Immortal (Ethan Warner/Nicola Lopez)
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While carrying out an autopsy on a body recently brought into a morgue in Santa Fe, county coroner Alexis Cruz makes a surprising discovery. Lodged in the dead man's femur is a musket ball which, carbon dating reveals, was fired some 200 years earlier in the American Civil War. But before she can notify the authorities, Alexis disappears.
The DIA call in Ethan Warner and his partner, Nicola Lopez, to find the missing coroner. But the closer they come to unlocking the terrifying truth, the nearer they unknowingly bring a warped and dangerous individual to achieving a catastrophic goal.
only to see the assault rifle aimed at him spin wildly away through the air. The pale-skinned man doubled over in shock as he stared at the ragged, bloody hole torn through his hand. A barrage of voices shouted out, laden with fearsome rage as they raced closer, and as Ethan looked up through the shimmering beams of light sweeping down through the clouds of dust and smoke, he saw dozens of figures rappeling down toward him. ‘Put your weapons down! Down down down!’ Ethan, his eyes itching with
behind the computer terminal. The server was dedicated to the county clerk’s office, and contained digitized images of all records and photographs going back hundreds of years. Ethan began typing search commands into the computer, scanning through dozens of records, newspaper stories and photographs relating to the name Hiram Conley. Lists flashed up one by one, older and more vague as he searched. ‘Come on, damn it,’ he muttered to himself. ‘Just one, that’s all I need.’ After an hour, he had
Saffron before the police do.’ Colin Manx quivered with futile rage and thumped the seat beside him. ‘You can’t do this! This is abduction!’ Lopez reached back and grabbed Manx’s throat with an iron grip. ‘It’ll be goddamned assault if you don’t quit whining.’ Lopez shoved Manx back into his seat. He massaged his throat, tears in his eyes as he shook his head in despair and looked at Ethan’s reflection in the rear-view mirror. ‘Jesus Christ, has every woman on earth gone insane?’ ‘No,’
capable, the gene pool became so small that all that remained was a tiny number of elitists all willing to cut the throats of their competitors in order to survive, because they all believed themselves to be the best.’ Saffron opened her door and stepped out, leaning back in to look at her grandfather. ‘In the end only one remained, the strongest of them all, but as that individual was now entirely alone they were worth nothing and collapsed and died, having eradicated their purpose for
for the past half-hour, before Oppenheimer had stalked into the theater. Buried deep within Lee Carson’s heart, at the end of a ragged passage where it had torn through the tissue, was a single musket ball, the dull metal gleaming at her from within the left clavicle of the heart. Lillian felt her own heart skip a beat. The ball was gleaming because the tissue around it was still moist, as live and fresh and healthy as it had been for over a hundred fifty years. Whatever had kept Lee Carson