The Ice Limit

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

The most important recognized meteorite has been found, entombed within the earth for thousands of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At 4 thousand lots, this treasure turns out very unlikely to maneuver. long island billionaire Palmer Lloyd is decided to have this remarkable locate for his new museum. Stocking a shipment send with the best scientists and engineers, he builds a perfect excursion. yet from the 1st method of the meteorite, humans start to die. a daunting fact is set to spread: the lads and ladies of the Rolvaag usually are not taking this historic, enigmatic item at any place. it truly is taking them.

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An alarm without warning screamed close by, and a sequence of orange caution lighting lit up the Rolvaag’s superstructure. McFarlane may pay attention the beat of the chopper’s engines straining opposed to the fury of the hurricane. Howell shouted instructions via a bullhorn while he stored the radio plastered to his face. Now the chopper was once banking into hover place. McFarlane may possibly see the pilot within the nostril, suffering from the controls. The sleet pelted them with the redoubled blast from the blades. The chopper’s abdominal bucked backward and forward because it gingerly approached the swaying deck. A violent gust despatched it shearing to 1 facet, and the pilot quick banked away, coming round for a moment try out. there has been a determined second the place McFarlane felt yes the pilot could lose regulate, yet then its tires settled onto the pad and crewmen rushed to put wood chocks underneath its wheels. The shipment door rolled open. A flurry of guys, ladies, machines, and gear tumbled out. after which McFarlane observed the unmistakable determine of Lloyd drop to the rainy floor of the pad, higher than lifestyles in foul-weather apparatus and boots. He jogged from the bottom of the airplane, the sou’wester on his head whipping again within the typhoon. Catching sight of McFarlane and Glinn, he gave an enthusiastic wave. A crewman raced to safe a security belt and harness to him, yet Lloyd motioned him away. He walked up, wiping the rain from his face, and grasped McFarlane and Glinn at the hands. “Gentlemen,” he boomed over the hurricane, an enormous smile on his face. “The coffee’s on me. ” Rolvaag, 11:15 A. M. GLANCING AT his watch, McFarlane entered the elevator and punched a button for the center bridge deck. He’d handed this empty deck again and again, thinking about why Glinn had constantly stored it off-limits. Now, because the elevator rose easily, he discovered what it have been reserved for. It used to be as though Glinn had identified all alongside that Lloyd will be losing in. The elevator doorways opened to a scene of frantic task: the ringing of telephones, the whirr of faxes and printers, and the bustle of individuals. there have been numerous secretaries at desks ranged alongside one wall, women and men taking calls, typing at workstations, scuttling approximately on Lloyd Holdings company. a guy in a light-colored swimsuit approached him, threading his manner in the course of the hubbub. McFarlane well-known the outsized ears, drooping mouth, and fats pursed lips as belonging to Penfold, Lloyd’s own assistant. Penfold by no means appeared to stroll towards whatever, yet as a substitute approached from an perspective, as though an immediate procedure will be too brazen. “Dr. McFarlane? ” Penfold stated in his excessive, frightened voice. “This approach, please. ” He led McFarlane via a door, down a hall, and right into a small sitting room, with black leather-based sofas prepared round a tumbler- and gold-leafed desk. A door opened into yet one more place of work, and from it McFarlane may well pay attention Lloyd’s basso profundo voice. “Please take a seat down,” stated Penfold. “Mr. Lloyd can be with you almost immediately. ” He vanished, and McFarlane settled again into the creaking leather-based couch. there has been a wall of tv units tuned to numerous information channels from worldwide.

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