She’d inhaled the most direction. whilst the waiter had long past, leaving the hot bottle of wine on the desk, Roux leaned ahead to confide. “I observed the gadget as soon as. within the 15th century. not less than, I’m lovely yes that what I observed was once the time-shifting equipment. i used to be in a rush and didn’t have an opportunity to truly research it. Garin nearly stole it. ” “So Garin used to be with you in the event you observed the equipment? attention-grabbing. ” “Yes, good, I do bear in mind a fistfight and masses arguing. He didn’t depart with the item. It wasn’t what i used to be there for. ” “There? the place used to be there? ” “I intend to go to the mysterious there fairly quickly. After we’ve complete dessert, in truth. ” Dessert? certain, extra nutrition! “And what's going to we discover at this mysterious there? ” she requested. “The time-travel gadget? ” “We can desire. even supposing, I wouldn’t position any bets on it. It’s been centuries. ” Roux gestured to the waiter, who, seeming to grasp the outdated man’s needs, seemed with the dessert tray. He selected for them either. “It’s now not very important. It’s the previous, Annja. And as you’ve acknowledged, there is not any cause to enterprise into one’s prior. ” He was once evidently eluding the query. Now greater than ever Annja desired to become aware of what it was once Roux were “there for. ” * * * AN HOUR LATER, they pulled as much as a graveyard tucked in the southern inside of town and parked open air the black iron fence. Roux didn’t look drawn to leaving the automobile. He scanned the seen tombstones and the backs of mausoleum partitions that edged up as regards to the fence. “How can we locate what we’re trying to find if we don’t move in? ” Annja requested conscientiously, as though addressing a reluctant baby. Roux only nodded towards the cemetery. Annja’s gaze landed on somebody exiting a four-by-eight mausoleum. He bent to sweep airborne dirt and dust from his denims, then clapped his palms, and as he did so—his eyes mounted on Annja. the fellow utilizing Scout Roberts’s identify smiled that ridiculous fascinating smile of his. He strode towards their motor vehicle, stepping over tombstones that lay flat at the flooring and squeezing among stone statues.