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Beneath the ice at the bottom of the Earth is a magnificent subterranean labyrinth, a place of breathtaking wonders—and terrors beyond imagining. A team of specialists led by archaeologist Ashley Carter has been hand-picked to explore this secret place and to uncover the riches it holds. But they are not the first to venture here—and those they follow did not return. There are mysteries here older than time, and revelations that could change the world. But there are also things that should not be disturbed—and a devastating truth that could doom Ashley and the expedition: they are not alone.
surprises in store for you.” “Yeah,” he said, his voice thick with skepticism. “Like what?” “First, I found a martial arts expert on the base who can continue your lessons here. If you want to get your yellow belt by year’s end, you’re gonna need to practice while I’m gone.” The black cloud over his face lifted just a bit. “Plus, they have electric bikes and Jet Skis to ride.” Jason grimaced. “Why electric?” “To help protect the ecosystem they limit the number of combustion engines down
year’s Archaeology magazine failed to do you justice.” She knew a snow job when she heard one. Caked with trail dirt, arm in a sling, clad in mud-stained jeans, she was no beauty queen. “Can the crap, Doc. What are you doing here?” He dropped his hand. His eyes widened a moment, and then he smiled even broader. He had more teeth than a shark. “I like your no-nonsense attitude,” he said. “It’s refreshing. I have a proposal to—” “Not interested.” She pointed to the door. “You and your entourage
second outburst. Turning back to Villanueva, Ashley held her breath. “I can’t hear it anymore,” she whispered. The SEAL nodded. He had his eyes closed. “Neither can I.” Shit! Whatever was in that tunnel now knew they were here. There was no further use hiding. She stood up, now holding her pistol in both hands. “Ben, Villanueva. You’re both with me. Michaelson, you stay under cover behind the boulder with the others.” Michaelson stepped forward. “This is a military matter. You should remain
drugged spores. She splashed her face with more water, readying herself. Holding her breath, she dove into the wormhole, trying to ignore the walls pressing around her, concentrating on maneuvering the men ahead of her. She shoved Khalid’s limp form forward, bumping his shoulder into Villanueva’s sled, causing the SEAL to roll several yards ahead before settling to a stop. Bumping her way forward, it was slow progress. But the farther away from the cavern they progressed, the clearer her head
boat and get a bandage for it.” “But—” “Don’t worry, I’ll be right back.” Blakely pushed himself up with a groan, his chest sending flares of warning pains. He did not want to enter the water again but had no other choice. Jason raised himself up on an elbow, watching silently. Slipping into the water, Blakely struck out for the boat. Thankfully, it had drifted even closer to shore while he had consoled Jason. Only a few kicks and strokes and he was at the half-submerged boat. Though