Grendel's Curse (Rogue Angel, Book 48)

By Alex Archer, Steven Savile

A sword of legend within the fingers of an extremist…

Skalunda Barrow, Sweden, has lengthy been rumored to be the ultimate resting position of the mythical Nordic hero Beowulf. And there's whatever of Beowulf's that charismatic and zealous right-wing flesh presser Karl Thorssen wishes very badly. purpose on getting his arms at the legendary sword Nægling, Sweden's golden-boy politico places jointly a staff to excavate the barrow. A staff that American archaeologist Annja Creed manages to finagle her means onto. She wouldn't leave out this attainable discovery for whatever.

With Nægling at his aspect, Thorssen might be invincible…a Nordic King Arthur. What his fans don't know—and Annja is starting to suspect—is simply how some distance Thorssen will visit in attaining his rabid amibitions. whilst Thorssen marks Annja for loss of life, she speedy realizes that this is often even more than a political video game. And the single option to live to tell the tale is to check Thorssen's sword along with her personal.

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She’d be not able to drag a sword—even from skinny air—if she couldn’t use her palms. Now it was once approximately payback. He’d settle the Serb’s debt. It didn’t subject if she well-known him. He wasn’t useless; there has been not anything to be won in a sufferer taking your identification to the grave with them. He wasn’t approximately to provide her a monologue explaining why she needed to die. It was once even more powerful to allow his activities converse. in any case, the previous asserting used to be correct; they have been much more eloquent than any phrases he had ever uttered. Tostig held his breath as she referred to as out. The birds scattered, returning to the bushes. He allowed himself a steady smile as he listened to the crunch of her footsteps at the skinny gravel. a couple of weeds poked throughout the floor. round the fringe of the trail the dust was once packed challenging from the solar, permitting him to prevent the gravel and stream up silently in the back of her. He used to be a ghost in her shadow, hearing each sound she made as she moved contained in the church; timing was once the most important. He had to be prior the home windows prior to she was once thoroughly within, doing away with the danger of her catching sight of his shadow during the glass. He favourite her physique as she moved—feline, female, sleek, mild on her ft, all lithe and sinuous with no creating a sound. Tostig beloved to consider himself as above the trap of the flesh, notwithstanding there has been anything compelling approximately this one. It was once demanding to photo her offering a few dumb tv exhibit; she moved with a warrior’s poise. That gave him pause. It used to be greater than quite a few hours within the gymnasium pretending to profit kickboxing while she was once figuring out. She used to be extra planned, extra conscious, than any gymnasium fighter. She’d obvious strive against. there has been a selected demeanour that veterans had as they moved in the course of the international, eyes relocating regularly, attuned to their atmosphere. She had that as she approached each one pew. probably this can be extra attention-grabbing than I’d anticipated, Tostig suggestion. What she didn’t have, he was once convinced, ultimately, was once the sword. That tilted the stability again in his want. He nonetheless had no thought how she’d pulled that stunt on him and the Serb. He remembered the benefit with which she had doubtless deflected these bullets. Annja Creed used to be really a notable girl. It was once a disgrace she needed to die. notwithstanding for all her understanding, she had no suggestion he used to be there, gazing her. She moved towards the sacristy door, attracted to it. without doubt the photographer was once nonetheless whimpering throughout the gasoline-soaked gag. Tostig didn’t begrudge him a couple of tears; in any case, as soon as he lit the hearth and grew to become Saint Peter’s at the Lake right into a blazing pyre, that rag might burn inside of him lengthy sooner than he died. He may perhaps beg and plead and cry up to he loved, quickly adequate the single factor his throat will be stable for used to be roasting. Creed quickened her velocity as she crossed from the pews to the door. She hesitated, hand at the iron deal with. It used to be his sign. the instant she driven that door open every little thing needed to ensue, quickly. No time for hesitation. No time for subtlety. every thing replaced whilst she observed the cameraman sure to the chair and knew she’d fallen right into a seize.

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