By J. D. Robb

The video game began with a homicide. Now, it truly is Eve Dallas's move.

it's the such a lot perplexing case Eve Dallas has ever confronted: the founding father of the pc gaming titanic U-Play is located decapitated in his locked, inner most playroom. And now Eve and her crew are approximately to go into the subsequent point of police paintings, in a global the place myth is the final word seduction-and the cost of defeat is death...

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The warmth enveloped her, the heavy, rainy warmth of a tropical jungle. rather than the black go well with she by no means meant to put on back, she used to be clad within the skinny, buff-colored cotton, the solid boots, the cocky, rolled brimmed hat of a treasure hunter. She enjoyed this video game for the puzzle, the method, the twists and turns—and convinced, specially now—for the approaching battles—fists, guns, and wits—with any who hostile her on her look for the Dragon’s Egg. She opted to begin at first of the 1st point, and her arrival on the historical village of Mozana. it should take hours to run the whole video game, yet that was once all solid, she determined. She sought after not anything open air of this, desired to reflect on not anything else, probably eternally. She went in the course of the steps and levels, the meets, the bartering, the acquisition of provides. in a single a part of her brain she was once Cill the treasure hunter—ruthless, courageous, and crafty. within the different she remained Cill the programmer, staring at the tiny info of the pictures, the events, the audio, looking for any flaws. She hiked during the warmth, watched a snake coil itself on a limb and hiss. She waded via rivers, and raced to the mouth of a cave because the flooring shook with an earthquake. And there, by means of the sunshine of a torch she came across the cave drawings. rigorously, as she had numerous occasions sooner than in improvement, she copied them in her computing device via hand, and took pictures along with her digicam. The simplicity of the 1st point could pull the gamer in, she concept. they wish to maneuver up, flow on, face extra demanding situations. As she did. She accumulated clues, racked up issues, mopped the sweat off her forehead, wetted her throat with water from her canteen. It tasted candy and transparent, and the salt from the sweat stung her eyes. It used to be excellent, she made up our minds. to this point. On point 3, an arrow whizzed by means of her head. She knew the trail to take—which was once perhaps dishonest a bit. however it used to be enjoyable! And paintings, too, she reminded herself as she charged up the steep direction, her breath huffing out. Her boots skidded on dust from a up to date hurricane, and whilst she went down, she felt the nice and cozy, rainy dust ooze among her palms. Up and working back, dodging left, correct as muscle reminiscence guided her. Come on, she idea, yeah, come on! as her hands reached for the Bowie in her belt. The rival she’d named Delancy Queeg stood within the course, his knife already drawn. “The henchmen you employed want extra endurance,” she stated. “They drove you the place i needed you. return now, and I’ll allow you to reside. ” “Is that what you acknowledged to my father sooner than you slit his throat, you bastard? ” He smiled—tanned, good-looking, lethal. “Your father was once a idiot, and so is his daughter. The Dragon’s Egg is mine. It’s continuously been mine. ” He waved a hand, and she or he glanced in the back of lengthy sufficient to work out 5 bare-chested natives with bows prepared. “Not guy adequate to take me on my own? ” she demanded. “Go,” he ordered them. “You’ve performed what you have been paid to do. ” notwithstanding they slipped away, she knew he was once a liar. they'd lie in wait. She must be fast. She shifted her grip at the knife to strive against stance, and commenced to circle at the slim, muddy direction.

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