Robert Ludlum's The Ares Decision (Covert-One series)

By Kyle Mills

With U.S. intelligence corporations wracked via inner energy struggles and paralyzed by means of forms, the President used to be pressured to set up his personal clandestine group--Covert-One. it is just activated as a final inn, while the possibility is on an international scale and time is working out.

In northern Uganda, an American exact forces workforce is decimated by way of a gaggle of as a rule peaceable farmers. Video of the assault indicates even ladies and kids owning virtually supernatural velocity and energy, fed on with a rage that makes them resistant to discomfort, worry, and all however the such a lot devastating accidents.

Covert-One's most sensible operative, military microbiologist Colonel Jon Smith, is shipped to enquire the assault and reveals proof of a parasitic an infection that for hundreds of years has been inflicting violent madness after which going dormant. This time, notwithstanding, it is diverse. The parasite have been purposely saved alive and crudely transmitted in acts of terrorism. Now the director of Iranian Intelligence is in Uganda attempting to receive this organic weapon to unharness it at the West.

Smith and his workforce are ambushed and bring to an end from all outdoors help simply as they start to suspect that forces even more robust than the Iranians are in play--forces that may be traced to Washington itself.

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She appeared a section at a loss for words while he pulled out a computer and set it at the table, yet reduced the colours at the back of her and leaned over the pc to observe the video that was once beginning. Smith cleared a chair of books and dropped into it, a cloud of airborne dirt and dust emerging round him as he watched her flip more and more faded. “Hectic,” she mumbled while it used to be over. a number of moments handed earlier than she may possibly get anything out. “Who have been the folk that died? ” “It’s no longer very important. ” “I’ll wager it truly is to them. ” He didn’t reply. “Where used to be the video taken? someplace in relevant Africa? ” “Uganda. the boys you observed have been there to aim to seize Caleb Bahame. ” “Bahame? ” she acknowledged, the hatred audible in her voice. “I’m sorry they didn’t locate him. locate him and kill him. ” He held out a redacted reproduction of the CIA’s document and the knowledge big name had get a hold of at the parasite perspective. “Eighteen ninety-nine? ” she stated, leafing via it. “I see you love to maintain your examine present. ” He truly controlled a part smile. “So what do you're thinking that, health care provider? ” “Sarie. ” “Sarie. may a parasite reason that sort of habit? ” “It’s definitely attainable. Making humans violent isn’t all that tough. ” “But the habit is extra refined than that. ” “You’re bearing on the truth that they don’t assault one another? ” He was once inspired. She used to be as fast as her recognition recommended. “Exactly. That’s why we’re leaning towards the reason being a mix of narcotics and aura. yet we wish to confirm. ” “What have you learnt concerning the blood? ” “It’s now not painted on, if that’s what you suggest. yet they can have minimize their scalps for a few form of ceremonial objective. ” “I doubt it. Ceremonial slicing, definite, yet why cover it lower than your hair? Why now not a huge, intimidating cut back throughout your chest? And so far as them no longer attacking one another is going, it wouldn’t shock me. If a parasite is affecting their brains, what mutation may very well be more desirable than one inflicting them to acknowledge different contaminated humans and go away them by myself? it'd be a big evolutionary virtue over related parasites that reason their sufferers to finish up in a few form of free-for-all. From the parasite’s perspective, that’s suicide. ” “Still,” Smith acknowledged skeptically. “The types of particular alterations that will need to be made to the human mind on the way to make all this paintings appear far-fetched. ” “Oh, no, I disagree. Take Toxoplasma gondii, for example. It’s a protozoan ordinarily parasitic to cats however it can infect a few different species, together with people. the single we’re attracted to for the sake of this instance is rats. Now, rats are terrified by way of the scent of cat urine—a not-so-surprising survival edition. in spite of the fact that, rats contaminated with Toxoplasma aren't merely unafraid of cat urine; they’re truly drawn to it. no longer nice for the rat, yet simply beautiful for the Toxoplasma, which will get to come back to its most popular host while the rat will get eaten. ” “So you’re saying—,” Smith all started, yet she stored talking—whether to him or to herself he wasn’t yes. “And what approximately Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga?

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