By Gordon Korman
Tick Tock. Sixteen-year-old Amy Cahill simply has few days to dwell. There’s a poison coursing via her, and her in basic terms likelihood is to gather components for an antidote. Too undesirable the antidote components are scattered worldwide. And too undesirable that survival is by means of a ways Amy’s smallest problem.
The antidote she wishes is additionally the one factor able to preventing a dangerous enemy. J. Rutherford Pierce is on the point of changing into the main robust guy on this planet, and if he does, not anyone could be secure. Amy and her more youthful brother, Dan, will do every thing it takes to carry Pierce down. whether Amy needs to pay the final word cost
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The wheel snapped from its column and got here off in her strong arms. The Kaoh Kong grew to become all at once towards the riverbank. This despatched the opposite craft whipping round at terrific pace. It torqued prior the Cahills, swung approximately, and slammed right into a wood dock. The effect shattered the dock and the boat, sending goons flying in all instructions. The Kaoh Kong plowed into the shore, using midway up the muddy financial institution. Amy threw the engine into opposite, however the hull was once mired within the rainy floor. Galt’s head broke the skin of the water. He used to be dazed, yet alert adequate to start rescuing his partners. Dan vaulted over the gunwale, sinking ankle-deep. “Let’s get out of right here! ” “What in regards to the King Kong? ” quavered Atticus. “That’s Hamilton’s challenge! It’s on his bank card! ” The 4 vaulted up the financial institution and into the canopy of the jungle. Amy led the best way, crushing a course in the course of the underbrush with sheer brute energy. Her hallucinations have been worse than ever — creatures, ugly faces lunging out at her from the shadows. but the necessity for get away enabled her to push them apart just like the vines she bulldozed via. Jake, Dan, and Atticus with out query. It didn’t topic the place they have been going as long as it was once clear of their pursuers. Crashing sounds and curses in the back of them indicated that Galt and corporate have been correct on their tail. suddenly, from the shaded greenery of the jungle rose a wide stone temple. It used to be nowhere close to the dimensions of Angkor Wat. however it used to be so unforeseen that it gave the look of it had rocketed up from the underworld in the course of a few catastrophic seismic occasion. the crowd pulled up brief, taking within the seven-story spectacle. “What’s that? ” panted Dan. As ordinary, Atticus was once prepared with the reply. “Ta Keo,” he breathed. “It appears like a mini Angkor Wat,” Dan saw. “It’s inbuilt an identical style,” Atticus proven. “But it’s 200 years older. It doesn’t reproduction Angkor Wat; Angkor Wat copies Ta Keo. ” Galt’s voice sounded, dangerously shut. “Come on! swifter! ” Dan grabbed his friend’s arm. “You understand your means round this pile of rocks? ” “Not specifically,” Atticus admitted. “But Ta Keo is a vintage ‘temple mountain,’ surrounded by means of outer walls —” “Not now, Att! ” Jake insisted, pushing his brother from at the back of. “In case you haven’t spotted, you’re now not lecturing Dad’s grad scholars right here! ” As they crashed in the course of the jungle, they reached the west gate of the temple’s outer wall. The serum surged via Amy, heightening her senses. Now it was once the Lucian expertise for procedure that got here to the fore. “If we input right here, lets be cornering ourselves inside of Ta Keo. We stand a greater probability within the jungle. ” “But we've an ace within the hole,” Dan countered. “Atticus understands those temples; Galt doesn’t. ” “You don’t understand,” she insisted. “I’m the single with enhanced —” sooner than she may possibly end, a clean barrage of hallucinations knocked the breath out of her, shedding her the place she stood. rankings of offended monkeys got here screaming towards her, a few swinging on branches and vines, others flying at once in the course of the air.