By Jeff Long

In his sensational novel "The Descent," Jeff lengthy created an international of lovely terror and event, "an resourceful travel de strength" (Jon Krakauer). Now he imagines a state of affairs so bright, so haunting, it anchors his position between storytelling masters. 12 months 0 An archaeological manhunt is raging within the holy land -- a hunt for the historic Jesus. For Nathan Lee speedy, a tender American box researcher and expectant father, the road among noble discovery and the plunder of ruins is sacred -- until eventually the evening he crosses it. At a Roman landfill underneath the crucifixion grounds referred to as Golgotha, Nathan Lee yields to his professor's greed and turns universal grave robber. His international -- his unborn daughter -- turns out misplaced to him. 1000's of miles away, at the distant Greek island of Corfu, a filthy rich collector pries open his most up-to-date black-market buy -- a fourteen-inch holy relic containing a vial of blood relationship again to the 1st century -- and unleashes a two-thousand-year-old plague. because the pandemic explodes from the Mediterranean basin and threatens to eat humankind, Nathan Lee will get an opportunity at redemption. He embarks on an Odyssean trip again to the U.S. to discover his relations. Skirting the sides of the realm, Nathan Lee's direction eventually leads him to New Mexico, the place the best minds of technology have converged at Los Alamos to discover a vaccine. There Nathan Lee meets Miranda Abbot, a nineteen-year-old prodigy. because the medication maintains to elude them, Miranda launches a determined ultimate method: using human lab rats cloned from the 12 months 0. Nathan Lee, the thief of bones, comes face-to-face with males made of the very relics he looted, one in every of whom claims to beJesus Christ, yet can also be sufferer 0. Combining the clinical precision of "The Andromeda pressure" with the depth of vintage experience epics, Jeff lengthy takes readers on a riveting voyage during the rubble of earthquake-torn Jerusalem, the serenity of the excessive Himalayas, and the eerie sanctuary of Los Alamos. With Long's attribute originality, "Year 0" races opposed to the apocalyptic clock, making a maze of twists, miraculous surroundings, and the conflict of technology and religion.

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Might be a handful of the sailors were her age. the remaining have been veteran squaddies and scientists, women and men two times her age and older. Golding had misplaced a few sturdy associates to the operation. 3 months in the past, the army had despatched a service team again into the Mediterranean. The ships carried a unprecedented alliance of experts from the facilities for disorder keep watch over, the nationwide Institutes of healthiness, and the united states Army’s scientific learn Institute for Infectious ailments. The challenge used to be televised, Gulf War–style, 24/7. It was once speculated to were a slam dunk for American knowledge, a short finish to the top, as a few tabloids had dubbed Corfu. humans all over had watched the operation spread. The announces have been filled with sophisticated drama and unending sidebars on ailment regulate, remedies in development, and barrier nursing approaches. On deck, the crews manned their stations in cotton mask, paper booties, and latex gloves. Vessels deployed in the course of the scorching area with particular goals. They approached the port towns of Greece, Israel, Lebanon, and Egypt as though global warfare III have been approximately to erupt. however the cradles of civilization have been desolate. With the warships floating off shore, groups of virologists, veterinarians, entomologists, physicians, and zoologists have been airlifted to land to started their systematic hunt. Over tv, the towns appeared like empty motion picture units. The peace used to be surreal. In Jerusalem, the partitions of the outdated urban glowed like molten gold in the summertime solar. immense swarms of seabirds rotated the metro components, determining their feasts. fighters not fought for the holy locations. there have been no pilgrims, no prophets, no retailers, no teenagers. in simple terms travelers wearing biohazard “moon” fits. Their aim used to be easy: locate the virus…or prion…whatever kind of microbe Corfu grew to become out to be. It needed to have a typical reservoir, a spot of beginning. up to now, the footprints have been natural technological know-how fiction. Epidemiologists had traced the contagion to an eccentric Greek billionaire’s mansion on Corfu. In standard culture, the sickness were named after its element of outbreak. It was once referred to now that the Greek had collected—and opened —Christian relics, and regularly despatched their contents to varied labs for research. due to lab precautions and speedy govt motion, the earliest emergence of Corfu have been contained to the towns which held the labs. Investigators quick in comparison lab notes and pinpointed the resource, a Roman-era glass phial with bits of human continues to be. Diseased is still. the matter was once extra advanced than that. there has been a resource in the back of the resource. The contagion can have emerged—in this century—on an island named Corfu, yet that used to be now not its normal reservoir. Nor used to be the relic, which had traveled from state to nation over thousand years. not anyone knew the relic’s provenance, simply its mythology. able to think whatever, the general public had reached its personal conclusions. The relic should have held a few a part of the ancient Jesus. The illness was once, for this reason, a divine punishment. The evidence lay within the dictionary.

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