By Alex Archer, Michele Hauf
Da Vinci's maximum and most threatening legacy…
In the midst of a lovers' quarrel on a Venetian bridge, a couple of artwork thieves loses a helpful, stolen Lorraine pass 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 individual understands concerning the cross…knows sufficient to kill for it.
Despite a number of vicious assaults in the course of their underwater excursion, Annja and Roux's employed diver recovers the move. 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 pass is just one piece in an complicated enigma—a key that, while mixed with a chain of musical notes, may perhaps release one in all Leonardo da Vinci's such a lot fantastical innovations. however the fee Annja needs to pay to forestall this key from falling into the inaccurate fingers will be her lifestyles.
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A few issues have been too worthwhile to dwell with no. “I’m stable with the place I’m at,” she answered. “I’m going to wager that you're, too. who're you promoting the gadget to? ” Evan’s surprise gave him away. Annja knew if he had a shopper, he wouldn’t spill. and certain he didn't have a purchaser prepared simply but. He had to have the tune field sooner than he may possibly allure a patron keen to put down the hundreds of thousands, she expected, he may ask for the prize. notwithstanding if he have been so demanding up on his monetary success, it did shock her he wasn’t utilizing each attitude he may be able to herald bids for the time-shifting equipment. “Don’t give it some thought an excessive amount of, Creed,” he acknowledged. “It’ll offer you a headache. ” Indeed. “All events concerned understand the pass is in play, Evan. ” “As I’ve stated, it’s correctly in my palms. ” “Yes, and that it really is required to turn on the machine. sure? ” Again, he pointed to the laptop. Annja sat at the mattress, making the most of Evan’s willingness to cooperate for the instant. She part anticipated he’d attempt to knock her out and make an break out. That used to be why she sat dealing with him as she pulled the pc onto her lap. “See how I’m nonetheless donning protecting gloves? ” She waved at Evan. She couldn’t cease herself from making the purpose. Paging towards the again of the laptop, as he’d indicated, Annja came across the half that certain the track field. It wasn’t classified as a time-shifting equipment. There wasn’t a label in any respect. yet she guessed this used to be it. It had a specific steampunk-ish glance to it. an oblong field with a compass and a crossbar suited for the head, and gears at both finish, which rotated—with a flip of the go key? one other crossbar fronted the lengthy, slim part of the field with dials positioned alongside it, like a mixture lock. The field were formed from wooden and a few form of steel and had ornate ornament all over the place it. She didn't see a revolving cylinder whose pins could pluck out a song rumored to have as soon as referred to as to the satan, yet suspected that used to be contained in the field. there have been no inside drawings, it appeared. She closed the computer, having a look back on the hide. much less effective forgeries had fooled many a pupil through the years. “It’s the genuine thing,” Evan provided. “I convinced didn’t make up all that stuff within. ” “Someone else can have. ” “Really? To were conscious of a tool you’ve proven to me that very few humans may still learn about? precisely one individual, by means of my count number. And that might be the fellow who got here from that point interval and who possesses such wisdom simply because he knew Leonardo da Vinci. ” Annja tilted her head, silently conceding to his wild, but remarkably actual, wager. no longer so far as Roux time moving, yet for having identified Leonardo. good. yet that he hadn’t integrated Garin as a time visitor intended he knew little approximately his lately discarded business enterprise. actually, it used to be most probably Evan hadn’t even met him in individual, yet relatively have been manipulated via calls from Garin and visits from his thugs. “So the place do you are expecting to discover the machine? ” Annja requested. “The graveyard used to be a bust.
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